Top Picks from Video Pickers

The Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) - the dudes who spend most of their working hours watching and selling movies and video games (man, what a life - it'a almost as devoid of real "work" as being an audio/video gear reviewer) - have released its nominations for the organization's 2006 Home Entertainment Awards. While some of the categories include such blockbusters as "Marketing Campaign of the Year", "Sell-through Title of the Year", and "Rental Title of the Year", others are likely to be of more interest to the average video junkie.

Here are the ones we thought you might think (aren't we thoughtful?) are interesting.

DVD Extras of the Year from an Independent Studio

Paul McCartney in Red Square (A&E Home Video)
Roseanne - Season 2 (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Saw II (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)
Ultimate Avengers (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)
X Games: Evolution of Skate (Monarch Video)

DVD Extras of the Year From a Major Studio

Cinderella - Special Edition (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
A History of Violence (New Line Home Entertainment)
National Treasure (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 2 Disc Set/Special Edition (Warner Home Video)
Sin City (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)

Music DVD of the Year

Bob Dylan: No Direction Home (Paramount Home Entertainment)
Cream: Royal Albert Hall London May 2-5, 2005 (Warner Home Video)
Eagles, The: Farewell I Tour Live From Melbourne (Warner Home Video)
Paul McCartney in Red Square (A&E Home Video)
U2: Vertigo 05 - Live From Chicago" (UMVD)

GameCube Game of the Year

Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire (Electronic Arts)
LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game (LucasArts)
Madden NFL '06 (Electronic Arts)
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (Activision)
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe (Disney Interactive)

PlayStation 2 Video Game of the Year

Madden NFL '06 (Electronic Arts)
Soul Caliber III (Namco)
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (Activision)
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (Lucas Arts)
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Lucas Arts)

Xbox Video Game of the Year

Halo 2 (Microsoft Game Studios)
Madden NFL '06 (Electronic Arts)
Need for Speed Most Wanted-5-1-20 (Electronic Arts)
Star Wars: Battlefront II (LucasArts)
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (Ubisoft)