The year 2004 was monumental in the brief history of DVD. The death knell tolled for VHS, while the next big innovation started a blue-ray vs. HD DVD debate that lit up blogs and bulletin boards across the web.
|BEST FILM AND TELEVISION OF 2004|
|::||BEST DVDS 2004||By Bill Gibron|
The year 2004 was monumental in the brief history of DVD. The death knell tolled for VHS, while the next big innovation started a blue-ray vs. HD DVD debate that lit up blogs and bulletin boards across the web. With so many independent companies churning out peculiar product, options become ever more diverse. While many of these twisted titles fail to find their audience, others stand out.
It would be easy to highlight the obvious multi-disc mainstream presentations of the past year (The Star Wars box, the Ultimate Matrix Collection), as they represent a pinnacle, of sorts, in marketing and product padding. But I'll focus on those DVDs that left the most lasting impression. Some of the winners are as Tinsel Town as you will find, but others are so obscure as to be considered lost treasures. Each represents artists pushing the limits of their craft to create something remarkable.
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Extended Edition (Peter Jackson)
2. Disinformation: The Complete Series (Richard Metzger)
3. 3 Women: Criterion Collection (Robert Altman)
4. Sin in the Suburbs/The Swap, and How they Make It (Joe Sarno)
5. Wattstax: 30th Anniversary Special Edition (Mel Stuart)
6. John Cassavetes - Five Films: Criterion Collection (John Cassavetes)
7. The Legend of Leigh Bowery (Charles Atlas)
8. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (Ki-Duk Kim)
9. Baadasssss! (Mario Van Peebles)
10. Trailer Town (Giuseppe Andrews)