Top Shelf Tuesday - March 10
It’s Tuesday again, so lift up the couch cushions because we’ve got the lowdown on the latest movies, music, and games hitting the stores this week.
Role Models, director David Wain’s hilarious comedy starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott is here on DVD and Blu-Ray, so for those of you who loved it in theaters, now you can love it at home. Following two energy drink salesman who’ve finally broken one too many rules, Role Models shows us what happens when bad boys are forced to mentor younger bad boys. And the bonus features are many: you’ll get both the theatrical cut and unrated version of the film; deleted scenes and alternate takes, a bloopers reel, a behind-the-scene featurette, commentary from David Wain, and more. The Blu-ray edition includes the BD-Live feature, allowing access to content online, as well as Picture in Picture, an interactive feature that gives you access to cast and crew interviews, as well as behind-the-scenes footage. So if you’re looking for a DVD or Blu-ray that offers a lot of comedy, it’s hard to go wrong with this one.
Milk was a big deal at the Oscars this year – a really big deal. Sean Penn walked away with the Oscar for Best Actor, and Milk won for Best Screenplay as well. And now it’s here on DVD and Blu-ray for everyone who didn’t get a chance to watch it in the theaters. Some of the bonus features on both DVD and Blu-ray include deleted scenes, Hollywood Comes to San Francisco, a discussion with the cast and crew about putting the film together, Remembering Harvey (which features film clips and photos from the set), and more. Don’t let this seminal feature from director Gus Van Sant slip through your fingers.
Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York, is a natural extension of his other brilliant films: Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It follows the theater director Caden Cotard, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, as he puts together a life-consuming play about his own life. Fans of Kaufman will definitely want this one in their collection, and it contains some cool extra features: The Story of Caden Cotard featurette, NFTS/Script Factory Masterclass with Charlie Kaufman, and screen animations.
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A brand new collection of 14 tracks compiles the best of BB King's BBC recordings onto one disc for the very first time. It includes some of his biggest hits such as “Paying the Cost to Be the Boss,” “The Thrill Is Gone,” and “When Love Comes To Town.” Live at the BBC also features highlights from B.B.’s three finest U.K. performances alongside a session recording made in the BBC's studios. This is an incredible snapshot of an artist at the peak of his career puttin' down some of his greatest work.
Minneapolis MC Brother Ali has officially dropped his new EP with nine tracks featuring three highly sought after B-sides and six new and previously unreleased songs. In addition to this EP is a full-length DVD featuring Brother Ali's sold-out homecoming performance during The Undisputed Truth tour in Minneapolis. The DVD also features interviews, some special commentary, and videos of "Take Me Home" and "Uncle Sam Goddamn." If you are one of those people tired of the paper-thin mainstream hip-hop scene, Brother Ali is your man.
MadWorld is a black, white, and red video game that is much like the movie The Running Man. You play Jack, the hero of Shock TV’s show Death Watch, and you chop a gushy, bloody path through the game using increasingly creative environments and weapons. It’s about time the Wii manned up and had a game that wasn’t all sunshine and flowers.
The latest installment in one of the longest running series in the gaming industry is finally hitting the shelves. Resident Evil 5 is available this week on the PS3 and Xbox 360, and looks like it’s going to fulfill everybody’s zombie-splattering expectations. This time around, you’re part of a two-person team. Chris and Sheva help each other out through the dystopic zombie-scape by covering each other’s backs and regenerating one another when injured. It’s a very healthy relationship.
Did we forget anything? What are you looking forward to picking up this week?