Monday, 5 July 2010

This Week's DVD/Blu-ray Choice, 5th July

This week hands-down belongs to a certain teen fantasy which has remained as one of the most all-round enjoyable of the year for myself.

My choice this week is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.

Chris Columbus, the director of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, brings us the first entry in the hopeful franchise which centers around the troublesome teen Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) whose realisation about his Greek heritage sparks a series of potentially life-threatening situations involving legendary creations which can only usually be seen in the toga-wearing epics such as Clash of the Titans. Teaming up with two other younguns, Percy must triumph over the various obstacles to defeat whoever has fiendishly stolen Zeus' lightning bolt, clear his name and save his Mum - who has been unwillingly snatched by Lord of the Underworld, Hades. A cast of down-to-Earth, likable characters and an entertaining, whirlwind of a story fuse together to make a furiously enjoyable 120 minutes. Despite an undeniable resemblance to the likes of Harry Potter and Twilight -- both of which are also book-to-film adaptations -- the film opens the series strong, therefore is equally as deserving as films thrown into the similar genre. The Triple Play Edition Blu-ray is a must - if solely for the wonderful packaging, DVD copy, Digital Copy and the special features exclusive to Blu-ray.

Blu-ray Special Features -

Deleted scenes
Secrets of the Gods featurette
Discover Your Powers quiz
Inside Camp Half-Blood featurette
On set with Brandon T. Jackson featurette
Meet the Demigods featurette
Composing for the Gods: A conversation with Christophe Beck
BD Live extras

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