Top Shelf Tuesday - June 1

May 30, 2010

Tuesday is almost here, and you know what that means--it's time to start thinking about the latest hot releases. Luckily for you, we dish out the best of the best and lay all the poseurs to rest.

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Football fans, it's time to do an endzone dance because Backbreaker is the first worthy competitor to the Madden football franchise in some time. Using cutting-edge physics and graphics engines, Backbreaker puts you in the game like never before and really drives home the bone-crunching tackles, the frantic intensity, and gritty realism of pro football while ensuring that no two plays are the same. Madden has now been put on notice.

The most popular entertainment launch in the history of mankind, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, gets its second multiplayer map pack DLC. Like the first map pack, it's a mixture of both new maps and "re-imagined" maps from the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. If the $15 price tag doesn't scare you off, this pack breathes new life into the military shooter, only making this addictive game that much better.



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Walt Disney Studios brings us a three-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (which includes the Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy) of Tim Burton’s highly-successful take on Alice in Wonderland. All versions are presented in 1080p with a 16:9 aspect ratio and Dolby Digital 5.1 HD surround sound. The discs include three short features about the making of the film, focusing on Burton's vision for Wonderland and the characters of Alice and the Mad Hatter. The Blu-ray version has nine additional featurettes centered on additional characters, special effects, and other aspects of the film's production. Get this if you know what’s good for you.



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To the Sea is the fifth studio album by classy singer-songwriter Jack Johnson. The album was recorded over three weeks in Johnson's two solar-powered studios, The Mango Tree in Hawaii and the Solar Powered Plastic Plant in Los Angeles. Johnson said of the album's title "I guess it's a reference to a father leading his son to the sea, with the water representing the subconscious. So it's about trying to go beneath the surface and understand yourself." Sounds nice, y’all.

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