Jennifer's Body
Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama, Jennifer's Body is a horror movie for people who don't like horror movies, dawdling and teasing and never really coming to grips with whatever it is it's supposed to be about. Amanda Seyfried easily walks away with the picture from ostensible star Megan Fox. But it's worth watching for the discussions it will provoke. Available in both theatrical and extended versions. Rent it. Also on Blu-ray. Diablo fans can also pick up her premium cable TV series, United States of Tara: Season One.

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Paranormal Activity
Ten years after The Blair Witch Project, another 'fake reality' scare show connects with jaded audiences. The simplicity of the set-up by director Oren Peli and the warmth of the married couple -- fighting a bit, loving a bit, pushing each other a bit -- adds to the creepy atmosphere. Rent it. Also on Blu-ray. See Collector's Corner after the jump for another edition.

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9
This is the one without singing and dancing. Shane Acker's animated tale of a nightmarish future got lost in the busy autumn release shuffle, but should find a more receptive audience on home video. As our own William Goss observed, the expansion from Acker's beautiful short film into a feature-length film results in some 'over-explanation,' but animation fans should go nuts. Rent it. Also on Blu-ray.

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'A Perfect Getaway'A Perfect Getaway
Here's a great example of a movie that proved to be extremely divisive. Maybe "extremely" is pushing it, since the number of haters probably dwarved the defenders. David Twohy's thriller stars Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich as honeymooners in Hawaii who spend more time than expected with another couple, Timothy Olyphant and Kiele Sanchez.

All is not as it seems, of course, and whether you start groaning at the twists or find the slowly untying knots to be delightful will define your viewing experience. I had a gas, though even I felt somewhat impatient at a certain point near the end. The disk includes both the theatrical and an unrated "director's cut." Rent it. Also on Blu-ray.

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also out: Carriers, The Marine 2, Weather Girl, Princess of Mars.




Half-Life
Jennifer Phang's drama of the near future debuted at South by Southwest last year, where it caught the attention of David Lowery writing at Spout Blog: "We're left with a vision of the future that has a bit more faith in humanity. Half-Life sees past dissolution, past the end of the world, all the way to something else. What that something is is anyone's guess; the point is that there's something there at all." Sanoe Lake and Julia Nickson-Soul star.

Also out: Home Front.



New editions of older titles debuting in Blu-ray? Not this week.

Paranormal Activity, Jennifer's Body, 9, and A Perfect Getaway are all available on Blu-ray; I'd go with 9 for the visuals and pick between Jennifer's Body and A Perfect Getaway for the spirited discussion.

Tell me, Blu-ray fans, will Paranormal Activity benefit from high definition?



Paranormal Activity Limited Collector's Edition
If you demanded the movie be shown in your hometown, attended the midnight screenings, and/or loved it to death, have we got a collector's item for you!

The theatrical version is included, of course, and an unrated version with the alternate (i.e. original?) ending, plus an "authentic film cell from the movie, featured on a collectible trading card" -- I must have been mistaken all this time, I thought it was shot on high-def video -- plus an individually numbered, limited edition t-shirt. List price is $57.99, but shop around for better deals. The link above will take you to Amazon's listing.