Top Shelf Tuesday - September 22

September 20, 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 use our awesome taste so you need not bother with the waste.

Source: Microsoft Game Studios

Games

In the latest installment of Microsoft's premier shooter Halo 3 ODST, the Master Chief gets taken out of the equation and instead puts you in the boots of a regular 'ol Orbital Drop Ship Trooper. So from the get-go, you know things are going to be a little bit different. Expect the same run-and-gun style gameplay, massive bosses, intense multiplayer action, and a few new goodies, like Firefight mode - similar to Gears of War's Horde Mode - in which you and your buddies take on increasing more difficult waves of baddies.

The Prince is back, ready to roll right over your heart with his wacky and decidedly Japanese-style sense of humor (and fashion) in the brand new Katamari Forever. This time, you're tapped to help piece together the memories of the King of All Cosmos the only way you know how - by rolling over random objects to create an increasing larger and larger snowball of weird crap while avoiding various hazards along the way. Katamari's deceptively simple yet incredibly addictive gameplay returns to the PlayStation 3 this week!

DVD

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Source: Warner Bros.

Jody Hill’s follow-up to The Foot-Fist Way, Observe and Report, pretty much takes the cake when it comes to vulgar, violent, inappropriate humor. It’s not for everyone, but the people who like this movie love it, and it’s nice to see Seth Rogen playing a part where he’s not terribly loveable. It’s even nicer to see him go mano-a-mano with Ray Liotta. As for the extras on the DVD, you’re crap out of luck: there aren’t any. Nada. Zero. Bupkiss. Warner Bros has started a trend wherein it provides absolutely no extras on its standard DVDs. Nope, you’re going to have to buy the Blu-ray if you want bonus features, which include additional scenes, a gag reel, and several featurettes.

If your girlfriend can’t get enough of Matthew McConaughey, well…get a new girlfriend. But if that’s not an option than get her a copy of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, now out on DVD and Blu-ray. She’ll get all the dimples and southern charm she can stand for the next two months. The Blu-ray definitely has more bonus features than anyone could possibly need from this release, but the more the merrier, right? Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette titled Recreating the Past, Imagining the Future, additional scenes, the featurettes titled Exiting the Studio and The Bridesmaids Toast, and, of course, extra stuff on BD-Live and a bonus digital copy. Whew! That should satisfy anyone’s McConaughey cravings until his next smash hit.

Music

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Backspacer is the ninth studio album from alternative legends Pearl Jam and sees the band exploring very new territory. Pearl Jam has drifted away from their straight rock roots and are now pulling new influences from pop as well as new wave. The first official single “The Fixer” is a fresh pop/rock composition filled infectious grooves and solid vocal work from Mr. Vedder. The record has already been getting stellar reviews in magazines like Rolling Stone and on websites like Allmusic. I’m sure this won’t disappoint.

A Brief History of Love is the new debut LP from the much-hyped British electro-rock duo The Big Pink. The Big Pink has already won the prestigious NME Philip Hall Radar Award for best new act and they were also named as "one of the most likely breakout acts of 2009" by the BBC. "Dominos," the album's first official single has already taken the indie blogs by storm and for good reason. The band has even found time to remix the Lily Allen pop joint “22.” Do not sleep on these dudes. Get it!

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

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