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<I>Fast and Furious,</I> Green and Slovenly Top VSDA Awards

22 Jul, 2002 By: Kurt Indvik


LAS VEGAS -- Canadian retail chain Rogers Video was named 2002 Retailer of the Year for large video store chains (21 or more stores); Universal Studios Home Entertainment's The Fast and the Furious took top honors as Rental Title of the Year by a Major Studio; and DreamWorks Home Entertainment's Shrek won the Sellthrough Title of the Year by a Major Studio at the Video Software Dealers Association awards celebration on the last night of Home Entertainment 2002.

About 500 attendees enjoyed a reception and fast-paced ceremony, held at the Rio Suites Hotel & Casino Samba Theater.

In a friendly joke aimed at Warner Home Video, which did not exhibit or have a suite at the show, VSDA board chairman Warren faked a cell phone call from Warner president Warren Lieberfarb, saying, “Oh, Warren, yes, Harry Potter is a great movie, but you had to have a suite at the Rio to win.” (Harry Potter, by the way, would not have been eligible for an award because of its release date.)

Warren also presented Retailer of the Year awards to each recipient.

“There is still lots of legs left in home video,” said Rogers Video president Chuck van der Lee in accepting the chain's award. “Home video is the best value in home entertainment, bar none. We owe it to our industry to promote that to our customers.”

Jenna Jameson was recognized as the “Adult Star of the Year.” With her production company, online business and other enterprises, Jenna promised that 2003 would be the “Year of Jenna.”

“I've gotten a lot of awards in my career … but this is probably the most important one,” she said.

After the awards celebration, attendees were treated to a special hour-long performance by the magic duo Penn & Teller, at which an unsuspecting audience member became part of a knife-throwing act.

2002 Home Entertainment Awards
A total of 84 nominees competed in 18 award categories. A panel of retailers, distributors and trade journalists screened hundreds of nominees (from the last 16 months ending March 31, 2002) to get down to the five finalists in each home video category. Following are the winners:

Rental Title of the Year by a Major Studio: The Fast and the Furious -- Universal
Rental Title of the Year by an Independent Studio: Traffic -- USA
Sellthrough Title of the Year by a Major Studio: Shrek – DreamWorks
Sellthrough Title of the Year by an Independent Studio: The Sopranos (First & Second Season) -- HBO
Direct-to-Video/Limited Release of the Year by a Major Studio: Lady & The Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure -- Walt Disney/Buena Vista
Direct-to-Video/Limited Release of the Year by an Independent Studio: Replicant -- Artisan
Sleeper of the Year: O Brother, Where Art Thou? -- Touchstone/Buena Vista
Best Adult Title of the Year: Fade to Black -- Vivid
Foreign Language Title of the Year: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- Columbia TriStar
Special Edition DVD of the Year (Based on Supplemental Materials): The Godfather DVD Collection -- Paramount
Best DVD Packaging of the Year: Pearl Harbor -- Touchstone/Buena Vista
Best VHS Packaging of the Year: Pearl Harbor -- Touchstone/Buena Vista
Best In-Store POP Materials of the Year: Pearl Harbor -- Touchstone/Buena Vista
Best Consumer Marketing of the Year: Shrek -- DreamWorks
Best Retailer Web Support of the Year: Whvdirect.com – Warner
Best Xbox Video Game of the Year: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 -- Activision
Best PlayStation 2 Video Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto 3 -- Take 2 Interactive
Best GameCube Video Game of the Year: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 -- Activision

Technical Awards
The 2002 Technical Awards were awarded by a panel of journalists from 110 entries. The categories are:

Best of Show, DVD Theatrical Release: Moulin Rouge -- Fox
Best of Show, DVD Non-Theatrical: The Sopranos (First Edition) -- HBO
Best of Show, Adult: Forbidden Tales -- Digital Playground
Best DVD Commentary: The Godfather DVD Collection -- Paramount
Best Use of DVD Menu Features: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs -- Buena Vista
Best Use of Audio Language Tracks on DVD: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs -- Buena Vista
Best Use of DVD-ROM Features: Shrek -- DreamWorks
Best Remastered DVD: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs -- Buena Vista
Best Video-to-DVD Transfer: The Fifth Element -- Columbia TriStar
Best Musical DVD, Theatrical Release: Hedwig and the Angry Inch -- New Line
Best Musical DVD, Non-Theatrical Release: Down From the Mountain -- Artisan
Best Musical DVD, Non-Theatrical Release: The Who Live at The Royal Albert Hall -- Image
Best DVD Supplementary Material: Moulin Rouge -- Fox

Retailer of the Year Awards
Retailer of the Year awards were evaluated based on business practices, operational policies, marketing and merchandising programs, customer service and involvement in VSDA. Winners were:

Independent or Small Chain Video Store (1 to 5 stores): First Run Video, Brattleboro, Vt.
Midsized Video Store Chain (6 to 20 stores): Bradley Video, Petaluma, Calif.
Large Video Store Chain (21+ stores): Rogers Video, Richmond, B.C.
Canadian Retailer of the Year: Video 2000, Niagara Falls, Ontario

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