The last new discs of 2009 include the animated 9
and the horror sensation Paranormal Activity
9: This post-apocalyptic animated wonder by producer Tim Burton and director Shane Acker is not just another Pixar wannabe. The PG-13 film has dark, sometimes frightening visuals punctuated by some cute but sad looking mechanical puppet people that band together to try to stop the evil machine that wiped out humanity. Extras include commentary with Acker and others, “9: The Long and the Short of It,” the original short film, and behind-the-scenes featurettes on both the DVD and Blu-ray versions.
Jennifer’s Body: As much as this high school horror flick wants to titillate you with Megan Fox being naughty as an alpha bitch who preys on her fellow classmates after being cursed, it misses the mark. It’s not gory enough for horror hounds, the titular character played by Fox doesn’t show enough flesh for the Maxim crowd, and the script by Oscar-winner Diablo Cody tries to be Heathers but isn’t even Mean Girls. Co-stars like Amanda Seyfried, who shares an on-screen kiss with Fox that is hardly worth the hype, and Amy Sedaris do their best to rise above the material. The best extras include “Megan Fox is HOT” and “Fox Movie Channel Presents: Life After Film School with Diablo Cody.” (DVD and BD).
Paranormal Activity: This year’s surprise horror blockbuster about a young couple trying to document the demonic presence that may be in their home seems to either scare the hell out of viewers or bore them to tears, depending on who you ask. Whichever camp you fall into, this low-budget flick with no major stars proved you can make a killing at the box office without, say, Megan Fox’s body. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, Paranormal Activity comes with an unrated version not shown in theaters. If you signed up in time on the movie’s official website, be sure to look for your name in the credits as a thank you from the producers for making their movie the most profitable film ever made.
A Perfect Getaway: The reason to check out this cheesy thriller starring Milla Jovovich and Timothy Olyphant is for the gorgeous Hawaiian beaches and hidden trails featured in the film to which the title refers. The story about a honeymooning couple who suspect another couple they encounter in a remote part of Hawaii are the killers they’ve heard about on the news doesn’t work because the characters’ previous actions make zero sense when the big “twist” comes. An alternate ending is included on both the DVD and Blu-ray versions.
Also new this week: Ichi: The Movie and The Marine 2