Digital Breakdown: ‘Extinction’ a bleak delight 

While it won’t be remembered as one of the great trilogies of all time, "Resident Evil" has carved a nice little niche in the survival horror genre. In this third installment, "Extinction," Milla Jovovich reprises her starring role. Things are even bleaker than in the previous films — a virus has destroyed the world, a handful of survivors face a horde of undead, and the evil Umbrella Corporation continues to plot and maneuver.

The DVD has four featurettes and a look at an upcoming animated "Resident Evil" feature. Wait to buy a trilogy DVD with all three films and added special features that likely will be released in the future.

Price: $28.95

Rent or buy: Rent now, buy later.

SHOOT ’EM UP

The mindless action in "Shoot ’Em Up" is for those who love nonsensical over-the-top scenarios, gratuitous violence and plots that don’t seem to matter. "Go-to" actor Clive Owen stars as a guy who steps in to protect a dead woman’s newborn child from a contract killer (played by Paul Giamatti) and his dozens of minions.

The action is hot and plentiful and there are plenty of one-liners, along with the beautiful Monica Bellucci and a hopelessly complicated storyline that’s best to ignore. Extras include one featurette and a handful of deleted scenes.

Price: $28.98

Rent or buy: Great rental.

WAR

Jet Li vs. Jason Statham … sounds like a match made in heaven for action fans, right? Wrong, terribly wrong. After his partner and family are killed by an infamous assassin Rogue (Li), FBI agent Jack Crawford (Statham) vows revenge and spends the next few years tracking Rogue down through the Asian mob. He doesn’t know that the assassin has his own secret past, which is revealed when they come face to face.

The movie is a carbon copy of the many "my enemy is my friend" Hollywood action flicks of the past decade. Statham and Li bring a lot to the table action-wise, but they can’t make up for the lousy storyline (something that can be overlooked in "Shoot ’Em Up"). With a few not- very-entertaining extras, this is a rental at best.

Price: $29.95

Rent or Buy: Rent.

THE TUDORS — THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

History doesn’t have to be dull — take HBO’s "Rome" and many documentaries on The History Channel, for example. We lost "Rome" a year ago, but Showtime is still kicking it really old school with "The Tudors," a loosely accurate, violent and sexual tale of King Henry VIII’s reign and marriages. With lavish costumes, a seductive plot and the bending of history, "The Tudors" is anything but boring. For those who don’t have pay cable, this is a great winter treat.

Price: $42.99.

Rent or buy: Buy.

WEIRD SCIENCE: THE COMPLETE SEASONS ONE AND TWO

"Weird Science" was one of the first successful original series on cable based on a film, but with different actors playing the lead characters — meaning no Kelly LeBrock, but the super-hot Vanessa Angel instead. When nerdy Wyatt and Gary use their computer skills to create their dream girl, they get a little more than they bargained for: Their creation consistently tries to teach them life lessons that usually involve pain or embarrassment. The low-budget show is good fun and actually funny. In addition to the 26 episodes on four discs, there are three audio commentaries from the cast, trivia, biographies and more.

Price: $44.95.

Rent or buy: Buy.

Other DVDs out Tuesday: "September Dawn," "Solstice," "Seaquest DSV — Season Two" and "Kanon — Volume One."

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