Last year's most buzzed-about films are gearing up for giganto DVD releases, just in time for the Oscar voting period which ends on February 20. With the exception of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (which is set to arrive on DVD this March 6), other major awards contenders like The Departed (February 13), Half Nelson (February 13), Flags of our Fathers (February 6) and Babel (February 20) will hit shelves prior to this year's Oscar ceremony, to be held on February 25. So now there will be no reason for you feel left out, unaware of the nominated films, since you'll have plenty of time to catch the flicks in the comfort of your own home.

And if you're at all wondering which version of Borat we'll get (what with all the bogus lawsuits circling the film), the DVD will contain the original theatrical version (with no changes), as well as deleted scenes and clips of Sacha Baron Cohen (in full Borat attire) attending Cannes, the Toronto fest and Comic-Con. (I don't know about you, but I really want a commentary from Cohen.) As far as the other DVDs go, Martin Scorsese will be introducing an assortment of additional scenes on The Departed disc, and I'm sure Babel, Flags and Half Nelson will include similar extras. Personally, I missed Half Nelson and Babel on the big screen, and so I'll definitely be adding those to my queue as soon as humanly possible.

Which flicks are you looking forward to catching for the first time on DVD?