Query to DVD/BD companies: Why do you feel obligated to release all your most noteworthy titles on the same day? Remember last week, when there was nothing much to talk about? Have you seen next week, which is also pretty thin? You do realize that we people who write about home video have limited space and time, right? And that our bosses generally like us to write about your products as they come out, not a week early or a week late? So while we’re filling our allotted space this week reminding readers to check out the undeniably worthy Iraq War thriller The Hurt Locker, and the scathing political comedy In The Loop, and the thoughtful sci-fi drama Moon, we may not be able to give proper attention to the edgy comedy-of-faith Big Fan or the whimsical con-man epic The Brothers Bloom, let alone Spike Lee and Stew’s identity musical Passing Strange or the elaborate Swedish black comedy You The Living. (And you know what mainstream movie is better than its reputation? The remake of Fame, especially in the longer cut now available on DVD and BD.) And that’s just a complaint from we writers. Let’s not forget the people who buy and/or rent your products, who only have so much they can spend their weekly budget on. You’re killing us out here, home video folks. Spread the wealth a little. Damn.

Acting Shakespeare
E1, $29.98

A L’Aventure
IFC, $24.98

Amreeka
Virgil, $24.99

The Appeared
MPI, $19.98

Becker: The Third Season
Paramount, $36.98

Big Fan
Vivendi, $26.99

Billy Jack
Image Blu-ray, $24.98

Book Of Songs
Maverick, $19.98

Breaking Point
Lionsgate, $26.98

The Brothers Bloom
Summit, $19.99; Blu-ray, $34.99

The Burning Plain
Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $34.98

By The People: The Election Of Barack Obama
HBO, $24.96

Ca$h
MTI, $24.95

Cliffhanger
Sony Blu-ray, $24.95

Deep In The Valley
Vivendi, $19.97

Departures
E1, $26.98

The Detonators
Discovery, $24.98

Downloading Nancy
Strand, $27.99

The Drummer
Film Movement, $24.95

8 1/2
Criterion Blu-ray, $39.95

ER: The Complete Twelfth Season
Warner, $49.98

ESPN Game Of The Century: 1969 Texas Longhorns Vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
Virgil, $19.99

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Fame
20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99

Fame: Season Two
MGM, $39.98

Feeding Frenzy
Discovery, $19.98

Frontrunner
Indiepix, $24.95

Ghost In The Shell 2.0
Starz/Anchor Bay, $24.97

Goliath
MPI, $19.98

Halloween ii
Sony, $28.96; Blu-ray, $38.96

The House On Sorority Row
Liberation, $19.95

The Hurt Locker
Summit, $26.99; Blu-ray, $34.99

I Can Do Bad All By Myself
Lionsgate, $29.95

In Praise Of Older Women
E1, $14.98

In The Loop
MPI, $19.98; Blu-ray, $29.98

Jon & Kate Plus Ei8ht: Season Five – Big Changes
TLC, $19.98

Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut A Bitch
Shout! Factory, $14.99

Last Action Hero
Sony Blu-ray, $24.95

Like Stars On Earth
Walt Disney, $29.99

Make It Or Break It: Volume One
ABC, $29.99

Moon
Sony, $27.96; Blu-ray, $37.95

Music Makers: A Man Called Adam
Lionsgate, $14.98

Music Makers: Ballad In Blue
Lionsgate, $14.98

Music Makers: Beyond The Sea
Lionsgate, $14.98

Music Makers: Buena Vista Social Club
Lionsgate, $14.98

Passing Strange
MPI, $24.98

Post Grad
20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99

Robin Hood: Season Three
BBC Warner, $59.98

Route 66: The Complete Third Season
Roxbury, $49.98

The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season
20th Century Fox, $49.98; Blu-ray, $59.99

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Superheroes
MPI, $24.98

10 Things I Hate About You: Volume One
ABC, $29.99

The Theory Of Everything
Sony, $14.94

Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain
E1, $29.98

Top Gear: The Complete Season Eleven
BBC Warner, $29.98

Top Gear: The Complete Season Twelve
BBC Warner, $39.98

Transformers: Season Two, Vol. 2
Shout! Factory, $29.99

Tru Loved
E1, $24.98

24 City
Cinema Guild, $29.95

Tyler Perry’s House Of Pain: Volume Five
Lionsgate, $29.98

The Universe Of Keith Haring
New Video, $29.95

The Whitest Kids U’ Know: The Complete Second Season
E1, $24.98

Wrong Turn At Tahoe
Paramount, $14.98

You The Living
Tartan, $19.93

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