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Beam us up: Shatner's 'Captains,' 'Olympus' on DVD

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  • Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) saves the son of the U.S. president in "Olympus Has Fallen," now on DVD.

    Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) saves the son of the U.S. president in "Olympus Has Fallen," now on DVD.

By Jeff Tuckman
Daily Herald correspondent

"Olympus Has Fallen"
The box-office hit "Olympus Has Fallen" offers nonstop action from beginning to end.

Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) has served as a Secret Service agent for U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart). But a bad call involving the president and first lady (Ashley Judd) puts Banning on desk duty. Then, the White House comes under attack by terrorists during a summit meeting with Korean dignitaries. Banning jumps into action to save the president and his family.

The strong supporting cast includes Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Dylan McDermott, Melissa Leo and Rick Yune. The film will remind you of "Die Hard," as Banning trades one-liners with the terrorist leader played by Yune and others. The thriller is an assault on the senses as you pull for Banning to save the day and fulfill his opportunity for redemption.

"The Captains Close Up With William Shatner"
"Star Trek" got its start in the 1960s, earning a loyal fan base and cult following that continued through other versions of the show and the movies. William Shatner, known forever as Captain Kirk, came up with idea of interviewing four actors who played the role of captain on other "Star Trek" incarnations. They give their own perspectives, and it is fascinating to watch each one being interviewed by Shatner. Featured are Patrick Stewart of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Avery Brooks of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," Kate Mulgrew of "Star Trek: Voyager" and Scott Bakula of "Star Trek: Enterprise."

"Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour"
Since winning "American Idol," country singer Carrie Underwood has won six Grammy Awards and sold millions of records. Her shows sell out, offering fans energetic performances, great music and lots of costume changes. This DVD allows fans to enjoy a number of hits, including "Wasted," "Jesus Take The Wheel," "Before He Cheats," "Blown Away," "Two Black Cadillacs" and many more.

"Girls: Season Two"
The second season of the hit HBO series continues to follow the lives of Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) and her New York girlfriends. There are 10 episodes of the well-written and well-acted show that showcases men and women dealing with relationships and other everyday problems. Many of us can relate, and that's one of the reasons that the show has caught on. There are some excellent bonus features included.

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