Reign of the Superheroes: 'Batman 66' Sweeps Major Home Media Awards4 May, 2015 By: John Latchem
Marvel Studios films also perform well, winning seven awards
One of the most anticipated home video releases of the past year was the big winner at the fifth annual Home Media Awards, which honor the best DVDs and Blu-ray Discs of 2014. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s long-awaited Blu-ray and DVD release of the 1960s “Batman” TV series earned five awards, including the top prize of Title of the Year. Batman: The Complete Television Series also won TV on Disc of the Year and Blu-ray of the Year, as well as Best Complete Series Set and Best Older TV Show on Disc.
The “Batman” win heralded a big year for superheroes on disc, as three films from Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe won a total of seven prizes. Captain America: The Winter Soldier won Best Theatrical Film on Disc and Best Action Disc; Thor: The Dark World won Best Adventure Disc; and Guardians of the Galaxy won Best AV Quality/Blu-ray Movie, Best Comic Book Movie on Disc and the consumer vote for Fan Favorite Title on Disc.
In total, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment won eight awards, with Frozen winning Best Animation Disc.
Warner won six awards, with all the “Batman” awards and The Lego Movie winning Best 3D Disc.
HBO won four awards: Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season won for Best Current TV Show on Disc, Best Fantasy Disc and Best AV Quality/TV on Blu-ray, while True Detective won Best Miniseries or TV Movie.
Winners were chosen by a panel of judges in conjunction with an online consumer vote for eligible titles submitted for consideration by studios and distributors.
A complete list of winners is available at www.HomeMediaMagazine.com/Awards-2015.
Title of the Year: Batman ’66: The Complete Television Series, Warner
TV on Disc of the Year: Batman ’66: The Complete Television Series, Warner
Blu-ray Disc of the Year: Batman ’66: The Complete Television Series, Warner
Best Theatrical Disc: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Disney/Marvel
Best Direct-to-Video Title: Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Paramount
Best Catalog Release: Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary Edition, Fox
Best Boxed Set (Non-TV): Halloween: The Complete Collection, Anchor Bay/Shout Factory
Foreign Film on Disc: Instructions Not Included, Lionsgate
Best Indie/Small Budget Film on Disc: Frank, Magnolia
Best 3D Disc: The Lego Movie, Warner
Best Current TV Show on Disc: Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season, HBO
Best Older TV Show on Disc: Batman ’66: The Complete First Season, Warner
Best Complete TV Series Set: Batman ’66: The Complete Television Series, Warner
Best Miniseries or TV Movie on Disc: True Detective, HBO
Best Nonfiction TV Show on Disc: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, PBS
Best International TV Show on Disc: Que Pobres Tan Ricos, Cinedigm
Best Disc Extras/Bonus Material: Halloween: The Complete Collection, Anchor Bay/Shout Factory
Best Box Art: Arrested Development: Season 4, Fox
Best Packaging: The Walking Dead: Season 4 Limited Edition — The Tree Walker, Anchor Bay
Best Gift Set: The Wonder Years: The Complete Series Experience, Time Life/StarVista
Best AV Quality/Blu-ray Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney/Marvel
Best AV Quality TV/TV on Blu-ray: Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season, HBO
Best Restoration: Pee-wee’s Playhouse Complete Series (Blu-ray), Shout! Factory
Best Title Upgrade: Pee-wee's Playhouse Complete Series (Blu-ray), Shout! Factory
Best Animation Disc: Frozen, Disney
Best Animated Sequel: How to Train Your Dragon 2, Fox/DreamWorks
Best Kidvid Disc: The Snowman, NCircle
Best Documentary on Disc: Jodorowsky's Dune, Sony Pictures
Best Performance-Based Disc: Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, Time Life/StarVista
Best Fitness Disc: Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred, Gaiam/Empowered Media
Best Fitness Catalog Disc: Firm Vol. 1 — Body Sculpting Basics With Susan Harris, Anna Benson
Best Sports Disc: Spirit of the Marathon II, FilmWorks
Best Action Disc: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Disney/Marvel
Best Adventure Disc: Thor: The Dark World, Disney/Marvel
Best Comedy Disc: 22 Jump Street, Sony Pictures
Best Drama Disc: 12 Years a Slave, Fox
Best Faith-Based Disc: God's Not Dead, Cinedigm
Best Fantasy Disc: Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season, HBO
Best Sci-Fi Disc: Star Trek: The Compendium, Paramount
Best Asian Cinema Disc: Rigor Mortis, Well Go USA
Best Anniversary Disc: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: 75th Anniversary Edition, Sony Pictures
Best Comic Book Movie Disc: Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney/Marvel
Best Superhero Disc: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Disney/Marvel
Best Dystopia on Disc: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Fox
Best Teen Future on Disc: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate
Fan-Favorite Title of the Year: Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney/Marvel
Judges’ Awards: 1,000 Times Good Night, Film Movement; Altina, First Run; Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, Funimation; Krull (Blu-ray), Mill Creek; I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 1 Blu-ray, Paramount/CBS; Steven Spielberg Director's Collection, Universal