This weeks most rented and best selling DVDs feature aliens, evil spirits, expanded consciousness & comic book geeks


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

Directed by Greg Mattola for Fox, and written by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, Paul, was the best-selling DVD, as well as the 2nd most rented DVD in its first week on video. Starring Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg, who voices Reepicheep in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), Clive Gollings (Nick Frost, better known as Ed in Shaun of the Dead), Agent Zoil (Jason Batemen, also known as Dave Lockwood in The Change-Up) and Paul (Seth Rogen, better known as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet in The Green Hornet and the voice of B.O.B. in Monsters vs. Aliens), the story follows two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. who encounters an alien outside Area 51.

In its first week on video, Mars Needs Moms, ranked as the 5th best-selling DVD and the 10th most rented DVD this week. Directed by Simon Wells (also one of three writers) for Disney and written by Wendy Wells and Berkeley Breathed, a young boy named Milo (Seth Green, the voice behind Chris Griffen on Family Guy) gains a deeper appreciation for his Mom (Joan Cusak, voice of Verushka the Witch on Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil) after Martians come to Earth to take her away.

In its fourth week on video, Limitless, fell from the Number 2 ranking to the Number 3 ranking on the most rented DVD list for this week. Directed by Neil Berger for Fox, and starring Eddie Mora (Bradley Cooper), Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro) and Lindy (Abbie Cornish, better known as Sweet Pea in Sucker Punch), a writer discovers a top-secret drug, which bestows him with super human abilities.

In its fifth week on video, Insidious, ranked as the 9th most rented DVD this week. Directed by James Wan and starring Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson, who played Dan Dreiberg/Night Owl in Watchman), Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne, last seen as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: First Class) and Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins), A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

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