Winners of the 2009 DVD Critics Choice Awards!

Hi all!

Just wanted to share the list of winners from the 2009 DVD Critics Choice Awards! This is the Fifth Annual DVD Critics Awards, which honors the top DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles from 2008. 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.

Here are the 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

Be sure to check them out at your favorite online or brick-and-mortar retailer if you missed them last year!

–Fitz

p.s. Here are some of the award winners:

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Hellboy: The Golden Army — Beware the Tooth Fairies!

Hellboy: The Golden Army Poster (Small)Hi all!

Guillermo del Toro‘s follow-up to Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth is Hellboy: The Golden Army. Once again we delve into the weird and fantastic world of Hellboy, Liz, and Abe. Set against the backdrop of a historic pact between the land of mythical creatures and the land of men, we learn not only about some of the denizens of the mythical world, but also about Hellboy, Abe, Liz, and a new member to the team — Johann Krauss.

[rating:3.5/4]

IMDB link: here

Ron Perlman dons the big red suit again as Hellboy. Selma Blair is back as Liz Sherman. And Doug Jones not only plays Abe Sapien, but does his voice as well (plus a few other critters throughout the movie).

This immediately hit me like one of those movies where if you blink, you’ll miss something. It’s especially true in the Troll Market. There’s just no way to take it all in. You have to blink!

Some of the story elements I absolutely loved, such as the pact between worlds doomed by the well-intentioned Prince Nuada, and the elemental, a god, the last of its kind, bent on killing Hellboy at the command of Nuada but ultimately creating life from its own destruction in Manhattan. I also loved the descriptions of some of the critters in the world, such as the tooth fairies. These are not your momma’s tooth fairies — these guys bite!

Hellboy Tooth fairy

(Had to update the post to add a picture of the tooth fairy. Vicious little buggers!)

It was great to see Abe get a love interest with the Princess and to see Hellboy & Liz develop their relationship further. But though I usually like Jeffrey Tambor, I was constantly wondering why Tom Manning was even in this film. He doesn’t really do anything but whine. Krauss also was a bit of a mystery to me. He had more crunch to his part than Manning does (voiced by Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy fame), but he never really did much either.

That said… I will be picking this movie up on DVD and going frame by frame through some of the more critter-dense areas of the movie so I can find all the things I missed the first two times!!

This movie gets a solid 3.5/4 for me. I loved it, but it didn’t blow me away like Iron Man or The Dark Knight. But I certainly hope we get to see the crew come back after Guillermo wraps up The Hobbit in a few years!

–Fitz

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Love Guru is being pummeled by the press…

The Love GuruImage via Wikipedia

Hey all…

Love GuruI’m a fan of Mike Myers‘… But have you seen some of the reviews for Love Guru? People are saying some really nasty things about it. Ain’t it Cool News had this article today…

And what’s funny to me is I was already on the fence about it vs. Get Smart. (You can see my fence sitting here.) But Get Smart is getting mixed press in a number of places. So I’m going to see Get Smart tomorrow sometime. (Sizziling Popcorn got a sneak peek and they say to see Get Smart. Your Movie Stuff didn’t really like Get Smart and says to rent it…)

Even funnier to me is that each time I see a WALL*E preview, I get more and more excited to see this next Pixar movie. I even noticed today that Pixar has put part of the short feature to precede WALL*E up on the internet for folks to see, and it’s fun! (Slash Film has the video on their site here.)

So… I’ll see Get Smart and WALL*E and we’ll see how these movies stack up against the rest of the summer fare!

Nothing is stopping my anticipation for Hellboy 2 and The Dark Knight however… July is going to be a great month for movies, just like May was. 🙂

–Fitz

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