Top Shelf Tuesday - March 17

March 17, 2009

It's Tuesday again, and that means it's time to wade through a pile of new releases to get to the gold.

Source: Lionsgate


The latest cinematic incarnation of The PunisherPunisher: War Zone – is now available on DVD. Couldn’t get enough of the action, explosions, and fast-paced carnage when the movie came out? Now you can own it and soak it all up to your heart’s content. Some of the extra features include a making-of featurette, as well as a featurette titled Training to become The Punisher. Another featurette covers the weapons The Punisher uses in the film, and another takes a look at The Punisher’s villain, titled Meet Jigsaw.

Elegy, the drama starring Oscar winners Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz, didn’t appear in every theater in the country when it first came out, but it can now appear in every household in the country. Grab a copy of it today and take a look at what all the critical buzz was about when it was released. You won’t find an abundance of extra features on this one (or, really, any for that matter), but getting a chance to see both Kingsley and Cruz onscreen together should provide enough chemistry to make up for that.



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Any album called Naked Willie is an album we can get behind.  This album, though, alludes to the stripped-down nature of the tracks and not a nude Willie Nelson.  Nelson and his longtime harmonica player have taken some of their old tracks – tracks they believed were ruined with overproduction, and stripped them down to the bare bones to present to you a very Naked Willie.

The Decemberists 2006 album The Crane Wife cast them into the spotlight as the folk band of the moment.  Now, with The Hazards of Love, they are hoping to repeat or improve upon that success with a 17-song narrative album.  This record tells the story of two lovers – Margaret and William – and all that their romance entails.



Source: Rockstar Games

Released for the Nintendo DS this week is an iteration in the Grand Theft Auto empire that finally utilizes a touch screen allowing you to get tactilely close to the carnage and villainy.  Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a hybridized version of the GTA games – it takes the 3D view of the later games and mixes it with the bird’s eye of the first two making for a unique and playable game that translates fairly well to the DS.

Command & Conquer, probably the most successful strategy game of all time, is bringing its first version to incorporate live action cinematics to the PS3 this week.  In Red Alert 3, You can play the campaign cooperatively, the story is both corny and excellent, and the appearance of the game is vivid and smooth.  As usual, a strategy game has some trouble coming to a console from a PC, however, Sony has adapted it as well as we’ve seen it done anywhere else.

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