Top Shelf Tuesday - November 11

November 11, 2008

It's Tuesday, and you know what that means. It's time to plunk down your hard-earned bones for some of the hottest new releases.  This week, be on the lookout for the long-awaited Sopranos box set, as well as some kick-ass gaming action from the Call of Duty franchise and a trippy musical movie from the Flaming Lips.

Movies & TV

It’s here, and it’s truly huge. The Sopranos: The Complete Series is now available on DVD, and that means a whopping 33-disc collection, 28 discs of which are the actual show. 2 of the DVDs are devoted to bonus material, and 3 of the discs are CDs packed with music from the show. This bad boy doesn’t come easy, though: the retail price is about $400, which means only the most die-hard Sopranos fans will be coughing up that kind of dough in this economy. Maybe save this one for the old Christmas list...

Hellboy II: The Golden Army is hitting the shelves today, and you’ll be able to choose from a single-disc DVD of the movie, a 3-disc special edition DVD set or a 2-disc Blu-ray edition. Whichever version you choose, you’ll get access to deleted scenes, commentary from the director, Guillermo del Toro, and seven mini documentaries that put you on the set of Hellboy II. That’s a lot of material to keep fans happy for awhile. For those who splurge on the special edition DVD or Blu-ray editions, however, there’s the Director’s Notebook, which takes viewers inside the drawings and sketches from del Toro’s notebook. Also included is the entire script, as well as many other extras.



Call of Duty: World at War, the latest installment in the Call of Duty line has a lot of people very excited.  The hands-on reviews have been above average, the preview clips look stunning, and it appears to take what worked on the previous installments and just build it up while polishing the seams. They’ve introduced the Pacific Theater which will include a type of jungle warfare thus far unavailable in the Call of Duty line. So, chuck shells at the Nazi threat while you muck your way through the trenches of WWII, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to fight the little-known Nazi Zombie Threat.

The next game in line for the Star Wars franchise is Star Wars: Clone Wars, and it's finally taking the Wii where it’s needed to go for a long time: friggin’ head-to-head lightsaber battles!  Striking a balance between the oddly unrealistic LEGO Star Wars game and the newer, Force Unleashed title, Clone Wars features semi-blocky, 3D rendered characters that’re still distinctly cartoonish.  It feels okay on the Wii which makes it its business to be a franchise of cartoonish Miis.  Plus, ya know, lightsaber battles.



Seven years in the making, Christmas on Mars : A Fantastical Film Freak-out Featuring The Flaming Lips was directed and written by wacktacular Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and features all of the band members as actors in a story set during the colonization of Mars. The 86-minute film and its original Flaming Lips score are presented in a brand new stand-alone DVD. The film is fantastical mix of psychedelic visuals and your favorite Flaming Lips musical concoctions. There is also a deluxe DVD/CD package that includes the new film as well as a complete 12-track original film score by The Flaming Lips.

What are you looking forward to picking up this week?