DEG Honors ‘Dark Knight’8 Jan, 2009 By: John Latchem
LAS VEGAS — DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, named Warner Home Video’s The Dark Knight the Best in Show Creative Excellence Award winner at the industry group’s annual CES reception Jan. 8.
DEG cited both the video and audio quality of the Blu-ray version of The Dark Knight, and “its ability to excite consumers and drive them to retail.” The latest ‘Batman’ film sold 13.5 million units its first week in stores (including sellthrough and rental), becoming the all-time top Blu-ray Disc seller in the process.
DEG Creative Excellence Awards are selected by a judging panel consisting of reviewers and industry reporters nominated by the motion picture studio and music company members of the DEG.
Other Creative Excellence winners include Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Wall-E as theatrical DVD of the year; Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Touch of Evil: 50th Anniversary Edition as catalog DVD title of the year; HBO Home Entertainment’s The Sopranos: The Complete Series as TV DVD title of the year; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Futurama: Bender’s Game as direct-to-DVD title of the year; Paramount Home Entertainment’s Shine a Light as music DVD of the year; and Disney’s Sleeping Beauty as Blu-ray Disc title of the year.
National retailer of the year for hardware went to Best Buy, while regional retailer of the year for hardware went to Sixth Avenue Electronics, a New Jersey specialty shop with 14 locations.
Retailer of the year for software went to Amazon.com, the first time the e-tailer has won the honor.
Retailer awards were voted on by DEG members, based on nominations by consumer electronics, IT manufacturers and content providers who are members of the DEG.
The DEG Emiel N. Petrone Digital Innovation Awards went to Pioneer for the Elite Kuro PRO-141FD HDTV in the Sight category and the SC-09TX A/V receiver in the Sound category; and Panasonic for the DMP-55 Blu-ray Disc player in the Source category.