The Dark Knight, Hellboy II Win DVD Critics Awards

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 Entertainment’s complete-series megaset of “The Sopranos” is the 2009 DVD Critics Awards’ 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.

“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 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 Video’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 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

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/Director’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

Consumer’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