A look at some of the DVDs, CDs and books hitting stores this week:
“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (PG-13): With the addition of Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis, this sequel wastes little time distancing itself from “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.”
Elsewhere, an aspiring hip-hop performer (Gina Rodriguez) is torn between integrity and providing for her family in “Filly Brown” (R), co-starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos and the late Jenni Rivera.
Topping today’s TV transfers: “Banshee: Season One,” “Teen Beach Movie,” “Kendra on Top: Season One,” “Touched by an Angel: The Eighth Season” and “The Angry Beavers: The Complete Series.”
Five Finger Death Punch, “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1”: Hard rock act Finger Death Punch is not from Vegas but has adopted the city as its home.
In the past few years, the band has gradually become one of the biggest acts of its ilk thanks to its blend of muscle and melody.
FFDP’s latest record is the first of two new discs that the group will release this year, which will be “Heaven” for converts and “Hell” for detractors.
Also in stores: Backstreet Boys, “In a World Like This”; Michael Franti & Spearhead, “All People”; Vince Gill & Paul Franklin, “Bakersfield”; Buddy Guy, “Rhythm & Blues”; Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants, “All Hat and No Cattle”; and Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines.”
“The Highway” by C.J. Box: Former police investigator Cody Hoyt, back on the bottle since being canned, must battle his own demons while searching for a killer after two sisters disappear.
Also this week, Richard Kadrey adds to his Sandman Slim series with “Kill City Blues,” in which James Stark, now out of hell, must outwit angry gods to regain his powers.
Also hitting shelves: “Death Angel” by Linda Fairstein; “Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Rise of a Legend” by Kathryn Lasky; “I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs” by Francesco Marciuliano; “I’d Rather Be with You” by Mary B. Morrison; and “The Lying Game: Seven Minutes in Heaven” by Sara Shepard.
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