‘The Vow' among this week's new video releases
The actor Channing Tatum has been on a nice movie roll in 2012, seeing box-office success with both "21 Jump Street" and "The Vow."
But he may also want to send a thank-you note to Nicholas Sparks.
While "The Vow," arriving on video on this week, was not based on a Sparks novel, at least one website listed it among five movies you'd think Sparks had written. (The others were "Letters to Juliet," "Here on Earth," "P.S. I Love You" and "Someone Like You," all of which are on video, if you get to feeling Sparks-deprived). And both stars of "The Vow," Tatum and Rachel McAdams, have been in Sparks-based movies, "Dear John" and "The Notebook" respectively.
So that connection may help explain the box-office success of "The Vow," which took in a healthy and very profitable $124 million at the North American box office. And it will get more money still from the DVD (Sony, $30.99) and Blu-ray ($40.99).
For those of you tuning in late, the film – inspired by the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter – stars Tatum and McAdams as Leo and Paige, a loving couple who are torn asunder when, after a car accident, Paige loses all memory of her marriage and her man. Leo must then try to win her love once more.
The DVD includes a commentary by director Michael Sucsy, a blooper reel and deleted scenes. The Blu-ray adds three featurettes, including one about how the Carpenters' story was adapted, and a piece about how trauma affects memory.
Speaking of romance, a perennial favorite returns to Blu-ray in the "Dirty Dancing Collection" package (Lionsgate, $19.99). Since the 1987 Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey has been packaged and repackaged, this new set – timed to coincide with the movie's 25th anniversary – has added the Blu-ray debut of the 2004 follow-up, "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" (sometimes known as "Dirty Dancing 2").
"Nights" is a woeful effort, even with the presence of some good actors, Diego Luna and "Mad Men's" John Slattery. But "Dancing" remains a powerful brand; extras in the package include promotions for a Facebook game (where you get to build your own Kellerman's resort) and coupons for Skinny Cow snacks. But did they have to proclaim "Nobody Puts Skinny in a Corner?"
The "Underworld" series of films continues with "Underworld: Awakening," even though this was a tepid box-office performer in spite of its offering premium-priced 3-D showings. The video release will also include a 3-D Blu-ray version (Sony, $45.99) as well as a standard DVD ($30.99) and standard Blu-ray ($35.99). There is also a Blu-ray "legacy collection" of the four "Underworld" movies to date for $75.99.
On the TV side, the NBC series "Chuck" has ended its run and you can see how it all wrapped up in "Chuck: The Complete Fifth and Final Season" (Warner, 13 episodes, $39,98 DVD, $49.99 Blu-ray). "The Big C," the Laura Linney series, is now in its third season on Showtime, and the second season hits DVD on Tuesday (Sony, 13 episodes, $45.99).
Fans of vintage "Doctor Who" episodes may want to check out three new sets from BBC Home Entertainment. "Nightmare of Eden" is a 1979 serial with Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor in the series. "Dragonfire" (1987) and "The Happiness Patrol" (1988) showcase Sylvester McCoy, the seventh Doctor. Each set is a single disc retailing for $24.98. All have been remastered and include extras.
Down video road: If you are planning to catch the latest run of "Sherlock" episodes that began Sunday night on PBS, then you may also want to set aside some money for their video release on May 22 as "Sherlock: Season Two" (BBC, $29.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray). Three 90-minute Sherlock Holmes adventures are included, along with extras.