Ethan Hawke stars in a futuristic sci-fi vampire thriller and Mel Gibson is on the edge.
Daybreakers: Between the Twilight movies, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and seemingly endless fang fiction, you’d think the vampire genre would be bled dry. That is why Australian writer-director brothers Michael and Peter Spierig surprised everyone with this clever twist on bloodsucker lore that imagines a future where vampires are the dominant species and the few remaining humans are rounded up and farmed for blood. Ethan Hawke plays a sort of vegan vampire who refuses to drink human hemoglobin and desperately tries to concoct a safe blood substitute until he meets a band of humans on the run who have found something better: a cure for vampirism. The movie is slick, unapologetically violent and gorgeously filmed with handsome set pieces—these futuristic vampires are stylin’ even when starvin’. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary by the directors and the special effects creator; the BD adds the feature-length documentary “Making of Daybreakers” as well as “The Big Picture” short film. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Buy Me
Edge of Darkness: Mel Gibson is enraged—as usual—in this action thriller in which he plays veteran Boston homicide detective Thomas Craven whose 24-year-old daughter is gunned down in front of his home. Many assume that he was the target, but Craven digs into his daughter’s secret life and soon discovers her dangerous involvement with a shadowy corporation in collusion with the government. Gibson spends the whole movie talking tough and shaking down suspects for information, but it seems to take a long time for him to get at the man behind the murder. Craven could have benefitted from a little more Malibu Mel craziness and a little less sad dad. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes; the BD adds “Past and Present of Edge of Darkness. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me
Legion: This implausible slice of biblical-inspired hooey features a machine gun-toting archangel (Paul Bettany) who is holed up in a diner with a bunch of people trying to fight off the Apocalypse after God loses faith in mankind. If you saw this harebrained rip-off of The Terminator, you’d give up on humanity too. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain “Creating the Apocalypse,” “Humanity’s Last Line of Defense” and “From Pixels to Picture;” the BD adds a picture-in-picture commentary and the movieIQ fact-finding feature. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Forget Me
The Beatles—Behind the Curtain: A Documentary: The Fab Four had an undeniable impact on pop culture and music in general, and this comprehensive DVD chronicles the lives of the Beatles from their early days in Liverpool to the top of charts. Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary includes interviews with the Beatles during the height of Beatlemania, after they broke up, and later in during their solo careers. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me
Also New This Week: Daria: The Complete Animated Series, thirtysomething: The Complete Third Season, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air: The Complete Fifth Season, Sword of Sherwood Forest, Bandit of Sherwood Forest, Rogues of Sherwood Forest and Prince of Thieves