Top Shelf Tuesday - June 2

June 2, 2009

Tuesday is nearly upon us, and you know what that means -- it's almost time to head out and pick up the latest hot releases. Luckily, we're here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.

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Director Edward Zwick’s Defiance flew a bit under the radar when it was released a few months ago, but it’s undeniably a masterpiece and will be recognized as such in the near future. If you were one of the many unfortunate souls to have missed it when it hit the big screen don’t miss a chance to own the DVD or Blu-ray so you can put it on the small screen. Some of the extras include commentary from Zwick, theatrical trailers, and several featurettes, such as: Defiance: Return to the Forest, Children of the Otriad, and Scoring Defiance. If you’re watching in HD the Blu-ray is going to rock your widescreen. Pick up your copy and watch Daniel Craig in a performance that puts James Bond to shame.

Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road was nominated for three Oscars and, more importantly, paired up Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet again for the first time after the hugeness of Titanic. If you’re in the mood for a drama that will take you on an emotional roller coaster then you’ve got your flick. The DVD and Blu-ray come with extra features like deleted scenes, the 29-minute featurette Lives of Quiet Desperation: The Making of Revolutionary Road, writer and director commentary, and more. Need to get your Leo and Kate fix on without witnessing the greatest boating tragedy of the 20th century? Look no further, you’ve got your movie.



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Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972 is the first volume of the Neil Young Archives series of box sets, produced by Neil Young himself. This series is the definitive, comprehensive, chronological survey of his entire body of work. Volume I covers the period from his earliest recordings with the Squires in Winnipeg in 1963 through to his classic 1972 album, Harvest and beyond. It also includes studio and live tracks with the legendary Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Neil Young with Crazy Horse. This CD edition contains 8 discs, each in its own custom sleeve, with a total of 116 tracks, all presented in HDCD quality sound, and featuring over 40 previously unreleased songs, versions, mixes, or rare tracks. This edition is housed in a custom disc keeper holding the 8 sleeved discs, a descriptive booklet, and a foldout archives poster. Get it!

Jay Stay Paid is a 25-track collection of unreleased Dilla beats mixed and arranged by Pete Rock. While mostly instrumental, the record also features a few guest vocals from Black Thought, DOOM, M.O.P., Blu and more. The LP was executive produced by Dilla's mom Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey and musical supervised by Pete Rock. A quote from Pete says it best: "This album combines what he did in the beginning of his career, what he did in some of our early hospital stays, which was very deep, and some stuff pulled from old disks & DATs. It's mind blowing...this is like the missing link to Dilla's legacy."



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Red Faction: Guerrilla takes place in 2208, nearly 50 years after the events of the first Red Faction. The Earth Defense Force (EDF), the allies in the original Red Faction, has become the main antagonist of Guerrilla. The organization has now turned to kidnapping people and putting them in forced work camps for their own profit. Players assume the command of character Alec Mason, a former miner who rebels against the EDF. Alec is seen wearing a green army jacket and cargo trousers, and is a man of unknown background. He entered the war against the EDF because of his brother’s murder and has become a part of the newly re-formed Red Faction, whose motto is "Better Red than Dead."

Get fuelled up and prepare to race and explore the world’s largest ever racing environment -- over 5,000 square miles of spectacular wilderness. Set to revolutionize multi-terrain, multi-vehicle racing, FUEL is a fiercely competitive game without boundaries. On and off-road, two and four-wheeled vehicles race a massively diverse environment, from scaling the highest snow-capped mountain to racing the deepest arid canyon.

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