Top Shelf Tuesday - December 2

December 1, 2008

Whether it's some Angelina Jolie action on DVD, the comeback album from Britney Spears or the epic gameplay from Prince of Persia, Tuesday is here and it's time to hit the stores!


Step Brothers comes out in a slew of DVD versions today, including a two-disc Blu-ray edition. It's available in a single-disc DVD, a single-disc rated/unrated DVD, and a two-disc rated/unrated set. And, of course, it's available as a two-disc rated/unrated Blu-ray edition. For those of you who loved Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly's antics you'll be pleased to find lots of extra features: a gag reel, commentary with the stars and director Adam McKay, and The Making of Step Brothers featurette comes with all three versions. Anyone who loves Ferrell movies will love the zillions of extra features on the special edition DVD and Blu-ray versions.

Wanted, the fast-paced, action-packed flick starring James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie, can now blow up in your home entertainment system. It's available in your standard single-disc DVD, as well as a two-disc special edition DVD version and two-disc Blu-ray version. With extended scenes, featurettes on the making of Wanted, and behind-the-scenes featurettes on the special effects, there's enough stuff in the two-disc sets to keep you going until the new year -- and then some.



The acrobatic adventure game Prince of Persia has taken itself up a rung or two by creating open, sandbox-style levels that users associate with the Grand Theft Auto franchise.  Instead of the linear gameplay gamers are used to from the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time trilogy, they’re allowed to roam free in 4 basic “realms.”  Another noob-friendly feature of this installment is that you can’t die.  So, that makes it pretty easy.  You’ve got a foxy, female companion that helps you through the levels, and if you get injured, she carries you on so you can keep swinging from the rafters to your heart’s content.

The idea in Mushroom Men is that anthropomorphic fungi have populated the planet and they are not so pacifist as their stationary forefathers (or are mushrooms without gender?).  Anyway, they grow to monstrous sizes and gain intelligence.  This, naturally, leads to civil war.  From there you battle other mushroom men with items you collect from the human world such as clothespins and razor blades.



Britney will never go away. Circus will be the seventh album by Britney Spears and is the follow-up to her well received 2007 LP Blackout. The lead single "Womanizer” has already created a frenzy among Britney fanatics and the rest of Circus should be no different. The album is sure to have a slew of over-produced pop hits that encourage ladies to throw down their best stripper moves on dance floors around the world. All hail the return of the so-called Queen of Pop.

Sugar Mountain - Live At Canterbury House 1968 is another singular installment in the continuing Neil Young Archives Performance Series. This CD/DVD set was recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan in November 1968, just days before the release of Young's self-titled solo debut. If you’re a big fan of Neil’s work you should definitely appreciate this raw acoustic set from one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all-time.