Some DVDs out Tuesday, Jan. 24

Some DVDs out Tuesday, Jan. 24

“Real Steel”: Hugh Jackman plays a troubled father who bonds with his son as they prepare an old, broken-down machine for the sport of robot boxing. It’s based, believe it or not, on an old episode of “The Twilight Zone.”

“50/50”: Joseph Gordon-Levitt got rave reviews for his portrayal of a young man coping with being diagnosed with cancer. Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Anjelica Huston co-star in this movie that combines comedy and drama.

“Paranormal Activity 3”: It’s the third in the amazingly profitable series of low-budget horror movies filmed solely from someone’s home video camera that happens to be sitting on someone’s nightstand. If you’ve got an old camera and a few hours of spare time, maybe you can make the next movie in the series.

“Wings”: Just in time for Oscar season, the first movie ever to win the Best Picture Academy Award arrives on Blu-ray. Keep an eye out for a very, very young Gary Cooper in this acclaimed 1927 World War I epic.

“Annie Hall” and “Manhattan”: Two of Woody Allen’s best movies make their debut on Blu-ray. They’re both great and beautifully shot, but the whole plot of Woody dating a high schooler (Mariel Hemingway) feels a little creepy given how everything turned out in his personal life.

And CDs

Tim McGraw, “Emotional Traffic”: McGraw’s latest album includes the new “Better Than I Used To Be,” along with “Touchdown Jesus,” “I Will Not Fall Down” and “Only Human,” which features R&B star Ne-Yo.

Kellie Pickler, “100 Proof”: The former “American Idol” contestant takes a stripped-down approach on this album, offering songs that reflect on her relationship with her father (“Tough”) and pay tribute to country music pioneers (“Where’s Tammy Wynette.”)

“Chimes of Freedom: The Music of Bob Dylan”: This four-disc set includes such performers as Pete Townshend, Patti Smith, Seal, Lenny Kravitz, and ... ahem ... Miley Cyrus singing Dylan classics. It’s all part of a tribute to Amnesty International.

Joe Cocker, “Hard Knocks”: Hard to believe that, long after they appeared together in the 1970s on “Saturday Night Live,” Joe Cocker is the one still alive and John Belushi is long gone. Guess Joe got by with a little help from his friends.

—Will Pfeifer
Sources: Thedigitalbits.com; tophitsonline.com