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Diverse group ; 'The American' tops slate of newest on home video

An exciting suspense thriller, "The American," tops a meager list of new releases.

In "The American" ($29.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray, Universal), George Clooney stars as an international assassin named Jack who retreats to a hideaway in the Italian countryside after his most recent job turned out to be tougher than expected. Jack finds he enjoys relaxing away from the line of fire.

But when you're a gun for hire, people have a way of finding you. Jack decides to take one more assignment, which includes making a special weapon for a mysterious party. That eventually flushes Jack out of his Italian retreat and he's on the run.

Clooney is in top-notch form in this fast-paced, edge-of-the-seat film. The Blu-ray has a digital copy.

Other new releases include:

"Resident Evil: Afterlife" ($28.95 DVD, $34.95 Blu-ray): Alice Abernathy (Milla Jovovich) is still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation but she must flee after losing her powers. She joins up again with Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and her brother Chris (Wentworth Miller) in hopes of reaching the safety of a place called Arcadia.

Extras include a commentary and the featurettes "Band of Survivors: Casting Afterlife" and "Fighting Back: The Action of Afterlife." The Blu-ray also has outtakes, deleted and extended scenes; a picture-in-picture feature; and more featurettes. The movie is also available with a 3-D copy at $39.95.

"Battlestar Galactica: Razor" ($12.98 DVD, $26.98 Blu-ray; Universal): This made-for-Syfy channel movie is set between the end of Season Two and Three. It focuses on the events that unfolded during the first Cylon War. Edward James Olmos again appears as William Adama, this time as a Viper pilot who discovers an early Cylon experimental lab.

"Derailed" ($19.97 Blu-ray, Vivendi): You thought "Fatal Attraction" made you squirm, wait until you see this one. Clive Owen plays overworked family man Charlie Schine who, while on a business trip, encounters Lucinda Harris (Jennifer Aniston). Sparks fly and soon the two are together in a hotel room. Suddenly, a thief breaks in, beats up Charlie, rapes Lucinda and then disappears. How do you handle a situation like this?

"Twelve" ($22.98 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray, 20th Century Fox): This film, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, is a dark, often downer of a movie about violence, sex and drug addiction among the Manhattan elite. Chace Crawford, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Emma Roberts lead the cast.

"Merantau" ($29.98, Magnolia): In this martial arts movie from Indonesia, Iko Uwais plays Yuda, a young warrior who has mastered a traditional fighting approach. He heads to the big city, where he plans to teach others, but quickly finds out that things can be tough in new surroundings.

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