WANT to get a head start on viewing this year's Academy Award nominees-to-be? Unless you have a psychic in your pocket, there's really no way to be certain which films will get the Oscar nod, but there are some good candidates in this batch of upcoming DVD releases:
"Cinderella Man." While the Ron Howard film turned out to be a disappointment at the box office, there is still a slight chance it could get a best motion picture nomination or another nod for three-time nominee (one-time winner) Russell Crowe for best actor in a lead role. Universal: with features including documentaries, deleted scenes, fight preparations, commentaries, discussion with composer Thomas Newman, $49.98 (also available in a non-collector's edition, $29.98), Dec. 6.
"March of the Penguins" and "Grizzly Man." Each of these nature-in-the-raw chronicles could be a serious contender in the best documentary feature category. Warner Bros.: includes featurette and animated short, $28.98, Nov. 29; Lions Gate: $27.98, Dec. 27, respectively.
"Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price." Don't count out Robert Greenwald's recent documentary as a possibility either. Disinformation Co.: includes commentaries, special videos, spoof commercials, $12.95, Tuesday.