Top Shelf Tuesday - November 25

November 25, 2008

It must be pretty cold outside because hell has frozen over and left us with an actual release date for Chinese Democracy.  If that's not enough to make you a believer, then check out Will Smith in Hancock or the latest installment of the Destroy All Humans franchise in stores today.  All the essential details are after the jump in this week's installment of Top Shelf Tuesday!


The wait is finally over. Created over the past 15 years with countless producers and musicians, Chinese Democracy often seemed as if it would never be released from the tormented brain of Axl Rose, but thanks to thirteen million dollars and a whole lot of studio time, GNR fans around the world have finally gotten their wish. The album, which features 14 brand new songs from Axl and company, has garnered some pretty decent reviews and is easily the most anticipated release of the year. It's available exclusively from Best Buy.

Alone II features another weird and powerful chapter in the life story of Weezer's Rivers Cuomo. The 19 tracks include his best unreleased songs from the past 16 years. The booklet contains more than 30 pages of intimate photos and a 12,000 word personal essay from the man himself. This collection is a real must-have for any true Weezer fan.



Hancock, the Will Smith vehicle about a reluctant superhero, is hitting shelves today, and buyers will have a slew of options at their disposal. There’s a single-disc theatrical edition DVD that also includes an unrated edition; a two-disc unrated special edition standard DVD; and a two-disc Blu-ray edition. All of these come pretty packed with extra features: The Making of Hancock featurette; a Behind the Scenes with “Dirty Pete” featurette; and a Building a Better Hero featurette are included in all three editions. The two-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray editions also come with a Bonus Digital copy of the film, along with other features. Couldn’t get enough of Hancock in the theaters? These DVDs will change that real quickly.

Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti team up in Fred Clause, a Christmastime comedy, and the DVD is here just in time for all of you folks who need to stuff some stockings with cinematical goodness. Available in both standard DVD and Blu-ray editions, these discs include features like widescreen and full frame; audio commentary by director David Dobkin; and additional scenes. It took a year to make it to DVD, but it’s finally here so grab while it’s hot.



Destroy All Humans: Path of the Furon is a kitschy, out-of-this-world shooter that made a name for itself as the first mass-market game to really focus on the butt.  The anal probe gun is back in this installment with a variety of other human-cooking devices like the black hole gun and a venus human trap planter.  From the website: “Crypto must embark on a journey of enlightenment and destruction…with the help of an ancient alien Kung Fu master.” Sounds about right to us.

Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo: HD Remix is just like the mega-classic Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, except that it’s remastered into high definition. In addition to making everything and every character look totally rad, there are a few new features not available on your SNES.  Among them are voice chat, online multiplayer gameplay, a 16:9 aspect ratio, worldwide rankings and remixed music.

What are you looking forward to picking up today?