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Home Theater Forum 2007-2008 Award Winners Discussion Thread


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#1 of 14 Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 11 2008 - 01:53 AM



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#2 of 14 Craig S

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Posted February 11 2008 - 07:34 AM

Wow! Only the fact that it isn't a TV show kept Blade Runner from sweeping the Bests. Heck of an achievement. Congrats to Warner Bros on this and their 4th? 5th?? consecutive Studio of the Year!

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#3 of 14 Patrick McCart

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Posted February 11 2008 - 08:11 AM

I like how WB got both several best ___ awards while also getting the worst SD. Their T&J releases are a black mark on their otherwise fine treatment of animation. Like I've said, six volumes of chronological MGM cartoons would be spiffy...

Too bad some other great releases were a bit overlooked like Criterion's The Third Man SE and The Jazz Singer. They're just as complete of film packages as Blade Runner. I'm surprised that Star Wars didn't manage to squirm its way into the polls this time, too. Posted Image

My regret is that I haven't picked up any of the Blade Runner releases yet since I'm waiting until I can get into BluRay.

#4 of 14 Steve...O

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Posted February 11 2008 - 02:12 PM

Congrats to Warner Home Video for a well deserved repeat win as "Best Studio"! With their ambitious line-up for the 85th anniversary celebration it isn't too early to annoint them champs for 2008 is it? Posted Image

I take nothing away from BLADE RUNNER; I just hope that the other excellent releases that WHV put out in 2007 (Popeye, Jazz Singer, Rooney/Garland, etc.) get their just due. Several other studios put out first rate box sets also (Sony's 3 Stooges Vol 1 and Fox's Chan Vol 3 come to mind).

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#5 of 14 ZacharyTait

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Posted February 12 2008 - 02:49 AM

No surprise to me that Blade Runner took a bunch of awards. Almost 2 months later and I'm still working my way through the set, little by little.

#6 of 14 Edwin-S

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Posted February 14 2008 - 03:57 PM

No surprises in the "best of" categories. Too bad. I think the BR set is fine, but I'm not sure it deserved to win in every category.
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#7 of 14 Walter Kittel

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Posted February 14 2008 - 04:08 PM

Well, Blade Runner is a great set, and the HD versions are a steal at their price point; but I would not have minded seeing the wealth spread around a little bit. As nice as it looks, I would offer up Ratatouille as the 'hands down' best transfer (at least in HD media.) A flawless presentation and the best release of the year for my money.

Calling Battlestar Galactica the Worst HD-DVD is not an opinion I would share. Yes, the packaging is awful, but the Season 1 HD-DVD offers some compelling content in a fine presentation.

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Posted February 15 2008 - 05:26 PM

I hope the reason the Ford at Fox set got votes for worst packaging is the lousy way the discs were presented. Hard to get off the spokes, hard to put them back, and the material used mars the edges of the discs. Fortunately they all play, but this is not acceptable. I hope that any other large format packaging like this learns to make this better. Suggestion: use harder plastic-easier to work with and rarely scratches!
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#9 of 14 Russell G

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Posted February 19 2008 - 08:23 AM

Blade Runner is a popular choice, and a damn fine DVD set, shame some of the love didn't go to "The Jazz Singer" which was a pretty stunning if low key set.
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Posted February 21 2008 - 12:39 PM

WARNER BROS, STOP PUTTING OUT INTERLACED CARTOONS ON DVD... WOULD YOU RELEASE A NON-PROGRESSIVE DVD FROM YOUR REGULAR FILM LIBRARY?!?!?

WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO PROGRESSIVELY FLAG TRANSFERS?!

#11 of 14 MarcoBiscotti

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Posted February 21 2008 - 12:49 PM

I have to say, I think these awards are useless and reflect a very limited opinion.

The major sci fi blockbusters (Star Wars, Bladerunner, Harry Potter, etc) always win the most votes from their active fanbase whereas smaller yet equally deserving titles that didn't even get nominations are always neglected. How Fox garnered an almost 16% vote for worst studio is baffling to me... especially with all the thought and care put into their classic catalog titles this past year! Missed oppurtunity, despite what anyone voted, belongs to Chinatown without question. Worst packaging goes to The Apartment hands down. Worst transfer... how's about all the interlaced crap that Warner's been releasing lately?? At least the worst studio category is a pretty accurate reflection of the majority opinion.

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Posted February 21 2008 - 03:56 PM

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How Fox garnered an almost 16% vote for worst studio is baffling to me...
Looking at all the grumbling in the HD forum, I'd guess that chunk of votes stems from their high prices, not porting over all the features from the SD discs and that they would often announce titles and then delay them with no new date. I'm not saying it's right or wrong but that's probably why.
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Worst packaging goes to The Apartment hands down.
The Apartment came out three weeks ago so it shouldn't have been eligible for voting. Plus, the BSG and Trek packaging actually damaged discs. The Apartment may be ugly but it didn't kill the discs. Posted Image

#13 of 14 Patrick McCart

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Posted February 21 2008 - 04:19 PM

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how's about all the interlaced crap that Warner's been releasing lately?? At least the worst studio category is a pretty accurate reflection of the majority opinion.

Like what? I know the T&J sets have had it, but the only other 2007 releases I recall being interlaced are Horatio Hornblower and Dive Bomber.

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Posted February 21 2008 - 09:16 PM

The new Acadamy Awards set is apparently riddled with non-progressive transfers.

The Tom & Jerry sets as you mentioned.

It happened on the 2nd Looney Tunes set yet they corrected that, so why do they keep doing this over and over again?

Even their replacement discs for the Tom & Jerry cartoons were incorrectly mastered and not progressively flagged!

I'm sure there were a few other instances where this was the case on select shorts as well.

When are they going to learn from their mistakes??





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