Out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week: Looking for company as the apocalypse approaches; a president who hunts supernatural creatures; a girl who discovers she is one; and the return of a Sith.
There are two kinds of Apocalypse movies: those that are about the Apocalypse as a dramatic event, and the ones in which the imminent end of the world is the instigating catalyst for a character quest. Steve Carell is exactly the wrong person for the first type, but there's something so human about him that he's the ideal guide to the journey toward the end.
Formats: DVD, Digital Copy, and Blu-ray.
The story: As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.
Starring: Steve Carell (Dodge), Nancy Carell (Linda), Mark Moses (Anchorman), Roger Aaron Brown (Alfred), Rob Huebel (Jeremy), Trisha Gorman (Crying Woman), Keira Knightley (Penny), Adam Brody (Owen), Tonita Castro (Elsa), Leslie Murphy (Amy), Connie Britton (Diane), Rob Corddry (Warren), Kasey Campbell (Danny), Melanie Lynskey (Karen).
Directed by: Lorene Scafaria.
Features: Feature Commentary: With writer/director Lorene Scafaria, her mother Gail Scafaria, producer Joy Gorman Wettels, and actors Adam Brody and Patton Oswalt; Outtakes; A Look Inside Seeking a Friend for the End of the World; Music for the End of the World: What's on Your Playlist?; BD Live; Pocket BLU; uHEAR; Ultraviolet Copy.
The book was a carefully balance summer-read mash-up, an inquisitive twirling of different kinds of modern folklore told with a wink and a quirky smile; but the people that made this movie saw the meat-cleaving gore that was the framework but not the meaning.
Formats: DVD, Digital Copy, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray.
The story: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.
Starring: Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln), Dominic Cooper (Henry Sturgess), Anthony Mackie (Will Johnson), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Mary Todd Lincoln), Rufus Sewell (Adam), Marton Csokas (Jack Barts), Jimmi Simpson (Joshua Speed), Joseph Mawle (Thomas Lincoln), Robin McLeavy (Nancy Lincoln), Erin Wasson (Vadoma), John Rothman (Jefferson Davis), Cameron M. Brown (Willie Lincoln), Frank Brennan (Senator Jeb Nolan), Lux Haney-Jardine (Young Abraham Lincoln), Curtis Harris (Young Will).
Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov.
Features: The Great Calamity Graphic Novel; Audio Commentary with Writer Seth Grahame-Smith; The Making of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter -- Dark Secrets: Book to Screen, On the Set: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Vampire Hunting: Fight Choreography, The Art of Transformation: Make-Up Effects, A Visual Feast: Timur Bekmambetov's Visual Style; "Powerless" Music Video by Linkin Park.
This increasingly prominent pillar of the current form of supernatural television drama has to be seen from the beginning.
Formats: Blu-Ray and DVD.
The story: A developing mythology where a Fae, in this case female Bo (Anna Silk), attempts to ferret out the secrets of her past.
Starring: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Ksenia Solo, Richard Howland, Zoie Palmer.
Created by: M.A. Lovretta.
Features: Cast Interviews (SD); Crew Interviews (SD); Behind the Scenes Clips (SD).
In the beginning, given that it's slotted between universally known feature films, the chief fan approach to The Clone Wars was an owlish inquest into its potential continuity with the existing Star Wars oeuvre. By the time that we've reached season 4, there's something more going on. Clone Wars, as a series, has accumulated its own life and purpose, and stories and characters that give it a reason to exist on its own merits.
Formats: DVD and Blu-Ray.
The story: The battle to save the galaxy reaches new heights of peril and new depths of darkness. The valiant Jedi Knights and clone troopers defend exotic planets from enemy forces. They wage war underwater, battle across a night-shrouded world, and take on the merciless Death Watch. Our heroes are tested like never before as Anakin is haunted by the realities of his past, Ahsoka fights to free her people and an undercover Obi-Wan braves a deadly bounty hunter tournament. Season Four culminates with the shocking return of a villain from the past: the ruthless Darth Maul, who will stop at nothing to achieve vengeance.
Starring: Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, Dee Bradley Baker, Phil LaMarr, Catherine Taber, Tom Kane, James Arnold Taylor, Matthew Wood.
Created by: George Lucas.
Features: Five video commentaries; Blu-ray exclusive Jedi Temple Archives, a database of early test animations, concept art, and 3-D turnarounds.