Top Shelf Tuesday - May 5

May 3, 2009

Tuesday is here, and you know what that means -- it's time to head to pick up the latest hot releases. Luckily, we're here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.

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Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson star in Last Chance Harvey, a charming romantic comedy about two strangers meeting in a chance encounter when Hoffman is down on his luck. The DVD and Blu-ray are now here and they come with a couple of cool special features, including an audio commentary with writer/director Joel Hopkins, Hoffman, and Thompson, as well as An Unconventional Love Story, a featurette about the making of Last Chance Harvey. Fans of Hoffman and Thompson will want to add this one to their collection.

David Fincher’s Oscar-nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is going directly to a Criterion release, which film buffs everywhere will love. It’s available in single-disc and two-disc Criterion editions, as well as a Blu-ray Criterion edition. The extra features are plenteous and will keep you entertained about as long as the actual movie. Some of the bonus features include a four-part documentary, which follows the casting of the film and choosing locations for it. It also includes a behind-the-scenes featurette, audio commentary by Fincher, and a featurette that walks you through the special effects that transformed Brad Pitt into an old man. You know it’s going to be good if it’s going straight to Criterion.



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'Cause I Sez So sees The New York Dolls reuniting with Todd Rundgren, producer of their influential 1973 debut, to record their fourth studio album. Recorded at Utopia Sound Studio in Kauai, Hawaii, the album features original Dolls David Johansen on vocals and Sylvain Sylvain on guitar. The 12-song track list features 11 original compositions, including the first single “Cause I Sez So” and a new version of their punk classic "Trash.” Johansen even recently stated that “It was amazing working with Todd again, and I think we were able to evoke the special sound of our first album and drag it by the hair into the present.” This should be an interesting listen.

With her pioneering electro-punk sound that has taken hold among a new breed of female stars, Peaches now seems as relevant to the musical landscape as ever before. On I Feel Cream, she does it again, this time producing, along with the likes of Simian Mobile Disco, Soulwax, Digitalism, and Drums of Death. This has to be her most pop-sounding album to date, but the beats remain as harsh and uncompromising as ever. Get this now.



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Broken Steel is the third downloadable content pack for Fallout 3, and continues the story of Fallout 3 beyond the original ending. It does this by altering the ending of the game, according to Jeff Gardiner (lead producer of the DLC). In the pack, the player joins the ranks of the Brotherhood of Steel and helps rid the Capital Wasteland of the Enclave once and for all. The pack will also raise the game's level cap from 20 to 30.

Patapon 2, the sequel to Patapon, is published for the PlayStation Portable handheld game console and combines gameplay featuring rhythm games, real-time tactics and God games. The game is presented in a cartoonish, silhouetted two-dimensional environment designed by Rolito, and features the player acting as a deity who commands an army of caricatured miniature tribal creatures by beating traditional talking drums.

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