Short Ends and Leader's 10 Worst DVDs of 2010
Ten terrible examples of the digital format... enough to make you go Luddite once and for all. We move beyond the mainstream to seek out those titles which, in all honesty, didn't need to be on DVD in the first place
Every year, it's the same argument - is this a worst FILM list or a worst DVD list...and better yet, what the Hell is the difference! If you added up the number of comments and emails, questions and complaints, you'd have a stack of suggestions higher than a college slacker. The truth is, this category comes a close second to the previous "unknown film" compilation. Instead of focusing on the obvious choices (2010 baddies like Jonah Hex, The Last Song, etc.) we move beyond the mainstream to seek out those titles which, in all honesty, didn't need to be on DVD in the first place. As the medium moderates and dips, as streaming and the high-def delights of Blu-ray overtake the home theater domain, the original aluminum disc format seems destined to be the last bastion for meaningless, mediocre product. Just like VHS before the end, DVD appears destined to serve the lowest common cinematic denominator, and then simply fade away.
Still, this doesn't fully explain the entire premise, so let's paraphrase. The usual suspects are product persona non grata here. We won't be arguing that Legion or The Spy Next Door belong (their due is coming on Thursday...). Instead, we apply a two-fold determination when making this decision. Film quality is indeed part of the mix. A bad movie makes a bad DVD, that's for sure. Second, we do take overall value into consideration. If a horrid film has a decent digital presentation (video, audio, extras), we will perhaps give it a pass. On the other hand, a tolerable movie with a terrible package will definitely be in line for placement here. Finally, in a year which sees the average online critic tackle a title a day, we may overlook a personal fave. The final determining factor, however, is how we see things. After all, we sat through the ten traumatizing works discussed below and have been barely coherent ever since.
So without further alliterative ado, here are Short Ends and Leader's choices for the most miserable DVD experiences of 2010, beginning with a proposed suspense effort that substitutes dullness for dread: