Best DVDs of 2000
by Aaron Beierle
1.The Ultimate Toy Story Box Set
Certainly a set to be beaten, with
outstanding audio & video quality and enough extras to spend an entire day
watching. The great thing is that the extra features are not fluff, but
interesting presentations that can be watched again and again.
|Best DVDs of 2000 - Aaron Beierle
2. Fight Club
Fox's feature-rich edition of David Fincher's outstanding film
is a close second to Disney's Toy Story release.
3. Abyss: Special Edition
Containing what I still consider to be one of the
best documentaries I've seen included on a DVD ("Under Pressure"), the
ability to watch the theatrical and director's cuts of Cameron's great film
make this certainly recommended.
4. Terminator 2: Ultimate Edition
Artisan's fantastic 2 DVD release
provides a library worth of information as well as 3 different versions of
the movie, as well as excellent sound and video.
5. The Perfect Storm: SE
I'm aware that some certainly disliked
the film, but personally, after viewings in both the theater and this DVD
release, I still find it to be an enjoyable and entertaining film. Warner
Brothers has done the best job possible presenting the film on DVD, with
great audio/video quality and a boat-load of "Splashy"(their term for it, not
In my opinion, one of the best examples of "old-fashioned"
entertainment in recent memory, "U-571" grabs the viewer and keeps them on
the edge of their seat for 2 hours like few films I've seen lately.
Universal's DVD also provides one of the best audio presentations I've ever
Although it's unfortunate that director Paul Thomas Anderson
didn't provide one of his usual famed commentary tracks, the phenomenal 75
minute documentary that takes us onto the set provides all the details we
could want to know about the making of the film. New Line also provides one
of their usual fantastic presentations in terms of audio/video.
8. Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
doesn't have anything besides the presentation, what a presentation it is - 2
DVDs worth, with the director providing a tour through film history.
9. Men In Black: LE
Tristar continues to make advancements in
their special features with the very cool editing feature and other parts of
10. Independence Day
Although the extras are a bit "promotional", the film
is basically fun and entertaining, and the audio presentation is definitely
Honorable Mentions: "Legends Of The Fall: Special Edition", "Braveheart",
1. U-571: The movie is an assault and the audio matches it step-for-step,
providing a hugely agressive experience from the most subtle sounds of the
boat to depth charges exploding furiously all around you. A stunning
2. Twister: Warner's special edition provides both DTS and Dolby Digital
audio; both are floor-shaking reminders of how powerful this film's audio is.
3. The Haunting(DTS): I'm still going to say that Jan De Bont's horror film
is scary in that "so bad it's scary" way, but the sound design of the film is
still one that is highly entertaining, and the DTS version really amplifies
the scares that the sound is able to provide, occasionally hitting with some
very powerful bass.
4. Independence Day: The classic audio presentation was brought to DVD from
Fox earlier this year, and the experience of some of the film's more intense
sequences still is pretty amazing.
5. Prince Of Egypt(DTS): A mix of beautiful music and intense scenes provides
a perfect pairing, sounding particularly good in DTS.
5.(tie) Mission Impossible:2: In terms of sound, certainly a high-energy
presentation, although definitely more so in the second half of the film.
Best Picture Quality:
1. Toy Story 2
2. Perfect Storm
3. Pitch Black
4. Fight Club
5. Sleepy Hollow
1. Fight Club: Brad Pitt, David Fincher and Edward Norton team up to provide
a discussion of the reaction to the film by audiences, chat about technical
details and also to have fun. It proves to be one of the best commentaries in
2. From Dusk Till Dawn/Switchblade Sisters: Quentin Tarantino returns :
providing hilariously energetic discussion of both films, and also managing
to overshadow both of the participants he was paired up with on these tracks.
The "Switchblade" commentary proves his remarkable knowledge of 70's cinema.
3. Naked Gun: The film's creators re-team to provide an insanely funny
discussion of the film as well as the sequels.
4. Toy Story 1/2: The Pixar crew takes us through an informative and
frequently very funny look at the amazing work that went into bringing both
pictures to the screen.
5. Secret Of Roan Inish: Director John Sayles provides a fascinating look at
the making of his fantastic independent film.
Honorary Mentions: Michael Bay, "Bad Boys:SE"; Brad Pitt and Edward Zwick,
"Legends Of The Fall:SE"; Oliver Stone, "Born On The 4th Of July:SE".;
Jonathan Mostow, "U-571"; Sebastian Junger, "The Perfect Storm.
1. Deterrence: Rod Lurie's latest film is now in theaters ("The Contender"),
but his first feature was extremely overlooked. Kevin Pollack plays a
president trapped in a snowstorm who must make an enormous decision when war
is threatened. A small film that constantly brings up the tension further.
2. Cradle Will Rock: Although Tim Robbins' latest directorial effort hardly
got a response at the box office, nor did Disney provide much of a DVD
effort, it's still an enjoyable enough drama to be worth a rental.
3. Beavers: IMAX Who would have thought that one of the most entertaining
IMAX films I've ever seen involves a group of these animals? Stephen Low's
popular large-format feature translates well to the small screen, where Image
Entertainment's DVD provides great picture and sound quality.
Honorable mention: "Waking The Dead".
Best Other Format:
1. Beavers: IMAX - Stephen Low's film brings us into an incredible close up
as these creatures go about their daily lives; it proves to be much more
interesting and entertaining than one might think.
2. Stargaze: Alpha DVD and DVD International have provided one of the most
interesting programs I've seen - views from the hubble telescope with
interactive features that provide details about what we're watching, or if
you like - sit back and listen to some relaxing music in Dolby Digital or DTS
3. Dolphins: IMAX - The latest IMAX DVD release from Image Entertainment
proves to be another success; the film provides an impressive wealth of
information on the creatures while proving to be quite entertaining at the
same time. Sting's music is great and Pierce Brosnan provides the narration.
In DTS or Dolby Digital.
Best Music Program:
1. James Brown: Live at the House Of Blues: James Brown whips around the
stage like a ball of fire going through his greatest hits with unbelievable
intensity and energy. Great picture quality and audio in Dolby Digital or DTS.
2. Santana: Supernatural Live: Excellent audio presentation and a fine
concert from Santana and friends.
3. Dave Matthews Band: Listener Supported: A fine show, along with some
additional features such as multiple angles.
Best Documentary Extra:
- "Under Pressure": Making Of "The Abyss": Although the "Magnolia"
documentary is very close, this additional feature on the second disc of "The
Abyss" provides a dramatic look at one of the most challenging productions in
recent years, taking a very up-close-and-personal look at the enormous
obstacles that the cast and crew faced.