Top Classic DVDs of 2005
As the year comes to a close, the DVD marketplace continues to
explode with product from the ridiculous to the sublime.
The impending move for the high-end home theater crowd to the High
Definition DVD format(s) should begin to have an affect on the
myriad nonsensical (insert word here) Editions and "Anniversary"
Editions which offer little but new packaging.
With the industry ready to pounce upon the new technology, 2006
should be both an exhilarating as well as a technologically
confusing turning point.
Lest there be any doubt as to which of the studios should take top
honors for their continued release of well thought out and quality
product at attractive prices, that position goes once again to
Warner Brothers. But I believe anyone with a concept of what has
been occurring in the DVD marketplace already knew that.
If there were an award it should be shared equally by Warner's
George Feltenstein and Ned Price and his technical staff. Possibly
the studio will see fit to give them superior parking places to
honor their continued efforts.
As a quick look back, here are the DVDs of 2005, which I find
personally important, and which are quality additions to one's DVD
The Top Classic DVDs of 2005
1. King Kong Collection
(inclusive of Son of Kong and
Mighty Joe Young) - WB
2. Unknown Chaplin -
Newvideo, A&E, Thames
3. The Garbo Centennial Collection
& Garbo Silents - WB
4. The Errol Flynn Collection
5. Bambi - Disney
6. Harold Lloyd Collection -
7. Gangsters Collection - WB
8. Astaire & Rogers Collection
9. The Sting: Legacy Series SE
10. Lifeboat: Special Edition
11. The James Dean Collection
12. Ben-Hur (New Edition with
1925 silent version) - WB
13. To Kill a Mockingbird: Legacy Series
SE - Universal
14. The Thin Man Collection -
15. The Deer Hunter: Legacy Series SE
16. The High and the Mighty -
17. The Innocents - Fox
18. Detective Story -
19. Miracle of Morgan's Creek
20. Hammer Horrors Collection
21. The Looney Tunes Golden Collection:
Volume Three - WB
22. The Gary Cooper Collection
23. Fury - WB
24. Easter Parade - WB
25. My Sister Eileen - Sony
26. Twentieth Century - Sony
27. The Ealing Comedies -
28. Ran - Criterion
29. The British War Collection
- Anchor Bay
30. Thieves' Highway and Night
and the City - Criterion
Award of Special Distinction
To the staff of Lowry Digital Images (now DTS Digital Images) for
their yeoman-like effort, extreme precision and dedication and love
of the cinema, in scanning original nitrate sequential negatives,
processing of images, fixes of original errors and hand cleaning and
pixel cloning on a frame by frame basis toward the creation of the
new edition of Walt Disney's Bambi.
Without the intense and unrelenting effort given by the men and
women of LDI, Bambi would not
have made it to this list. They should all be justifiably proud of
their efforts, as should the executives at Disney for the selection
of LDI for this unique work.
Special Mention for Continuing
Series of Importance
The Film Noir Collection - Fox
* Designates a film worthy of purchase on DVD.
RAH Designates a film worth
of "blind" purchase on DVD.
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