Looking for something good and geeky to watch? Check out this week's notable sci-fi DVD & Blu-ray releases:
9 (DVD & Blu-ray)
I never got around to watching this dark animated feature produced by Tim Burton and Night Watch director Timur Bekmambetov. It features a great voice cast – Martin Landau, Elijah Wood, Crispin Glover, John C. Reilly, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Connelly – and a suitable-looking post-apocalyptic setting. Sadly, 2009 wasn't the year of the tiny stitch people, since everyone else seemed to ignore 9's theatrical run too. Judging by the sophisticated visuals in the trailer, this looks like a good Blu-ray rental.
Paranormal Activity (DVD & Blu-ray)
Director Oren Peli's freaky no-budget fright fest gets two DVD releases, a standard edition and a "Limited Collector's Edition" featuring an unrated version of the flick and an "alternative ending" (or is it the film's original ending?), plus a goofy film cell and T-shirt. The Blu-ray also features both cuts of the film.
Princess of Mars (DVD)
Peter warned you about this Asylum cash-grab presumably based on Edgar Rice Burroughs's John Carter of Mars series back in August. If you can't wait until 2012 for Pixar's version of the story, Traci Lords and Antonio Sabato Jr. stand ready to punish you for your impatience in this Z-grade straight-to-DVD affair.
Jennifer's Body (DVD & Blu-ray)
Writer Diablo Cody and director Karyn Kusama attempted to make a smart and schlocky horror movie about the strange personal relationship between two very different girls. Critics balked and audiences stayed away, but Jennifer's Body has a few things going for it. Amanda Seyfried turns in a nice performance, Megan Fox looks good in, well, almost anything, especially a cheerleading outfit, and Adam Brody is a hoot as an arrogant and murderous pop singer.