New on DVD: 'Seven Psychopaths,' 'Hotel Transylvania'

05:00 AM, Jan 31, 2013

Colin Farrell, left, and Christopher Walken star in 'Seven Psychopaths.' Chuck Zlotnick/


Written By by Steve Jones, USA TODAY

Seven Psychopaths2012, Sony, R, $31; Blu-ray, $36

A struggling writer (Colin Farrell) trying to complete his script for Seven Psychopaths finds himself inadvertently hunted by gangsters thanks to his dognapping friend and beset by actual psychopaths whose stories he could wind up using. He could also wind up with a bang-up ending, or he could just wind up dead.

USA TODAY’s Claudia Puig says * * * stars 1/2 out of four:Seven Psychopaths is about seven times more clever than most Hollywood comedies. And way more demented.”

Hotel Transylvania2012, Sony, PG, $31; DVD+Blu-ray, $41

Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) plans a lavish party for his daughter’s 118th birthday at his posh hotel where monsters come to enjoy themselves. Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, the Mummy and others are all there for the fun in this animated comedy. But trouble arrives when an ordinary guy stumbles upon the hotel and falls for Drac’s baby girl. Puig: * * 1/2

Paranormal Activity 42012, Paramount, R, $31; DVD+Blu-ray, $38

This sequel to Paranormal Activity 2 (PA 3 was a prequel) picks up the story of Katie (Katie Featherston), the demon-possessed killer of her sister and brother-in-law who in the end disappeared with their baby son Hunter. She resurfaces in a quiet Nevada suburb, where she wreaks havoc on the family next door. Puig: * *

The Cold Light of Day2012, Summit Entertainment, PG-13, $20; Blu-ray, $25

The Shaw family’s vacation in Spain is interrupted by an espionage plot involving a mysterious briefcase. Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) learns his father (Bruce Willis), who works for the CIA, stole the item from a Mossad agent. His family is kidnapped and when his dad is killed, Will doesn’t know where to turn or who he can trust. Sigourney Weaver also stars.