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What are YOUR top ten DVDs of 2005?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Mike D, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. Mike D

    Mike D Well-Known Member

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    Well the year is almost over so time again to reflect on this year's crop of DVD releases.
    There are still two weeks left in the year so take your time and give it some thought.

    What were your favorite DVDs this year? What made them special?
    What were the biggest disappointments?
    Which DVDs had the most interesting commentary, extra features or packaging?
    What were the best genre releases?
    What under-the-radar title surpised you the most?
    Which studio was tops this year?
    What other awards would you bestow?
    etc.

    Any year-in-review discussion is welcome.
    How does this year compare to previous years?
    Was it the best yet or has interest begun to decline?

    If you need to be reminded of some of the candidates you could have a look at this somewhat incomplete list
    http://www.currentfilm.com/dvdindex.html

    Have fun.
     
  2. TravisR

    TravisR Well-Known Member

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    I'm gonna cheat on your questions and just list my 10 favorites alphabetically. And for TV releases, I just named whatever sets came out this year instead of choosing a specific set.

    The Devil's Rejects
    Lost: Season One
    Seinfeld: Season Four/Season Five/Season Six
    The Simpsons: Season Six/Season Seven
    Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge Of The Sith
    Titanic (1997)
    24: Season Four
    The Twilight Zone: Season Two/Season Three/Season Four/Season Five (OK, I haven't seen S5 yet but it's a safe bet to be good[​IMG] )
    Undeclared: Season One
    The Val Lewton Collection (Cat People/The Curse Of Cat People, I Walked With A Zombie/The Body Snatcher, Isle Of The Dead/Bedlam, The Leopard Man/The Ghost Ship, The 7th Victim/Shadows In The Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy)

    And in the category of "It ain't a great DVD but I'm just happy that it's on DVD":
    Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season One
    Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season One
    Millennium: Season Two/Season Three
    Tales From The Crypt: Season One/Season Two

    And my biggest hope for 2006 is Twin Peaks: Season Two.
     
  3. Carl Johnson

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    I'm not sitting in front of my collection but off the top of my head the only DVDs I remember buying this year are Ray and Revenge of the Sith.
     
  4. dpippel

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    My Top 10 of 2005, in no particular order:
    • The Wizard of Oz: Three Disc Collector's Edition
    • King Kong: Collector's Edition
    • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    • Ben-Hur: Four Disc Collector's Edition
    • Batman Begins: Two Disc Deluxe Edition
    • Bambi: Platinum Edition
    • The Fly: Collector's Edition
    • The Incredibles: Collector's Edition
    • My Own Private Idaho: The Criterion Collection
    • To Kill A Mockingbird: Legacy Series
     
  5. Adam Sexton

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    Top 10 Overall:
    King Kong Collector's Edition
    Sin City: Recut, Extended, Unrated
    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    Titanic: Special Collector's Edition
    Jaws: 30th Anniversary Edition
    The Fly: Collector's Edition
    Raging Bull Special Edition
    Batman Begins
    The Devil's Rejects
    The Incredibles

    Top 10 Runner-ups:
    Heat: Special Edition
    Gladiator: Extended Edition
    Casino: 10th Anniversary Edition
    Chappelle's Show Season 2
    Apollo 13: Anniversary Edition
    Oldboy
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia
    Man on Fire: All Access Collector's Edition
    A Very Long Engagement

    10 More notable releases:
    Donnie Darko: Director's Cut
    Kingdom of Heaven
    Leon, The Professional: Deluxe Edition
    The Fifth Element: Ultimate Edition
    Million Dollar Baby
    Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
    Tae Guk Gi: Brotherhood of War
    Star Trek: First Contact
    The Aviator
    Kung Fu Hustle
     
  6. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Well-Known Member

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    I'll have to give a tie to the two best silent film releases of this yeah:

    The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection (7-disc set) and The Forgotten Films of Fatty Arbuckle (4-disc set). Both are extremely important releases this year. We finally get a great look at two of the greatest silent comedians... great films, great presentation, and most important... easily found. The fact that you can walk into a Best Buy to pick up the best of Lloyd's or Arbuckle's films is just amazing.

    No ranking for the other eight...

    F for Fake (Criterion) - Now one of my favorite movies

    King Kong (collector's tin) - If just for the excellent condition of the film and the length documentaries.

    The Wizard of Oz (3-disc) - The film simply looks perfect. This is the first time I've seen a DVD that basically replicates the look of a theatrical print (I saw a dye-transfer from '98). Tons of extras make it a great package, but the extra silent films make it even better.

    Ben-Hur: Special Edition - Like Oz, the new transfer has so much more life into it. The old DVD just looked too "drained" to my eyes. Like the look or not, we finally get correct framing and splices without a bunch of goo all over the picture.

    The Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection (can you believe that you have nearly all of his American films between this and WB's set?) Except for "The Man Who Knew Too Much," all of the films look and sound nearly flawless.

    Looney Tunes: Golden Collection Vol. 3 - Some of my favorites are on this... Robin Hood Daffy, Porky Pig's Feat, Hillbilly Hare, Pigs in a Polka, Daffy Duck & Egghead...

    Also, one big surprise this year was the Anthology Film Archives/Image Entertaining treasure chest of avant-garde films... Unseen Cinema. SEVEN discs of shorts... everything from Norman McLaren animations to essential "film class" shorts to hidden masterpieces. One of my favorite
     
  7. Justin_S

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    1: The Devil's Rejects (unrated director's cut)
    2: Long Weekend
    3: The Machinist
    4: The Blind Dead Collection
    5: The Fly (collector's edition)
    6: Lost season one
    7: Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection
    8: The Val Lewton Collection
    9: The Deer Hunter (Legacy Collection)
    10: Xtro

    Honorable mentions: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Batman Begins 2 disc, Alone in the Dark (1982), Raging Bull SE, Heat SE, and The Twilight Zone seasons 2-4.
     
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    Warner Gangsters Collection
    Val Lewton Collection
    Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
    King Kong: Collector's Edition
    Raging Bull: SE
    The Deer Hunter: LC
    Hammer Horror Series
    Ran: Criterion Collection
    The Incredibles
    Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

    Still looking forward to getting:
    Looney Tunes Golden Coll. 2
    Sin City Extended
     
  9. Daniel-M

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    Lost The Compelte First Season
    24 The Complete Fourth Season
    Angel The Complete Fifth Season
    Simpsons The Complete Sixth Season
    Simpsons The Complete Seventh Season
    Batman Begins
    Batman Anthology
    Revenge of the Sith
    Sin City Extended Edition
    Jaws 30th Anniversary DVD
     
  10. Inspector Hammer!

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    Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

    Batman Begins

    Sin City (Theatrical)

    The Devil's Rejects (Unrated)

    Titanic Collectors Edition

    The Incredibles

    Star Wars Clone Wars Vol's 1 & 2

    Seinfeld Season's 1-4 (haven't gotten 5 & 6 yet)

    Land of the Dead (Directors cut)

    The Polar Express
     
  11. Ron-P

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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Serenity
    Titanic CE
    Batman Begins
    Deadwood: Season 1
    AvP
    Finding Neverland
    Elektra DC
    House of Flying Daggers
    DareDevil DC
     
  12. Conrad_SSS

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    1. KING KONG COLLECTOR'S EDITION
    2. THE WIZARD OF OZ-3 DISC SET
    3. THE THIN MAN COLLECTION
    4. FAMILY GUY Volume Three
    5. WARNER GANGSTERS COLLECTION
    6. BEN-HUR 4 DISC COLLECTOR'S EDITION
    7. WARNER CLASSIC COMEDIES COLLECTION
    8. THE ASTAIRE/ROGERS COLLECTION
    9. THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK
    10.Tie: THE BETTE DAVIS COLLECTION and THE JOAN CRAWFORD COLLCTION

    Honorable mention: TWO FOR THE ROAD
    THE BAND WAGON
    EASTER PARADE
    A FACE IN THE CROWD
    THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY
    THE SIMPSONS-SEASON SIX
     
  13. Walter Kittel

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    Warner Bros. Gangster Collection
    Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection
    King Kong Collector's Edition
    Val Lewton Collection
    House of Bamboo
    Danger: Diabolik
    Ran: Criterion Collection
    Heaven Can Wait: Criterion Collection
    Point Blank
    The Miracle of Morgan's Creek


    - Walter.
     
  14. Mark Lucas

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    I didn't buy everything I wanted this year but these releases come to mind:

    Batman Anthology set
    Titanic
    Sin City
    King Kong
    The Frighteners
     
  15. Cory S.

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    Let's see:

    Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith
    Titanic Collector's Edition
    Ben-Hur Collector's Edition
    Batman Begins
    Pixar's The Incredibles
    Sin City: Uncut, Extended, and Unrated
    The Wizard of Oz Special Edition
    War of the Worlds Limited Edition
    Constantine Deluxe Edition
    Million Dollar Baby
     
  16. Ryan-G

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    My turn:

    Lost: The first season
    Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
    Titanic: Collectors Edition
    War of the Worlds(2005)
    Batman Begins
    Sin City
    The Incredibles
    Mr and Mrs Smith

    I suspect Serenity, and 24 season 4 will complete my list this week.
     
  17. John Hodson

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    Only 10? [​IMG]

    Warners Gangsters Collection
    Errol Flynn Signature Collection
    The Essential Steve McQueen Collection
    Warners Classic Comedies Collection
    Astaire & Rogers Collection Vol. 1
    King Kong
    Paramount's John Wayne Batjac films
    Ben-Hur CE
    Point Blank
    Hammer Horror Series
     
  18. JonZ

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    Deadwood Season 1
    Downfall
    Ran Criterion
    Ragin Bull SE
    Batman Begins
    Kagemusha Criterion
    Million Dollar Baby

    You didnt say they had to be region 1 so Im adding 3 Celestial Shaw Bros Region 3 releases

    Avenging Eagle
    5 Shaolin Masters
    36th Chamber of Shaolin
     
  19. eric tengren

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    KING KONG 33
    HITCHCOCK MASTERPIECE BOX
    CONTROVERSIAL CLASSICS BOX
    WB GANGSTER BOX
    POINT BLANK
    THE INCREDIBLES
    THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH
    BATTLE OF ALGEIRS
    ALAN CLARKE BOX
    SHORT CUTS
    RUNNERS UP. OVER THE EDGE SLING BLADE SE.DANGER DIABOLIK.PICK UP ON SOUTH STREET.LA HAINE.ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE.tHE BIG RED ONE RECONSTRUCTED.NAKED.EVIL DEAD 2 BOOK.THE LAST MAN ON EARTH.BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA.MCQUEEN BOX
     
  20. Anthony*B

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    My top 10 w/ these caveats: no particular order, not necessarily based on outstanding AV quality...simply stuff I love / enjoyed / can remember without going home & looking through the collection:

    1. Cannibal Holocaust spec. ed.
    2. Sex & Fury (The best movie I'd never heard of)
    3. High Tension (a huge wonderful surprise roller coaster ride)
    4. King Kong spec. ed.
    5. Devil's Rejects
    6. The Devils (bootleg, bad quality, but essentially uncut)
    7. August Underground (harrowing, almost too well done)
    8. Pinky Violence Collection
    9. Napoleon Dynamite (2005?)
    10. Simpsons Season 6 (probably the best season of the 2nd greatest sitcom of all time)

    all in all a staggeringly good year for exploitation fans in what may be the DVD format's last great stand...long live DVD [​IMG]
     

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