If there is one thing that anyone reading this website can get behind, it’s a special series of awards promoting the best and grandest in the world of DVD and DVD releases.
That is the case with the recently announced Sixth Annual DVD Critics Awards, and the winners of this year’s awards range from Criterion Collection releases, to the latest release of one of cinema’s most beloved films.
The biggest winner here is the newest release of The Wizard Of Oz: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition, which took home three awards; Best Catalog Title, Best Blu-ray disc and Title Of The Year. This was one of the more talked about sets prior to its release, and apparently, it didn’t disappoint, with its multidisc set, color booklet, and hours upon hours of amazing bonus material.
Among other winners were Star Trek (Best Theatrical Title), Monsters Vs. Aliens (Best Kidvid Title), and Grey Gardens (Best TV Movie).
However, for fans of the Criterion Collection, we weren’t left off, as one of the better recent releases, For All Mankind, took home Best Nonfiction Title. Personally, while I don’t know if it’s the best Criterion release ever, it’s definitely one of the strongest recent releases, as not only is it an absolutely breathtaking film, but the special features, particularly the making of documentary, are in and of itself must see material. It’s the epitome of what I love about Criteron releases, all wrapped up in a one disc DVD set.
See the entire list of winners below.
6th Annual DVD Critics Award Winners‘¢ Best Theatrical Title: Star Trek, Paramount Home Entertainment
‘¢ Best TV DVD: Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series Limited Edition, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
‘¢ Best Catalog Title: The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Editions, Warner Home Video
‘¢ Best Nonfiction Title: For All Mankind, Criterion Collection
‘¢ Best Direct-to-Video Title: Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
‘¢ Best TV Movie: Grey Gardens, HBO Home Entertainment
‘¢ Best Animation Title: Up, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
‘¢ Best Kidvid Title: Monsters vs. Aliens, Paramount/DreamWorks
‘¢ Best Bonus Material ‘” Movie: District 9, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
‘¢ Best Bonus Material ‘” TV Show: Lost: The Complete Fifth Season, Disney
‘¢ Best Packaging: Futurama: The Complete Collection 1999-2009, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
‘¢ Best Collection/Multidisc Set: The Official Major League Baseball World Series Collection, A&E Home Entertainment
‘¢ Best Blu-ray Disc: The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition, Warner
‘¢ Title of the Year for 2009: The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition, Warner
In July 1969, the space race ended when Apollo 11 fulfilled President Kennedy’s challenge of ‘landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.’ No one who witnessed the lunar landing will ever forget it. Al Reinert’s documentary For All Mankind is the story of the twenty-four men who traveled to the moon, told in their words, in their voices, using the images of their experiences. Forty years after the first moon landing, it remains the most radical, visually dazzling work of cinema yet made about this earthshaking event.
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by producer-director Al Reinert (with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
- Audio commentary featuring Reinert and Apollo 17 commander Eugene A. Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon
- An Accidental Gift: The Making of ‘For All Mankind,’ a new documentary featuring interviews with Reinert, Apollo 12 and Skylab astronaut Alan Bean, and NASA archive specialists
- On Camera, a collection of excerpted on-screen interviews with fifteen of the Apollo astronauts
- New video program about Bean’s artwork, accompanied by a gallery of his paintings
- NASA audio highlights and liftoff footage
- Optional on-screen identification of astronauts and mission control specialists
- PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film critic Terrence Rafferty and Reinert