Top Shelf Tuesday - March 31

March 31, 2009

Tuesday is upon us and, once again, that means a whole pile of new releases to look forward to.  Whether it's a new album, a DVD jam-packed with extras, or the latest must-have game, we've got you covered.

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Slumdog Millionaire, which won director Danny Boyle the Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture and brought Indian pop music to America is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The extra features are packed with deleted scenes, as well as a behind the scenes featurette called Slumdog Dreams: Danny Boyle & The Making of Slumdog Millionaire. Also included are commentary by Boyle and lead actor Dev Patel, and a Slumdog Cutdown feature.

Will Smith gave us a heartfelt performance in Seven Pounds along with co-star Rosario Dawson. For those who missed it while it was in theaters, you can now buy it on DVD and Blu-ray, and you won’t be lacking in bonus features. Four featurettes are included on both DVD and Blu-ray, including Seven Views on Seven Pounds, Creating the Perfect Ensemble, and The Box Jellyfish: World’s Deadliest Co-Star. Also included is commentary from director Gabriele Muccino.



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Prince is releasing a 3-CD set this week available at Target.   Lotus Flow3r is the most rock n’ roll of the albums, while MPLSoUND (short for "Minneapolis Sound") and Elixir, on the other hand, are more based in funk.  There are gems on all three CDs, but only enough that, if collected, one could make a single great album.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' third, full-length album, It’s Blitz, is a little shyer with the guitars and bolder with the synths than their previous two albums.  The devastatingly emotional lead singer Karen O more than meets expectations, alternately crying, whispering, and yowling with her typical engagement.  Tracks to look out for are the very danceable "Heads Will Roll" and the more sensitive "Dragon Queen."



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The Guitar Hero juggernaut has continued its distortion-heavy march across the field of music games with its latest release, Guitar Hero: Metallica.  The game features 21 songs from the band, and you will attempt to reproduce them with multi-colored keys as you play the role of an upstart garage band trying to open for Metallica. Outside of the single-band soundtrack and the novel storyline in career mode, you can expect more of the same from this latest Guitar Hero release.

Ginger Vitis – voiced by Carmen Electra – is a porn star trying to make it into mainstream cinema in Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust.  And who better to help her in this, um, sticky transition than Larry?  It’s set in a variety of sultry settings that allow Leisure Suit Larry, in the now-classic style of this game, to work his magic on lucky ladies throughout his digital playground.

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