New on DVD

2013-07-11T00:00:00Z New on DVDRick Bentley The Fresno Bee Arizona Daily Star
July 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

This week's top DVD releases deal with strange new worlds.

• "The Host," Grade C-plus: The last humans fight back when aliens take over the planet.

Hollywood has always shown a fondness for adapting books into movies. Not only does this provide instant fodder for a script, but it guarantees a built-in audience. It also comes with some inherent problems, including cutting the story to fit a movie timetable and translating the characters from the image the reader creates to the one that appears on the large screen.

Director Andrew Niccol faced both problems with his film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's "The Host." He only successfully handles one.

Niccol's script ends up being a nice blend of the kind of lofty topics that are the heart of sci-fi productions, with a complicated love story that's made Meyer's book so popular. The romance elements are even more complicated than her "Twilight" tales: Two guys (Max Irons, Jake Abel) are in love with a female with two personalities.

Special features on the Blu-ray include deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

"The Twilight Zone: The Complete Third Season," Grade A-minus: It's been more than 50 years since this series first introduced the world to the odd mind of Rod Serling. The cars, clothes and hairstyles may be very different, but the stories remain as intriguing and entertaining as the first day they aired.

This DVD set of 37 episodes, including such classics as "The Midnight Sun," "Five Characters in Search of an Exit," ""A Quality of Mercy" and one of the most memorable "Twilight Zone" episodes ever, "To Serve Man."

One thing that makes these shows so good is the amazing cast. Many of the actors who star in the shows - Robert Redford, Carol Burnett, Cliff Robertson, Charles Bronson, Leonard Nimoy, Elizabeth Montgomery, Dean Stockwell and Bill Mumy - were at the start of their careers. It's easy to see why so many became award-winning actors.

Also this week:

"Spring Breakers": Four friends get into deep trouble because of spring break. Selena Gomez stars.

"Tyler Perry's Temptation": A marriage counselor has a troubled marriage.

"The Gatekeepers": Documentary about the heads of Israel's secret service.

"Dead Man Down": The search for revenge leads to violence. Colin Farrell stars.

"Marvel Knights Animation's Wolverine: Origin": The adventures of Wolverine's early days and the revelation of his true origins are brought to life.

"Ben 10 Omniverse: Heroes Rise": Includes 10 episodes from the series' first season starring Ben, his arsenal of alien alter-egos.

"Our Wild Hearts": A determined teen is obsessed with meeting the father she never knew. Ricky Schroder stars.

"Admission": A Princeton University admissions officer (Tina Fey) must deal with a former college classmate (Paul Rudd) who runs an alternative high school.

"Mindless Behavior": Concert documentary follows teen R&B / hip-hop boy band.

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