A look at some of the DVDs, CDs and books hitting stores this week:
“Oblivion” (PG-13): A repairman (Tom Cruise) left behind on a ruined Earth like a human WALL-E has what’s left of his world rocked by the appearance of a beautiful stranger (Olga Kurylenko).
Elsewhere, two boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), find a storytelling man named Mud (Matthew McConaughey) hiding out on an island in the Mississippi River in the coming-of-age fable “Mud” (PG-13). A motorcycle stunt rider (Ryan Gosling) begins robbing banks to support his infant son, which puts him in contact with an ambitious young cop (Bradley Cooper), in “The Place Beyond the Pines” (R), a generation-spanning drama from “Blue Valentine” writer-director Derek Cianfrance. And a talent scout (Chris O’Dowd) discovers a singing group made up of Australian Aboriginal girls, then books them to entertain U.S. troops during the Vietnam War, in “The Sapphires” (PG-13).
Topping today’s TV transfers: “Duck Dynasty: Season Three,” “Community: The Complete Fourth Season,” “The Borgias: The Third Season,” “Smash: Season Two,” “Political Animals: The Complete Series,” “Strike Back: The Complete Second Season,” “Top Gear: The Complete Third Season” and “Gunsmoke: The Ninth Season, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2.”
Hugh Laurie, “Didn’t It Rain”: As the star of “House,” actor Hugh Laurie always came across as a bit of a B-hole when in character.
But as a singer, Laurie possesses a voice as welcoming as his TV persona was combative.
Here, Gaby Moreno, Jean McClain and Taj Mahal also take turns on the mic, helping Laurie chase all those rain clouds away.
Also in stores: Asking Alexandria, “From Death to Destiny”; The Civil Wars, “The Civil Wars”; Medicine, “To the Happy Few”; The Polyphonic Spree, “Yes, It’s True”; and KT Tunstall, “Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon.”
“Mistress” by James Patterson: Ben, infatuated with Diana Hotchkiss, a woman he could never have, becomes further obsessed after she’s found dead, searching for what happened to his love only to find she led a double life.
Also this week, W.E.B. Griffin continues his Badge of Honor series with “The Last Witness,” in which detective Matt Payne investigates the deaths of girls being forced into the sex trade by traffickers.
Also hitting shelves: “The Beast” by Faye Kellerman; “The Companions: The Sundering” by R.A. Salvatore; “Elegy” by Amanda Hocking; “Hotshot” by Julie Garwood; “Justice for Sara” by Erica Spindler; “A Tap on the Window” by Linwood Barclay; and “Undercover Cop: How I Brought Down the Real-Life Sopranos” by Mike Russell.
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