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DVD L.A. Fest Fetes Original Content Creators

5 Aug, 2002 By: Hive News

A 60-year-old black-and-white film, a four-day shoestring production and a race car montage set to surround sound were among more than 30 titles cited for General Excellence in the First DVD At Its Best Gold Ring Awards.

The honors, announced here during the L.A. Digital Video Show and DVD L.A. Fest.

Warner's Citizen Kane was voted tops in the Hollywood Feature category, while Always, by Kyle Lagenbuch won first place in the Movie Short category, with DVD International's Speed Tribe out in front for Performing Arts.

“Our assumption in breaking new ground with the DVD At Its Best Awards is that the digital video disc is 21st century technology hungry for 21st century content,” said Bruce Apar, executive producer of DVD L.A. Fest and the February 2003 DVD N.Y. Fest.

“DVD would not be where it is today – in one-third of U.S. homes – without the tremendous support and product supply of the Hollywood studios,” Apar continued. “And, with broadband looming as a major entertainment channel, DVD will not sustain its popularity far into the future without the development of original content that takes increasing advantage of the unique interactive features inherent in this digital format. Content created exclusively for DVD is the simple mission statement of our DVD Fests and DVD At Its Best Awards. They are a continuing celebration of digital originals.”

The inaugural inductees into the Digital Hall of Fame are: “The Father of DVD” Warren Lieberfarb, president of Warner Home Video; independent filmmaking pioneer Albert Maysles, creator of the nonfiction feature film (eg,Gimme Shelter); optical disc pioneers Aleen Stein, co-founder of laserdisc producer Criterion Collection, which originated the extra features now commonplace on DVDs; and David Goodman, who marketed the first DVD ever (Video Essentials) through his firm DVD International, which is soon to go public; and multimedia renaissance man Jim Taylor, author of industry bible DVD Demystified and founding president of the DVD Association.

Accepting for Lieberfarb at the induction ceremony was Warner Home Video EVP Tom Lesinski.

Also on hand for the ceremony was John Neff, general manager of Asymmetrical Studio, standing in for filmmaker David Lynch, who is out of the country. Neff previewed a DVD release, The Short Films of David Lynch, available at the director's Web site, davidlynch.com.

The DVD At Its Best Gold Ring Awards are presented in part by Hewlett-Packard, with additional sponsorship participation by new consumer magazine DVD Etc., which will feature the winners in its next issue and distribute a DVD produced by DVD International, featuring selected entries from the competition. Other sponsors include Broadness, a New York City digital production and storage company.

Following is the list of all winners of the DVD At Its Best Gold Ring Awards, including a special Gold Standard of Excellence Award for Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

(Please note for the awards, the category of Additional Content refers to conceiving the total package of extras in a DVD title and the category called Production of Special Features cites the technical craftsmanship, or execution, of a feature such as filmmaker's commentary or a "making of featurette. Also, the DVD-Audio category does not refer to the audio track of a DVD-Video. It is the separate DVD specification designed as the next generation of CD.)

In The Category Of Independent Feature, Defined As A Fiction Or Non-Fiction Film With No Theatrical Or Tv Showing:

For Soundtrack And Sound Mix, The Shape Of Evil, an accomplished horror film by San Diego Mesa College undergraduate student Marc Anthony Massimei of Map Productions

For Scripting, Stanley Kubrick: A Life In Pictures, an original documentary by Jan Harlan, narrated by Tom Cruise, and included in the director's DVD collection from Warner Home Video

For Encoding & Authoring, Ah! My Goddess The Movie, a full-length adventure of the Anime Series, from Pioneer Entertainment

For General Excellence & Production Of Special Features, a favorite of festivals and of customers of online DVD rental store Netflix, the comedy Nice Guys Sleep Alone, from Up-And-Coming Filmmaker Stu Pollard

For The Category Of Hollywood Feature, Defined As A Movie With A Theatrical Release:

For Soundtrack, the by Martin Scorsese documenting The Band's farewell performance, The Last Waltz, from MGM Home Entertainment

For Menu Design And Scripting Of Extra DVD Features, the film that recently won the first oscar awarded in the new category of Animated Feature, Shrek, from DreamWorks Home Entertainment

For PC Functionality, Featuring Total Axess, with a hot link to behind-the-scenes footage, The Spy Game Collector's Edition, from Universal Studios Home Video.

For Web Connectivity, the cyber-playground of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, from Warner Home Video.

For Sound Mix, finely detailed aural design of Pearl Harbor, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

A Triple Winner For Additional Content, Production Of Special Features And Navigation, The Maverick Musical, Moulin Rouge, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

For Encoding & Authoring, the computer-generated imagery of the filmless production Final Fantasy:The Spirits Within, Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment.

For Its Consistent Commitment To State-Of-The-Art DVD Production And Packaging, We Present A Gold Standard Of Excellence Award To Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

For General Excellence, The Winner And – No Matter What Century We're In – Still Champion ... Citizen Kane, from Warner Home Video.

In The Category Of Television:

For Web Connectivity, the weird web of intrigue known as The X Files: Season 5, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

For PC Functionality And Production Of Special Features -- including 9 hours of video, 500 maps, 200 minutes of multimedia, and an encyclopedia -- the nine-part series, Heritage: Civilization & The Jews, Home Vision Entertainment.

For Menu Design, the first DVD with "Talking Menus" to aid the sight-impaired, the three-disc, dual biography, Abraham & Mary Lincoln: A House Divided, WGBH Boston.

For Encoding & Authoring, the street magician called a latter-day Houdini, David Blaine: Fearless, Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

For General Excellence, the landmark soap opera about the family that slays together, The Sopranos:The Complete Second Season, Hbo Home Video.

In The Category Of Performing Arts :

For DVD-Audio Representing The State Of The Art, featuring a killer video of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen: A Night At The Opera, Dts Entertainment.

For Web Connectivity & PC Functionality, high-flying visions from the space shuttle, Planet Earth: Australia, By Alpha DVD For DVD International.

For Additional Content & Production Of Special Features, the only concert DVD available in the U.S. of the mercurial supergroup Queen: We Will Rock You, Pioneer Entertainment.

For Sound Mix, the surreal sounds of Awaken, 5.1 Entertainment Group.For Navigation & Menu Design Including A User-Programmable Playlist, Janet Jackson: All For You, Metropolis DVD.

For Encoding & Authoring, Employing 480p Progressive Scan Video, Natural Splendors, Volumes I To 3, by Alpha DVD For DVD International.

For Soundtrack, a fan favorite for generations, Elton John: One Night Only -- Live At Madison Square Garden, from L2 Digital.

For General Excellence, The DVD-and-CD set of fast-track sonic stylings, Speed Tribe, from DVD International.

In The Categories Of Training And Marketing :

For Production Of Special Features, the first DVD made by a college about its programs and facilities, produced in the style of a Hollywood horror film, It's Alive, by students and faculty of the Savannah College Of Art & Design.

For General Excellence, Training, a program from the University Of Buffalo that proves learning can be fun, Kid Council, by Full Circle Studios and the Center For Applied Technologies In Education.

For Additional Content & Menu Design, The Cutting Vision, a DVD that promotes the many uses of DVD to corporate America, from Authoring House The Cutting Vision.

For General Excellence & Navigation, a deliciously detailed retrospective of an American candy institution M&M/Mars, BBDO Worldwide Masterfoods Library DVD, from Metropolis DVD.

In The Categories Of Experimental Short & Movie Short :

For General Excellence, Experimental, a music video documentary about the homeless of New York City, It's Just The Way That It Is, Max Graham Productions & Phoenix Atlantis Entertainment.

For Additional Content, a bittersweet love story produced in the UCLA extension course “Making The Short Fiction Film,” When Angels Cry, by William Miner and Narendra Reddy.

For Production Of Special Features, Including Bonus Disc The World Of Koichi Ohata, The Anime M.D. Geist: Director's Cut/Death Force, Central Park Media.

For Menu Design, the pastiche of sketches, Disconnected, With Effects By Aaron Schultz and Joseph Nguyen.

For General Excellence, Movie Short, the first film from a student of the new york film academy's four-week, Made In Four Days program, the haunting and touching Always: A Decision Of Love, By Kyle Langenbach.

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