There's plenty of thrills on tap this week on the DVD front: 'Harry Brown' offers the thrills of revenge as Michael Caine plays a retired English gentleman who mounts vigilante justice when his neighborhood is terrorized by hoodlums; 'Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?' offers the thrills (and chills) of marriages on the rocks; and 'Marmaduke' offers the thrills (for kiddies, at least) of a CGI Great Dane running amuk across the big screen. But the major action takes place on Blu-ray this week: Anchor Bay has released a high-def version of the always scary 'The Evil Dead' and Paramount has put together a two-disc "Rich Mahogany" edition of Will Ferrell's 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.' Read on. 'Harry Brown'
What It's About: This vigilante thriller, set in modern day Britain, follows one man's journey through a chaotic world where teenage violence runs rampant. In his desolate urban wasteland of a neighborhood, retiree Harry Brown is a modest, law abiding citizen who tries to ignore the thugs and drug dealers who terrorize the streets. But when his best friend is killed, he decides to take the law into his own hands.

It's Kinda Like: 'Death Wish' meets 'Gran Torino'

What We Say: A by-the-book revenge thriller that is the second such film in a year to feature a senior citizen taking the law into his own hands, after 2009's 'Gran Torino' starring Clint Eastwood. Unlike the Eastwood vehicle that had a moral imperative behind its action, Harry Brown here just wants to get even with the punks and give them a taste of their own medicine. And we're all for that, especially if the "doctor" is Michael Caine.
Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray versions include deleted scenes and commentaries.
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'Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?'
What It's About: This sequel to 2007's "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?" brings back the original cast for a sojourn in the Bahamas as the four couples celebrate their annual reunion. But their intimate week in paradise is disrupted by old boyfriends, the spectre of unfaithfulness, the strain of raising children and other flaws in their relationships; in other words, real life.

It's Kinda Like: 'Couples Retreat' meets 'Why Did I Get Married?'

What We Say: This sequel is just more of the same, carried over from the original, but with more shrill strife. There's some additional plot twists, but for the most part it's not as clever or as smart as the first outing; it's more of a TV melodrama transposed to the big screen. Madea, where are you?
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'Marmaduke'
What It's About: This big-screen adaptation of the newspaper comic strip 'Marmaduke' -- about a slobbery Great Dane who constantly gets in trouble -- has the canine's human family, the Winslows, moving from Kansas to Southern California, giving the big boy lots of new opportunities to frolic in the sun and get into more kinds of mischief. Features the voices of Owen Wilson, George Lopez, Keifer Sutherland and Fergie.

It's Kinda Like: 'Beethoven' meets 'Garfield'

What We Say: Take this one with a grain of kibble: it's definitely for the little ones, age 9 and under, only. For anyone else -- even fans of the comic strip, which has been running since the 1950s -- this CGI Marmaduke is dull and boring. If you have to watch this with your kids, chomp down on a milkbone and grin and bear it.
Extras: The DVD includes deleted scenes, "Cowabarka! Surfing Dogs"; the Blu-ray adds canine casting, a gag reel and "Puppy Marmaduke and Kitty Carlos Home Movies."
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'The Evil Dead Limited Edition' Blu-ray
Why the Re-Release? Fans have been clamoring for a Blu-ray release of this influential and groundbreaking Sam Raimi-directed horror film from 1981 -- and Anchor Bay Entertainment has heeded the call with this two-disc set. This has got to be one of the scariest films of all time -- one that holds up some 30 years after its initial release. Given its low-budget and fast shooting schedule, 'The Evil Dead' -- with its force majeure of horror -- puts more modern outings to shame. The high-def format and Dolby TrueHD sound will scare your socks off.

Special Features: This set pretty much duplicates the bonus features released on previous DVD editions: "One By One We Will Take You: The Untold Saga of The Evil Dead," "The Evil Dead: Treasures from the Cutting Room Floor," "The Ladies of the Evil Dead Meet Bruce Campbell," "Book of The Dead: The Other Pages," "Discovering The Evil Dead," more. But it does add a brand new commentary track with Raimi, producer Robert Tapert and star Bruce "Ash" Campbell.

Is It Worth Upgrading? If you don't own a copy of 'The Evil Dead,' shame on you. If you own a previous DVD edition and have a Blu-ray player, you need to upgrade to this version. Not only has the film been remastered into an all-new 1080p anamorphic 1:85 version (supervised by Raimi), the set includes a remastered director-composed 1:33 aspect ratio version of the original, which should warm the cockles of purists' hearts seeking the holy quail of authenticity.
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'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy -- The "Rich Mahogany" Edition' Blu-ray
Why the Re-Release? Fans of Will Ferrell and his anchorman alter ego Ron Burgundy will jump for joy with this two-disc Blu-ray set, which brings together everything-Ron Burgundy in one nice, tidy, high-def package. For the first time this set offers the theatrical and unrated extended versions of 2004's 'Anchorman' as well as the "alternate film" companion to 'Anchorman,' 'Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie,' a feature-length movie compiled from dropped sub-plots and alternate takes. The set also includes "The Many Months of Burgundy," Ron's personal 32-page diary as well as a set of 12 trading cards.

Special Features: This set has more special features than you can shake a microphone at. There's commentary with Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Lou Rawls, Andy Richter, Kyle Gass, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Christina Applegate; deleted and extended scenes; bloopers; an "ESPN Sports Center Audition"; the "Afternoon Delight" music video; Public Service Announcements; cast auditions; table read; rehearsals; and much, much more.

Is It Worth Upgrading? If you're a Ron Burgundy fan, you can't do without this collection. This Blu-ray edition offers great picture clarity and sound and enough bonus features to take your mind off real news for hours on end. And the Will Ferrell-Christina Applegate spanking scene at the end of 'Lost Movie' is definitely worth the price of admission.
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Other New August 31 DVD Releases:
'Beatdown'
'French Film'
'The Red Riding Trilogy'
'Tormented'

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