Latest DVDs, CDs, books: Aug. 30


A look at some of the DVDs, CDs and books hitting stores this week:

DVDS

"Madea's Big Happy Family" (PG-13): Writer-director Tyler Perry returns as feisty grandma Madea, dishing out more tough love while tackling family problems.

In Disney's "Prom" (PG), wholesome dreams come true for the straight-arrow good girl (Aimee Teegarden), the awkward misfit (Nicholas Braun), even the motorcycle-riding rebel (Thomas McDonell) with the heart of gold. It's back to the '80s in the nostalgic "Skateland" (PG-13), where dramatic events force the 19-year-old manager of a small-town skating rink (Shiloh Hernandez) to look at life in a new way. On the foreign-language front, Danish director Susanne Bier's Oscar-winning "In a Better World" (R) focuses on a Scandinavian doctor (Mikael Persbrandt) whose work at an African refugee camp triggers problems for his wife and children back home. And the food-for-thought documentary "Forks Over Knives" (PG) argues that our health -- and the health of the planet -- would improve if we confined our diets to plants.

Topping today's TV transfers (unrated unless noted otherwise): "The Defenders: The DVD Edition," "Detroit 1-8-7: The Complete First Season," "Nikita: The Complete First Season," "Cougar Town: The Complete Second Season" (PG), "Parenthood: Season Two," "The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Second Season," "90210: The Third Season," "Sons of Anarchy: Season Three," "Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season" (PG) and "House, M.D.: Season Seven."

CDS

Red Hot Chili Peppers, "I'm With You": They're with you, but John Frusciante isn't with them.

On their latest disc, and first in six years, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are without their aforementioned longtime guitarist, who left the band in 2008.

With new six-stringer Josh Klinghoffer in the fold, the group penned a whopping 60-70 songs, by their estimation .

And now, you get to hear their favorite 14.

Also in stores: Beirut, "The Rip Tide"; Glen Campbell, "Ghost On the Canvas"; John Doe, "Keeper"; Mike Doughty, "Yes and Also Yes"; David Guetta, "Nothing But the Beat"; Juliana Hatfield, "There's Always Another Girl"; The Icarus Line, "Wildlife"; Robert Earl Keen, "Ready for Confetti"; Kittie, "I've Failed You"; Lenny Kravitz, "Black and White America"; Lil Wayne, "Tha Carter IV"; The Nightwatchman, "World Wide Rebel Songs"; Jake Owen, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night"; Powerman 5000, "Copies, Clones, & Replicants"; Puddle of Mudd, "re:(disc)overed"; The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, "Am I the Enemy"; and Butch Walker and The Black Widows, "The Spade."

BOOKS

"Kill Me If You Can" by James Patterson: A New York City art student ends up with an assassin on his tail after finding a duffel bag filled with diamonds during an attack at Grand Central Station.

And former Vice President Dick Cheney tells of his life in politics in "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir."

Also hitting shelves: "Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens" by Christopher Hitchens; "A Bitter Truth" by Charles Todd; "Black Diamond" by Martin Walker; "The Cut" by George Pelecanos; "Emory's Gift" by W. Bruce Cameron; "Heartwishes" by Jude Deveraux; "Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman" by Patricia Bosworth; "The Leftovers" by Tom Perrotta; "The Medusa Plot (The 39 Clues)" by Gordon Korman; "Only Time Will Tell" by Jeffrey Archer; and "Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints" by Sam Brower.

 

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