Top Shelf Tuesday - August 18

August 18, 2009

Tuesday is here, 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: Rogue Pictures

DVD

The Last House on the Left, the remake of Wes Craven’s grisly horror/thriller about a pack of convicts who attack two girls (only to find refuge in the home of one of the victim’s parents), will keep you cringing throughout. If you’re looking for a bare-knuckle revenge flick, you’ve found your movie. The DVD comes with some cool bonus materials too, including the unrated and theatrical versions of the movie, deleted scenes, and the featurette A Look Inside. The Blu-ray comes with even more, including the BD Live feature which gives you access to the Download Center and My Scenes Sharing. So if you’re in the mood for some brutal scares, you’ll want to grab a copy of this one.

Games

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Source: Id Software

Wolfenstein, the game that started the whole first-person-shooter genre is back with a vengeance. Deep behind the front lines of World War II, a secret Nazi faction known as the Thule Society is researching its own brand of weapons of mass destruction...one that's born of the occult. After years of research, they have discovered a dark, limitless power called Black Sun, and the Nazis have begun efforts to harness this energy for use against the free world. Unfortunately for the Nazis, they did not count on two key things: secret agent B.J. Blazkowicz and his arsenal of badass weapons.

Shadow Complex is an impressive-looking Xbox Live downloadable 2-D action platformer set in an expansive nonlinear 3-D world and taking place in Orson Scott Card's Empire universe. The story follows Jason Fleming, a hiker who happened to stumble upon an underground terrorist facility while out exploring with his girlfriend Claire. Unfortunately, Claire gets snatched up by this rogue paramilitary group, which is known as the Restoration. As you navigate deeper into the enemy's base to rescue her, it's revealed that this fanatical group is intent on setting up a chain of events that will cause the United States to collapse into a civil war. And all you wanted to do was go for a hike.

Music

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Coming in as Jay Reatard's Matador debut, Watch Me Fall is poised to be the cleanest and poppiest album Reatard has recorded to date and another step forward for his ever-expanding sound. Expect classic Reatard garage punk hooks, this time with a glossier pop sheen to clean things up for the big leagues. The new record is reported to sound very much like a modern interpetation of the Buzzcocks and clocks in at just over a half hour.

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

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