I’ M always wary of compiling year- end lists of the best and worst of anything. I’ m shy Not that about spouting an it’ s opinion, informed or otherwise; rather, presumptuous to believe anyone can proffer objective, let alone definitive, picks.
Whatever, here are the best DVDs of 2007. Actually, they are my picks and they have as
I’ ll much authority as an Indian paceman, but be willing to take your email correspondence this month on anything I missed ( or any other issues, questions or comments).
I ’ ll First, venture to offer what appears to be an objective opinion of three of the best DVD
I’ m contradicting sets of the year. Sure, I ’ m not
Blade myself, but alone in putting the Runner Ultimate Collection , Twin Peaks: The Definitive Gold Box Edition and Planet Earth on the top shelf in the trophy room for 2007.
The first two are loving returns to a film and a TV series that were instant classics. Their directors, Ridley Scott and David Lynch respectively, devote great attention and love
Blade Runner given a to their reissues, with spectacular restoration and remaster from its original materials. And among the nine hours of extras are some real delights, including a
film’ s star- studded debate on the merits.
Planet The third great pack of the year is
BBC’ s Earth , a stunning addition to the natural history collection. This is a series for keeps and one, if you pick it up in Blu- ray or HD- DVD, that will quickly justify the shekels you spent on that new high- definition TV.
Among other collections, I particularly enjoyed the Pixar Short Film Collection, which had a lucid run through the development of 3D computer animation that led to, or
Toy complemented, such Pixar classics as Story and Finding Nemo. The Stanley Kubrick Special Edition Collection from Warners was also top- notch.
On TV, the first series of Heroes was a more cogent thing on DVD, particularly with its oodles of extras. The ninth, and final, season
Seinfeld was a keeper, and locally the of most recent Kath & Kim season had some lovely improvised extras.
Of the blockbuster films, a few picks stood out with DVD editions that went the extra mile, namely Borat , Knocked Up, The Departed , 300 and Die Hard 4.0 . All bar 300 are solid films, albeit particularly blokey ones, given solid, informative or just plain entertaining DVD treatment, while 300 was a visually captivating film with DVD extras that illuminated its creation. And the lucky among you might even have seen me this summer in
Borat my lime green mankini taken from the special edition.
didn’ t Films that people see in cinemas but which remain worth a look on DVD include Stranger than Fiction , This is England , The Lives of Others and the Swedish weepy still chugging along in a couple of grateful cinemas, As it Is in Heaven . But this is all to my taste and rather
There’ s perfunctory. so much seemingly
didn’ t terrific product I even get to this year,
’ including the remastered Monty Python s Flying Circus box set.
And despite all this, a quick squiz at global DVD releases shows that Australia remains a DVD wasteland, particularly for art- house
I’ m fare. Some of the best US releases that hoping will arrive here in 2008 include Billy Wilder’ s
Ace in the Hole , Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show, The Film Noir Classic Collection , some classic animation collections and Ford at Fox ; and it would be
Criterion’ s lovely if more of catalogue made it to these parts.
The Bourne Ultimatum ( Universal, M, $ 39.95) A cracking thriller starring a credible, if surprising, action hero, Matt Damon. The extras are just as scintillating as the film.