DVD: It's Alien Tuesday with 'Paul' and 'Mars Needs Moms'

Paul Don't let that cute alien fool you--the little CGI guy from outer space swears like a trucker, has an obscene sense of humor and inhales his share of weed (he is voiced by Seth Rogen, after all). Paul, as he comes to be known, has escaped from a government lab and runs into a couple of schmoes on a road trip to Comic-Con (real-life buddies Simon Pegg and Nick Frost). Paul enlists their help to get back to his planet before Agent Zoil (the ubiquitous Jason Bateman) catches up. Watch for Sigourney Weaver's awesome comic turn as the government's "Big Guy" putting the press on Zoil to catch the little bugger. With nods to Spielberg, Star Wars and any number of sci-fi movies, it's sure to please the nerd in you.

 

 

 

 

 

Extras: Bloopers, features on the evolution of Paul the alien, Simon Pegg makes silly faces, feature commentary (DVD/BD); the BD adds featurettes on the cast being funny on-location, the many RVs used on set, interviews with the cast and crew, plus "Paul: The Musical" -- an impromptu musical version of the movie.

Mars Needs Moms On the opposite side of the universe is this fairly dreadful movie about Milo, an unruly 9-year-old who sends his mom off the deep end when he expresses that he wishes he'd never had a mom. Martians, though, can use all the Earth moms they can get hold of to program their "nannybots," and swoop down to take Milo's mom to their planet--not before Milo's stowed away on the ship though, filled with regret and determined to rescue her. If all that sounds pretty lame, it's because it is. Extras: Two behind-the-scenes features (DVD/BD); extended opening and deleted scenes plus a full mo-cap experience "Life on Mars" (BD). A 3D BD combo pack adds an extra scene in 3D.

Your Highness Danny McBride stars as the bratty, immature brother of king-to-be James Franco, who is just about to be married to virgin Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) when she's kidnapped by the sorcerer Leezar (Justin Theroux) whose intent is to impregnate her with a kingdom-destroying dragon. The brothers set off on a quest to rescue the bride-to-be, and along the way team up with a revenge-seeking warrior gal (Natalie Portman). It's bad, yes, but there are a couple of giggles to be had if you want to give it a chance. Extras: Commentary, feature-length documentary, deleted scenes, gag reel (DVD/BD); extended scenes, "Line-O-Rama," "Perverted Visions," "A Vision of Leezar" featurettes (BD).

Jumping the Broom Angela Bassett, Mike Eppes and Loretta Devine star in this rom-com about two families with different backgrounds coming together for a wedding. Hilarity ensues? Extras: Commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette, the tradition of "jumping the broom" (DVD/BD).

New to Blu
Fast Times at Ridgemont High The stoner classic is out in high def for the first time with new features including a documentary with interviews from the cast, commentary and other features like mobile-to-go bonus content and U-Control.

Dazed and Confused Richard Linklater's slacker cult comedy starring the likes of Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey and Parker Posey and features music from Aerosmith, Black Sabbath and other classic rockers also debuts on Blu-ray. Extras include deleted scenes, a filmstrip on the dangers of partying, and retro public service announcements (plus U-Control and other exclusive features).

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