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Borders names their "Best DVDs of 2002"

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#1 of 6 David Lambert

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Posted December 01 2002 - 12:15 AM

Discuss amongst yourselves!

Best of 2002

At the end of the year, we choose our favorite DVDs and DVD box sets of the previous 12 months, a process that always produces animated discussion and an occasional heated argument. We've come up with what we think is a pretty thoughtful array that represents a wide range of tastes and interests while maintaining a high standard of excellence. Please consider this list—and the rest of our selections for the best books, music, and movies of 2002—a reflection not just of our taste but also of our passion.



After the morbid comedy of Delicatessen and the darkness of The City of Lost Children, it might be surprising that director Jean-Pierre Jeunet was responsible for this charming, fantastical tale of one woman's influence on the lives of those around her. It's a visual and feel-good feast. Best extra: "Fantasies of Audrey Tautou," a glimpse inside the actress behind Amélie.

A Beautiful Mind - The Awards Edition

A triumph in every sense, Ron Howard's sensitive, spellbinding film based on the life of schizophrenic mathematical genius John Nash won last year's Oscars for Best Picture and Director. As always, Russell Crowe puts heart, soul, muscle, and sweat into his performance. Best extra: "Creation of the Special Effects" featurette, because it makes you realize how subtle (and numerous) they were.

Dogtown and Z-Boys - Special Edition

During the 1970s, a ragtag group of youths took up their skateboards and revolutionized the world of sports (and empty swimming pools) for generations to come. Narrated by Sean Penn and featuring interviews with legends like Tony Hawk, this superb documentary traces the beginnings of a counterculture phenomenon. Best extra: extended skating footage, featuring some hits and misses.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Special Extended Edition Box

Not since the original Star Wars have audiences been so universally swept away by a fantasy film. Thanks to Peter Jackson's visual mastery and reverence for Tolkien's vision, The Fellowship of the Ring has already become a classic. This collector's box of Fellowship boasts more than six hours of new extras. Best extra: 30 minutes of new footage. Read our interview with Alan Lee, who worked on the production design for the film.

A Hard Day's Night - Collector's Edition

Reporter: "Do you think these haircuts have come to stay?" Ringo: "Well, this one has. It's stuck on good and proper now." Featuring the Fab Four cavorting crazily, merrily showing off their British wit, and lip-synching aplenty, The Beatles' big-screen debut mirrors the Beatlemania that had just begun to sweep the world. Best extra: the behind-the-scenes footage and scrapbook.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Special Edition

If there is any trend that epitomizes 1970s movies, it is that of Hollywood embracing personal expression. Few films illustrate this as well as Cuckoo's Nest, which features the quintessential Jack Nicholson performance as an asylum inmate who refuses to buckle under the system. Best extra: writer Ken Kesey discussing the story's transformation from page to stage to screen.

Reservoir Dogs: 10 Years - Special Edition

Three years before his Pulp Fiction thrust suit-wearing crooks into the mainstream, Quentin Tarantino made this failed-robbery flick. From its hilarious discussion on tipping through its masterful use of flashbacks to its blood-soaked finale, the new gangster film era began here. Best extra: the 1992 Sundance Film Festival Retrospective.

The Royal Tenenbaums - Criterion Edition

Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson (the team that brought us Rushmore) have concocted another bewitchingly brilliant comedy. This time, the story centers on an eccentric yet (slightly) lovable family of geniuses, presided over by patriarch Royal (Gene Hackman), who attempt to reconcile their differences. Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Stiller lead a huge supporting cast. Best extra: all of the outtakes.

Say Anything - Special Edition

Aside from being Cameron Crowe's directorial debut and making now-classic use of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes," Say Anything is noteworthy for possessing more truth about the realities of teenage life than many similar films, and it remains one of the sweetest love stories in recent years. Best extra: the fun commentary by Crowe and actors John Cusack and Ione Skye.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - The Director's Edition

Of the "even-numbered" Trek films (which audiences generally consider to be the best), none has garnered more praise than Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It is a rarity in its genre, with its tale of interstellar revenge barely cloaking themes of friendship, redemption, and death. Best extra: William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy disagreeing with each other (in separate interviews).

More Great DVDs

Gosford Park - Collector's Edition
Interview with director Robert Altman

Beauty and the Beast - Platinum Edition

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial - 20th Anniversary Edition


Spy Kids

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Amadeus - The Director's Cut

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Austin Powers in Goldmember

Lilo & Stitch

Best DVD Box Sets

The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns

Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Complete Third Season

Spider-Man - Limited Edition Collector's Gift Set

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Second Season

The Simpsons: The Complete First Season

Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy

The Blue Planet: Seas of Life - Collector's Set

Band of Brothers

24: Season One

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#2 of 6 Jeffrey Bane

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Posted December 01 2002 - 01:08 AM

If it had been the same reviewers as populate this board, they would have just listed "LOTR EE!!!" 10 times, and left it at that.Posted Image

#3 of 6 Seth Paxton

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Posted December 01 2002 - 01:55 AM

The Say Anything and R Dogs discs are NOT as good as the ET box set nor AOTC. I like those films and was happy to have some extras, but come on.

#4 of 6 Joel C

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Posted December 01 2002 - 03:01 AM

It seems they "weighted" the film quality over the DVD quality. Which doesn't bother me. I mean, everyone KNOWS about AOTC, why not include something they (the editors) liked better?

Though I do think the ET Ultimate set should be on the top list.
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Posted December 01 2002 - 05:09 AM

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#6 of 6 Jedrek


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Posted December 01 2002 - 07:01 AM

Eh, I disagree with a lot of that list. About 35% I agree on.
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