By John Latchem | Posted: 11 Nov 2008
LOS ANGELES — Despite joining the Blu-ray Disc camp just after the end of the format war this year, Paramount Home Entertainment scored huge wins at the second High-Def Disc Awards.
The studio’s new The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration Collection Blu-ray boxed set won for best of show and best catalog title. The Marvel Studios production Iron Man won for best theatrical Blu-ray title, and DreamWorks’ Transformers Blu-ray won for best audio quality. It’s the second straight audio win for Transformers; the title won last year with its HD DVD version.
The High-Def Disc Awards luncheon was part of HD-3, a one-day conference held Nov. 11 at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles. HD-3 was produced by Home Media Magazine in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter.
A panel of critics determined the winners from submissions of Blu-ray Disc titles released between Oct. 1, 2007, and Sept. 30, 2008.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Ratatouille also took home two awards, for best picture quality and best animated title.
Because of Blu-ray’s high storage capacity and potential for extensive extras, three awards were devoted to bonus materials. Best overall extras went to Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Heroes: Season 2 Blu-ray boxed set. Best single bonus feature went to the “Enter the Maelstrom” visual effects breakdown on Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. A new category, best use of BD Live, was won by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Men in Black.
To highlight the synergy of Blu-ray Disc players with home entertainment systems, judges bestowed a special award to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s I, Robot, calling it an ideal disc to demonstrate the capabilities of an HDTV.
Another special award, for best consumer electronics company, was given to Panasonic.
2008 High-Def Award Winners:
Best of Show: The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration Collection, Paramount Home Entertainment
Best Theatrical Blu-ray: Iron Man, Paramount Home Entertainment
Best Catalog Blu-ray: The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration Collection, Paramount Home Entertainment
Best Animated Blu-ray: Ratatouille, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Best Picture Quality: Ratatouille, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Best Audio Quality: Transformers, DreamWorks and Paramount Home Entertainment
Best Bonus Feature: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, “Enter the Maelstrom,” Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Best Overall Extras: Heroes: Season 2, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Best Use of BD Live: Men in Black, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Best Collection/Multidisc Set: Harry Potter: Years 1-5 Limited Edition Gift Set, Warner Home Video
Best Nontheatrical Blu-ray: Stargate: Continuum, MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Best Nonfiction Blu-ray: Step Into Liquid, Lionsgate
Judges’ Special Citation — Best Demonstration Disc: I, Robot, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Consumer Electronics Company of the Year: Panasonic