There's a bevy of battles on the home entertainment front this week, from sci-fi to horror to comedy. First up the marines battle invincible aliens in the appropriately titled 'Battle: Los Angeles.' Then the townspeople of a small medieval village must battle a werewolf who's hungry for human flesh in 'Red Riding Hood.' And, lastly, the battle of the sexes rears its head in the comedy 'Hall Pass.' Read on.
'Battle: Los Angeles'
What It's About: It's the day after tomorrow and the Earth is being invaded by seemingly invincible aliens with a superior arsenal of weaponry and equipment that quickly tramples and destroys the world's great cities. Los Angeles is one of the last strongholds on the West Coast, and the Marines are trying to set up a counterattack to draw a line in the sand against the monstrous Juggernaut. But first, civilians need to be evacuated, and a Marine platoon, headed up by Aaron Eckhart, must skirt enemy territory to rescue some stranded people. Its the grunts against the aliens in the mean streets of L.A.

It's Kinda Like: 'War of the Worlds' meets 'Black Hawk Down'

What We Say: If you liked the shaky vérité-like camerawork of 'Cloverfield' or 'Skyline' you'll love this one, which puts you on the ground with the Marines as they fight off one alien after another. But that's pretty much it for this film: There's no overriding, big picture for the action, just one skirmish after another, one close escape after another, one more dead marine or civilian or alien. Admittedly, the sets of smashed freeways, wrecked vehicles and destroyed buildings are a marvel to behold, but the shapeless, impersonal film keeps you isolated from caring for anyone or even rooting for the humans. Despite all the expensive effects, the film goes nowhere -- kind of like rush hour in L.A.

• Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes
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'Red Riding Hood'
What It's About: Weird, dark extrapolation of the Grimms' fairy tale (already pretty dark), set in medieval times, full of brooding sexuality and angst. Amanda Seyfried plays Valerie, a beautiful young woman whose plans to run off with her true love are put on hold when her town comes under siege by a werewolf. The local priest calls in a religious werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (an over the top, evil Gary Oldman), who proceeds to cause more damage than the werewolf as he tries to hunt witches and track down the human who is the werewolf amongst them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves.

It's Kinda Like: 'Brotherhood of the Wolf' meets 'The Twilight Saga'

What We Say: Take two snarky, handsome heroes at odds with each other over the love of an independent, petulant heroine, throw in Catherine Hardwicke as director, and what do you get? No, not 'Twilight,' but an adult-themed facsimile. Unfortunately, where 'Twilight' has a syrupy, involving story line, 'Red Riding Hood' is a messy tale at best, with a sloppy plot and aimless acting -- there's one scene in which Seyfried stands around, looking as if she's waiting for acting instructions. At least the sets are medieval lush and the sound -- especially the creak and crash of doors slamming and wood shattering -- is stupendous. This is a fairy tale best left untold.

• Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, gag reel.
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'Hall Pass'
What It's About: Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) are best friends who have a lot in common, including the fact that they have each been married for many years. But when the two men begin to show signs of restlessness at home, their wives (Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate) take a bold approach to revitalizing their marriages: granting them a "hall pass," one week of freedom to do whatever they want ... no questions asked. But can the guys handle the pressure of trying to score in a world that has left them behind?

It's Kinda Like: 'Couples Resort' meets 'Feast of Love'

What We Say: At the risk of being stoned by angry fans, I must make this disclaimer: I have never, ever liked a Farrelly brothers movie. There's always an undercurrent of meanness and nastiness in their films that emphasize the worst aspects of our culture, from selfishness to disrespect to plain, outright adolescent stupidity (one of their upcoming projects: 'Walter the Farting Dog'). That said, the brothers seem to have dialed back some of their patented gross-out humor for 'Hall Pass,' but their storytelling still rests on the back of immature, superficial men who ogle passing female rearends but really only know how to handle poker, pizza and beer. Which means it's all downhill from there.

• Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel.
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Other New June 14 DVD Releases:

'Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son': Martin Lawrence's career must have hit rock bottom for him to star in this uninspiring second sequel in which he stars as an FBI agent who always has to dress up as a Big Momma to capture criminals. He does it again here -- along with his step son -- to go undercover at the Atlanta Girls' School for the Arts to unmask a murderer.
'The Concert': Delightful French comedy about a once celebrated Russian conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra who was fired 30 years ago for hiring Jewish musicians and is now a mere cleaning man at the Bolshoi. When he learns that the Chatelet Theater in Paris has invited the orchestra to play there, he masterminds a plan to pose as the leader of the group in order to make a triumphant return to the music scene. With a motley bunch of old Jewish and Gypsy musicians at his side, he sets off for Paris, impersonating the Bolshoi, to fulfill his destiny and return to his glory as a great conductor.
'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ultimate Edition' and 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ultimate Edition': Both sets include more than four hours of special features and collectibles, including a photo book featuring 44 pages of rare photos of the cast and crew, concept sketches and paintings, and behind-the-scenes insight. Also features limited edition character cards, a lenticular card and a bonus digital copy of the film.
'Kill the Irishman': Action-packed story about the rise and fall of real-life Irish-American mobster Danny Greene, who started out with the Italian Mafia then went on to create his own gangster empire, along the way surviving countless assassination attempts. Stars Ray Stevenson, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio.
'Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen': Donnie Yen stars as a masked warrior who tries to subvert the Japanese invasion of China just before World War II.
'Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut': (2008) Reworked version of the cult film, with new sequences and effects. A midnight showing of an early 1970's horror movie turns to chaos when the Killer from the movie comes out of the film to attack those in the theater.

Check out more new June 14 DVD releases at OnVideo.
Hall Pass
Based on 36 critics

Two men get permission from their wives to spend one week doing whatever they please. Read More

Red Riding Hood
Based on 36 critics

A woman (Amanda Seyfried) learns that she has a connection to the werewolf tormenting her village. Read More

Battle: Los Angeles
Based on 35 critics

A Marine officer (Aaron Eckhart) and his platoon make a daring stand against alien invaders. Read More

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