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Best DVDs of 2004 nominated for DVDX Awards

Posted Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 10:57 AM Central

by Tim Briscoe

When something gets as big as DVD is nowadays, a group of awards honoring the best of the medium is sure to pop up. The "DVD Exclusive Awards" are just that.

As a matter of fact, this is the fifth year for the DVDX Awards (their "hip" abbreviation). The categories are broken into two groups: Special Editions for those programs previously released elsewhere (like in theaters and on TV) and DVD Premiere Movies (pretty much self-explanatory, eh?).

The winners are to be announced at a ceremony on Feb. 8. Here is the complete list of this year's nominees:

Special Editions

Overall DVD, New Movie (including all bonus features) Capturing the Friedmans (HBO/Warner) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Special Extended Edition (New Line/Warner) School of Rock (Paramount) Spider-Man 2 (Sony) The Ultimate Matrix Collection (Warner)

Overall DVD, Classic Film (including all bonus features) The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (MGM) Gone With the Wind Four-Disc Collector's Edition (Warner) The Great Escape (MGM) Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition (Disney) Star Wars Trilogy (Fox)

Overall DVD, TV Program (including all bonus features) 24: Season 3 (Fox) Arrested Development: Season One (Fox) Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete First Season (HBO/Warner) Seinfeld: Seasons 1 & 2 (Sony) The Simpsons: The Complete Fifth Season (Fox)

Overall DVD, Music Program (including all bonus features) The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit (Capitol) Hilary Duff: The Girl Can Rock (Disney) Peter Gabriel: Play (Warner Strategic Marketing) Josh Groban: Live at the Greek (Warner Reprise) Live Aid (Warner Strategic Marketing)

Audio Commentary (new for DVD) Steven J. Rubin, The Great Escape (MGM) Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Special Extended Edition (New Line/Warner) Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition (Disney) Matt Groenig, cast and crew, The Simpsons: The Complete Fourth Season (Fox) George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren, Carrie Fisher, Star Wars Trilogy: The Empire Strikes Back (Fox)

Behind-the-Scenes Program (new for DVD) "Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy," Star Wars Trilogy (Fox) "From Book to Script: Forging the Final Chapter," The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Special Extended Edition (New Line/Warner) "Saving Private Ryan: Recreating Omaha Beach," Saving Private Ryan Special Collector's Edition (DreamWorks/Universal) "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: The Making of Mary Poppins," Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition (Disney) "Voices From the List," Schindler's List (Universal)

Deleted Scenes, Outtakes and Bloopers Capturing the Friedmans (HBO/Warner) Fahrenheit 9/11 (Sony) The Fog of War (Sony) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Special Extended Edition (New Line/Warner) Seinfeld: Seasons 1 & 2 (Sony)

Games and Interactivities Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner) The Lion King 1(Disney) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Special Extended Edition (New Line/Warner) School of Rock (Paramount) Shrek 2 (DreamWorks/Universal)

Menu Design Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Warner) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Special Extended Edition (New Line/Warner) Shrek 2 (DreamWorks/Universal) Star Wars Trilogy (Fox) The Ultimate Matrix Collection (Warner)

New Movie Scenes (finished, edited into movie, or stand-alone) 24: Season 3, "Season 4 promo" (Fox) Capturing the Friedmans (HBO/Warner) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Special Extended Edition (New Line/Warner) Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition, "The Cat That Looked at a King" (Disney) Shrek 2, "Far, Far Away Idol" (DreamWorks/Universal)

DVD Premiere Movies

Animated DVD Premiere Movie Barbie as The Princess and Pauper (Lions Gate) Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui (Miramax/Disney) Care Bears: Journey to Joke-A-Lot (Lions Gate) Dragons: Fire & Ice (Lions Gate) The Lion King 1( (Disney)

Live-Action DVD Premiere Movie Bring It On Again (Universal) Comic Book: The Movie (Miramax/Disney) Relative Evil (Screen Media/Universal) Species III Unrated Edition (MGM) Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (Universal)

Actor (in a DVD Premiere Movie) John Amos, The Watermelon Heist (Maverick) James Coburn, American Gun (Miramax/Disney) Michael Gross, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (Universal) Mark Hamill, Comic Book: The Movie (Miramax/Disney) Jonathan Tucker, Relative Evil (Screen Media/Universal)

Actress (in a DVD Premiere Movie) Sara Botsford, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (Universal) Amelia Cooke, Species III Unrated Edition (MGM) Eva Longoria, Carlita's Secret (Maverick) Jennifer Tilly, Relative Evil (Screen Media/Universal) Bree Turner, Bring It On Again (Universal)

Supporting Actor (in a DVD Premiere Movie) Sid Caesar, Comic Book: The Movie (Creative Light/Miramax/Disney) Jonathan Winters, Comic Book: The Movie (Creative Light/Miramax/Disney) David Strathairn, Relative Evil (Screen Media/Universal) Barry Bostwick, The Skulls 3 (Universal) Sam Ly, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (Universal)

Supporting Actress (in a DVD Premiere Movie) Barbara Bain, American Gun (Miramax/Disney) Rachel Leigh Cook, The Big Empty (Lions Gate) Aleksa Palladino, Relative Evil (Screen Media/Universal) Brooke D'Orsay, The Skulls 3 (Universal) Natasha Henstridge, Species III (MGM)

Animated Character Performance (voice and animation in a DVD Premiere Movie) Timon (voice: Nathan Lane), The Lion King 1( (Disney) Tigger (voice: Jim Cummings), Winnie the Pooh: Springtime With Roo (Disney) Pumbaa (voice: Ernie Sabella), The Lion King 1( (Disney) Preminger (voice: Martin Short), Barbie as The Princess and Pauper (Lions Gate) Minnie Mouse (voice: Russi Taylor), Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (Disney)

Director (of a DVD Premiere Movie) William Lau, Barbie as The Princess and Pauper (Lions Gate) David Molina and Terry Shakespeare, Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui (Miramax/Disney) Mark Hamill, Comic Book: The Movie (Creative Light/Miramax/Disney) Bradley Raymond, The Lion King 1 (Disney) Donovan Cook, Mickey's The Three Musketeers (Disney)

Screenplay (for a DVD Premiere Movie) Alan Jacobs, American Gun (Miramax/Disney) Tom Rogers, The Lion King 1( (Disney) Bill Motz, Bob Roth, Peggy Holmes, Chad Fiveash, James Patrick Stotereaux, Matthew O'Callaghan, Shirley Pierce, Jim Peronto, Carole Holliday, Michael Shipley, Jim Bernstein, Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (Disney) David M. Evans, Evan Spiliotopoulos, Mickey's The Three Musketeers (Disney) Tom Rogers, Winnie the Pooh: Springtime With Roo (Disney)

Original Song (in a DVD Premiere Movie) "To Be a Princess," Barbie as The Princess and Pauper (Lions Gate) "Be Prepared," The Lion King 1 (Disney) "That's All I Need," The Lion King 1( (Disney) "All For One and One For All," Mickey's The Three Musketeers (Disney) "Way Back When," Where the Red Fern Grows (Disney)

Original Score (for a DVD Premiere Movie) Barbie as The Princess and Pauper (Lions Gate) Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui (Miramax/Disney) The Lion King 1 (Disney) Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (Disney) Winnie the Pooh: Springtime With Roo (Disney)

Cinematography (in a DVD Premiere Movie) Cruel Intentions 3 (Sony) Relative Evil (Screen Media/Universal) The Skulls 3 (Universal) Species III Unrated Edition (MGM) Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (Universal)

Editing (of a DVD Premiere Movie) American Gun (Miramax/Disney) Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui (Miramax/Disney) The Lion King 1( (Disney) Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (Universal) Winnie the Pooh: Springtime With Roo (Disney)

Visual Effects (in a DVD Premiere Movie) The Lion King 1 (Disney) Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui (Miramax/Disney) Species III Unrated Edition (MGM) Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (Universal) Barbie as The Princess and Pauper (Lions Gate)

The DVDX Awards are voted on by an exclusive group of almost 600 entertainment industry professionals. This group, known as the DVD Exclusive Academy, includes filmmakers Sam Raimi and Ridley Scott as well as actors Sylvester Stallone and Bradley Whitford.

For more information, see the DVDX web site.