Tuesday, June 29, 2010
DVD GIVEAWAY Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Anyone who knows me knows I love science fiction/fantasy. I once wrote up a list of attributes my perfect man would have and it included a love of Star Trek and Lord of the Rings. It's no coincidence that Stewart and I went to New Zealand for our honeymoon--I even took a photo in front of the sign for Hobbiton. So when the trailers for Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief came out, my interest was piqued. Then a friend of mine went to see it with her son who had read the book series by Rick Riordan and they said it was definitely not appropriate for the toddler crowd. The only movies I get to see in the theater these days are ones I think H&R would like (and even those don't work out and we end up bailing) so I didn't get a chance to watch Percy Jackson on the big screen. I was thrilled when 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment gave me the opportunity to review the film and host a giveaway to coincide with the film's release on Blu-ray Disc and DVD today, June 29.
The movie takes the gods of Mount Olympus and Greek mythology and places them in the 21st century. Percy Jackson is a trouble-prone teenager with dyslexia and ADHD who finds himself having problems in high school, but that’s the least of his challenges. He discovers (when the substitute teacher turns into a Fury and attacks him) that he's the son of a Greek god and needs to run away to a safe haven for demigods like himself. Zeus (played by Boromir!!!!), Poseidon and Hades are brothers who have been rivals since they took over the leadership positions among the gods. Zeus' lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Learning he is the son of Poseidon, the young teen finds himself caught between angry and battling gods, and embarks on a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves. After having seen the fight scenes and the various monsters in the film, I definitely agree with my friend that this movie is for the middle school set or older. My favorite scene was when they go to find the first blue pearl and they find themselves in the middle of Medusa's home.
Directed by Chris Columbus (first two Harry Potter films), Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief stars rising star Logan Lerman (Percy), and features an ensemble cast including Rosario Dawson (Persephone), Sean Bean (Zeus), Uma Thurman (Medusa), Pierce Brosnan (Percy's teacher), Catherine Keener (Percy's mom), and Kevin McKidd (Poseidon). The Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Blu-ray includes over an hour of special features, 10 deleted scenes, a “Secrets of the Gods” featurette, an “On Set” with Brandon T. Jackson, and much more. The standard DVD includes five deleted scenes, “Bringing The Book To Life” featurette and a “Discover Your Powers” quiz. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will give THREE Random Mommy readers the chance to watch their own DVD copy of this film at home.
HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: Contest period runs from Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 9:01 AM (Pacific) until Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 11:59 PM (Pacific). Enter by leaving the name of your favorite science fiction/fantasy movie/book/character, and leave your e-mail address OR sign in to comments using your Blogger ID, making sure your Blogger profile is public and includes your e-mail address.
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If you don't leave a qualifying comment and your e-mail address or public Blogger profile, your entry will be disqualified. I reserve the right to extend the contest period. At the end of the contest period, I will utilize Random.org to randomly choose the THREE winners. Winners will be contacted by e-mail. Winners have 72 hours to respond to my e-mail. If the winners do not respond within 72 hours, the prizes will go to the next place winner(s) as decided by Random.org. This contest is open for US Residents only. A huge thank you and much appreciation to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for its generosity!