New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Detention' and More

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This week: A serial killer wrecks havoc at a high school in "Detention," the meta horror-comedy starring "Hunger Games" tribute Josh Hutcherson.

Also new this week is the teen coming-of-age flick "LOL" with Miley Cyrus, the impressive Blu-ray collection "Forever Marilyn" featuring seven of Marilyn Monroe's best films and a new edition of "Total Recall" on Blu-ray.


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Box Office: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes: 33% Rotten

Storyline: This meta horror-comedy hybrid stars Josh Hutcherson and Shanley Caswell as students who are trying to survive their final year of high school as a serial killer called "Cinderhella" stalks the student body. Dane Cook stars as the master of detention, Principal Verge.

Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain screen tests and the "Riffing with Dane" featurette.

We Say: Its spirited self-referential shtick doesn't put "Detention" on par with "The Cabin in the Woods" or any of the "Scream" movies, but this SXSW festival favorite gets a hall pass for those susceptible to the charms of another genre-skewering spoof.


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Box Office: $46,500

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

Storyline: This remake of the popular coming-of-age French film stars Miley Cyrus as Lola — her friends call her "Lol" — who is brokenhearted by her ex and discovering that her best friend (Douglas Booth) might be the love of her young life. Demi Moore co-stars as Lola's frazzled mother.

Extras! Lisa Azuelos, who also wrote and directed the original film, provides commentary with two supporting players on the DVD and Blu-ray.

We Say: OMG! If your idea of a compelling story is watching Cyrus lie around and frantically text her friends — which is exactly what is pictured on the cover — you'll be ROTFL at how this movie gets you. For the rest of us who communicate in a language with full sentences, something crucial is lost in translation.

'Forever Marilyn' Blu-ray Collection

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Box Office: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

Storyline: There will never be another Marilyn Monroe, a timeless Hollywood icon whose sex appeal inspires but is never attained. This set includes seven of her most popular films (five on Blu-ray for the first time), including "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "How to Marry a Millionaire," "River of No Return," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "The Seven Year Itch," "Some Like It Hot" and "The Misfits."

Extras! The best bonus features are on "Some Likes It a Hot," which includes two new making-of documentaries, and "The Seven Year Itch," which has a "Marilyn Monroe Interactive Timeline" to tinker with.

We Say: Say good-bye to Norma Jean and dated standard-definition presentations and hello to moviedom's quintessential blonde bombshell, all of whose movies have been lovingly remastered in this must-own collection for Monroe fans.

'Total Recall' Blu-ray Mind-Bending Edition

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Box Office: $119 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 83% Fresh

Storyline: In this 1990 sci-fi favorite directed by Paul Verhoeven, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Quaid, a construction worker haunted by dreams of Mars who visits a company called Rekall to buy artificial memories of a Martian vacation. Something goes wrong during the process and Quaid suspects that he might be a secret agent whose memory has been erased, and that his wife (Sharon Stone) might be out to kill him. To get answers, Quaid takes off to the Red Planet, where he meets a ragtag community of mutants fighting for survival.

Extras! This Blu-ray double dip makes up for its predecessor's lack of extras with a commentary track, an interview with Verhoeven, several making-of featurettes, a restoration comparison and a new documentary.

We Say: The jury is still out on the PG-13 "Total Recall" remake making its way to theaters this summer, but this R-rated original retains its cult appeal for many reasons, including the three-breasted prostitute that Schwarzenegger encounters in a Martian brothel.

Also New This Week:

"La Grande Illusion" Blu-ray




"Reality of Love"

"The Bunny Game"