'The Grey,' 'Underworld: Awakening' Get Blu-ray Release Dates

Two of 2012's biggest box office hits thus far will be available for fans to take home in May.
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Even as a trio of notable releases hit stores Tuesday – the awesome Blu-ray debut of Battle Royale form Anchor Bay, The Muppets from Disney and Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes Part 2 from Kino Lorber – a couple more movies got release dates.

The Grey, the hit survival movie that showed the continued star power of Liam Neeson, has been given a street date of May 22, 2012.

Coming from Universal Home Entertainment, the package will contain extras such as a commentary from director Joe Carnahan, deleted scenes (maybe an alternate ending?), and picture-in-picture. The latter allows comparisons of pre-visualization and storyboard to the scenes of the movie. 

Coming May 8 from Sony Picture Home Entertainment is the fourth chapter in the Underworld horror action franchise, Underworld: Awakening.

The movie saw Kate Beckinsale return to the vampire vs. werewolf movie series from Lakeshore Entertainment, which was released  January 20, 2012 and, at $156 million worldwide, became the highest grossing flick of the franchise. (Funnily enough, the domestic gross, $62.32 million is almost exactly as the domestic gross of 2006’s Underworld: Evolution - $62.31 million, according to Box Office Mojo.)

The Awakening Blu-ray will come with a pretty good selection of extras, including five making-of featurettes, a blooper reel and a music video. Perhaps the most intriguing is a picture-in-picture extra titled Cracking the Underworld which will allow viewers to trace the history of the characters through all four movies.

Another release hitting stories in May is Sherlock: Season Two, from BBC Home Entertainment.

The BBC series, already a hit in the UK and Canada, has a bit more buzz Stateside as some viewers have now have a chance to hear buzz about the man playing Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch. The actor appeared in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and is the villain in the Star Trek sequel.

Also to watch for: Disney will be releasing over 30 films on Blu-ray this year. Among the titles I’m looking forward to are Adventures in Babysitting, Arachnophobia, Atlantis: The Lost Empire Dick Tracy and Ed Wood.

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