Top Shelf Tuesday - June 23

June 21, 2009

Tuesday is upon us, and you know what that means -- it's time to head out and pick up the latest hot releases. Luckily, we're here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.

Source: Sega


In The Conduit, you'll find yourself at the center of a thrilling battle involving aliens, secret agents, and centuries-old government conspiracies, all set against the backdrop of modern-day Washington, D.C. Built from the ground up for the Wii, the game pits you against ruthless, wily enemies who react to your moves and use the environment to their own advantage. Tailor the game to suit your personal style, and see the game's intense visuals burst to life complete with dynamic environment mapping, interactive water with real-time reflection, and four-stage texture composition. Gather up to 11 additional players online for brutal multiplayer action, and incorporate the Wii Speak peripheral to enhance the immediacy of the battle.

EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 4 is truly the return of the champ. Building off Fight Night Round 3, one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed games to come out at the onset of the Xbox 360 hardware launch, Fight Night Round 4 promises to be equally as groundbreaking and revolutionary. With an all new physics-based fighting engine, new physics-driven animations, truly unique and differentiated boxer styles, and the most impressive boxer roster ever, including the return of the legendary Iron Mike Tyson, EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 4 takes video game boxing and fighting to an entirely new level.



Source: Jens Jurgensen/Getty Images

Some twenty years after their formation and legendary dissolution, Dinosaur Jr. returned to form with 2007's Beyond, continuing their march into rock greatness. Farm is proof that this band continues to deliver. With soaring distorted guitars, unshakable hooks, and honey-rich melodies, the songs on Farm get into your head and stay there. This is also their fifth full-length as the original lineup. The double LP comes in beautiful litho-wrapped gatefold jackets and contains digital download coupon for free MP3s of the album. Get it!

Hailed by The New Yorker as “perhaps the most musically adventurous act currently signed to a major label” and by Rolling Stone as 2008's Best Prog-Rock Band, The Mars Volta makes its Warner Bros. debut with Octahedron, the highly acclaimed group's fifth studio album. Following 2008's The Bedlam In Goliath, the band's third consecutive album to debut in the Top 10, The Mars Volta's neo-psychedelia goes acoustic on Octahedron. Says the band's Cedric Bixler Zavala: “There's electricity throughout it! But that's what our band does -- celebrate mutations.”


Source: Columbia Pictures/MGM


Steve Martin returns as Inspector Jacques Clouseau in The Pink Panther 2. If you have any younger siblings, nieces, nephews, or just enjoy a good French accent and people falling out of windows and losing their balance in general, then this DVD is definitely for you. Some of the extra features include a gag reel, a digital copy of the movie, and several featurettes: Drama is Easy…Comedy is Dangerous, A Dream Team Like No Other, and Master Thief-Global Crime Showdown! If this sequel is proof of anything it’s that you can’t get too much of Inspector Clouseau, so make sure you grab your copy.

It’s never too late to make up for forgetting an anniversary or a birthday or any other transgression your girlfriend feels you’ve committed. The DVD of Confessions of a Shopaholic could be the perfect atonement to get you out of a hot spot with the old lady -- the downside, of course, is that you might have to actually watch it with her. But that’s when you’ve just got to grin and bear it. And once you’ve watched it together there are a few bonus features that should keep her happy for awhile: a bloopers reel, deleted scenes, and the music video “Stuck with Each Other” by Shontelle Featuring Akon. Tons of other extras are included in the Blu-ray, including the music videos “Accessory” by Jordan Taylor and “Takes Time to Love” by Trey Songz.

Did we miss anything? What are you looking forward to picking up this week?