"Rock of Ages" (R, 111 minutes, Warner)
That this affectionately mocking homage to acts such as Journey, Guns N' Roses and Pat Benatar comes by way of Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta and Tom Cruise makes "Rock of Ages" an unusually enervating experience. As much fun as it is to watch Cruise wink at his own star persona, and as welcome as its wackiest moments are, "Rock of Ages" never attains Bic-lighter-worthy transcendence. Contains sexual content, suggestive dancing, some heavy drinking and profanity. Extras: "If You Build It, They Will Rock It" featurette, "Any Way You Want It" music video and Def Leppard live at the premiere footage. Also, on Blu-ray: extended version; "Rock of Ages: Legends of the Sunset Strip" hosted by Bret Michaels, "The Stories We Sing" featurette, "Defining a Decade," hosted by Hough and Boneta.
"Prometheus" (R, 119 minutes, Fox)
The biggest surprise about "Prometheus" might be just how unoriginal it is, given Ridley Scott's track record as a genre game-changer. Visually impressive and featuring one or two breakout performances, this anti- climactic exercise too often plays as though it has been cobbled together from archetypes, imagery and tropes from countless other movies. We meet the principal players: Charlie Holloway and Elizabeth Shaw, archeologists who are leading a group of explorers in the year 2089, when they happen upon a cave of futuristic dreams. When the action picks up a few years later, Holloway, Shaw and their ragtag team have boarded a spacecraft named Prometheus, which, under the sponsorship of Weyland Industries, is taking them to an undisclosed location and, presumably, to the origin of the human species itself. Contains sci-fi violence, including some intense images and brief profanity. Extras: Commentary by Scott, writer Jon Spaihts and writer-executive producer Damon Lindelof; deleted and alternate scenes that include an alternate opening/ending, making-of featurettes and screen tests.
"A Cat in Paris" (PG, 70 minutes, Cinedigm Entertainment Group)
This French-made film (in English for an American audience) isn't exactly a kids' flick. The pretty, hand-drawn pictures will appeal mainly to sophisticated animation fans, and its dark, somewhat scary story of a fatherless girl in jeopardy might prove a little too intense for very young viewers. At a little over an hour, it's a slight but visually charming adventure. The "cat" of the title has a double meaning. On one level, it refers to an actual feline Dino, a fiercely independent kitty who belongs, in theory only, to a child named Zoe. By night, Dino's second home is the city of Paris, whose streets and rooftops he haunts with his other master, a cat burglar named Nico (Steve Blum). Nico becomes Zoe's protector after her father is murdered. The story by writer Alain Gagnol, who directed with Jean-Loup Felicioli is neither deep nor complex, but it's so good-looking, without a drop of CGI or 3-D. Contains mild violence and some dark thematic material. Extras: "The Many Lives of a Cat" video flipbook,"Extinction of the Saber-Toothed Housecat" animated short, original French-language version with English subtitles.
"The Raven" (R, 110 minutes, Relativity)
John Cusack playing Edgar Allan Poe seems like a good idea, but then Cusack-as-Poe walks into a bar and starts talking. Nothing in the actor's cadence or attitude suggests the story's 1849 setting. "The Raven" seems content to steal a famous figure's name and leave any stabs at authenticity to the set and costume designers. The movie's conceit takes a tidbit of biographical fact Poe died under mysterious conditions, having been found on the streets in a state of delirium. The booze-weakened author helps hunt a serial killer he himself has inspired. Director James McTeigue was much more successful capturing graphic novelist Alan Moore's mood in "V for Vendetta" than he is conjuring the suspense of Poe. But viewed as simply another Hollywood thriller, "The Raven" builds up a decent head of steam as time runs out for our hero's imperiled fiancée. Contains violence and graphic gore. Extras: Commentary by McTeigue and producer Marc D. Evans.
ALSO: "Magical Mystery Tour" (1967, with hours of extras and new Beatles footage), "The World Series: History of the Fall Classic" (2012, from Major League Baseball Productions and narrated by Bob Costas; multiple formats), "The Giant Mechanical Man," "The Courier," "Crazy Eyes," "The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is not a Fairytale" (2006, Lifetime original movie).
TELEVISION SERIES: "The League: Season Three," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season 7," "Whitney: Season One," "Care Bears: The Original Series Collection," and "Nova: Space, Time and the Universe With Brian Greene" (PBS).