Cinematical's Spin-ematical: New on DVD and Blu-ray for 6/29

The Crazies
Admittedly, I hold a minority view on Breck Eisner's remake of George A. Romero's 70s tale of a town whose inhabitants lose their minds and start killing one another after a biological agent is accidentally unleashed. I felt like it played right into all the stereotypes of horror movies without adding much that was fresh and new. But Cinematical's Perri Nemiroff mounts a very fine defense of the film, and I'm inclined to give it another go. Rent it.

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Hot Tub Time Machine
With such a great, simple premise -- good friends who happen to be losers are transported back to the time of their greatest triumph in the 1980s -- why was the film only fitfully successful? Oh, it has some big yucks, but with the combined talents of John Cusack, Rob Corddry, and Craig Robinson, I hoped for more. As Dawn Taylor opined in her Cinematical review, it's "anecdotal, disjointed, and slapdash," yet is "often very, very funny." Which probably makes it a perfect pick if you haven't caught it yet. Rent it.

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Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
The very popular young adult book series didn't transfer very well to the silver screen. In his review for Cinematical, my colleague Peter Hall observed that kids who "don't know any better" might be distracted "by digital hydras and lightning flashes, but the parents or older siblings who had to escort them to the theater for such a privilege will be wishing for sweet release from its lifeless grip." That's an official ouch. Skip it.

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After the jump: Indies on DVD, more Blu-ray picks, and Collector's Corner!