Top Shelf Tuesday - October 13

October 11, 2009

Tuesday is almost here, and you know what that means--it's time to start thinking about the latest hot releases. Luckily for you, we don't guess when it comes to what's best.

Source: Sony/Naughty Dog

Games

If you're a PS3 owner, there's no doubt you've been waiting for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Nathan Drake's treasure hunting adventures continue, this time with the welcome addition of a full-fledged multiplayer mode, including deathmatch, objective-based competition, and co-operative modes. The single player story has been described as "living in an Indiana Jones movie" by several critics, and the gorgeous visuals set a new standard for next-gen consoles to live up to. When people talk about "killer apps" - titles that sell consoles, they're talking about games like Among Thieves. Get ready to plunder the riches!

Do you ever feel like you should've been born earlier, when the music was...real? Heavy metal roadie Eddie Riggs does. Enter Brutal Legend. After an accident at a concert, Riggs finds himself transported a world in which heavy metal album covers, themes, and imagery have come to life. Wielding both a battle axe and a spell-casting guitar, follow Riggs (voiced by none other than Jack Black) on a crazy adventure in which he and his headbanging cohorts battle demons to liberate humanity from the evil Hair Metal Gods.

DVD

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Will Ferrell fans eat your heart out because Land of the Lost is now out on DVD and Blu-ray. This movie has a little bit of everything we look for: Danny McBride, Will Ferrell, dinosaurs, time travel, and hot ladies (Anna Friel). Throw in a slew of bonus features and you’re set for the next five years as far as time travel/dinosaur comedies go. The DVD extras include deleted scenes, a featurette titled A Day in the Life of a Big-Time Movie Star, and another called Devil’s Canyon Gift Shop Commercial and Tour. The Blu-ray comes with more extras than you’ll know what to do with, some of which include a featurette called This is Not a Routine Expedition: Making Land of the Lost and many more. Hard to go wrong with this one.

Drag Me to Hell marks director Sam Raimi’s return to his horror/comedy roots. In the vein of films like The Evil Dead and Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell is as creatively horrific as his older movies. You won’t get a ton of extra features on the DVD, but you will get the unrated director’s cut in addition to the theatrical version. Add to that the production video diaries and you’re ready to go.

Music

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The musical Ron Jeremy is back! After a five-year layoff since 2004’s The Handler, Har Mar Superstar is ready to release his brand new LP Dark Touches to the world. On Dark Touches, Har Mar is throwing down his most club-friendly collection of songs to date. Dark Touches combines genres from indie and top 40 dance music to electro and smooth R&B.  The albums many guests include John Fields, The Faint’s Clark Baechle and Jacob Thiele, singer-songwriter Adam Green, P.O.S. of the Rhymesayers collective, Neon Neon’s Boom Bip, Flowers of Doom, and Samaire Armstrong. Get this!

Embryonic is twelfth studio album by experimental rocker The Flaming Lips. It will be the first double album to be released by the band and was recorded at multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd's vacant home. MGMT and Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs contributed to songs, and the style of the Lips’ new songs will be markedly different from their previous albums. With songs similar to the style of Joy Division, Miles Davis, and John Lennon, this should be a good one.

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

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