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'Superman' Soars at DVD Critics' Awards

19 Jun, 2007 By: John Latchem

Warner Home Video's Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition boxed set won top honors as best of show at the third annual DVD Critics Awards: The Perfect Ten, held June 18 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, Calif.

The award ceremony took place at the Sixth Annual Home Entertainment Summit: DVD & Beyond, produced by Home Media Magazine and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter and the Entertainment Merchants Association.

The awards, chosen by a panel of critics from newspapers, entertainment magazines and DVD Web sites, honor the top DVDs released in 2006, based on DVD presentation criteria.

The 14-disc Superman set includes special editions of all five theatrical features, plus director's cuts of the first two films, behind-the-scenes featurettes and retrospective documentaries.

Warner also won for two other ultimate collector's editions that celebrated the 50th anniversaries of two classic films: The Searchers won for best classic/catalog DVD, while Forbidden Planet earned the award for best special features/bonus materials.

The two-disc Forbidden Planet set came packaged in a collectible tin with a toy replica of the movie's famed Robby the Robot, plus historical documentaries and the film The Invisible Boy, which also featured Robby.

Best theatrical DVD went to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, which also scored the best animated DVD award with “Platinum” editions of Lady and the Tramp and The Little Mermaid.

The best non-theatrical DVD award was split between Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, named best direct-to-video title, and HBO Video's Spike Lee documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, about New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, earned best non-DTV title.

Best non-fiction DVD went to Genius Products' Wordplay, while 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's Kingdom of Heaven won for best director's cut/extended cut.

MGM's four volumes of the James Bond Ultimate Edition, containing two-disc sets of the first 20 Bond films, won for best DVD collection/multidisc set.

Six Feet Under: The Complete Series, from HBO Video, earned best packaging for its box, which uses artificial grass to mimic a grave.

Two other complete series sets tied for the best TV DVD award — Fox's M*A*S*H: The Martinis & Medicine Collection and Time Life/HBO Video's Get Smart: The Complete Series.

Amy Jo Smith, executive director of DEG, received the Fifth Annual DVD Visionary Award for tirelessly promoting the DVD format and digital entertainment in general.

The DVD Critics' Awards and Sixth Annual Home Entertainment Summit: DVD & Beyond attracted more than 300 top studio executives, producers, retailers and members of the media. Highlights included a super session on the future of packaged media, as well as a panel that featured most of the major studios' home entertainment division presidents.

Home Media Magazine is the leading home entertainment business-to-business trade. It is published weekly by Questex Media Group LLC.

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