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The Dvd Shelf

July 12, 2013



The last humans fight back when aliens take over the planet.

Hollywood has always shown a fondness for adapting books intomovies. Not only does this provide instant fodder for a script, butit guarantees a built-in audience. It also comes with some inherentproblems, including cutting the story to fit a movie timetable andtranslating the characters from the image the reader creates to theone that appears on the large screen.

Director Andrew Niccol faced both problems with his film adaptationof Stephenie Meyer's "The Host." He only successfully handles one.

Niccol's script ends up being a nice blend of the kind of loftytopics that are the heart of sci-fi productions, with a complicatedlove story that's made Meyer's book so popular. The romanceelements are even more complicated than her "Twilight" tales: Twoguys (Max Irons, Jake Abel) are in love with a female with twopersonalities.

Special features on the Blu-ray include deleted scenes and abehind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.


It's been more than 50 years since this series first introduced theworld to the odd mind of Rod Serling. The cars, clothes andhairstyles may be very different, but the stories remain asintriguing and entertaining as the first day they aired.

This DVD set of 37 episodes, including such classics as "TheMidnight Sun," "Five Characters in Search of an Exit," ""A Qualityof Mercy" and one of the most memorable "Twilight Zone" episodesever, "To Serve Man."

One thing that makes these shows so good is the amazing cast. Manyof the actors who star in the shows -- Robert Redford, CarolBurnett, Cliff Robertson, Charles Bronson, Leonard Nimoy, ElizabethMontgomery, Dean Stockwell and Bill Mumy -- were at the start oftheir careers. It's easy to see why so many became award- winningactors.

Also out this week:

"Spring Breakers," "Tyler Perry's Temptation," "The Gatekeepers,""Dead Man Down,"


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