Top Shelf Tuesday - June 9

June 7, 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.

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Clint Eastwood’s moving little film Gran Torino is available on DVD and Blu-ray now, and it’s a must-have for Clint fans. Ever wonder what Dirty Harry would’ve been like in old age? Well, this is the movie for you. Walk Kowalski has all the firey, ballsy smarm we’d expect from Harry on an average day. The DVD includes two featurettes, Manning the Wheel and Gran Torino: More Than a Car. Rumored to be his last appearance as an actor, do yourself a favor and make sure you’ve got Clint’s latest masterpiece.

Clive Owen and Naomi Watts take on internationally wicked banks -- something everyone can root for -- in director Tom Tykwer’s The International. Ever wanted to see the Guggenheim Museum and all its architectural glory? No? Well, how about seeing it get shot to pieces, sound better? This instantly classic action scene is one of the many exciting parts of owning this DVD. Some cool extra features include audio commentary with Tykwer, deleted scenes, and several featurettes: The Making of The International, Shooting at the Guggenheim, The Autostadt, and The Architecture of The International. That’s enough stuff to keep you busy till the next action thriller starring Owen comes out. In fact, probably enough stuff to last longer than that. It’s a win-win!



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Regarded as one of the most insightful hip-hop artists of our time, Mos Def is most definitely an artist to be reckoned with. Mos has captured the attention of critics and audiences alike with a celebrated body of work that has crossed all artistic genres from music to the Broadway stage, film, and television. The Ecstatic is Mos Def's fourth solo album. Featuring tracks produced by Mad Lib, Oh No, and the late J. Dilla, as well as collaborations with Slick Rick, Black Thought, and Jay Electronica. All who love real hip-hop must scoop this one up!

After years on Geffen Records, Sonic Youth return to an indie label with their sixteenth studio album. The Eternal is a supercharged rocker, recalling aspects of the Evol-Sister-Daydream Nation holy trinity, but with cleaner, louder production and more straightforward momentum. With Pavement's Mark Ibold joining on bass, and producer John Agnello back at the controls, The Eternal takes the melodic songwriting of 2006's Rather Ripped and slams down the accelerator pedal. This is gonna be a good one.



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Prototype is a single player, open-world action game where players take control of shape-shifter Alex Mercer. In this gameworld you literally are a genetic prototype hiding in human form. You step out onto the streets of New York with no memory, but limitless potential power. As a terrifying viral epidemic sweeps across Manhattan, top-secret Blackwatch Special Forces move in, transforming it into a war zone. Delve into the mysteries of your origin, the true nature of your power, and your part in a conspiracy 40 years in the making.

Playing in front of huge galleries and hearing crowd reactions from nearby holes, take your game to the next level when it matters most as you try to hold off a charging Tiger Woods and other PGA Tour Pros. Whether you’re fighting the course, the crowd, dynamic weather conditions, or the field, feel the drama on every swing with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010.

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