We've gone through the difficult task of sorting through all the DVD's released in 1999 and trying to pick the 10 best . After a lot of deliberation we've come up with this year's DVD Talk Top 10 list. We're sure you'll be surprised with some of our picks so: Discuss the list in our forum
Best DVD's of 1999
1. Out Of Sight
We picked Out of Sight as our #1 DVD for 1999 because we felt it represented some of the best DVD has to offer. With an extremely good film transfer, fantastic sound and a fantastic collection of extras. Out of Sight DVD is a blue print that other DVD's should follow. Out of Sight is the kind of DVD that gets better and better after each viewing and has one one of the best directors commentaries
and deleted scenes out.
2. Bug's Life Collectors Edition
We were skeptical at first when we heard that Disney was releasing this collectors edition of this DVD at a higher price point than the origional. However, it didn't take long for us to turn from skeptics into huge fans of one of the best DVD's of 1999. You won't find a better looking DVD on the market with this truly reference quality picture and sound, A Bug's Life Collectors Edition is the official DVD Talk demo disc. The DVD has some of the most comprehensive behind the scenes material available on DVD and is a truly amazing DVD.
3. Pleasantville Platinum Edition
One of the things we love about DVD is the fact that it truly allows a film maker to realize their vision. Pleasantville is a perfect example of this. In the theaters Pleasantville was printed on color film stock, so all the black and white scenes were not true black and white. On the DVD the film makers got to fully express their vision with one of the most stunning DVD's on the market. A New Line Platinum Edition Pleasantville is chock full of extras and provides an experience of this film that could only happen on DVD
4. Prince of Egypt
Dreamworks made no bones about it, Prince of Egypt is the film that defined their company, and the DVD release lives up to that lofty goal. A truly amazing home theater experience, Prince of Egypt is so excellently assembled that you'll forget your watching it at home. The behind the scenes features are first class, giving a real look at the making of such a landmark film.
5. Armageddon: Criterion
Another re-release of a film already on DVD, Armageddon: Criterion Edition helps set the standard for amazing picture and sound on DVD. We'd already been using the origional Armageddon as a demo disc, but when we saw it side by side with the Criterion release we were blown away at how amazing the Criterion edition was. This DVD has so much information and content on the making of Armageddon it's a full weekends worth of DVD viewing!
6. Run Lola Run
One of the great things about DVD is discovering films that you might never have seen in the theaters. Run Lola Run is a prime example of how a smaller foreign film can be a top DVD. With a stunning picture and audio, Run Lola Run rivals the DVD experience of many major DVD releases in 1999. The fact that this German Language film had an english commentary track was both unexpected and excellent. Had it not been for DVD we may never had seen this film, now it's among our top picks for 1999.
7. The Matrix
Absolutely one of our favorite movies of 1999, The Matrix DVD came close to meeting the amazingly high and almost unatainable expectations set for the DVD Release of this film. The Matrix broke new ground on DVD with its release so far in advance of the VHS version, contextul making of documentaries (follow the white rabbit) and an online event that allowed thousands of DVD Owners to watch The Matrix and chat with the directors. It is a DVD that helped really fuel DVD sales online and off and should be considered one of the most important DVD releases so far. The Matrix would have been higher on our list with a stronger commentary and better film transfer.
8. Cruel Intentions
We had very low expectations for Cruel Intentions thinking we would find yet another run of the mill teen filck. We were very very wrong, and the DVD release of this movie truly blew us away. This excellent retelling of the Dangerous Laisons story is even better after watching the great making of documentary on this DVD. With so much great information about creating the look of the film and such an excellent directors commentary Cruel Intentions on DVD illustrates how a DVD can create an even deeeper enjoyment of a film.
9. eXistenZ (Alliance Version)
We were gravely dissapointed in the Buena Vista release of eXistenZ, and so when we found out about theCanadian version we decided to take the plunge and spend $28 on the DVD. It was worth every penny.eXistenZ is the kind of DVD that warrents repeat viewing, and on the Alliance release there are 3 seperate and facinating audio commentaries, this combined with an excellent documentary about Carol Spider the film's art director make eXistenZ something truly special on DVD.
10. Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project was one of the huge film events of 1999, and the DVD release was a large part of that event. Never had a DVD been released so close to a films theatrical run with alomost unmatched buzz and hype. The great thing about The Blair Witch Project is that the DVD does really deliver. The companion feature The Curse of The Blair Witch was as enjoyable as the film itslef and the audio commentary truly explained many of the details otherwise lost when viewing this film.
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