'Battleship' movie blows up home entertainment in August

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‘Battleship’ may have sunk in theaters, but don’t blame Rihanna. She did her share of alien ass-kicking.

For those who missed “Battleship” in theaters (and believe me, there were a lot of you folks), you’ll get your chance this summer to watch it at home.

The board-game-turned-bloated-Hollywood-blockbuster will be on sale via Blu-Ray, DVD, On Demand and Digital Download on Aug. 28, according to a Universal Studios press release.

Here’s Universal’s pitch:

“Against all odds, a daring young naval officer and his heroic crew launch an all-out military showdown against a superior alien force in this enthralling, thrill-ride that will have viewers holding their breath through the final gripping face-off.”

Yeah … can’t say I held my breath when I watched it. But like our in-house reviewer Chuck Vinch said, it’s stupid-fun, done right.

And you really can’t argue with one fact: Director Peter Berg truly wanted to use the film to express his gratitude and respect for sailors, and the military as a whole.

Sailors definitely come across as a formidable force — even Rihanna. Plus, Liam Neeson doesn’t disappoint in his brief screen time as “Admiral Shane.”

Bonus features on the Blu-Ray and DVD include the short “Preparing for Battle.”  “Hear how Hollywood teamed up with the US Navy to transform a beloved board game into a big-screen blockbuster,” according to the release. There’s also “All Hands on Deck: The Cast,” where you can “witness the actors get into the military mindset and Navy veterans having their time in the spotlight…”

So, if you’ve seen the film, is it worth buying?

If you haven’t seen it, here’s the trailer:

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