Stephenie Meyer's 'Host,' classic 'Twilight Zone'
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, it also guarantees a built-in audience. It also comes with problems, including cutting the story to fit a movie timetable, and translating characters from the image the reader creates to the one that appears on the large screen.
Director Andrew Niccol faced both problems with his adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's The Host. He successfully handles only one.
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 has been more than 50 years since this series introduced the world to the odd mind of Rod Serling. Cars, clothes, and hair may be different, but the stories are as intriguing and entertaining as the first day they aired.
This DVD set of 37 episodes includes such classics as "The Midnight Sun, "Five Characters in Search of an Exit," "A Quality of Mercy," and one of the most memorable ever, "To Serve Man.
One thing that makes these shows so good is the amazing cast. Many actors who star - Robert Redford, Carol Burnett, Cliff Robertson, Charles Bronson, Leonard Nimoy, Elizabeth Montgomery, Dean Stockwell, Bill Mumy - were at the start of their careers. It's easy to see why so many became award-winners.
Also new on DVD this week:
Spring Breakers: Four friends get into 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 first season starring Ben and his arsenal of alien alter-egos.
Admission: A Princeton admissions officer (Tina Fey) must deal with a former college classmate who runs an alternative high school.
For Richer or Poorer: A prima donna must change her lifestyle when her husband loses his job.
The Power of Few: Twisted crime story starring Christopher Walken.
Arthur C. Clarke, The Complete Collection: Series investigates the inexplicable, abnormal and mind-boggling wonders of the world. The documentary series originally aired on Britain's ITV network.
How the West Was Won, The Complete First Season: The 1977 TV series is based on the 1962 film. James Arness stars.
Bonanza, The Official Sixth Season: Dan Blocker stars in the TV western series.
Last of the Summer Wine, Vintage 1999: A season full of antics from the world's longest-running sitcom.