THE LIST: DVDs, CDs and books hitting stores week of Nov. 11
November 11, 2008 - 5:00 am
“Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (PG-13): When the mythical world rebels against humanity, hoping to take over Earth, demon superhero Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and his team lead the charge to save the planet in director Guillermo del Toro’s follow-up to the 2004 original.
In another galaxy far, far away, the “Star Wars” saga goes animated in “Star Wars: Clone Wars” (PG), as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Master Yoda lead the Jedi knights struggling to save the Galactic Republic.
Back here on earth, an L.A. family (led by Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, Loretta Devine, Regina King and Mekhi Phifer) convenes for “This Christmas” (PG-13), while a single mother (Gabrielle Union) falls for a struggling songwriter (Morris Chestnut) working as a shopping-mall Santa in “The Perfect Holiday” (PG). And a New England town rekindles a disillusioned priest’s faith in “Noelle” (PG).
Leading the week’s documentary lineup: “Planet B-Boy” (not rated), which focuses on competitive break dancing and the acrobatic moves of competitive crews — including Las Vegas’ own Knucklehead Zoo. “Operation Valkyrie: The Stauffenberg Plot to Kill Hitler” (not rated) details the real-life events behind the upcoming Tom Cruise drama “Valkyrie.” And “Garbage Warrior” (not rated) profiles New Mexico rebel Michael Reynolds, who uses beer cans, old tires and plastic bottles to build off-the-grid abodes.
Turning to titles that never played local theaters, Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike salutes spaghetti Westerns in “Sukiyaki Western Django” (R). Speaking of Westerns, singer Toby Keith and comedian Rodney Carrington team up to take on drug lords in “Beer for My Horses” (PG-13). Meanwhile, the award-winning “Love Songs” (not rated) offers a musical portrait of Parisian lovers (including Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme and Chiara Mastroianni).
And for kids of all ages, the wonderful folks who brought you Wallace and Gromit introduce a new character, Shaun the Sheep, in the animated “Off the Baa” (not rated).
It’s a banner week, meanwhile, for vintage movie buffs, led by 1951’s cast-of-thousands Roman epic “Quo Vadis” (not rated), starring Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr — and Peter Ustinov as naughty Nero.
The “Warner Bros. Classic Holiday Collection, Vol. 2” (not rated) revives such Yuletide treats as 1949’s “Holiday Affair” (featuring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh). And the “Warner Bros. and the Homefront Collection" trots out the all-star World War II-era flag-wavers “Hollywood Canteen” (founded by Bette Davis and John Garfield) and “Thank Your Lucky Stars” (featuring Davis and Errol Flynn — singing).
It’s nostalgia time for TV-to-DVD fans too, with a trio of “Walt Disney Treasures” (not rated): the swashbuckling “Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh” (alias Patrick McGoohan), “The Chronological Donald, Vol. 4: 1951-1961” and “The Mickey Mouse Club Presents Annette: 1957-1958.”
Las Vegas’ own Denny Scott Miller, meanwhile, contributes memories of starring on one of TV’s top Westerns in “Wagon Train: The Complete Color Season” (not rated), while “The Lone Ranger: 75th Anniversary — Seasons 1 and 2” (also unrated) salutes the daring masked rider of the plains (Clayton Moore) and his faithful pard Tonto (Jay Silverheels).
Other TV transfers (all unrated) arriving on DVD include “The Cosby Show: 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition,” “Father Knows Best: Season Two,” “Night Gallery: Season Two,” “The Streets of San Francisco: Season Two, Vol. 2,” “Scrubs: The Complete Seventh Season” and “7th Heaven: The Seventh Season.”
T-Pain, “Thr33 Ringz”: First there was Warren G, who was the king of adding sweetly sung melodies to normally roughneck hip-hop tracks, which was once akin to mixing sugar with sandpaper.
These days there’s T-Pain, a rapper turned singer and producer who’s become the go-to-guy for contributing well-crooned hooks to hits by the likes of R. Kelly, Bow Wow and Fabulous.
And all those connections have paid off.
On his third solo disc, T-Pain has enlisted the likes of Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Ludacris and others to guest on the disc.
Seriously, you’ve normally got to hike all the way out to the local planetarium to observe that kind of star power.
Also in stores: David Archuleta, “David Archuleta”; Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, “Out of the Wilderness”; The Bronx, “The Bronx III”; Tracy Chapman, “Our Bright Future”; Kevin Costner & Modern West, “Untold Truths”; Enya, “And Winter Came …”; Jedi Mind Tricks, “A History of Violence”; Musiq Soulchild, “On My Radio”; Seal, “Soul”; Taylor Swift, “Fearless”; Vanilla Ice, “Vanilla Ice Is Back! Hip Hop Classics”; Various Artists, “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 29.”
There are several big authors with new books hitting shelves this week.
First off, horror master Stephen King has a new collection of stories coming out, "Just After Sunset," his first since 2002’s “Everything’s Eventual.” The collection includes crime thrillers, supernatural disaster stories along with his traditional tales of terror.
Another highly anticipated book comes from Oprah favorite Wally Lamb. “The Hour I First Believed,” from the author of “She’s Come Undone” and "I Know This Much is True,” centers around a couple who get jobs at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Caelum Quirk, a teacher, goes home to Connecticut to be with his ailing aunt while his wife, Maureen, works in the school’s library, narrowly escaping death when two students go on a shooting rampage. In the aftermath, the couple return to Connecticut, and while Maureen attempts to heal from the trauma, Caelum uncovers surprising secrets that span five generations of his family.
Readers also can pick up the latest from award-winning author Toni Morrison. “A Mercy” is a tale of slavery in early America and the unforeseen consequences of a mother’s actions after she abandons her daughter in an effort to save her.
Also coming out this week: “Bodies Left Behind” by Jeffery Deaver; “The World According to Bertie (44 Scotland Street Series)” by Alexander McCall Smith; “Lyrics 1964-2008” by Paul Simon; “Call Me Ted” by Ted Turner; “2666” by Roberto Bolaño; “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House” by Jon Meacham; “Chibi Vampire, Volume 11” by Yuna Kagesaki; “The Christmas Sweater” by Glenn Beck; “Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life” by John C. Bogle; “Fruits Basket, Volume 21” by Natsuki Takaya; and “You: Being Beautiful: The Owner’s Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty” by Michael F. Roizen.