Digital Breakdown: Christensen-Alba film is no sleeper

“Awake” is about your worst nightmares — having surgery go completely and horrifyingly wrong. Starring Hayden Christensen — most famous for his role as Darth Vader in the second “Star Wars” trilogy — and Jessica Alba, the movie is worth watching because it has a high cringe factor. Also, gore hounds will be pleasantly surprised. But it’s doubtful you’ll want to add this DVD to your collection. There are only a few special features, including a handful of deleted scenes and audio commentary from the director. If this rents well, the studio likely will throw together a special edition that will include an unrated cut with more extras. Wait for that. Price: $28.95 Rent or buy: Rent.

THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE

Want to be depressed? Watch “Things We Lost in the Fire.” That doesn’t mean this Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro feature is bad, though. It focuses on a family that must heal from a tragedy after a loving father is lost. People who probably wouldn’t come together are forced to figure out new ways to recover, survive and blossom. Berry’s performance is strong, as is that of Del Toro, who really is out of his element, but manages to thrive. Extras are limited, with one featurette, one trailer and a just a few deleted scenes. It’s not a heck of a lot to accompany a decent but depressing film. Price: $29.99 to $39.99. Rent or buy: Rent.

FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD COLLECTION VOLUME 2

While these films, released under the “TCM Archives Label,” might not be considered “forbidden” today, they remain excellent offerings from the pre-code era. The set has “The Divorcee,” “A Free Soul,” “Three on a March,” “Female” and “Night Nurse,” all remastered, restored and looking brilliant, considering they’re more than 75 years old. Also included are original trailers as well as audio commentaries from film historians. Best, though, is the excellent documentary “Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood,” which examines scandal, big business and social anxiety that went into these films back in the day. Good stuff for the classic film buffs out there. Price: $49.92. Rent or buy: Buy.

LOVE BOAT — SEASON ONE, VOLUME ONE

Come aboard for an exciting adventure for the first time on DVD. Unfortunately, this set is cut into two parts, with the first volume including only 12 of the 25 hourlong episodes. There’s a great list of guest stars, though, with Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, Jaclyn Smith, Jimmie Walker, Jim Nabors, Bill Bixby and many more. They are expecting you — so get that life vest. Price: $36.98 Rent or buy: Buy, if a fan.

12 ANGRY MEN 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

This classic courtroom drama documents how members of a jury debate the fate of a young Latino boy on trial for murder. Back on DVD in a new digital, high definition cut, this set has two new featurettes as well as the vintage features includedon previous DVD editions of the film. Price: $19.98. Rent or buy: Buy.

Other DVDs coming out Tuesday: “Mrs. Doubtfire: Behind the Seams Edition,” “Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby,” “Trading Spaces the Specials,” “Automaton Transfusion,” “Flight 29 Down: Season 2,” “Dr. Dolittle 4,” “Blood+ Volume One,” “Ben 10 — Volume 3” and “Billy Wilder Film Collection.”

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