Guitar Hero: Metallica
The recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are totally tuned into the hit videogame franchise (for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii). So turn it up loud and get ready to shred something fierce on more than 30 Metallica songs, plus a couple of dozen others by likeminded artists. Best of all, hook up your World Tour drums and mic for a jam session with pals.
The Godfather II
This follow-up (for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC) brings Michael Corleone and family into Scarface territory — Miami. As head of a crime syndicate, you're counted on to make shrewd moves and kick major ass. Like the movie it's based on, the game features rich narrative and plenty of strategizing. But in the end, it's all about getting Benjamins ... at any cost.
The Matrix 10th Anniversary
One of the best science-fiction movies ever made celebrates its first decade with a cool new package that crams in tons of extras. The movie itself looks stunning in hi-def — you can't help but think that maybe the Wachowski brothers knew Blu-ray was on the horizon. The extras include everything from various commentary tracks to white-rabbit-following features.
Iron Man: Armored Adventures
Last year's live-action movie was a surprise hit. This new animated series (premiering at 7 p.m. Friday) builds on all that restless energy, knocking superhero Tony Stark back to his teen years. That leaves plenty of Spidey-style moments of juggling power with irresponsibility. And unlike other recent Marvel toons, this one looks great.
Never Say Never Again
(Twentieth Century Fox)
This 1983 James Bond adventure features Sean Connery in his last performance as the superspy. It's also his first time in Bond's tux in a dozen years. Plus, it's a remake of Thunderball that's not considered an official part of the 007 canon. Whew! But it's still a thrill, especially in this new Blu-ray set, which includes a smattering of informative extras.