Based on feedback in these columns and via e-mail, we’re trying a shorter format with higher profile titles this time around. Do you prefer this size list, or the larger ones we’ve had lately?

First, the DVD picks:

Now, the Blu-Ray picks:

Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “the only title I’ve actually seen is Astro Boy. Though enjoyable, it’s not fantastic. The titles I haven’t seen but intend to buy and watch ASAP are Monk: Season Eight, Fallen Angels and Ninja Assassin (because J. Michael Straczynski served as script doctor). Rickyjames keeps raving about Breaking Bad at every opportunity, as well, so that’s also a possibility.” Alex says, “Like Blaine, I haven’t seen Ninja Assassin, but I do intend to pop that into my Netflix Queue at the closest opportunity. However, I have seen Slayers Revolution, and I’m definitely going to recommend it – though I do recommend watching the first few seasons on Funimation’s web page or Hulu if you’re in the United States – there are some references to prior seasons with this season). It probably wouldn’t hurt to watch the OVAs if you can find them, too.”