michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING — MARCH 18

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

TOP PICK

Milk

(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.



VIDEOGAME

Killzone 2

(Sony)

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.



CD

Motörhead reissues

(Sanctuary/UME)

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.



VIDEO

Raging Bull

(MGM)

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.



VIDEOGAME

Street Fighter IV

(Capcom)

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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