Looking for something good and geeky to watch? Here's a look at this week's new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (DVD and Blu-ray)
Thrill to the mediocre spectacle of a boy who learns that he's the spawn of a Greek god in a movie that desperately wants to be the next Harry Potter that's based on a book series that desperately wants to be the next Harry Potter. Pick it up for the slumming supporting cast that includes Sean Bean, Steve Coogan, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Keener, Joe Pantoliano and Uma Thurman.
Eureka: Season 3.5 (DVD)
And speaking of mediocre spectacle ... OK,OK, I'll play nice ... I actually kind of love this Syfy show. It's a charming and silly little slice of light sci-fi that's perfect for a lazy summer spent on the couch.
Hot Tub Time Machine (DVD and Blu-ray)
Playing more like a half-scripted bachelor party than a feature-length movie, Hot Tub Time Machine offers a few laughs in between all the crude and obnoxious gags that fall flat. The talented cast manages to breathe some life into this half-baked project, which is nowhere near as funny as other popular fantasy/sci-fi comedies like Ghostbusters or even Ivan Reitman's Evolution.
Warehouse 13: Season One (DVD)
The first half of W13's first season is pretty slow-going, with great concepts and guest stars – Tricia Helfer, Michael Hogan – being pushed aside in favor of dull procedural plots. But the final few eps give in to the craziness of the show's premise – two agents track down mystical artifacts to house in a mysterious warehouse – and deliver some really fun moments. Season two starts next week on Syfy!
Predator (Ultimate Hunter Edition) (Blu-ray)
Now with sharper-looking mandibles, presumably.