Limitless and Insidious describe this week’s best renting and selling DVDs with preternatural twists


Four preternatural films appeared on Rentrak’s most rented DVD list and best-selling DVD list this week.

In its second week on video, Limitless, maintained the Number 1 ranking on the most rented DVD list and fell to the Number 4 ranking on the best-selling DVD of the week. Directed by Neil Berger for Fox, and starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish (Sweet Pea in Sucker Punch), a writer discovers a top-secret drug, which bestows him with super human abilities.

In its third week on video, Insidious, ranked as the 5th most rented DVD and the 6th best-selling DVD of the week. Directed by James Wan and starring Patrick Wilson (Dan Dreiberg/Night Owl in Watchman), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: First Class) and Ty Simpkins (Michael Wheeler in Revolutionary Road), A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Directed by Bragi F. Schut for Fox, Season of the Witch, starring Behmen (Nicolas Cage who also lends his face to Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider and the upcoming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance due out in 2012), Felson (preternatural icon Ron Perlman, otherwise known as Hellboy or Vincent from the 1980′s series Beauty and the Beast) and the girl (Claire Foy), in its fifth week in video, did not appear on the best-selling list, however, it is still holding strong on the most rented DVD list, ranking as the 7th most- rented DVD this week. Season of the Witch chronicles the adventures of 14th Century knights (Cage and Perlman) escorting a witch (Foy), who is accused of being the source of the Black Plague, to a monastery.

In its first week on video, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night ranked as the 9th best-selling DVD and the 10th most rented DVD. Directed by Kevin Munroe for Fox, and written by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer and Tiziano Sclavi, and starring Dylan Dog (Brandon Routh or Todd Ingram in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Gabriel (Peter Stormare also Lev Andropov in Armageddon) and Marcus (Sam Huntington or Josh in Being Human)  the adventures of supernatural private eye, Dylan Dog, who seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is holding strong on the best selling DVD list this week. Directed by David Yates for Warner Bros. and written by Steve Kloves and J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 ranked as the 3rd best-selling DVD this week in its 16th week on video. As Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermoine (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) race against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, they uncover the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.

All in all, it was another good week for these films. What have you rented and/or bought to watch this weekend?