michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING — SEPTEMBER 1, 2010

In Uncategorized on 09/01/2010 at 8:00 am

TOP PICK

Elvis on Tour

(Warner)

Marking the 33rd anniversary of the King’s death, this documentary about Elvis’ 1972 tour finally makes its Blu-ray debut. It was the last movie Elvis released before he died, and it’s a telling look at the era. Somewhere between his comeback high and sad decline, Elvis is often on fire here – like when he’s planting long, wet kisses on the lips of screaming female fans.

DVD

Escape From New York

(MGM )

One of Kurt Russell’s very best movies makes its Blu-ray debut in a combo pack that also includes a DVD version of the 1981 post-apocalyptic thriller. Russell plays Snake Plissken, an outlaw who storms a walled Manhattan – now overrun by prisoners – to rescue the stranded president. John Carpenter’s brutal vision of New York City is a lot different than Jay-Z’s

VIDEO GAME

Madden NFL 11

(EA Sports)

This annual favorite keeps getting better. (The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are best, but the Wii is loads of fun too.) This year’s outing adds a cool feature that lets you play an entire game in half an hour. There’s also a new system that automatically chooses the best play for your situation. Both get you on the field quicker, so you can spend more time where the action is.

CD
Major Lazer: Lazers Never Die

(Mad Decent/Downtown/Interscope)

The electro-hop crew led by DJs Diplo and Switch returns with a sizzling five-song EP that’s more fun than their album from last year. There are a pair of new songs here (the best, “Sound of Siren,” features M.I.A., returning a favor), but the remixes are pretty awesome too, especially “Jump Up,” which Thom Yorke strips down and rebuilds as an eerie club track.

CD

Sky Sailing: An Airplane Carried Me to Bed

(Sky Harbor/Universal Republic)

Before he became Owl City, Adam Young was Sky Sailing. This debut album was recorded prior to Owl City’s Ocean Eyes blowing up last year, when Young was still a teen. But the airy vocals and head-in-the-clouds lyrics are already in place. It was made before he discovered (or could afford) synthesizers, so it’s less Postal Service, more Death Cab for Cutie.

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