New on DVD: ‘Battle: Los Angeles, ’’Red Riding Hood,’ ‘Harry Potter’ Ultimate Editions

Battle: Los Angeles  Something’s dropping from the sky and firing on the good citizens of the world. O, the humanity! Who can stop these alien warships rat-a-tat-tatting their reign of terror across the big cities of every major country on earth? Why, the U.S. Marines, of course! Led by one grizzled retired staff sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart, channeling John Wayne), tasked with leading his squadron into Santa Monica to rescue the last civilians there before all of Los Angeles is sealed off. The movie’s a way better Skyline, though that’s not saying much; the effects are great, the action solid (you may need earplugs for all the explosions) but who came up with some of these lines? Stuff like, "I might be able to help…I'm a veterinarian" says one character when they find a dead alien, and Nantz rattling off a list of woes meant to pull your heartstrings and finishing with, “…but none of that matters right now” straight out of Airplane. That said, if you’re not that picky (and Angelenos, that includes if you’re okay with Louisiana settings supposed to look like the Westside) you might find this entertaining stuff. Extras: Featurettes "Behind the Battle," "Aliens in L.A.," "Preparing for Battle" and "Creating L.A. in LA" (DVD/BD); on the BD is "Directing the Battle," "The Freeway Battle" and a featurette on the actor boot camp, plus a "Command Control" picture-in-picture function where you can check out storyboard comparisons and a behind-the-scenes look at the film's alien autopsy all while watching the movie. Check out an exclusive clip

Red Riding Hood Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) directs this “dark” update of the classic fairy tale with Amanda Seyfried as the titular lass, in love with a brooding stranger, and you won’t miss the obvious comparison between both movies with their longing glances and brooding hesitation. When a werewolf breaks its truce with the townspeople, it’s up to Red to save the day. Check out this exclusive clip
Extras: Alternate ending, several making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, a gag reel and two music videos (DVD/BD)

Hall Pass Two married best friends (Jason Sudeikis, Owen Wilson) get a “hall pass” from their wives to enjoy a week of freedom with benefits in this comedy from the Farrelly Brothers. (First off:  Really??) So the doofs proceed to embark on their quest for tail at…Applebee’s? Instead of getting down to the business of getting down, they’re distracted by junk food, golf and various misguided misadventures. Pass you oughta on this male adolescent fantasy that feels like it came from the Farrelly era of 1998. Extras: Deleted scene (DVD/BD); that an a gag reel on the BD
Harry Potter Special Editions (DVD/BD)
 Order of the Phoenix This pack, called “Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution,” offers the movie with a function called the In-Movie Experience, allowing you to explore the people, locations, creatures and moviemaking while watching Harry and friends. The special features disc offers 4 hours of featurettes on the sets, Harry’s newfound rebellion, set tour with Nymphadora Tonks (Natalia Tena), the editing process, and theatrical trailers. And then there are collectibles: a lenticular card, 48-page book with rare images from years 1-7 and two limited edition character cards (Luna Lovegood, Dolores Umbridge). Check out an exclusive clip
The Half-Blood Prince “Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects” also offers the In-Movie Experience, here with Daniel Radcliffe leading the exploration while you watch. Disc 2 has 4 hours of featurettes: J.K. Rowling’s creation of the final book in the series; close-ups with the cast, who show you aspects of makeup, set design, editing, stunt work and more; a look at the Orlando Wizarding World and more. Collectibles include a lenticular card, 44-page book about years 1-7, character cards (Draco Malfoy, Albus Dumbledore).
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