Legion Denny’s has nothing on this supernatural thriller’s diner setting, which happens to serve not as a good place to down a Moons over My Hammy, but as the ultimate battleground for man’s survival—the deal is, God’s pissed at the human race and has sent angels from heaven to clean house. Mankind’s only chance of winning the war lies with the archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) and a group of strangers, like a chain-smoking pregnant waitress and Dennis Quaid. Sure it’s kinda silly, but don’t be a movie snob—just go with it, and enjoy the special effects. Extras: “Creating the Apocalypse,” “Humanity's Last Line of Defense,” “From Pixels to Picture” (DVD/BD); “Bringing Angels To Earth: Picture-in-Picture,” movieIQ, digital copy (BD)
Daybreakers This time it’s a vegan vampire (?) who wants to save the human race, which those darn carnivorous vamps are wiping out, by finding a suitable blood substitute before time runs out. It’s a bit all-action, no heart, so to speak, but it’s also cold, stylish and of course bloody. Extras: a making-of, director commentary (DVD/BD); extended making-of, a short film by the directors, storyboard and digital copy (BD).
Edge of Darkness Mel Gibson’s going off again! This time it’s on the big screen, as a detective whose daughter is killed on his own doorstep who learns that her death is part of a puzzle of corruption and deceit. Directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), based on his own BBC miniseries. A decent entry into the genre, and nice to see the guy back in front of the camera. Extras: “Revisiting the Miniseries” (watch Mel in an exclusive clip from that featurette), “Boston as a Character,” “Mel’s Back” and many more featurettes plus DVD and digital copy (BD); also available as a single-disc DVD.
New on Blu
The Karate Kid I and II Just in time for the new Jackie Chan movie, Sony releases these movies as a two-disc Blu-ray collector’s edition box set (also available separately). New extras include pop-up trivia and factoids, a brand-new interview with Ralph Macchio, featurettes on the films’ martial arts and a featurette “The Sequel."