New on DVD: '50/50,' 'Paranormal Activity 3,' the Oscar-Nominated 'Real Steel'

50/50 Joseph Gordon-Levitt continues to show he's one of Hollywood's best young actors working today with this dramedy in which his public radio producer character Kyle gets some bad news of the spinal cancer kind. Helping him find the gallows humor in this sucky situation is his goofy best bud (Seth Rogen), who does things like use Kyle's illness as a pick-up line at a bar and compares his odds to a casino game. Screenwriter Will Reiser used his own experience as a cancer patient in his early 20s while working with Seth Rogen as inspiration. Extras: Commentary with the filmmakers, deleted scenes, “The Story of 50/50” featurette (DVD/BD)

Paranormal Activity 3 After Paranormal Activity 2 (or rather, Para-no-activity 2), this sequel/prequel comes as a welcome surprise. Yeah, it's got all the same tricks--found-footage, door-slamming jolts, noises just out of view--that you already expect from this one-trick-pony series, but if you give yourself over to it, you might genuinely jump a few times. Extras: Unrated version (DVD/BD), the BD adds the original theatrical version and a featurette "Lost Tapes."

Real Steel Hugh Jackman is a has-been fighter whose career tanks when giant robots enter the ring. Along comes his estranged son for a testy reunion and the discovery of a scrap-metal 'bot that, with a little training and rehab, turns figuratively into gold in the ring. Extras: "Making of Metal Valley," "Building the Bots," bloopers (DVD/BD); the BD adds featurettes on the main character and boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, deleted and extended scenes.

The Whistleblower Rachel Weisz stars as a UN-contracted peacekeeper assigned to Bosnia, where she uncovers a sex-trafficking network that seems to be operating in plain sight of UN command.

 

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