‘Sopranos,’ ‘Dark Knight’ Dominate DVD Critics Awards7 Sep, 2009 By: John Latchem
For the first time in the history of the DVD Critics Awards, a TV DVD set has taken the top prize.
HBO Home Entertainment’s complete-series megaset of acclaimed series “The Sopranos” has been named the 2009 DVD Critics Awards’ Title of the Year. The Sopranos: The Complete Series also earned the award for Best Collection/Multidisc Set.
The Fifth Annual DVD Critics Awards honor the top DVD and Blu-ray titles from 2008. The awards, presented by Home Media Magazine, are traditionally held in conjunction with the Home Entertainment Summit, which has been delayed this year due to scheduling issues.
“Even though this year’s Home Entertainment Summit has been delayed, we still wanted to honor the best titles on DVD and Blu-ray as soon as possible,” said Thomas K. Arnold, Home Media Magazine publisher and executive producer of the Summit.
The delay allowed for an online vote to let consumers select the winners in a number of specially created categories, a first in the history of the DVD Critics Awards. A judges panel of home entertainment critics and journalists sorted through more than 130 entries to determine the best titles in a variety of categories. In addition to the 13 judges awards, submitted titles were placed in eight special categories for the consumer vote, bringing the total number of awards to 21.
Warner Home Video’s The Dark Knight won Best Theatrical Title, plus the consumer categories of Best Action Title, Best Superhero Title and Consumer Favorite.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Pixar release Wall-E also fared well, winning for Best Animated Title and taking the consumer vote for Best Sci-Fi Title.
In all, Warner won five awards, while sister company HBO took three. Disney earned four awards.
2009 DVD Critics Award Winners:
• Title of the Year: The Sopranos: The Complete Series, HBO Home Entertainment
• Best Theatrical Title: The Dark Knight, Warner Home Video
• Best TV DVD: Mad Men: Season One, Lionsgate
• Best Classic/Catalog Title: The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration Gift Set, Paramount Home Entertainment
• Best Collection/Multidisc Set: The Sopranos: The Complete Series, HBO Home Entertainment
• Best Nonfiction Title: Young @ Heart, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
• Best Animation Title: Wall-E, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
• Best Kidvid Title: Tinker Bell, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
• Best Nontheatrical Title: Stargate: Continuum, Fox/MGM
• Best Extended Cut/Director’s Cut: Step Brothers, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
• Best Extras: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
• Best Packaging: Masters of Horror: Season Two, Anchor Bay Entertainment
• Best Blu-ray Disc: Planet of the Apes: 40-Year Evolution, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Consumer’s Choice Categories
• Consumer Favorite DVD/Blu-ray Release: The Dark Knight, Warner Home Video
• Funniest DVD/Blu-ray: Robot Chicken: Star Wars, Warner Home Video
• Best Action Title: The Dark Knight, Warner Home Video
• Best Sci-Fi Title: Wall-E, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
• Best Superhero Title: The Dark Knight, Warner Home Video
• Best Western Title: 3:10 to Yuma, Lionsgate
• Best Period Piece: Band of Brothers (Blu-ray), HBO Home Entertainment
• Best Single Extra: The Making-Of Documentary on Sleeping Beauty: Platinum Edition, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment