CATEGORIES DVDsThere's evil in the air this week -- metaphorically and literally. In Michael Haneke's award-winning 'The White Ribbon,' a German village is plagued by a series of horrific events that spring from the repressed lives of the town's children. In 'The Crazies,' a mysterious toxin enters a small town's water supply, turning the people into bloodthirsty killers. And in 'Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief,' the children of the gods of Mount Olympis must battle a host of villains to prevent an all-out war between Zeus and Poseidon. Read on. 'The White Ribbon'
What It's About: On the eve of World War I, strange accidents, beatings and deaths plague a small Protestant village in Northern Germany. At first there seems to be no connection between the incidents, but as the story unfolds it becomes apparent that the children and teenagers of the town -- abused and suppressed by their elders -- have decided to take the sins of their fathers and magnify them out of proportion into a punishment ritual that adheres to no moral or religious code.
It's Kinda Like: 'Village of the Damned' meets Werner Herzog
What We Say: Director Michael Haneke paints a harrowing portrait of a world gone askew, keying in on the horror that roils beneath the bucolic German countryside in the first decade of the 20th century. He focuses in on the hatreds, envies, perversions and evil that populate this small town, making it stand in for the greater evil that evolved into fascism and plunged the world into darkness. A gripping, involving film. | Rotten Tomatoes Reviews
What It's About: Something strange is happening in the picture-perfect Midwestern town of Ogden Marsh. When a mysterious toxin accidentally enters the water supply, one by one the townspeople fall victim to an uncontrollable urge for sadistic violence and horrific bloodshed. In an attempt to contain the epidemic, the military steps in, using deadly force to close off access into and out of town, but also abandoning the few healthy citizens to the escalating carnage.
It's Kinda Like: '28 Days Later' meets 'Outbreak'
What We Say: Journeyman remake of George A. Romero's 1973 'The Crazies' ratchets up the thrills and violence for contemporary audiences. It's a sign of the times that these virus/zombie movies keep coming at us one right after the other, and while this one didn't take a big bite out of the box office, it's still heads above such recent virus outings as 'Happenning' and 'Quarantine.' The difference here: Timothy Olyphant and Radna Mitchell play two protagonists you can care for; you really want to see them make it to safety. | Rotten Tomatoes Reviews
'Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief'
What It's About: Based on the popular book series by Rick Riordan, the film follows a modern teenage boy who not only discovers that the Greek gods of Mount Olympus really exist, but that he's the son of Poseidon, god of the oceans. It turns out that Zeus' lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect, forcing him to embark on a wild adventure to catch the real lightning thief and prevent an all-out war among the gods.
It's Kinda Like: 'Harry Potter' meets 'Hercules' and 'Xena: Warrior Princess'
What We Say: We can believe that men can fly and spin webs; that there's an alternate world where wizards reside; that a wardrobe opens to another universe; that good men and women with super powers can fend off evil men and women with super powers ... or even that a Chevy Camaro can turn into an alien. But can we believe that the Greek gods still live in the sky somewhere on Mount Olympus and have been partying for 2000 years until Percy comes along? Give us a break. | Rotten Tomatoes Reviews
Other New June 29 DVD Releases:
'Hot Tub Time Machine'
'It Came From Kuchar'
'The Last Big Thing'
'Once More With Feeling'
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