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DEG Honors Top DVDs, Consumer Electronics and Retailers

8 Jan, 2007 By: Stephanie Prange

LAS VEGAS—Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, was named the best theatrical DVD of 2006 at the annual DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group awards announced Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer showed up to accept the award for his blockbuster, gratified that another of his films, Black Hawk Down, also picked up an honor.

Superman: The Ultimate Collection, from Warner Home Video, picked up top honors for catalog DVD of the year in the DEG's Creative Excellence Awards.

Image Entertainment's The Twilight Zone: The Complete Definitive Collection was honored as the top TV DVD title of the year, while Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (Special Edition), from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, earned top honors in the direct-to-DVD category. Neil Young – Heart of Gold, from Paramount Home Entertainment, got the top music DVD award.

For the first time, DEG honored the best titles from the two competing high-definition disc formats. Sony's Black Hawk Down was named the top Blu-ray Disc title of the year, while Warner Home Video's Batman Begins picked up the award for best HD DVD title.

The judging panel for the Creative Excellence Awards consisted of reviewers and industry reporters from trade, entertainment and daily consumer news organizations. In addition to overall sound and picture quality, all titles were considered for those features that best demonstrate the value-added nature of the format.

The DEG's Emiel N. Petrone Digital Innovation Awards, in memory of the group's founding chairman, were given to the year's most outstanding new digital entertainment products released in 2006. They were selected by a panel of product reviewers from top home theater enthusiast publications. Sony's PlayStation 3 earned the Innovation Award for Source. The Innovation Award for Sight also went to Sony for its VPL-VW50 front projector. D&M Holdings' Marantz SR8001 home theater receiver earned the Innovation Award for Sound.

Best Buy was honored as the year's top retailer in both the new digital entertainment product and packaged media merchandising and promotion categories. It's the second time the retailer has won in both categories. The last time was in 2004.

Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson appeared to pick up the award, noting that he is very grateful to the industry for giving the chain great products to sell.

DEG is a Los Angeles-based, industry-funded nonprofit corporation that advocates and promotes DVD.

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