“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (not rated): Yes, it’s subtitled, but before Hollywood gets its hands on Stieg Larsson’s international best-seller, check out the killer Swedish original, a gripping thriller about a haunted goth computer hacker (Noomi Rapace) who helps an investigative journalist (Michael Nykvist) solve a 40-year-old mystery.
Colin Firth’s exquisite, Oscar-nominated performance in the title role, meanwhile, dominates “A Single Man” (R), about a grief-stricken professor in early-’60s Los Angeles who tries to carry on — and contemplates ending it all — after the sudden death of his longtime lover (“Leap Year’s” Matthew Goode). Julianne Moore co-stars as his brittle, bitter friend. Rounding out today’s recent releases: “Brooklyn’s Finest” (R), about three cops from New York’s crime-ridden 65th Precinct (Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle) whose lives intertwine at the same deadly location.
From there, it’s back to the golden age of silent-screen comedy for the Blu-ray Disc debut of one of Buster Keaton’s all-time classics, 1928’s “Steamboat Bill Jr.” (not rated), also available in a new two-disc DVD edition. Keaton’s slapstick genius also shines through in “Lost Keaton” (not rated), spotlighting 16 talkie comedy shorts. Flashing forward a decade or two, a second volume of “Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics” (not rated) includes such favorites as Fritz Lang’s 1954 “Human Desire,” with Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame, and Jacques Tourneur’s 1957 “Nightfall,” featuring Aldo Ray, Brian Keith and Anne Bancroft. And if you’ve ever wondered what inspired the musical “Chicago,” here’s the restored edition of the original 1927 silent (not rated), with Phyllis Haver as jazz-baby murder suspect Roxie Hart.
On the documentary front, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” (not rated) focuses on the openly gay civil rights activist. PBS’ “Frontline” goes behind the scenes of the Obama administration in “Obama’s Deal” (not rated), while another PBS documentary, “Among the Righteous” (not rated), explores what happened to Jews in Arab lands during the Holocaust — and the Arab heroes who tried to save them. Other TV titles arriving on DVD today (all unrated): “The Game: Seasons One-Three,” “Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.0 and 4.5,” “Monk: Season Three & Four,” “Doc Martin: Series Four” and “ER: The Complete 13th Season.”
Big Boi, “Sir Luscious Leftfoot … Son of Chico Dusty”: If you’re still holding your breath for a new Outkast album, careful, your lungs might burst.
But in the meantime, one half of hip-hop’s most consistently inventive and compelling duos, Big Boi, is back with a new solo disc.
More radio friendly and less left-of-center than his far-out cohort, Andre 300, Big Boi comes with consistently smooth, funk-fired jams.
And like all good parties, this one has quite the guest list, with appearances by T.I., Lil Jon, Jamie Foxx and B.o.B.
Also in stores: Enrique Iglesias, “Euphoria”; Kelis, “Flesh Tone”; Ed Kowalczyk, “Alive”; Bret Michaels, “Custom Built”; and Kylie Minogue, “Aphrodite.”
“The Search” by Nora Roberts: Fiona Bristow, a successful dog trainer, has made a peaceful life for herself on an island off Seattle’s coast after escaping the clutches of the Red Scarf serial killer years before. But the past rears its ugly head when a copycat killer sets his sights on the one victim who got away.
Author Elin Hilderbrand turns her eye to the other coast, setting her new novel, “The Island,” off Nantucket, where four women retreat to the family beach cottage in search of peace but only find more drama.
Also hitting shelves this week: “As Husbands Go” by Susan Isaacs; “Betrayed” by Robert K. Tanenbaum; “The Cabal” by David Hagberg; “Coming Back Stronger” by Drew Brees; “The Cookbook Collector” by Allegra Goodman; “Discord’s Apple” by Carrie Vaughn; “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron; “Father of the Rain” by Lily King; “Kings of the Earth” by Jon Clinch; “Primeval” by David Lynn Golemon; “Still Missing” by Chevy Stevens; “Stork Raving Mad” by Donna Andrews; “They’re Watching” by Gregg Hurwitz; and “What Is Left the Daughter” by Howard Norman.