Top Shelf Tuesday - September 15

September 13, 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've sifted through the mess to give you the best.

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The Need for Speed franchise changes gears and heads toward racing simulator territory - and that's a good thing. With realistic physics, full damage modeling, a driver prolife system tweaked toward your driving style (i.e. aggression or precision), highly tunable cars, and a tiered online matchmaking system, Need for Speed: Shift is gunning for the hearts and minds of Forza and Gran Turimso fans alike.

The gnarliest army in the superhero racket is back in business in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2. This sequel to the highly successful 2006 entry brings back the RPG-meets-action game awesomeness with a roster that includes Daredevil, Green Goblin, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Mr. Fantastic, Deadpool, Juggernaut, Thing, Spider-Man, Storm, Songbird, Thor, Iron Fist, Wolverine, Venom, and Gambit. But the question remains - which side will you choose?



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X-Men fans rejoice -- Wolverine is finally out on DVD and Blu-ray. The first movie in what will likely be a long-lived franchise devoted exclusively to Wolverine has lots of good stuff to keep you going until the sequel shows up. The special features include commentary from the director Gavin Hood, deleted and alternate scenes, a featurette titled Wolverine Unleashed: The Complete Origins, and more. You have the option of getting this on Blu-ray, or getting a single-disc DVD or 2-disc set. Whichever you choose, you’ll get your fix of Wolverine.

If you weren’t able to catch Donald Faison and Mike Epps’ comedy Next Day Air when it hit the theaters, now you can grab it on DVD. A movie along the lines of Friday and Half Baked, Next Day Air will keep you laughing all the way through – and it has a few bonus features, to boot. Along with commentary from the director and producer, you’ll have access to an outtakes reel that’ll keep you in stitches even after the movie’s ended. This is also a must-have for anyone who loves Scrubs, Faison’s TV show.



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Kamaal The Abstract is the third solo studio LP by the very multi-talented Q-Tip. The album was recorded in 2001, but is only seeing its release now. It features Q-Tip spitting his classic flows with the New York native also singing on several tracks. The album wasn't released in 2001 because his label thought that it did not have commercial appeal and that’s probably a good thing. If this record is anything like The Renaissance, then we should be in great shape.

Grand Archives is an indie rock band from Seattle composed of a number of all-star alternative musicians from the same town. The group is lead by Mat Brooke, former guitarist and vocalist for Carissa's Wierd and former guitarist for Band of Horses. Keep in Mind Frankenstein is the band’s second full-length effort, which could be one of the more underrated releases of the year. If you love great musicianship without rock ‘n’ roll egos, Grand Archives’ Keep in Mind Frankenstein is right for you.

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