Top Shelf Tuesday - March 3

March 3, 2009

Tuesday's here, and you know what that's time to head to the store (or your favorite online merchant) to pick up the latest hot releases. This week, make some time for the excellent In the Electric Mist starring Tommy Lee Jones and John Goodman, a new highly anticipated album from U2, a Watchmen game, and much more!

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Director Baz Luhrmann’s Australian epic, fittingly titled Australia, stars Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. The movie takes place before and during World War II, when the British Lady Sarah Ashley comes into contact with the more rough-and-tumble world of the Australian cattle industry. If you’re looking for a movie that’s grand in its ambitions and scope, this one’s for you. Some of the extra features include deleted scenes and a featurette about the history and location of the film. The Blu-ray also includes behind-the-scenes photography, production design, locations extras and more. Couldn’t get enough of Hugh at the Oscars? Well now you can have him large and in charge of his native country!

Fans of Tommy Lee Jones and John Goodman will be excited to see In the Electric Mist hit the shelves on DVD and Blu-ray. This one really went under the radar, and now you can grab yourself a copy and find out what all the buzz is about. Jones plays detective Dave Robicheaux, on the trail of a sadistic serial killer in New Orleans, while Goodman plays a film financier who’s part of a movie shoot in Jones’ town. The star of the film, Elrod Sykes (Peter Sarsgaard), in a drunken stupor, comes across a body that was murdered 40 years ago – a murder that Robicheaux witnessed. If it’s great performances, suspense, and undiscovered movie awesomeness you’re looking for, you’ve found it. You don’t get a lot of extras with this one – a theatrical trailer is the extent of the bonus features – but sometimes a good film is a good film, and that’s all you really need.



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No Line On The Horizon, the new studio album from U2, is the band’s 12th studio release. Bono and the crew once again called upon the production talents of long-time collaborators Brian Eno and Danny Lanois, with additional production by Steve Lillywhite. The album will be available in five different packages. They range from the standard album CD in a plastic jewel case with a 24-page color booklet to a deluxe limited-edition collectors version packaged in a special box that has an album CD in a cardboard folded sleeve with a 36-page color booklet and fold out poster. The box set also includes a 60-page hard cover book plus an additional fold-out poster and a DVD of the new film from Anton Corbijn featuring the music of U2 in a slip case cover. That’s a whole lotta U2, people.

Invaders Must Die is the fifth studio album and brand new effort from the acclaimed and controversial British electronic act The Prodigy. As one of the most successful and respected dance groups of the past decade, this album sees the triumphant return of both Keith Flint and Maxim. The new LP features 11 new tracks and collaborations with Dave Grohl and James Rushent from Does It Offend You Yeah. Invaders Must Die is set to be one of the group’s most exciting albums to date and is guaranteed to satisfy the appetites of their loyal fans that have been waiting for their reemergence.



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Halo Wars, the strategy game that is the most recent installment in the Halo series of video games, hits shelves this week, and it promises to be a fun (if somewhat shallow) play. The story takes place on the colonized planet Harvest.  Players can choose to either wield the might of the Covenant or the steely reserve of the U.S. Marines.  Many of the iconic characters and weapons are back.  Drive Warthogs, command Spartans, or send in the Elites and the Brutes.

Watchmen: The End is Nigh is being released in conjunction with the cinematic release of Watchmen, but it is decidedly less complicated.  While the film and graphic novel are a complicated weave of subplots and subterfuge, the video game is pretty much just about beating up thugs.  Players control either the brutal Rorschach character or the Nite Owl character.  And both characters have the bare necessities for street fightin': punches, kicks, and a special power-up move that unleashes their rage.