Top Shelf Tuesday - April 28

April 26, 2009

Tuesday is here, and you know what that means -- it's time to head to pick up the latest hot releases. Luckily, we're here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme might be getting older, but he’s not getting less badass. His newest movie, JCVD, follows him as he gets caught up in a robbery that he has to find a way to resolve years after a successful action movie career. JCVD is now here on DVD and Blu-ray, and it’s got some nice extra features: bonus footage not included in the original movie, a digital copy of the movie, the theatrical trailer and a never-before-seen English version. If you’re a Van Damme fan then this is one that’s necessary for your collection.

For horror fans, The Uninvited is going to be a must-have, whether it’s DVD or Blu-ray. Directed by The Guard Brothers and starring David Strathairn, Elizabeth Banks, and Emily Browning, the DVD and Blu-ray both come with some nice extra features. A featurette titled Unlocking The Uninvited is included, as well as deleted scenes and an alternate ending. If you missed this one when it was in the theaters, or it you’re just a die-hard horror movie buff, you’ll want to pick this up and guarantee yourself some quality scares.



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Ashes of American Flags follows Wilco from Tulsa, Oklahoma at Cain's Ballroom to Washington D.C. during their 2008 U.S. tour of ballrooms, clubs, and concert halls. The DVD captures Wilco and a three-man horn section, at such hallowed venues as Tipitina's in New Orleans and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. This feature-length DVD is a concert film of extraordinary intimacy, with HD cameras focused primarily on the stage and often inches away from singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy's microphone or drummer Glenn Kotche's cymbals. Ashes of American Flags also functions as an evocative travelogue, a document of the band's physical and emotional journey. At each stop, the filmmakers record candid moments at sound check, backstage, and on the bus, where band members offer insights into their lives on the road and their remarkably intuitive communication as a group. You need this DVD if you love Wilco as much as we do.

Not Alone: Rivers Cuomo and Friends is a DVD commemoration of the celebration for the release of Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. From a post on his website, Rivers invited hardcore Weezer fans from across the country to dress sharp and join him as a makeshift band where they would get to pick the setlist. That setlist ended up being a mix of Weezer classics as well as obscure fan favorites. This DVD includes footage and audio from Rivers Cuomo's in-store jam session at Fingerprints in Long Beach, California on November 25th, 2008. DVD footage also includes the video for "My Brain Is Working Overtime," clips of River's doing a pre-in-store interview while warming up on an exercycle at a nearby hotel, an interview between actor and musician Jason Schwartzman and Rivers, and more.



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Velvet Assassin is a WWII-era spy game featuring a super-fox protagonist, Violet Summers.  Probably the best thing about the game, though, is that the lead character is based on a real-life super fox spy named Violet Szabo.  Included in the game are several of the missions that the real spy is known to have performed.  However, the developer also added missions simply inspired by her sexy derring-do. 

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a startlingly violent look into the past of one of the most notorious characters from the Marvel Universe.  You, as Wolverine, slash your way through the hurdles of his past to uncover the mysteries of his beginnings.  The coolest part is that as you take damage, parts of your body can be ripped away.  So, at a particular point, you might be stabbing an enemy through the neck while your impervious, adamantium rib cage is exposed after he shot you in the chest.  Rad.

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