Top Shelf Tuesday - July 7

July 5, 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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The Big Leagues just got bigger. The Bigs 2 allows fans to experience heroic gameplay, legendary game modes and incredible player models like they've never seen before. Elevating The Bigs 2 to new heights are bigger power-ups, amazing visual effects, and an all new career mode. Featuring exciting player animations and pick-up-and-play controls, The Bigs 2 delivers an action-packed, heroic MLB video game experience.

CONCEPT: The creators of Operation Flashpoint and ArmA: Armed Assault now bring the ultimate military simulator. Set in a fictional former Soviet republic, but inspired by reality and based on real-world landscape, ArmA II utilizes a third generation game engine that has been in sustained development for over ten years, and is used by armies across the globe as the basis for their training simulators. BACKGROUND: An elite Marine unit has been deployed to a former Soviet republic, whose political fate balances on a razor's edge. With the might of teh USMC just offshore, and as the Russians anxiously watch from the north, the five men of Force Reconnaissance Team "Razor" are trapped in a war not only for control of the country...but also for the hearts and minds of its people.



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Wilco (The Album) is the seventh studio album by Wilco and proves to be one of their most prolific albums to date. The band seems to be extremely comfortable and more open-minded than ever. According to lead singer Jeff Tweedy, the band "allow[ed] [themselves] a little bit more leeway in terms of sculpting the sound in the studio and doing overdubs and using the studio as another instrument". Wilco (The Album) also includes the first album duet by the band. "You and I", which was recorded with indie-folk singer Feist, is a grand country-pop number perfect for driving the open roads of America. The album was produced by the band and Jim Scott, who worked as an engineer on Being There, Summerteeth, and Sky Blue Sky. This new disc from the Chicago trope is sure make all Wilco followers extremely satisfied.

This Live from Austin, Texas release from the Drive-By Truckers features an entire performance on both CD and DVD from a live gig recorded during the Austin City Limits music program. There is also over an hour of music on each disc. Recorded during their Brighter Than Creation’s Dark tour, the band rips through 13 songs done exclusively for Austin City Limits which features a wide blend of classic tracks as well as some recent guitar-ripping jams. The CD/DVD combo also features one of the final live performances of the track "The Living Bubba." Get this now!



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Alex Proyas’s new film Knowing stars Nicolas Cage as an MIT professor who stumbles upon some earth-shattering information when his son opens a time capsule at his elementary school. The movie has some impressive effects and and the DVD has some nice extra features. Some of the bonus items are a feature-length director commentary and a couple of featurettes, such as Knowing All: The Making of a Futuristic Thriller and Visions of the Apocalypse. If you’re a sci-fi buff you’re going to want this one in your collection.

Push is a thriller set in China starring Chris Evans, Camilla Belle and Dakota Fanning. The three play people who have special telekinetic abilities that the US government wants to use for their own purposes. There’s plenty of action and cool fighting sequences – fighting gets a lot more elaborate when you don’t have to touch someone to knock them down – and the real Chinese scenery is a cool change of location. Some of the extra features on the DVD include commentary from the director Paul McGuigan, Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning. Also included are deleted scenes and a featurette titled Push: The Science Behind the Fiction. So get your ESP on and push your way to your local video store to grab a copy of Push.

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