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Best DVDs of 2000
by Chuck Arrington

Best DVDs of 2000 - Chuck Arrington
10.Titan AE American animation reached an incredible pinnacle in the release of this perfect blend of traditional animation and CGI. The Story Line while certainly not new, was given new life with both visually arresting imagery and audio tracks that are clearly reference material for any Home Theater demo!

9. Jaws 25th Anniversary Collector's edition Timeless classic given great digital treatment. While the extras were not the watershed expected, the transfer of the film and it.s re-mastered Dolby Digital and DTS audio tracks more than made up for what was lacking in the extras department.

8. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas SE Tim Burton is a visionary and his Christmas/Halloween classic received the most incredible treatment in this special edition! The extras, transfer and audio produced for the disc are extraordinary. This kind of magical moviemaking is a lost art however, Burton makes it look easy!

7. The Abyss Special Edition James Cameron's first Oceanic spectacular! Not only does the disc boast both the theatrical and special edition version of the film (featuring the tidal wave sequence), it also carries a second disc stuffed to the gills with extras! Crystal clear transfer and dynamic audio round out this extremely well done disc!

6. The Hurricane Incredible story, incredibly written and acted. The transfer is impeccable and the extras only go to compliment an already high caliber effort and execution!

5. Se7en Platinum series When it comes to the best in the genre you have other films and then you have Se7en! The 1st class treatment that NewLine Cinema has given the film is definitely to be applauded! The transfer is easily one of the best to date and the remastered audio is awesome to say the least. Two disc set and loaded with extras = a no brainer! No collection should be without this disc!

4. Toy Story Ultimate Toy Box Totally digital from every aspect, this collection of both films and a third disc devoted solely to extras cannot be beaten. Each film looks incredibly good and sounds just the same. What more could you ask. Every fan of the films has been looking for their digital release and now that it.s come, we are all very pleased!

3. Princess Mononoke This is anime at it's very best! Since the film premiered the anime community has been in an uproar! Visually and aurally stimulating, it.s an awesome feast for the senses that never pales regardless of the number of viewings! Stunning transfer and the audio is fabulous. Not too mention that the inclusion of the film.s original Japanese language track in Dolby Digital 5.1 is due to the stalwart actions of Geoffrey Kleinman and the hardcore anime fans of DVDTalk! Awesome film!

2. Terminator 2 Judgment Day The Ultimate Edition Schwarzenegger defined action for the 80.s and the 90.s! Nothing so defined the genre of action movies than the perfect blend of sci-fi and action that Terminator 2 presented in 1991. Some say it.s the perfect sequel and they may be right! The disc is loaded with an incredible array of extras and the transfer and attention to detail in every aspect of the discs production is nothing short of stellar!

1. Jurassic Park the Collection All I can say is that I have longed for the release of these two films since they opened in 1993. Here we are in the years after the groundbreaking CGI of JP and TLW and many films have tried to equal the intensity and awesomeness of these two films. (More the first than the second) In any event, Jurassic Park was the benchmark after which all digital entertainment has been measured. The extras are plentiful, the visuals/transfer-impeccable and the audio in either Dolby Digital or DTS is outrageously dynamic! Easily the jewel of my collection!

Honorable Mention

While I had to choose a top ten, these films I felt should easily fall into any top 10 lists for 2000!
Sleepy Hollow
The Universal Monsters Collection
Planet of the Apes Box Set
James Bond Waves 1-3
Pitch Black Unrated
U-571
The Sopranos: Season 1
MIB LE
ID4 Five Star Collection


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