Digital Breakdown: The making of a true ‘Legend’ 

This end-of-the-world, ultimate survivor film stars Will Smith as a military scientist trying to find a cure to a zombie-vampire plague of which he is sole human survivor. During the day, he roams a desolated city looking for goods and hoping to find a cure, but at night he must seal himself off to fend off flesh-eating vampires. The movie lacks the monster-creepiness of Richard Matheson’s novel. Yet the CGI is amazing, showing intricate detail of an environment gone haywire: deer in the streets, lions prowling the deer, weeds in the pavement. The two-disc special edition includes deleted scenes and three featuretttes. Price: $35.99. Rent or buy: Buy.

ATONEMENT

Although it didn’t win many of the Academy Awards for which it was nominated, "Atonement" remains an epic romantic drama packed with love, war and betrayal. Keira Knightley stars as a highbrow Brit who falls for the son of her housekeeper (James McAvoy). Her lover, though, gets sent away to war after her young sister accuses him of misconduct. Featurettes cover the making of the movie and how Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel was adapted for the big screen. There’s also commentary from director Joe Wright and a handful of deleted scenes. It’s likely that a special edition DVD with more features and possibly an extended cut of the film will be released later, so wait to buy that. Price: $29.98. Rent or buy: Rent.

AFTER DARK HORRORFEST 2007

Last year, After Dark began its successful "Horrorfest" in which movies slated for direct-to-DVD actually got a theatrical release. The tradition continues with another batch of horror films from last year. The best is "Lake Dead," a classic old-school slasher flick about campers who stumble into the wrong hillbilly campground. "Borderland" is a bloody voodoo-themed gore-a-thon; while "Mulberry Street" will make you really hate rats. The other films are "The Deaths of Ian Stone," "Tooth and Nail," "Unearthed" and "Nightmare Man." Price: $19.98. Rent or buy: All good rentals.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA — THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON

The second season of the Sci Fi Channel’s awesome hit series "Battlestar Galactica" was a tragedy on DVD. In contrast to season one’s complete set packed with extras, season two was chopped in half and special features were eliminated. Things are good again with the complete third season. This great release has all 20 episodes converted to widescreen, from the already high-definition resolution shown on cable TV. Webisodes from last year, featurettes and deleted scenes also are included. Price: $59.98. Rent or buy: Buy.

BULL DURHAM 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

The modern romance and baseball classic about a minor-league franchise and a love triangle in the clubhouse is back with a new digital cut of the film and new extras, such as audio commentary by stars Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins, five new featurettes and the vintage material from the previous DVD editions. Price: $14.98 Rent or buy: Buy, if you don’t already own it.

Other DVDs coming out Tuesday: "Conspiracy," "Pup Named Scooby-Doo — The Complete First Season," "Southland Tales," "Revolver," "McHale’s Navy: Season Three," "Jack Ketchum’s The Lost," "The Wild Wild West — The Fourth Season" and "The Untouchables — Season Two."

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