From the mean streets of contemporary L.A. to the retro whirl of ’30s London, it’s an all-over-the-map day for DVD debuts.
On the action front, “Street Kings” (R) casts Keanu Reeves as a soul-dead vice cop investigating his ex-partner’s death. Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie and Chris Evans co-star.
The action shifts to the poker table in “Deal” (PG-13), as a veteran card shark (Burt Reynolds) finds himself facing his Internet-whiz protégé (Bret Harrison) at the World Series of Poker.
Things pick up on the indie beat, where Oscar-winner Frances McDormand shines as the title character in “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” (PG-13), playing a starchy governess catapulted into the dizzying social whirl of ’30s London while working for a madcap nightclub singer (“Enchanted’s” Amy Adams). A troubled teen (Evan Rachel Wood), meanwhile, survives a Columbine-style high school massacre, then grows up to be a troubled wife and mother (Uma Thurman), in “The Life Before Her Eyes” (R).
And now the screaming starts — at least for tweens and teens — with “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert 3-D” (G), which comes complete with multiple 3-D glasses so kids can watch together. And in “Prom Night” (PG-13), “Hairspray’s” Brittany Snow takes over from ’80s scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis in this remake of the ’80s slasher fave about an obsessed killer determined to give high school students a night to die for — literally.
Topping the TV-to-DVD transfer list: HBO’s “Recount” (not rated), a dramatization of the electoral battle following the disputed 2000 presidential election, featuring Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson and Denis Leary. And another Disney Channel juggernaut, “Camp Rock: Extended Rock Star Edition” (G) finds teenthrob Joe Jonas (of the Jonas Brothers) as a rock star working as a camp instructor to counteract his negative public image.
T V series making the jump to DVD (all unrated) include “Gossip Girl: The Complete First Season,” “Terminator — The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete First Season,” “Dexter: The Complete Second Season,” “Perry Mason: Season 3, Volume 1” and "House, M.D. — Season Four."
Muscling aboard the straight-to-DVD express, “Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior” (PG-13) is a prequel, not a sequel, with Michael Copon as the young fighter who grows up to look just like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (who originated the role in “The Mummy Returns” and the first “Scorpion King”). UFC star Randy Couture co-stars as the villainous Sargon.
And if you’re suffering from “Wall-E” withdrawal, here’s a summer treat guaranteed to please kids of all ages: the “Disney/Pixar Ultimate 8 Movie Collection,” a box-set repackaging of such instant computer-animated classics as “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille,” along with the slightly less classic romps “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Cars.”
Dandy Warhols, “Earth to the Dandy Warhols”: They speak in the first person almost as much as Ricky Henderson, but all that self-referencing doesn’t make us love these bohemian stoner glam wastrels any less.
Having launched their own label, Beat The World Records, to issue their latest disc, the Dandies are back in action with more candy-coated rock and roll confections and a towering wardrobe budget.
It’s as good a mix of style and substance(s) as you’re likely to hear.
Also in stores: The Acacia Strain, “Continent”; The Academy Is …, “(fast times at barrington high)”; Black Stone Cherry, “Folklore and Superstition”; David Byrne, “Big Love: Hymnal”; Family Force 5, “Dance or Die”; The Fiery Furnaces, “Remember”; GZA/Genius, “ProTools”; Juliana Hatfield, “How to Walk Away”; Ice Cube, “Raw Footage”; Evelyn “Champagne” King, “Open Book”; Staind, “The Illusion of Progress”; Stereolab, “Chemical Chords”; Toadies, “No Deliverance”; Loudon Wainwright III, “Recovery.”
“Being Elizabeth” by Barbara Taylor Bradford: Elizabeth Deravenel, age 25, is the youngest executive to head her family’s worldwide business empire, a position that makes her the target of several enemies in a story where love and business mix.
Also hitting shelves: “Man in the Dark” by Paul Auster; “Rough Justice” by Jack Higgins; “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” by Sean Williams; “Fresh Kills” by Bill Loehfelm; “Yellow Moon” by Jewell Parker Rhodes; “Paint the Town Dead (Judge Jackson Crain, Book 3)” by Nancy Bell; “Something to Tell You” by Hanif Kureishi; and “The Hanged Man (Tarot Card Mystery, Book 4)” by David Skibbins.