Top Shelf Tuesday - February 3

February 3, 2009

Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno hits stores, Cannibal Corpse release their heaviest album to date, and bobble-headed hockey action comes to the PS3...that's right, it's Tuesday and we're giving you the lowdown on all the latest releases you can't afford to miss in Top Shelf Tuesday!


Kevin Smith was forced to change the title of his latest film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, before it was allowed to be sold in certain stores, so you might find it with a slightly altered title in Walmart, Target, and other department stores. But the important thing is that it is in stores, and you can get it on DVD and Blu-ray. Some of the extras include deleted and extended scenes, a Zack/Joey documentary (Money Shots) and a gag reel of bloopers. So it’s time to update your Kevin Smith collection and add the first porno you’ll ever buy that will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling inside, instead of a…well, different feeling.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist was a gift to all those Michael Cera fans out there, and now it can be re-gifted. The movie hits shelves today in a DVD and Blu-ray release, both of which are filled with extras. Deleted scenes, director and writer commentary, outtakes, and even a Nick & Norah Puppet Show are some of the juicy bonus features on these discs. And for those of you who like to really get a film education with every DVD you get, you’ll love the storyboard animations.



Evisceration Plague is a new deluxe two disc CD/DVD from metal monsters Cannibal Corpse and is the eleventh album from the legendary outfit. It also includes a bonus DVD that contains a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the record. Bassist Alex Webster has said it best: "In Cannibal Corpse, our goal has always been to try and make each new album we record our heaviest. That goal was a bit more challenging this time since we were extremely satisfied with our last album Kill, but we knew that by working with producer Erik Rutan at Mana Recording Studios again, we would be able to start at that same level of heaviness and take it even further. Now that we can hear the finished product, I would say we've been able to achieve this goal, and I think our fans will agree. Evisceration Plague has the best guitar sound we've ever recorded, and the entire band has never played with more precision and power.”

Graham Nash's Reflections 3-CD box set is a definitive collection that spans over 40 years and includes essential tracks from The Hollies, CSNY, Crosby/Nash, solo Nash and much more. The deluxe package features a 150-page booklet with 75 classic and never-before-seen photos and track notes by Graham Nash himself. Reflections is arranged chronologically and spans Nash's recordings from 1967 to 2007. The set includes tracks from the group's other albums: "Just A Song Before I Go," "Wasted On My Way" and "Heartland." Reflections also spotlights 32 songs with different mixes and alternate versions that have never been released. This is reason alone to scoop up this unbelievable package by the legendary folk master.



3 on 3 NHL Arcade is the bobble-headed, cartoonish side of the hockey coin over at EA Sports, and it’s available for download this week. It’s unrealistic and awesome much in the same way that NBA Jam was for SNES.  The difference, of course, is the PS3 has a little more computing power for even more tooth-breaking silliness.  It also has an online community, so you can set yourself up a real-life Miracle with friends (read: enemies) in Russia.

In Deadly Creatures, you can either be a scorpion (a more brutish character) or a giant tarantula (that kills with ninja stealth) as you navigate a creepy, crawly world.  Using your motion-based Wii controls, you’ll battle the likes of lizards, black widows, gila monsters, rattlesnakes and more.  The combat system relies heavily on terrifying and venomous combos ensuring that this 3rd person action game will give you the most vivid of nightmares.