“Toy Story 3” (PG): The Pixar dream team rides again with this more-than-equal second sequel, an animated delight in which Andy heads off to college and his beloved toys — led by cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and space ranger Buzz (Tim Allen) — find a new life at a deceptively sunny day-care center. (Trilogy completists, meanwhile, should check out the entire “Toy Story Trilogy” on Blu-ray Disc.)
With the instant-classic “Toy Story 3” leading the way, several other all-time favorites also arrive on Blu-ray, including director David Lean’s Oscar-winning World War II adventure “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (PG), the 45th-anniversary edition of 1965’s Oscar-winning “The Sound of Music” (G), the 25th-anniversary edition of 1985’s “The Goonies” (PG), 1954’s “White Christmas” (not rated), 1968’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (G) and 1978’s “The Wiz” (G).
A trio of IMAX documentaries (all unrated), meanwhile, make the jump to Blu-ray 3D: “Wild Ocean,” “Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk” and “Dinos Alive!” Other documentaries hitting DVD today include the Rolling Stones concert film “Let’s Spend the Night Together” (PG) and “Winnebago Man” (not rated), which played the now-defunct CineVegas film festival, about an ’80s RV salesman whose on-the-job meltdown became an Internet phenomenon.
A gritty drama that played this year’s Las Vegas Film Festival tops today’s list of titles that never made it to local multiplexes: “Once Fallen” (R), about a young ex-con (Brian Presley) trying to escape his criminal past; Ed Harris, Taraji P. Henson, Amy Madigan, Sharon Gless and Peter Weller round out the starring cast. “Centurion” (R), meanwhile, transports us back to the far reaches of the Roman empire, where a soldier (“Inglourious Basterds’ ” Michael Fassbender) battles savage Brits. Robert Pattinson, Robert Downey Jr., Amy Adams, James Franco and “Avatar’s” Sam Worthington are among the strangers searching for happiness in “Love and Distrust” (R). Matthew Modine and Robert Forster headline the mystery “The Trial” (PG-13), while Heather Graham and Jennifer Coolidge play comedic, revenge-minded “ExTerminators” (not rated).
Diving back into the vintage vault, Turner Classic Movies serves up “Greatest Classic Film Collection” compilations (all unrated) saluting dance legends Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and director Busby Berkeley, while “The Bing Crosby Collection” (not rated) debuts such ’30s Bing-sings romps as “Mississippi,” “Sing You Sinners” and “College Humor.” The “Cher Film Collection” traces the Caesars Palace headliner’s cinematic history from 1967’s Sonny-and-Cher vehicle “Good Times” (not rated) to her Oscar-winning turn in 1998’s “Moonstruck” (PG). And for kids of all ages, the animated “Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales” (not rated) extends the adventures of down-home “Cars” tow truck Tow Mater.
Topping today’s TV transfers (all unrated unless otherwise noted): “The Pacific,” the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries that follows three U.S. Marines through World War II, and the British thriller “Murderland,” featuring Robbie Coltrane. Other TV titles arriving today include the new “V: The Complete First Season,” “The Fugitive: The Fourth and Final Season, Volume One,” “Flipping Out: Season One,” “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List — Season Two,” “Mad About You: The Complete Fifth Season,” “The Facts of Life: The Complete Fifth Season,” “Deadliest Catch: Season Six” (PG), “Beverly Hills 90210: The Final Season,” “The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series,” “Nip/Tuck: The Complete Series,” “Cadfael: The Complete Collection,” “Midsomer Murders: Village Case Files” and “Hannah Montana: Who Is Hannah Montana” (G).
Neil Diamond, “Dreams”: Everything’s better in rhinestones, right?
Well, the dude whose stage wear used to sparkle like his surname will test that theory with a new covers album.
Neil Diamond tackles classics from the Eagles, the Beatles and more on his latest CD.
Let’s just hope these “Dreams” don’t sound more like nightmares.
Also in stores: Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party”; Mariah Carey, “Merry Christmas II You”; Charlotte Church, “Back to Scratch”; Elvis Costello, “National Ransom”; Good Charlotte, “Cardiology”; Huey Lewis and The News, “Soulsville”; Brad Paisley, “Hits Alive”; and Smokey Robinson, “Now or Never.”
A pair of series continuations are scheduled to be released this week. “Happy Ever After,” the fourth in Nora Roberts’ Bride Quartet series, finds wedding planner Parker Brown taking her own shot at love with mechanic Malcomb Kavanaugh.
Also, the Last Battle has begun in Robert Jordan’s “Towers of Midnight,” the latest in The Wheel of Time series, based on material Jordan left behind after his death in 2007.
Also hitting shelves: “Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia” by Buddy Valastro; “The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus” by Tim Slover; “Christmas Mourning” by Margaret Maron; “Cleopatra: A Life” by Stacy Schiff; “Edge” by Jeffery Deaver; “Frank: The Voice” by James Kaplan; “Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America” by Matt Taibbi; “Indulgence in Death” by J.D. Robb; “In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks: And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy” by Adam Carolla; “The Instructions” by Adam Levin; “The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence” by Gerald Blaine, Lisa McCubbin and Clint Hill; “Moonlight Mile” by Dennis Lehane; “My Reading Life” by Pat Conroy; “The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities” by Soledad O’Brien and Rose Arce; “On Christmas Eve” by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer; “Pegasus” by Robin McKinley; “The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus Series No. 4)” by Jonathan Stroud; “They Call Me Baba Booey” by Gary Dell’Abate and Chad Millman; and “Virals” by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs.