New On Dvd

NEW ON DVD

December 23, 2007|By TIM SWIFT

THE KINGDOM

Universal Studios / $29.98

The Kingdom is the latest in a number of Hollywood thrillers to trip up while trying to tap into one of the most current global threats: Islamic terrorism. With few defined bad guys, nihilistic motivations and far-flung global operations, it's a tall order to boil down the struggle into the action genre that had its heyday at the height of the Cold War '80s.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA 1980 -- THE COMPLETE EPIC SERIES

Universal Studios / $29.98

While the new generation of sci-fi fans has embraced the modern retelling of Battlestar Galactica, a vocal camp still clamors for the cheesiness of the original series and its spin-off, Battlestar Galactica 1980. The two-disc DVD set, out Wednesday, follows crew members as they finally find Earth and work clandestinely to improve its technology. Oh, and they have superpowers. With original heroes like Starbuck and Apollo written out, this spin-off is for the truly Battlestar-obsessed, not casual fans.

tim.swift@baltsun.com

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