"Hannibal Rising" (available in R and unrated versions) is a prequel about how one of the most intriguing villains of pop culture, Hannibal Lecter of "The Silence of the Lambs" fame, came to be. Novelist and screenwriter Thomas Harris pieces together a story, and young French actor Gaspard Ulliel takes on the role of Lecter. Unfortunately, the story is no "Lambs," and Ulliel’s Lecter is a one-dimensional killer without any of the complexities embodied in Anthony Hopkins’ version.
Also available today: "Katharine Hepburn 100th Anniversary Collection" (Unrated); "Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds" (Unrated); "Visions of Scotland" (Unrated); "Kill House" (R); "Warlords" (Unrated); "Free Zone" (Unrated); "My Brother" (PG-13); "The Closer: The Complete Second Season" (Unrated); and "F-Troop: The Complete Second Season" (Unrated).
R. Kelly, "Double Up"
Windows will be fogged and bed springs will be tested, for R&B’s most notorious Lothario is back with another helping of oversexed come-ons and blush-worthy hot talk.
R. Kelly has earned his share of tawdry tabloid headlines in recent years, but there’s certainly no controversy when it comes to his sterling track record of cranking out sultry slow jams and hip-swiveling new jack soul.
Prepare your libido for war.
Also in stores: Jason Aldean, "Relentless"; Herb Alpert, "Rise"; Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party, "Ultra Payloaded"; Gary Moore, "Close As You Get"; and Richard Thompson, "Sweet Warrior."
Michael Ondaatje ("The English Patient") ranges from northern California to Nevada and south central France in his latest novel, "Divisidero" (Knopf). A father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work their California farm with the help of Coop, an enigmatic young man who makes his home with them. The makeshift family explodes from an incidence of violence that shapes their lives.
Also on shelves today: "Gravedigger’s Daughter" (Ecco Press) by Joyce Carol Oates; "The Good Guy" (Bantam) by Dean Koontz; "Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector" (Knopf) by Mick Brown; "The Gladiator" (Tor) by Harry Turtledove; "Face of Death" (Bantam) by Cody McFadyen; and "The Fourth Order" (Ballantine) by Stephen Frey.