Battleship It's terror on the high seas in director Peter Berg's action-adventure, which pits the U.S. Navy against a battalion of aliens who've come to Earth to wage a seemingly unstoppable takeover. Taylor Kitsch stars as a wayward officer who ends up proving himself in the heat of battle; Liam Neeson is the admiral who doubts him; Brooklyn Decker is the girl who loves him; and Rihanna makes her acting debut as a gun-toting badass. If you're looking for a big, loud popcorn flick that gives loose nods to the game on which it's based, this is your movie. Extras: Featurettes on how filmmakers worked with the U.S. Navy, the cast and military extras and shooting at sea (DVD/BD); the BD adds a making-of with Berg, feature on the special effects, a tour of the U.S.S. Missouri and an interactive look at the movie via networked tablet or computer.
Watch an exclusive making-of clip:
Want to win it? Tell us below in the comments what your favorite part about the movie was, and three (3) winners chosen at random next Tuesday Sept. 4 will receive a Blu-ray combo pack. U.S. residents 18 and over, please.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits If this one looked just too silly to take your kids to in theaters, try checking it out at home--you may be quite surprised. The Aardman folks bring a sly British humor to the zany proceedings, which have a motley crew helming a ship toward their captain's dream--beating his archrival for the Pirate of the Year Award. Hugh Grant gives great Captain, the stop-motion animation is detailed and well done, and it's an effective sendup of pirate films that the young ones may not understand but older kids and adults will enjoy. Extras: "Mr. Bobo's Flash Card Challenge" kids' game, filmmaker commentary, mini-movie "So You Want to Be a Pirate" (DVD/BD); the BD adds the interactive "Pirate Disguise Dress-Up" game, featurettes on a bathtub scene and the stop-motion creation and two shorts with optional director commentary.
Think Like a Man One of the year's biggest sleeper hits was this ensemble cast comedy based on Steve Harvey's best-selling book on dating and relationships, in which four men attempt to turn the tables on the women in their lives who've started taking Harvey's book to heart. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, four featurettes on the book, the cast, their views on dating advice, and behind-the-scenes on set (DVD/BD)
Darling Companion In his first movie in a decade, writer-director Lawrence Kasdan leads an all-star cast (Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest and Richard Jenkins, among others) in this sweet, if inconsequential, tale about a lost dog who brings together a family at odds with each other. Extras: 3 behind-the-scenes featurettes, the New York red carpet premiere and commentary with Kasdan, his cowriter wife Meg, and Kline (DVD/BD).
Lovely Molly From the director of The Blair Witch Project comes this horror movie about a newlywed who moves back into her abandoned and now haunted childhood home, where things aren't just going bump in the night--they're about to take over her soul. The movie premiered to some success at last year's Toronto Film Festival and debuted on VOD July 16, and it now hits DVD/BD. Extras: None
The Lucky One Nicholas Sparks schmaltz starring Zac Efron as an Iraq War vet who seeks and finds the woman in a photograph he attributes to saving his life during battle.
New on Blu
Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season This 8-time Emmy Award winner's season two has Atlantic City firmly in the grip of Nucky (Steve Buscemi) and his boys--until Nucky's arrested for election fraud, his allies start turning against him, and mobsters like Al Capone and Lucky Luciano start nipping at his heels. Extras: A 15-minute recap of season one, a look at the styles and trends of the 1920s, and a look inside the new sets of season two (DVD/BD); the BD adds an interactive guide to the year 1921, picture-in-picture interviews with cast and crew, and an interactive character guide.