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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief [Blu-ray] (2010)

Logan Lerman , Kevin McKidd , Chris Columbus  |  PG |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (989 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Logan Lerman, Kevin McKidd, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Uma Thurman
  • Directors: Chris Columbus
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 6.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox 2000 Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (989 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG98J6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1: Theatrical Feature
  • 10 Deleted Scenes
  • Secrets of the Gods
  • Discover Your Powers Quiz
  • The Book Comes to Life
  • Inside Camp Half-Blood
  • On Set with Brandon T. Jackson
  • Meet the Demigods
  • Composing for the Gods: A Conversation with Christophe Beck

Disc 2: DVD

Disc 3: Digital Copy

Editorial Reviews

Mythology and the modern world collide in this epic quest for justice by Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), your basic below-average, misfit student whose family life is a mess and who's misunderstood by everyone except his best friend, Grover (Brandon T. Jackson). A voice warns that everything is about to change as Percy enters the New Roman and Greek Art Gallery on a school field trip, and, indeed, it does. Percy's substitute teacher morphs into a mythical beast and tries to attack him, and it's revealed that Percy is the son of Poseidon, and a true demigod. Percy also discovers that Grover is really a satyr--half-human, half-goat--and his sworn protector, and that one of his teachers is a centaur--half-horse, half-man--who's more committed to Percy's education than he could ever have imagined. On top of it all, Percy is the prime suspect in the recent theft of Zeus's lightning bolt and is being hunted by the gods. Following these shocking revelations, Percy is taken to a special training camp to learn to control and use his exceptional powers, and in the process, his mother is imprisoned by Hades. Against all advice, Percy, his protector Grover, and Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), daughter of Athena, leave camp to rescue Percy's mother from the underworld. Their quest is extremely dangerous and puts them squarely in the path of Medusa (Uma Thurman), with her venomous hair and gaze that turns people to stone. The three also battle a five-headed, fire-breathing beast and visit a Las Vegas casino patrons never leave, and finally they find themselves deep in the underworld, at the mercy of the unpredictable Persephone, wife of Hades. Somehow, Percy must both convince the gods he did not steal Zeus's lightning and prevent a war of the gods that could potentially destroy the entire world. Based on the books by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is an exciting action film rich with ancient mythology, yet set squarely in the 21st century. Enriched by strong special effects and some potently disturbing images, it is a powerful story about family, trust, determination, and love. (Ages 11 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

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!

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189 of 231 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars My sympathies to Mr. Riordan! July 8, 2010
I managed to swallow Chris Columbus's changes to the first two Harry Potter movies, but the travesty he created from Riordan's lively, likeable "quest" novel I just can't ignore or forgive. All the great conversations, the truly funny situations, the believable universe, and the contemporarizing (is that a word???) of Greek mythology that made Riordan's novel (and the complete series) such great fun were completely ignored. What this movie is instead is a retread of every stereotypical "fallback" character, plot line, and dialogue ever presented in a movie for preadolescents. Obviously, the choice of young stars was to introduce two more attractive youngsters who have some potential--whether as actors or teen idols remains to be seen. But what was the point of making Grover an over-sexed satyr? Of making Persephone a hot mama? Of making the Lotus Hotel an older teen's idea of free drinks, free sex, free gambling? Of making the gods SO stereotypical of every bad B movie from the 1930s through the 1990s? I mean, Riordan created a great new consistent universe, and Columbus turned into a tired old grade-B (even C or D!)
Don't bother with the movie--get the audio books instead! Jesse Bernstein does a good job with the tone and feeling that Riordan created. (And yes, I'm an adult who's been reading and enjoying "quest" novels for many years. Riordan respected his audience, and created well and true for them; Columbus, on the other hand, "disrespected" Riordan's intent, and it shows.)
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165 of 211 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a Shame... June 24, 2010
My son talked me into reading these books with him, and we loved them.
When we went to see the new Harry Potter movie, scenes for it came on during the trailers.

He recognized the story the second the preview started. He was thrilled, and so was I. What potential this unique and fun series had for a movie--or movies...I mean, they advertised that it was being brought to us by the people who make the Harry Potter movies.

The Potter movies stay so true to the book--taking care to absolutely keep things in the screenplay that are necessary to the plot line.

I wish I could say the same for this movie.

When it finally came out, we went to a movie theater in NJ that was right across the river from NYC.
We could see the Empire State building from the theater parking lot, and took it as a sign that the movie was going to rock. We were so psyched to see it.

When we left the theater, I thought my son was going to cry, and I couldn't un-scrunch my eyebrows--huh?? I felt so bad for him, for me, for Rick Riordan...

We understand that it's impossible to make a movie exactly like a book-- but this was a travesty.
Every important aspect of the story was by-passed for the sake of special effects.

It's almost as if the screenwriter had been given a verbal summary of what the book was about, and took it from there. So many important plot points were left out or down right changed to the point that it would be impossible to even think about a sequel.

It's such a shame. These stories have the "book made to movie" potential of the Potter series, or dare I say, a kids "Lord of the Rings".

If someone with vision had just read the books, the money used to make it could have been so much better spent.

It could have been knocked out of the park, but, alas, the ball was dropped and we all lost.
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162 of 211 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Ride! April 21, 2010
First off let me just say that I have read all 5 books at least twice through. I am an avid fan of this series. I was looking forward to this movie for quite a while. Of course this takes the course that many book adaptions take. That is, it differs from the book in many ways. Personally, I went to the midnight showing of this film expecting the differences, and went with an open mind to the idea of differences. And you know what? I immensely enjoyed this film! First, let me run down some differences between the book and film.

Unless you've read the book and don't mind finding out what was cut and changed, consider this your SPOILER ALERT!

First and most obviously, the ages of the actors. They are all in their late teens, whereas the kids in the book are 12.

Second, no Ares, Clarisse, or Dionysus. The fight for the Lightning Bolt is with Luke instead of Ares. And Annabeth takes on the role of the warrior girl in the movie.

Third, instead of a quest, Percy Grover and Annabeth just ditch camp to get the lightning bolt and save Percy's mother.

Fourth, NO PROPHECY. No mention of Thalia or the Big Three pact. I hope they mention it in The Sea of Monsters if they make it.

Those are the 4 biggest changes I remember from the movie and biggest complaints from avid fans. Logan Lerman (Percy), Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth), Brandon T Jackson (Grover), and Jake Abel (Luke) are all great actors. I hadn't really heard of them until The Lightning Thief. But they are terrific actors! Brandon is hilarious as Grover, and makes tons of jokes as the comic relief. Some may find his constant cracking of joke irritating, but in the right mood he's hilarious.

Sean Bean, and Kevin Mckidd are great as Zeus and Poseidon respectively.
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49 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Movie, worst book adaptation ever! May 20, 2010
I am a teacher. I recomend these books to all my students, family, and friends. All who have read them, loved them. I loved the entire book series. I was very excited when they announced they would be making a movie. If the movie had been made to the caliber of Harry Potter or LOTR, with a close following of the story and characters, then this would have been the awesome first installment of a great set of movies. Instead, we're left with some decent action and special effects, with poor acting, casting, script, and reworked plot. I wish I had waited to watch it at home, what a waste of money. The books are great, please read and enjoy them, don't waste time watching this film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My son's favorite book series.
Entertaining read, great for 4-5 graders. The other books in the series are great too. We've read them all and are reading "The Heroes of Mount Olympus" now.
Published 1 day ago by V. Beaton
5.0 out of 5 stars If you read the book first you will be mad, I saw the movie first and...
O.K. so they messed up on the book, BIG DEAL I never found a bunch of 12 year old action heroes credible anyway. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Karl
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome
This one was of the best movies of all time I just can't wait until the 3rd one comes of "the titans curse"
Published 3 days ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars My child has worn out this book
My child got this book when it came out. It is a really sweet story because she chose it for its length and to impress her fourth grade teacher. Well, what a lucky choice! Read more
Published 9 days ago by ThornyCactus
4.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie
Good family movie. I would recommend it. Not really the movie you would watch over and over again, but I would say it is a movie worth watching.
Published 10 days ago by Richard Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
The grandkids love this movie and we enjoyed it too. There are 2 movies, so be sure to watch this one first.
Published 10 days ago by Jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
It was good until the ending. They should have had a 2nd ending. The editing was annoying in the end. looks like something was edited out.
Published 13 days ago by Andre A. Martel
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
My 9 yr old daughter thought this movie would be "too boyish" for her. She was pleasntly surprised to learn that she was incorrect. Read more
Published 13 days ago by 2NatureGirls
3.0 out of 5 stars Great to show in classrooms after reading the book--So you know if...
I'm a high school teacher. I found the movie adaptation to be well-cast and well-made, however, there were too many plotline deviations and omissions to count. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Elena Olson
2.0 out of 5 stars what?
I want two hours of my life back. Books were good, but this was not. I thought #2 would get better, you know once they got the kinks worked out, but it was even worse.
Published 15 days ago by samuel meeks
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The age of the main characters is a vital and very disturbing change!
Probaly the reason they used older people is because it might be nice to read about a 12 year old fighting monsters and going on quests, but how would that look an screen? Not very good.
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