Top Shelf Tuesday - May 19

May 17, 2009

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

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It’s going to be awhile yet before Observe and Report hits the shelves, so until then what better way to busy yourself than with Kevin James’ Paul Blart: Mall Cop? It’s available on DVD and Blu-ray and is much more family-friendly than Observe, on top of which it also comes with a lot of cool extra features. Kevin James and producer Todd Garner do a commentary for the whole movie, and there are 10 deleted scenes and a whopping 11 featurettes.

Fans of the Tom Cruise historical epic Valkyrie will be pretty pleased with the DVD release of this film. Not only will you get to see Cruise in an eyepatch sans German accent any time you want, you’ll also have more extra features than you’ll know what to do with . The DVD comes with a staggering two feature-length audio commentaries, one of which includes Cruise, director Bryan Singer, and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie. But that’s not all: a 42-minute documentary from The History Channel goes in-depth about the real events the film is based on. And if that’s not enough for you, how about the 16-minute making-of featurette, The Journey to Valkyrie? Cruise fans, eat your heart out -- and keep eating, ‘cause it’s going to take you a few weeks to get through all these bonus features.




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Further Complications is Jarvis Cocker’s second solo album, following 2006's Jarvis, which was recorded in Shellac band member Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. Further Complications contains the more roughed up tunes Cocker has been peddling since parting ways with Pulp back in 2002. If you love Pulp and Jarvis’s spiteful, uppity lyrics, this CD should most definitely satisfy your Britpop needs. Look for him on tour this summer as well.

Erik B and Rakim's Follow the Leader is the second LP from the influential hip-hop duo and one of the all-time classics in all of the rap genre. Following the same formula as their debut, this reissue features Eric B.'s innovative, minimalist production style and Rakim's blisteringly brilliant braggadocio. The golden age of hip-hop certainly has a surplus of fantastic LPs, but this one deserves to be right up there near, if not at, the top. This is also available on 180 gram vinyl! Scoop it!



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UFC 2009 Undisputed is a mixed martial arts game featuring Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters developed by Yuke's Osaka. Undisputed is described by publisher THQ as a realistic mixed martial arts simulator, rather than an arcade-style fighting game. Over 100 UFC personalities will be featured, with over 80 of them being fighters from all five weight classes. The Octagon has never looked as punishing as it does now.

Terminator Salvation, a third-person shooter action game based on the upcoming film of the same name, was developed by Halcyon Company's gaming subsidiary, Halcyon Games. Set in 2016 in Los Angeles, it is an "interquel" that takes place between the events of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation.  Players will assume the control of John Connor, and battle Skynet enemies from the upcoming film as well as new enemies specifically designed for the game.

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