The girl-on-vampire novel-turned-movie 'Twilight' quickly became one of 2008's most buzzed about movies, and it didn't disappoint at the box office, where it racked up $190 million. Now the sensation lands on DVD, where fans can watch it over and over (and over...).
Also out this week: the mystifying sequel to 'The Punisher' (sans Thomas Jane), and the acclaimed romantic drama 'Elegy,' starring Ben Kingsley and Oscar winner Penelope Cruz.
Get the full scoop on this week's DVD releases, plus our recommendations from weeks' past.
'Twilight' (out Saturday, March 21)
What It's About: Based on Stephenie Meyer's insanely popular book, it follows the romance (and all the deep stares said romance entails) between a recently relocated teen (Kristen Stewart) and her new vampire beau (actual vampire Robert Pattinson*).
It's Kind of Like: 'The Lost Boys' meets 'One Tree Hill' (or WB show of choice)
What We Say: Not being a young female who OMGs over the book (or a young female's hip mother), I'm obviously not in the target demo. So speaking strictly from an outsider's perspective, this vamp cheesefest pretty much bites. On the upside, there's some great unintentional humor (particularly the super-pale vamps' awesome makeup jobs).
Special Features? The two-disc special edition should leave die-hards happy, with extended and deleted scenes, star commentary and a SEVEN-part documentary, among other features.
*Yet to be confirmed
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'Punisher: War Zone'
What It's About: One movie after avenging the baddies who killed his family, Frank Castle (then Thomas Jane, now Ray Stevenson) sets his sights on uber-villain Jigsaw (played by Dominic West, and not to be confused with the immortal 'Saw' torturer).
It's Kind of Like: 'Max Payne' in a skull tee-shirt
What We Say: 2004's 'Punisher' grossed only $33 million, on a reported budget of $33 million, making 'War Zone' one of the most curious sequels to hit theaters in years. Part II grossed a paltry $8 million (on a budget of $22 M). Ouch.
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What It's About: Believing it's to good to be true and thus doomed to fail, a celebrated college professor (Ben Kingsley) does everything in his power to screw up his relationship with a sexy student (Penelope Cruz).
It's Kind of Like: 'The Visitor' with sex appeal
What We Say: This underseen romantic drama about dealing with self-doubt in relationships is elegant, sophisticated and yes, even sexy (never thought we'd say that about a Ben Kingsley movie this decade). And it also reinforces the immortal words of Aaliyah: Age ain't nuthin' but a number, Sir Ben.
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