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Fans Pick 'Star Trek' as Top Blu-ray

30 Aug, 2010 By: John Latchem

Paramount Home Entertainment's Blu-ray Disc of last year's Star Trek remake was the big winner of the Third Annual High-Def Awards, presented by Home Media Magazine.

Star Trek won three awards: Best Theatrical Blu-ray, Best Single Extra for its “Starfleet Vessel Simulator,” and the Consumers' Choice Award for best overall Blu-ray Disc release.

The Third Annual High-Def Awards honor the best Blu-ray releases from 2009. A panel of judges nominated titles submitted by studios in a number of categories, with winners chosen by a month-long consumer vote held in July.

In addition to Star Trek, Paramount also won Best Picture Quality for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Best Nonfiction Blu-ray for PBS' The National Parks: America's Best Idea, by noted documentarian Ken Burns.

The Best TV on Blu-ray award was shared by HBO Home Entertainment's True Blood: The Complete First Season and Universal Studios Home Entertainment's Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series Limited Edition. Universal also pulled down an award for Best Blu-ray Collection for The Bourne Trilogy.

Other winners include Warner Home Video's The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition for Best Catalog Blu-ray, Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 Alien Swarm for Best Nontheatrical Blu-ray, and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's Up for Best Animation Blu-ray.

Two categories were not subject to a consumer vote and were selected directly by the judges. Best Audio Quality went to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's electric guitar documentary It Might Get Loud; and a special award for Best Blu-ray Upgrade, defined as an ideal reason to replace an old DVD version of a title, went to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's Fight Club.

The Wizard of Oz was the judges' choice for the best Blu-ray of 2009, as revealed in the results for the Sixth Annual DVD Critics Awards in early August.

Home Media Magazine, along with DreadCentral.com, next presents the Second Annual Reaper Awards Oct. 12, honoring the top horror/thriller discs.

Third-Annual High-Def Award Winners:

Consumers’ Choice Award: Star Trek (2009), Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Theatrical Blu-ray: Star Trek (2009), Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Nontheatrical Blu-ray: Ben 10 Alien Swarm, Warner Home Video/Cartoon Network

Best TV on Blu-ray — Complete Series Set: Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series Limited Edition, Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Best TV on Blu-ray — Season Set: True Blood: The Complete First Season, HBO Home Entertainment

Best Catalog Blu-ray: The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition, Warner Home Video

Best Blu-ray Collection: The Bourne Trilogy, Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Best Animation Blu-ray: Up, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Best Nonfiction Blu-ray: The National Parks: A Ken Burns Film, Paramount Home Entertainment/PBS

Best Single Extra: Star Trek (2009) ‘Starfleet Vessel Simulator’, Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Picture Quality: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Audio Quality: It Might Get Loud, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Best Blu-ray Upgrade: Fight Club, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

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