Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Hot Tub Time Machine to Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Hot Tub Time Machine to Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Jun 29, 2010

This week: John Cusack and pals time travel back to a radical 1986 while a teenage boy angers the gods.

Hot Tub Time Machine: Three fortysomething pals (John Cusack, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry) who aren't exactly setting the world on fire return to the ski resort where they used to party when they were younger. While in the hot tub with Cusack's nerdy nephew, the four wake up transported back to 1986—a totally tubular time of butt rock, big hair and bad fashion—where they are handed an opportunity to change their pasts. Watching the guys—especially Cusack, the star of many classic '80s films—readjust to life during the Reagan era has more than a few funny moments, but their unexpected hangover isn't as outrageous as The Hangover. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes, "Production: Acting Like Idiots," "Chevy Chase: The Nicest Guy in Hollywood," "Totally Radical Outfits: Dayna Pink," "Crispin Glove: One-Armed Bell Hop" and more. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief: In this teen-targeted fantasy flick based on the popular novels by Rick Riordan, Zeus is ticked that someone stole his master bolt and blames Poseidon's son, Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman). Zeus gives Poseidon 14 days to return the bolt or else war will break out amongst the gods. Whereas Riordan's novels keep young readers interested in classic Greek mythology by imagining a modern world where those ancient gods still rule, this first movie is just one videogame-looking CG action scene after another peppered with cringe-inducing humor. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain five deleted scenes, "The Book Comes to Life" and "Discover Your Powers Quiz;" the BD adds five more deleted scenes and other behind-the-scenes featurettes. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me (if you're old enough to drive); Rent Me (if you're a tween addicted to sugar and videogames)

Don McKay: Sideways' Thomas Haden Church plays the titular character, a shy janitor who returns to his hometown after 25 years when his dying high school sweetheart (Elisabeth Shue) wants to spend her few remaining days with him. What starts out like an episode of The Twilight Zone with everyone in the town acting a little off around Don develops into one big shrug. You expect there to be some great revelation or payoff, but instead you just watch weird people go about their weird business at a weird snail's pace. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray have deleted scenes and commentary by the director and producer. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me

Predator: Ultimate Hunter Editon (Blu-ray): No, this is not the first time this sci-fi action favorite that pits Arnold Schwarzenegger and his team of soldiers against a brutal alien foe in a tropical jungle has been on Blu-ray. Just before the latest sequel, Predators, is about to be released in theaters, Fox thought it would be an excellent time for a high-def double dip. So what's different? If you're a Predator fan, you were likely annoyed that the first BD only had a trailer as a bonus feature. This one delivers the goods. Best extras: Commentary by director John McTiernan, "Predator Profile," a text commentary by historian Eric Lichtensfeld, a making-of documentary, special effects featurettes, deleted scenes and outtakes and more. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me

Also New This Week: The Crazies (read the full review in Disc-y Business tomorrow), When You're Strange: A Film About the Doors, The Warlords, Stolen, The Leopard, Everlasting Moments

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