A look at some of the DVDs, CDs and books hitting stores this week:
“X-Men: First Class” (PG-13): This Marvel Comics franchise reboot traces how telepathic Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) becomes idealistic Professor X — and how the childhood traumas Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) endures in a Nazi concentration camp inspire his transformation into the warped Magneto.
Elsewhere on the recent-release front, the thriller “Hanna” (PG-13) focuses on the title teen (Saoirse Ronan), trained by her father (Eric Bana) to be a killing machine, on a mission across Europe — with a ruthless intelligence agent (Cate Blanchett) on her trail. And in “Everything Must Go” (R), Will Ferrell plays an unemployed salesman whose wife has thrown him out — and tossed all his belongings onto their suburban lawn; Rebecca Hall and Christopher Jordan Wallace co-star as the neighbors who help him emerge from his fog.
It’s a big week for golden oldies making their DVD debuts (all unrated), including Cary Grant’s “In Name Only,” Clark Gable’s “The Hucksters” and the delightful British cross-country racing comedy “Genevieve.”
Among today’s TV-to-DVD transfers (all unrated): “No Ordinary Family: The Complete First Season,” “Police Story: Season One,” “Community: The Complete Second Season,” “Fringe: The Complete Third Season,” “Parks and Recreation: Season Three,” “Criminal Minds: The Sixth Season,” “The Office: Season Seven,” “Two and a Half Men: The Complete Eighth Season,” “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior — The DVD Edition” and “Destry: The Complete Series.”
Hank 3, “Attention Deficit Domination”; “3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin’ ”; “Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town”: He’s releasing three records in one day (one of which is a double album), which means Hank 3 works way harder than you.
To wit, this week he’s dropping a doom-rock disc (“Attention Deficit Domination”), a speed-metal rager (“3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin’ ”) and an epic country throw down featuring guests as varied as Tom Waits, Les Claypool and Hank’s dog, Trooper.
We feel lazy.
Also in stores: Lindsey Buckingham, “Seeds We Sow”; Grace Jones, “Hurricane”; Hugh Laurie, “Let Them Talk”; MC Lars, “Lars Attacks!”; Gary Numan, “Dead Son Rising”; Suzi Quatro, “In the Spotlight”; The Rapture, “In the Grace of Your Love”; and George Strait, “Here For a Good Time.”
“The Race” by Clive Cussler: Detective Isaac Bell must protect aviator Josephine Frost from her murderous husband after she enters a contest challenging candidates to fly across America in less than 50 days.
Harlan Coben begins a new teen mystery series this week with “Shelter,” featuring Mickey Bolitar, nephew of Coben’s popular thriller character, sports agent Myron Bolitar.
Also hitting shelves: “After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 2001 and the Years that Followed” edited by Mary Marshall Clark; “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach; “The Bone House” by Stephen R. Lawhead; “The Burning Soul” by John Connolly; “Dark Predator” by Christine Feehan; “The Dog Who Knew Too Much” by Spencer Quinn; “Living Beyond Your Feelings: Controlling Emotions So They Don’t Control You” by Joyce Meyer; “Loose Diamonds” by Amy Ephron; “The Perfect Suspect” by Margaret Coel; “Pirate King” by Laurie R. King; “Second Nature: A Love Story” by Jacquelyn Mitchard; “Start Something That Matters” by Blake Mycoskie; “The Tears of the Sun” by S.M. Stirling.