Top Shelf Tuesday - November 10

November 8, 2009

Tuesday is almost here, and you know what that means--it's time to start thinking about the latest hot releases. Luckily for you, we supply the best of the mess and lay the poseurs to rest.

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Games

If you are a fan of first person shooters, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 probably needs no introduction. The sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed action games of all time, we can safely say that this is the most anticipated game to be released in a long time. Like the previous installment, Modern Warfare 2 sets you in various fictitious present-day scenarios as different operatives, carrying out missions, be them noble or otherwise. But the real star, of course, is the online multiplayer. In addition to the already beloved competitive modes, which have been expanded vastly, there's a new cooperative mode dubbed "Spec Ops" where you and your buddies carry out various missions against a common enemy. Kiss your social life goodbye this Tuesday.

The sequel to one of the most beloved snowboarding titles ever, Stoked: Big Air Edition returns with new mountains, features, and a new guest celeb: Travis Rice. Each mountain sports eight new race events in addition to the original mountains and events that made the first one such a hit. And of course online mode makes a return as well, giving you a chance to compete against the rest of the world at your leisure. Get ready to hit the slopes cuz it's time to get Stoked!

DVD

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A likely contender for best animated feature of the year, Up is just the latest masterpiece to come out of Pixar’s doors. If you loved it in the theaters you’ll love it on DVD and Blu-ray, and the extra features will keep you well stocked in animation awesomeness for a while yet. You’ll get everything from commentary by director Pete Docter and co-director Bob Peterson to Adventure is Out There, a documentary about the research trip the filmmakers took to South America, to Dug’s Special Mission, a short film focusing on Dug the dog. Blu-ray owners will be treated to lots of behind-the-scenes featurettes like Cine-Explore, Geriatric Hero, Canine Companions, and much, much more. I mean, come on, you can’t go wrong with Pixar anything.

The Ugly Truth is that sometimes you’ve got to make concessions to your special lady friend, and there’s no better way to do this than to buy her the DVD (or Blu-ray) of Gerard Butler’s latest rom-com. And hey, if you have to stare at Katherine Heigl’s impressive assets for a couple hours, then no harm no foul. There are lots of special features to ensure that this gift will go a long way. From deleted and extended scenes to a gag reel to behind-the-scenes featurettes like The Art of Laughter, this movie will keep you in good stead with the woman.

Music

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Backtracks is the new box set by the greatest Aussie band of all time, AC/DC. This is a collection of the band's studio and live rarities together in one box set. There are two editions: Deluxe and Standard. All tracks have been remastered with many songs appearing on CD for the first time. The Deluxe Edition includes three CDs, two DVDs, one LP, a 164-page hardback coffee table book, and collectible merchandise reproductions all housed in an operating 1 AMP guitar amplifier. One CD includes rare studio tracks including b-sides and Australian-only releases, while the other two CDs document live tracks which have appeared on singles over the years. Get this!

With the release of Solar Life Raft, DJ Rupture and Matt Shadetek emerge from ashes bringing fresh new sounds from the streets of Brooklyn. This new LP features a rich blend of bass grooves, dope beats, and original space rock. The duo also gives listeners streetwise dance music with more of their brilliant experimental sounds. Solar Life Raft features tracks blended on three decks into a complete hypnotic package.

Did we miss anything? Leave your recommendations in the comments.

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