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A Night of Stars

28 Jul, 2005 By: Stephanie Prange

Buena Vista Home Entertainment's The Incredibles and Lions Gate Home Entertainment's Saw were the top winners at the 2005 Home Entertainment Awards.

The two films — one a Pixar-animated kid-friendly movie about a family of superheroes and the other a serial-killer thriller — won three awards each. Incredibles earned Sellthrough Title of the Year from a Major Studio, Family Title of the Year and Marketing Campaign of the Year from a Major Studio. Saw earned the sellthrough and marketing awards in the independent studio category as well as Rental Title of the Year from an Independent Studio.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment's The Bourne Supremacy picked up Rental Title of the Year from a Major Studio, and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's quirky Napoleon Dynamite earned Sleeper of the Year.

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock appeared to accept the Documentary Title of the Year award for Super Size Me. “The film took off like a rocket on DVD. Half of this award belongs to Mr. Joe Amodei of Hart Sharp Video,” Spurlock said.

In the DVD Technical Awards, selected by a panel of DVD reviewers, Spider-Man 2 got the award for Best Overall DVD Presentation — Theatrical Release, while The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King picked up four awards, Best Audio Presentation, Best Commentary, Best Menu Features, and Best Supplementary Materials.

The Video Software Dealers Association also honored more than 20 video and video game titles.

The VSDA also named Scarface, the 1983 drama about the life and death of a cocaine kingpin, played by Al Pacino, as the second entry into its Hall of Fame, joining The Godfather.

Richard Lewis, comedian and star of the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” hosted the ceremony.

“DVD has brought with it exceptional sound and visual. It's kicking ass — I added that,” Lewis said, referring to the prompter text.

Vin Diesel, who recently starred in The Pacifier on video from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, picked up the Star of the Year award. “DVDs are so important,” Diesel said. “They've affected the way we film our movies. [The making-of material] allows for a movie to be appreciated. I wish there were DVDs when I was starting — to learn from and steal from.”

Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze, whose One Last Dance comes out on video Aug. 30 from Screen Media Films, got the Independent Career Achievement Award. “The DVD world has opened an opportunity for all of us. We've gotten to a place where it's not over without a theatrical release,” he said. “It's starting to become DVD rules the world.”

Penelope Spheeris, director of such “Saturday Night Live”-star vehicles as Wayne's World and Black Sheep, accepted the Groundbreaker Award. “I marvel at how powerful this medium is — how come people still know my name?” she said. “It's because of you.”

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