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Review of Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief on DVD

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Are you looking for a very exciting new release to share with the older kids and adults in your family?  This movie may be for you!  We recently reviewed Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief on DVD, and it made for an action-packed family movie night.



This movie, based on the book and released just yesterday, features the son of Poseidon, as he works to master his powers and clear his name in a plot to steal Zeus' lightning bolt.  Families familiar with Greek Mythology will find the references to the gods, goddesses, and other mythical creatures to be entertaining and reminiscent of their studies in school.  Told as a modern-day twist on an age-old tale, Percy learns that he is the son of one of the most powerful gods, and must use his skills to return peace to the world.

Rated PG for violence and peril, scary images, suggestive material, and mild language, this is a movie that is best for kids ages 10 and up.  While there was nothing that I necessarily objected to, the scenes get a bit intense (one shows Medusa's head separate from her body and some of the evil creatures are pretty frightening!)  The violence, while nothing my kids haven't seen before, is also a reason to consider keeping kids under age 6 out of the room.  (They may have nightmares.)

Good fun for book enthusiasts, this is a an enjoyable romp into fantasy that reinforces the importance of family and friends -- even mythical ones. 

You can purchase this flick (available Blu-Ray and standard DVD) at Amazon, or follow Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on Twitter!

Wanna Win?  We have 2 copies of this fabulous film to give away.  To be entered to win, simply comment on this post with why you want to see this movie! You have until July 8th at 11:59 am CST to get your entries in.  Giveaways are subject to complete site rules. Open to persons 18+ U.S. only, please. (Be sure to give us a way to reach you if you win, and remember that we will never use your email or contact info for anything other than to send your prize.) Good luck, and be sure to check out all of our other giveaways!


*Sample was received for this review. Opinions are 100% mine.

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102 comments

  1. I would like to see this movie because I saw the trailer and it looks pretty interesting.

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  2. I would love to win this so it can help me pass the time while hubby is in Iraq.

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  3. I enjoyed reading the book with my daughter and we would love the movie!! Thanks
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  4. I'd like to see this because I have four sons, and they love this type of movie. We didn't get a chance to see it at the theater, and I think they'd really enjoy it.

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  5. my daughter really wants to see this movie... She loved the book and the movie looks greeat!

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  6. My son and I have read the books and would love to see the movie!
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  10. I want to see this because it looks very exciting and I didn't make it to the theater to see it like I wanted to :(
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  11. I want to win because I enjoy Mythology, and my son has expressed an interest in seeing this.

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  15. because I missed it in the theater and it looked really good

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  18. perfect for the older kids to watch with mummy and daddy after the little one goes to bed!
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  19. i would love to see this movie because i love the action and mythology in it. Even though i'm older now, i could watch it with my parents and enjoy a family night together.

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  20. saw it in the theatre and would love it here

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  21. I took my kids to this and they loved it. I would love to own it so they can watch it whenever they care to.

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  24. I would love this movie as a treat for my son after completring the book.

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  25. We want to see this movie because we love fantasy and magic :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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  26. My daughter loved the books and is so excited to see the movie!

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  27. My son read this book and said it was really good. I would love to watch the movie with him.

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  28. looks like it is going to be really funny

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  29. I remember seeing this previewed in the theaters and it really caught my eye! Looks like it would be really interesting.

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  30. I love these fantasy movies. Thanks!! magic5905@embarqmail.com

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  31. My neice would love this movie.
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  32. The trailer looked great but I didn't get a chance to see it in the theater. I would love to have it on Blu-ray :-)

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  33. I think it looks pretty entertaining, thanks!

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  34. My daughter is begging for this for her birthday. She's reading the books right now and loves them. Thank you!!

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  36. we enjoyed this at the theater, would love a copy

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  37. I've read all of the books and really enjoyed them. Due to being extremely pregnant I didn't get to see this one in the theater. This was especially sad since I'm a children's librarian and people keep asking me how the movie is compared to the book.

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  38. I loved the book and can't wait to watch the movie with my son

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  39. My son reads the books, he'd like the movie I'm sure.

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  40. I mainly want to see it because my daughter is interested. It looks full of action!
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  41. I would love to win this for my nine year old son.


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  42. We have the book and my Bebe boy James LOVES it! So it would be cool to have the movie that goes with it!

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  43. After reading the reviews this looks and sounds as if it would be a good movie for my older children.
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  44. I enjoyed mythology as a kid

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  45. My 10yr old son has been waiting patiently to watch this movie. Plus it is great for family movie night, something we can all watch together.
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  46. I'd love to win this because it looks like a really good family movie.

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  48. Fantasy movies are the favorites in our house. We love films like The Neverending Story, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and of course the Harry Potter films. Percy Jackson looks like a lot of fun. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  54. i would like to win this because it looks like a movie my grand kids who love to see when they come by

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  55. The trailer looks great! The books are on our summer reading list so would love to win this to watch when we are done the book

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  56. I read the books with my son, and we would love to see the movie too! Thanks!

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  58. I want to win this movie because my kids really loved it in the theater, and although its not really like the books (which they loved as well) it is a super movie.

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  59. I'd like to see this because it seems like something my boy would be into.

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  60. this would be the perfect movie for a rainy day movie night

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  61. I want to see this movie because I loved the book and the cast list is pretty good.

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  64. I have read all the books except the newest one (I don't care for hardcover), I have REALLY been wanting to see this movie!!

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  66. For my niece Hannah!

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  69. I totally want to see it because yea and verily, updated Greek mythology is where it's at. Or something along those lines.

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  70. Fan of Harry Potter and Greek mythology (this looks like a combination of the two.)

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  71. I would love to win this because I love the books! Also I haven't seen this yet but I really want to

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  72. My DH is actually the one who's been wanting to see this movie - he's obsessed with Greek mythology and is happy to see there's a family friendly movie out about it.

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  73. I want to see this because my teens keep telling me it's good.

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  75. I want to win because I love mythical stories and it sounds like a great movie.

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  76. I've never seen it before and would like to

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  77. I think this would be great for family movie night

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  78. It looks like a really entertaining movie and I know my family would enjoy this. Thanks

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  79. I want to see this movie because I love mythology and magic and movies to share with my kids and this one looks good :D

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  82. Sounds like a good family movie.

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  83. I would like this because my husband and I both want to see this.

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  84. My daughter saw the movie and loved it. She actually read the book afterwards and told me that I have to read them. I am the type that usually watches the movie, loves it and then reads the book. The same thing happened with the twilight series.

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  85. My granddaughter would like to see this.

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  86. I want to win!

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  87. Looks like a movie my children would like to watch

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  88. i would love this for my 13 year old son jordan he would love it :)

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  90. I would love to see this movie because it looks really good! :)

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  91. My son is a huge lover of mythology so this would be a great treat for him. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  92. although this movie is nothing like the books, I will still like if for the movie collection. Thanks for giveaway

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  93. I'd like to see this because it looks like a fun movie

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  94. My hubby and son saw it and loved it...but I had to stay home because my daughter is too young to go to the movies. Would love to see it on DVD!

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  95. I would love this movie because my son who has the biggest imagination of any child I have ever met has been bugging me for weeks to see it! LOL!

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  96. I'd like to win this for my kiddos

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  97. Linsey, I would like to win a copy of Percy Jackson & The Olympians — The Lightning Thief because I enjoy that genre of movie. The books were imaginative and entertaining and I would like to see how it translates to the screen. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  98. The trailer for this movie looks interesting! If I win I'll give it to my youngest brother, in the hopes that it will spur him to read the books.

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  99. my son really wants to see it, and my husband as well.

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