michael gallucci


In Uncategorized on 03/18/2009 at 1:30 am



(Universal Studios)

Gus Van Zant’s Oscar-winning biopic, about gay politician Harvey Milk, was one of 2008’s best movies. The Blu-ray release includes plenty of background and behind-the-scenes info, as well as some deleted scenes. Best: Sean Penn’s award-snagging performance as the slain activist — his deepest role. It’s a long way from Spicoli.


Killzone 2


This kick-ass shooter for the PlayStation 3 plays an awful lot like other great first-person shooters, from Halo to Gears of War. But it’s still a bloody good time, as you take on the role of a battle-scarred soldier blasting baddies on another planet. The game looks great, and the multiplayer mode (allowing up to 32 gamers) is one of the PS3’s best.


Motörhead reissues


Before they started churning out the same record every year, Motörhead were one the best (and loudest) bands to come out of the U.K. in the late ’70s. After a soggy 1977 debut, they released four solid metal-meets-punk albums: Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades and Iron Fist. These reissues tag on an extra disc’s worth of B-sides, outtakes and live versions to each.


Raging Bull


The best boxing movie ever made comes to Blu-ray in an elegant disc that enriches Martin Scorsese’s black-and-white masterpiece. Robert De Niro famously put on pounds for his role as Jake LaMotta, a 1940s fighter and an all-around prick. Joe Pesci also shines as LaMotta’s equally hotheaded brother. Director’s commentary and making-of docs highlight the extras.


Street Fighter IV


The old-school arcade classic gets a facelift for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and the battlegrounds have never more awesome. The game still plays the same, as you square off against ’roided-up opponents in a series of fisticuffs. The 3D backgrounds, and some cool new button-mashing moves, make this the best-ever Street Fighter. — Michael Gallucci


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