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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief [Blu-ray] by Directed by Chris Columbus
Review by Charles Mohapel
Fox 2000 Pictures Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B002ZG98J6
Date: 24 July 2010 List Price $39.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com / Show Article /

If you don't know the name of Percy Jackson, you must not have school age children at home. The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series of children's books written by Rick Riordan is to Greek mythology what the "Twilight" series is to vampires and werewolves and the "Harry Potter" books are to magic.

Even though I think this film is ideally suited as family fare in the pre-Christmas or Summer time slots, it was released on February 2, 2010. On the other hand, choosing to release it after Christmas meant it would not be going head to head with more hyped movies and risking being crushed.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief on Blu-ray doesn't take itself seriously, nor should you take anything you see as being canon when it comes to Greek mythology in the film, but it sure is a rollicking good time.

From official release/information:

Product Description:
Modern and mythical worlds collide in this thunderous fantasy-adventure starring Pierce Brosnan, Kevin McKidd, and Uma Thurman as you've never seen them before! Percy Jackson is no ordinary teenager...he's just learned he's the son of Poseidon and is accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt - the most powerful weapon ever created! With storm clouds brewing, Percy embarks on an incredible cross-country journey to prove his innocence, recover the bolt, and prevent a war amongst the gods that could destroy our world!

3 Disc Combo Pack with Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy

Disc 1: Blu-ray
Promo for Fox DVDs with Digital Copy
Trailer for The A-TEAM
Promo for Diary Of A Wimpy Kid on Blu-ray and DVD
Promo for Marley & Me: The Terrible 2's on Blu-ray and DVD
Promo for Tooth Fairy on Blu-ray and DVD (7:06 in total)

Promo for the "Percy Jackson & The Olympians" books from Disney-Hyperion: "The Lightning Thief", "The Seas of Monsters", "The Titan's Curse", "The Battle of the Labyrinth", and "The Last Olympian".(1:00)

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Theatrical Feature (118:37)

Extras:

Deleted Scenes:

  • The Museum - Grover photographs Aphrodite (1:38)
  • The Infirmary - Percy meets Annabeth (1:55)
  • Aphrodite's Daughters - Grover jumps into spa (1:00)
  • Int. Bus - Percy looks at the map (1:18)
  • Auntie Em's - Medusa chases Percy (1:23)
  • Int. Pickup Truck - Grover talks about Zeus' daughter (1:36)
  • Lotus Land Casino - Grover dances (1:04)
  • Lotus Land Casino - Percy meets 50's guy (0:29)
  • Lotus Land Casino - Percy, Annabeth, and Grover fight the guards (1:34)
  • Hades' mansion - Hades talks to Percy (2:19)

"Secrets of the Gods"
Mini-factoids on Zeus, Poseidon, Hermes, Persephone, Hades, Athena, the Minotaur, Grover, Chiron, and Percy.

"Discover Your Powers Quiz"

"The Book Comes To Life" with Rick Riordan (Author), Jake Abel ("Luke"), Brandon T. Jackson ("Grover Underwood"), Logan Lerman ("Percy Jackson"), Alexandra Daddario ("Annabeth Chase"), and Chris Columbus (Director). (4:24)

"Inside Camp Half-Blood" with Craig Titley (Screenwriter), Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Chris Columbus, Bryan Korenberg (Prop Master), Alexandra Daddario Michael Barnathan (Producer), and Howard Cummings (Production Designer) (5:09)

"On Set with Brandon T. Jackson" featuring Brandon T. Jackson, Logan Lerman, Chris Columbus, and Alexandra Daddario. (5:56)

"Meet the Demigods" with Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, and Jake Abel. (3:49)

"Composing for the Gods: A Conversation with Christophe Beck" (3:29)

Theatrical Trailer (2:26)

Disc 2: DVD
Promo for Fox DVDs with Digital Copy
Trailer for "The A-TEAM"
Promo for "Diary Of A Wimpy Kid" on Blu-ray and DVD
Promo for "Marley & Me: The Terrible 2's" on Blu-ray and DVD
Promo for "Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back" Premiering Only on DVD and Blu-ray (5:40 in total)

Promo for the "Percy Jackson & The Olympians" books from Disney-Hyperion: "The Lightning Thief", "The Seas of Monsters", "The Titan's Curse", "The Battle of the Labyrinth", and "The Last Olympian". (0:59)

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Theatrical Feature (118:29)

Extras:

Deleted Scenes:

  • The Museum - Grover photographs Aphrodite (1:38)
  • Int. Pickup Truck - Grover talks about Zeus' daughter (1:37)
  • Lotus Land Casino - Grover dances (1:02)
  • Lotus Land Casino - Percy, Annabeth, and Grover fight the guards (1:35)
  • Hades' Mansion - Hades talks to Percy (2:19)

Discover Your Powers Quiz

"The Book Comes To Life" (4:23)

Theatrical Trailer (2:24)

Sneak Peek:
"Tooth Fairy" on Blu-ray and DVD (2:24)
"Flicka 2" on DVD (1:04)
Family Favorites - Bring The Fun Home on DVD (1:21)

Disc 3: Digital Copy

(Source: Fox 2000 Pictures)

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