Top Shelf Tuesday - February 17
Clint Eastwood's Changeling comes to DVD, the original mopester Morrissey is back with a brand new album, and a downloadable content expansion pack is now available for GTA IV...all that and more in Top Shelf Tuesday, our weekly guide to the best new releases!
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One of the two films directed by Clint Eastwood during the past year, Changeling stars Angelina Jolie as a mother who’s lost her son and had the police try to pass off another boy as her child. This haunting film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray, both of which include many extras, such as two featurettes (Partners in Crime and The Common Thread). The first is a making-of film, the second is a behind-the-scenes look at how Angelina Jolie transformed herself into Christine Collins. Your Clint collection won’t be complete without this movie.
Ridley Scott brings us Body of Lies with the extremely capable Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio sports every kind of abrasion and laceration a face can suffer in this film, and the action keeps you on edge the entire time. Extras include a behind-the-scenes documentary, deleted scenes, and a digital copy of the film. If you weren’t able to catch it while it was in theaters, grab a copy and watch Russell Crowe do top secret governmental things in a grey wig.
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Today, Morrissey officially drops Years of Refusal, his first studio album since 2006's Ringleader of the Tormentors. The single "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris", which Morrissey debuted during his sold out 2007 world tour, has preceded the album, which features longtime band members Boz Boorer, Jesse Tobias, Matt Walker, and Solomon Walker. Even the most casual of Smiths/Morrissey fans will be delighted with this solid effort.
With their follow-up to 2008's brilliant Skeleton LP, Abe Vigoda’s new five-song EP brings more of the LA punk outfit’s raw and beautiful sound to life. Reviver slows the mood of their melodic and tropical Skeleton and crashes over your senses, getting more experimental but oddly more catchy. The Echo Park boys’ influences range from Captain Beefheart to My Bloody Valentine and it truly shows in their music. This is great record to pick up if you want to place your ears on the heartbeat of the indie Los Angeles music scene.
Street Fighter IV is finally coming to our red, white, and blue consoles this week. The narrative fleshes out the story behind Sheng Long who was Ken and Ryu’s master. However, there are a few updates to the stand-up arcade version (most importantly more playable characters). The biggest (and best) change, though, isn’t to the gameplay...it’s to the look of the characters. They’re highly-stylized and rendered effectively and beautifully into their 3rd dimensions (especially Cammy).
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, a downloadable content expansion pack for the recently released Grand Theft Auto IV, abandons the story of Niko, the surly immigrant, and follows Johnny Klebitz, the vice president of his biker gang. The gang is called The Angels of Death, and they come along with all the trappings of a gang (new bikes, new outfits, new weapons, etc.). Because it's DLC, it focuses heavily on multiplayer modes.