Home Media Magazine has announced the winners of the 2009 DVD Critics Awards and The Dark Knight and Hellboy II: The Golden Army both walked away with awards. The full press release:
HBO Home Entertainmentâ€™s complete-series megaset of â€œThe Sopranosâ€ is the 2009 DVD Critics Awardsâ€™ Title of the Year. The Sopranos: The Complete Series also won for Best Collection/Multidisc Set.
The Fifth Annual DVD Critics Awards honor the top DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles from 2008. The awards, presented by Home Media Magazine, are traditionally held during the summer Home Entertainment Summit, which has been delayed this year.
â€œWe still wanted to honor the best titles on DVD and Blu-ray as soon as possible,â€ said Thomas K. Arnold, Home Media Magazine publisher and executive producer of the Summit.
The delay allowed organizers to create special categories for an online consumer vote, a first in the history of the DVD Critics Awards.
More than 130 entries were judged by a panel of critics and journalists. Submitted titles also were placed in eight special categories for the consumer vote, bringing the total number of awards to 21.
Warner Home Videoâ€™s The Dark Knight won Best Theatrical Title, plus the consumer categories Best Action Title, Best Superhero Title and Consumer Favorite.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainmentâ€™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
Best Theatrical Title: The Dark Knight, Warner
Best TV DVD: Mad Men: Season One, Lionsgate
Best Classic/Catalog Title: The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration Gift Set, Paramount
Best Collection/Multidisc Set: The Sopranos: The Complete Series, HBO
Best Nonfiction Title: Young @ Heart, 20th Century Fox
Best Animation Title: Wall-E, Walt Disney Studios
Best Kidvid Title: Tinker Bell, Walt Disney Studios
Best Nontheatrical Title: Stargate: Continuum, Fox/MGM
Best Extended Cut/Directorâ€™s Cut: Step Brothers, Sony Pictures
Best Extras: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Universal Studios
Best Packaging: Masters of Horror: Season Two, Anchor Bay
Best Blu-ray Disc: Planet of the Apes: 40-Year Evolution, 20th Century Fox
Consumerâ€™s Choice Categories
Consumer Favorite DVD/Blu-ray Release: The Dark Knight, Warner
Funniest DVD/Blu-ray: Robot Chicken: Star Wars, Warner
Best Action Title: The Dark Knight, Warner
Best Sci-Fi Title: Wall-E, Walt Disney Studios
Best Superhero Title: The Dark Knight, Warner
Best Western Title: 3:10 to Yuma, Lionsgate
Best Period Piece: Band of Brothers (Blu-ray), HBO
Best Single Extra: The Making-Of Documentary on Sleeping Beauty: Platinum Edition, Walt Disney Studios
Source: Home Media Magazine