New DVD Releases: 'The Hills Have Eyes,' 'Night Watch,' 'Syriana' And More

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"Night Watch" (2004)

In the 14th-century ("Night Watch" tells us) two warring clans of vampires, the Warriors of Light and the Warriors of Darkness, declared a truce, and each group formed an organization to monitor the other side's activities. The Warriors of Light create the Night Watch, while the Warriors of Darkness formed the Day Watch. Fast-forward to the present day where, not surprisingly, the truce has grown increasingly uneasy with the appearance of an "other" who, according to prophecy, will destroy the pact between the Warriors of Light and Darkness. If you're a fan of "The Matrix," "LotR" and "Underworld" and you don't mind reading subtitles — the film was made in Russia; see "Night Watch: The Battle Within" — chances are this unique take on the vampire myth is right up your dark, fetid alley.

Fox Home Entertainment has included the following extras:

  • Extended ending with optional commentary
  • Commentary by director Timur Bekmambetov and novelist Sergei Lukianenko

"The Hills Have Eyes" Unrated Edition (2006)

With the summer vacation season upon us, here's a tip: When given a choice between a major highway and a desolate dirt road that can't be found on any map, stick to the highway. Otherwise, a pack of radioactive cannibals might just descend upon your RV and steal your baby. At least that's what happens to the poor parents and kids in "The Hills Have Eyes," Alexandre Aja's remake of the 1977 Wes Craven shocker classic of the same name. Aaron Stanford (Pyro from "The X-Men"), Kathleen Quinlan ("Apollo 13") and Ted Levine (Buffalo Bill from "The Silence of the Lambs") are all members of the unlucky family.

Fox Home Entertainment has included the following bonus features:

  • Audio commentary by Alexandre Aja, co-screenwriter Gregory Levasseur and producer Marianne Maddalena
  • Audio commentary by producers Wes Craven and Peter Locke
  • "Surviving the Hills: Making of 'The Hills Have Eyes' " documentary
  • Production diaries

"Syriana" (2005)

Throughout the labyrinthine plot of "Syriana," one message is crystal clear: there's not enough oil in the world. The film, written and directed by "Traffic" screenwriter Steve Gaghan, follows the oil trade from Texas to Washington to the Middle East while an all-star cast puts human faces on the issue. George Clooney, whose part was based on Robert Baer, an ex-CIA hand and author of the book that inspired the film, gained nearly 40 pounds for the role and won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his trouble. Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Jeffery Wright, Chris Cooper, Christopher Plummer and Tim Blake Nelson co-star.

Warner Home Video has included the following extras:

  • Additional scenes
  • "Make a Change, Make a Difference" featurette
  • Conversation with George Clooney

"The Omen" Collector's Edition (1976)

Well, the date (06/06/06) has come and gone with little effect — if one doesn't count an anemic remake of the original, 1976 "Omen." Building on the terror of other '70s films like "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist," Richard Donner made an innocent, albeit creepy, child the embodiment of all evil and ruined the name Damien for future generations. The now-familiar tale: U.S. diplomat Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) and his wife Katherine (Lee Remick) adopt the infant Damien after the death of their own baby in an Italian hospital. Mysterious events surround the child as he grows up until, with the help of a photographer and an exorcist, Thorn discovers that Damien is the Antichrist and must be destroyed.

Fox Home Entertainment has included the following extras in this two-disc set:

  • Introduction by Richard Donner
  • Commentary by Donner, editor Stuart Baird and writer/director Brian Helgeland
  • "666: 'The Omen' Revealed"
  • "An Appreciation: Wes Craven on 'The Omen' "
  • Jerry Goldsmith on "The Omen" score
  • Deleted scene
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Still gallery

"Superman: The Animated Series Volume 3" (2005) /
"Justice League: Season Two" (2003-2004)

With "Superman Returns" on the horizon, it's time to get reacquainted with the Man of Steel in all of his incarnations. After some promising live-action series, including "Superboy" and "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (both now available on DVD), "Superman: The Animated Series" and its follow-up, "Justice League," whet

our appetites while we wait for a worthy successor to director Richard Donner's (again!) 1978 big-screen classic. The third volume of "Superman: TAS" wraps up the series' 54-episode run with revelations like the origin of Supergirl and the "final" battle against Darkseid, ruler of Apokolips. "Justice League: S2," meanwhile, features fan-friendly elements like Gorilla Grodd's Secret Society, evil versions of the league members and Darkseid's return.

Warner Home Video has included the following extras in these collections:

"Superman: The Animated Series" Volume 3

  • The final 18 episodes of the series on two discs
  • Commentary on select episodes by the series creators and directors
  • "Superman: Behind The Cape" featurette
  • Deleted scene with introduction by producer Bruce Timm

"Justice League: Season Two"

  • Twenty-six episodes on four discs
  • Commentary on select episodes by the series creators
  • "Justice League Declassified" featurette

"Gatchaman Collection" Volume 7 (1973)

At the height of the "Star Wars" phenomenon, American producer Sandy Frank bought the rights to the Japanese anime "Science Ninja Team Gatchaman," toned it down for the kids and aired it in the U.S. as "Battle of the Planets." The series reappeared in the '80s as "G-Force" and while it suffered from a weak dub and even weaker story lines, the addictive show about a team of gifted teens fighting the forces of evil inspired Saturday-morning stalwarts like the "Power Rangers" for years to come. Luckily, ADV Films has been releasing the original series on DVD, complete and uncut, with an all-new dub based on the original shooting scripts.

In addition to episodes 73-84 of the series, ADV Films has also included the following extras in this three-disc box set:

  • Cast and crew commentary on select episodes
  • Clean opening and closing animation
  • Interview with voice actor Andy McAvin ("Dr. Nambu")
  • Episode sketches
  • Gatchaman Manga: "Mortal Blow! Gatchaman Fire"
  • "Gatchaman Karaoke"

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