Top Shelf Tuesday - April 21
It’s Tuesday again, so lift up the couch cushions because we’ve got the lowdown on the latest movies, music, and games hitting the stores this week.
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Bob Dylan's latest studio album, Together Though Life, produced by Jack Frost, was prompted by the composition of a new song, “Life Is Hard,” which was written for a forthcoming film by French La Vie en Rose director Oliver Dahan. Recorded late last year, the album features 10 new songs including "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" and "It's All Good." This will be the 46th release from Dylan, following his platinum album Modern Times. The deluxe 2CD/DVD limited edition package in a jewel box with slipcase includes a Together Through Life collectible poster, a bonus CD of Bob Dylan’s 60-minute Theme Time Radio Hour, and a DVD of Roy Silver – The Lost Interview. All Dylan must have this amazing package.
The Horror’s debut Strange House was as controversial as it was celebrated. The LP landed the band on the cover of NME in their native England and garnered them surprising success in the States. Now with Primary Colours, their first album on the XL label, The Horrors have teamed with Portishead producer Geoff Barrow to create a gloriously deranged album of punk tracks. Scoop the album and look for the on the road with The Kills this spring.
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Mickey Rourke’s virtuosic comeback with The Wrestler will not soon be forgotten despite his (undeserved) Oscar loss. The film continues to be recognized as the masterpiece that it is, and it’s now available to the public. The single-disc DVD will include the Within the Ring featurette, as well as the music video of Bruce Springsteen’s excellent song for the film. The Blu-ray includes these, and also comes with the Wrestler Round Table feature. Whichever way you decide to go, you really can’t lose. The Wrestler is that rare film that’s both artistically beautiful and undeniably manly. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.
Notorious, the biopic about the rapper Notorious B.I.G., is hitting shelves on DVD and Blu-ray, so fans of Biggie Smalls’ music can own the definitive film about his life. The film has a solid soundtrack with many songs from the rapper’s albums, and the DVD and Blu-ray have a nice assortment of extra features. The DVD includes both the theatrical version and the unrated Director’s Cut. The three-disc collector’s edition DVD features more bonus features than most people will be able to get through in a decade, including a behind-the-scenes featurette, and several others: I Got a Story to Tell: The Lyrics of Biggie Smalls, Notorious Thugs: Casting the Film, Biggie Boot Camp, The Unfortunate Violent Act, and many, many others. The Blu-ray edition includes all of the extras on the three-disc collector’s edition, as well as a digital copy of the film and BonusVIEW: Life After Death: Making Notorious. Fans of Biggie will be set for the next twenty years, or until the remake of Notorious comes out – whichever happens first.
In Stalin vs. Martians, you play the slightly lesser of two very nefarious evils when you act as Joseph Stalin (the man of steel) and you’re charged with protecting Mother Russia from Martian invasion. You’re in control of the Red Army as you stave off alien invaders while trying to keep the entirely top secret operation under wraps and out of the public eye.
Excitebots: Trick Racing is a truly unusual racing game for the Nintendo Wii. You race as one of several anthropomorphized bugs or animals. You win the race not only by coming in first, but by performing tricks and stunts along the way. There might be a giant soccer ball on the track that you have to “kick” into a giant goal to the side. Then you might have to do a back flip. So do it!
Did we miss anything? What are you looking forward to picking up today?