Summer is in mid-swing ... in the world of DVD at least. This week we've got a box office hit ('The Proposal'), a box office dud ('Land of the Lost') and a horror-comedy somewhere in between ('Drag Me to Hell'). Get the full scoop on this week's DVD releases, plus our recommendations from weeks' past. 'The Proposal'
What It's About: A literary assistant (Ryan Reynolds) is so determined to move up the corporate ladder, he agrees to marry his wee-yotch of an older boss, who is in danger of being extradited to Canada unless she weds. Well, at least she looks like Sandra Bullock.
It's Kind of Like: 'The Devil Wears Prada' meets 'Green Card'
What We Say: This massive box office hit (earning $163 mil) pulls all the right crowd-pleasing strings, even if it doesn't live up to its initial promise. For all the genre conventions and clichés it gives in to (seriously, how many rom-coms have there been now where the duo who can't stand each other so predictably fall in love?), at least there are two ultra-magnetic leads bouncing zingers off of each other to keep us distracted.
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'Land of the Lost'
What It's About: Based on the classic Sid and Marty Krofft TV show, this action-comedy finds adventurers Will Ferrell, Danny R. McBride and Anna Friel sucked into a time vortex inhabited by dinosaurs, monkey people, and of course, those sexy Sleestaks.
It's Kind of Like: 'Jurassic Park' meets 'Monkeybone'
What We Say: This summer dud is worth the very occasional giggle, but that's about it. Most of the humor is juvenile and sophomoric -- there are monkeys touching breasteses, dinosaur urine showers ... and there's also a scene involving Ferrell getting excreted out of a T-Rex. In other words, 13-year-old boys will love it.
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'Drag Me to Hell'
What It's About: After evicting a creepy old woman from her home (under pressure from her boss), a kindhearted bank loan officer (Alison Lohman) becomes the victim of a nasty, nasty curse (let's just say it involves fly vomit) -- and not even boyfriend Justin Long can help.
It's Kind of Like: 'The Evil Dead IV'
What We Say: 'Spider-Man' helmer Sam Raimi returns to his roots with this proudly over-the-top gorefest, impressive most for the director's ability to reconjure the tone he set with his 'Evil Dead' trilogy. The film is neither all that scary or all that funny, but it's still a fun, super-campy ride.
Other October 13 DVD Releases:
'Every Little Step'
'Natural Born Killers'