DVD Forecast: Release News for Resident Evil: Afterlife, The American, The Last Exorcism and More

DVD Forecast: Release News for Resident Evil: Afterlife, The American, The Last Exorcism and More

Nov 01, 2010

Every Monday Blu-ray Bob gazes into his crystal ball and predicts what discs will be spinning in your DVD player in the upcoming months. This week’s forecast calls for zombies, assassins and possessions…oh my!

Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth entry in the series and the first one shot in 3-D, is the highest-grossing film of the zombie franchise based on the popular video games. Milla Jovovich returns as the heroine Alice as does Ali Larter as Claire Redfield in this slick-looking sequel that was shot in native 3-D much like Avatar (i.e. not a post-production rush job like Clash of the Titans). The horror hit comes home on DVD, Blu-ray and 3-D Blu-ray on December 28. Extras include deleted scenes, several making-of featurettes and picture-in-picture commentary on the Blu-ray versions.

George Clooney plays an assassin hiding out in Italy for one last assignment in The American, which has a passport to DVD and Blu-ray on December 28. Both versions of the classy thriller include feature commentary by director Anton Corbijn, a making-of featurette and deleted scenes.

Get repossessed on January 4 when Lionsgate releases The Last Exorcism on DVD and Blu-ray. The low-budget shocker about an evangelical minister who agrees to let a documentary crew film his final exorcism made over $41 million domestically and got surprisingly favorable reviews. Both the DVD and BD include two commentaries by the cast and crew, a making-of featurette, the 2009 Cannes Film Festival teaser trailer and a featurette on real exorcisms. Blu-ray exclusives include a commentary containing stories from a spiritual welfare counselor, a haunting victim and a clinical psychologist, and audition footage from actors Ashley Bell and Patrick Fabian.

Spam kills. Just ask the cast of Chain Letter, which stars Nikki Reed, Betsy Russell and Michael J. Pagan. The horror flick has six high school friends bound together by sinister e-mails and texts who risk life and limb by not passing along the messages. Image Entertainment is passing Chain Letter on to DVD and Blu-ray on February 1.

Become acquainted with The Year of Getting to Know Us on DVD and Blu-ray on December 7. The indie family comedy about a New York writer (Jimmy Fallon) who returns to his childhood home in Florida to see his dysfunctional family co-stars Sharon Stone, Tom Arnold and Lucy Liu. The only supplement will be press conference footage of director Patrick Sisam.

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