On the action side, we have Gerard Butler’s “Gamer,” which is basically a cross between “Gladiator” and “The Running Man.” The film takes place in a dystopian future where nerds control beefy human avatars in a massively multiplayer online game. The film performed modestly at the box office, and comes to DVD and Blu-ray with a considerable amount of extras. Those include a feature-length commentary track, a three-part behind-the-scenes doc about the making of the film, and an interesting (for tech hounds) look at the groundbreaking digital RedOne camera used for the flick.
Also dropping is “Whiteout,” an Antarctic murder mystery starring Kate Beckinsale. The film sat on the shelf for a number of years before being released a few months ago, and was met by a lackluster response at the box office. It also hits home video with a sparing amount of bonus content. We get a making-of featurette, a couple deleted scenes and a short vignette that examines the graphic novel the film is based on. Faring somewhat better is “Pandorum,” a gritty sci-fi thriller that sees two crewmembers awakened with complete memory loss. The film gives us audio commentary, a whopping 16 deleted and extended scenes, and a bevy of featurettes ranging from prop design to expanding the movie’s universe.
“Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball” arrives on store shelves as a direct-to-video follow-up to Joe Carnahan’s hitman-friendly action flick. The film hits the same beats as its original namesake, so fans of the first might enjoy a return to the franchise’s high-adrenaline world while detractors will find little to change their minds. Among the extras on the DVD and Blu-ray are audio commentary, a chat with original director and producer Joe Carnahan, a half-hour making-of featurette, deleted scenes and a gag reel.
The remainder of the week’s notable releases are two P.T. Anderson films new to Blu-ray: “Boogie Nights” and “Magnolia.” No new extras are included; the highlights here are on the video and audio sides, both of which are fantastic.
DVD & BLU-RAY NEWS
The ’80s classic “NeverEnding Story” along with the original “Clash of the Titans” hits March 2, while “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day” drops March 9. Mila Jovovich’s alien encounter flick “The Fourth King” lands March 16, the same day as the animated “Astro Boy.” George Clooney’s “The Men Who Stare At Goats” is targeted for later in the month on March 23.
“Michael Jackson’s This Is It,” Bruce Willis’ “Surrogates,” torture porn addict “Saw VI,” Ellen Page’s “Whip It” and Blu-ray transfers of “Atonement” and “Pride and Prejudice.”