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Preternatural films fared better with renters than buyers last week

In Film, Shape Shifters, Urban Legends/FolkTales on 30 June, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Four preternatural films were among the top renting and bestselling DVDs last week. Assuming, that is, that turning Fate into a government agency is preternatural. The three films that made both lists ranked higher overall on the top rented list than the top-selling list.

The Adjustment Bureau topped the DVD rental list overall and placed second on the bestselling DVD list in its first week on video. Lovers David Norris (Matt Damon) and Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) battle Fate (in the form of mysterious agents for the Adjustment Bureau) to be together in this sci-fi romance directed by George Nolfi for Universal.

The third most rented DVD was Battle Los Angeles. It was also held the Number 4 spot on the bestselling list. An alien invasion landing off shore near Los Angeles delays Sgt. Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) retirement and thrust him into battle beside 2nd Lt. William Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez). Jonathan Liebsman directed this  war picture with a preternatural twist for Columbia Pictures.

The latest retelling of the classic fairy tale Red Riding Hood, ranked Number 8 overall among the top renting DVDs and tenth among the bestsellers. Catherine Harwicke, who also directed Twilight, guides Peter (Shiloh Fernandez, whom fans might recognize as Sean Henthorn for the TV series Jericho), Valerie (Amanda Seyfried), Solomon (Gary Oldman otherwise known as Harry Potter’s godfather Sirius Black) and Cesaire (fellow Twilight alum Billy Burke) through this fantastic horror for Warner Bros.

The two discrepancies for the week were Gnomeo and Juliet, ranked seventh overall  on the bestsellers list, and I Am Number Four, ranked tenth on among the top renting DVDs. Neither appeared on the other list. Both have been on video for 5 weeks.

Gnomeo and Juliet, the animated gnomish retelling of Shakespeare’s tragic love story landed at Number 7. Director Kelly Asbury, who was also behind Shrek 2 and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, guided a chorus of familiar preternatural voices. Everyone from Hogwarts’ Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith) to Bruce Wayne’s trusty butler Alfred (Michael Caine) to Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) has lent their voices to the garden version of Shakespeare’s classic play produced by Touchstone Pictures.

I Am Number Four is the sci-fi thriller from Dreamworks and director D.J. Caruso landed at Number 5 among all the best-selling DVDs and was the third most rented DVD of the weekStars John (Alex Pettyfer) and Sarah (Dianna Agron) may not be on the same level as Edward and Bella or Hermione and Ron, but they seem to be developing a solid fan base among young audiences.

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