Top Shelf Tuesday - December 8

December 6, 2009

Tuesday is here, and you know what that means--it's time to start thinking about the latest hot releases. Luckily for you, we help you seal the deal by givin' you what's real.

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With the new release The Saboteur, gamers get to fight, climb, prowl, and race through the dark alleys, rooftops, burlesque houses, and seedy streets of Nazi-occupied Paris in midst of World War II. Take the role of street-tough Irish race driver-turned-freedom-fighter Sean Devlin in this unique noir-style open world shoot-'em-up, where the streets of Paris come alive with color as you bring hope to the people of France. Think of it as a mixture of Grand Theft Auto and Assassin's Creed through the eyes of the 1940's bordello decorator.

Link sets out on another epic adventure in the Legend of Zelda series, this time set in the years following the events of The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Battle new enemies, solve new puzzles, and utilize new weapons and items, like the Whirlwind, which Link uses to move items and overturn enemies, a whip, useful both in combat and in platforming, as well as his train's cannon, which can shoot bombs into the distance. With the help of Link's new puzzle-solving companion, the Phantom, Link will travel via train across the world to restore the Spirit Tracks and stop the evil Cole.



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Christmas is right around the corner, so it’s a good thing the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits the shelves today. You can stuff someone’s stocking with a single disc DVD, the two-disc Special Edition DVD, or the king of all editions, the three-disc Blu-ray. Potter fans will find plenty to love about the two-disc DVD and Blu-ray, as both are packed with awesome extras. You’ll get additional scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes including Close-Up with the Cast and Crew of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, and owners of the Blu-ray will get all those cool interactive features like BD-Live Media Center and BD-Live interactivity. Hard to go wrong with this one.

Michael Mann’s epic gangster film Public Enemies, which follows the action-packed life of bank robber John Dillinger, is finally out on DVD and Blu-ray. Even if you’ve already seen the film, there are lots of extra features to keep you busy. Featurettes like Larger Than Life: Adversaries, Michael Mann: Making Public Enemies, On Dillinger’s Trail: The Real Locations, and more are complemented by feature commentary with Michael Mann and more. The Blu-ray has all these plus U-Control, BD Live, and others. With Johnny Depp and Christian Bale starring in this one, it’s a great addition to anyone’s DVD collection.



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Malice n Wonderland is the tenth studio album by West Coast legend Snoop Doggy Dogg. The album consists of fourteen new tracks and is sure to set the game ablaze with a slew of on new hits. The new album features production from Nottz, The Neptunes, The-Dream, Terrace Martin, and Scoop DeVille. Guest features on the new LP include R. Kelly, Soulja Boy, Problem, and Nipsey Hussle. Smoke 'em if You got 'em!

Glitter and Doom Live is the newest album from Tom Waits, and it's jammed packed full of tracks from the sold out national tour he undertook back in the Summer of 2008. The LP has 17 performances handpicked by Waits himself and relies heavily on songs from his ANTI releases. Waits also digs into the vaults for tracks like a reimagined "Singapore" from 1985’s Rain Dogs. If you are a Waits fan or not, this is a great grab for music fans looking for a pro doing what he does best.

Did we miss anything? Leave your recommendations in the comments.