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Best DVDs of 2002


DVD Talk's Best DVDs of 2002 Lists:
Aaron Beierle
Jason Bovberg
Phillip Duncan
Ron Epstein
Glenn Erickson (The DVD Savant)
G. Noel Gross (CineSchlock-O-Rama)

D.K. Holm (The Aisle View)
Chris Hughes
Gil Jawetz
Blake Kunisch
Matt Langdon
Holly Ordway
John Wallis


2002 was a fantastic year for DVD. As with years past we turned to our DVD Talk Reviewers to each come up with their list for the best DVDs of 2002. There are some definite common threads which run through their top DVD lists:

The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition
This monster of a DVD made its way on to several of our reviewer's Top 10 lists and for a good reason: it was simply one of the best (if not THE BEST) DVDs of 2002. We'd seen other Director's go back and re cut their films for DVD (see Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Pearl Harbor - Vista Series Directors Cut) but none of them as well as The Lord of The Rings. The Supplemental disc is a virtual encyclopedia of information and will change the way you look at this move. Simply AMAZING!

Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Reservoir Dogs and Jackie Brown
2002 was a banner year for Quentin Tarantino with all 3 of his major Directorial films make it on to top DVDs lists along side True Romance which he wrote. Buena Visa did a bang up job on the two Tarantino crown jewels Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown giving fans everything they wanted and more. Reservoir Dogs caused a stir with it's technical aspects, but the features were there to make it a home run and Warner Bros gets great kudos for giving True Romance the kind of treatment they reserve for much 'bigger' films.

Rashomon and Criterion's Repeat Top DVDs Performances
Criterion is no stranger to top 10 lists, and the Criterion DVD which captured the most attention from DVD Talk Reviewers was Kurosawa’s Rashomon. Other Criterion titles to make reviewers top DVDs lists include: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Down By Law, Contempt and the much celebrated The Complete Monterey Pop Festival

Band of Brothers - The Best of TV comes to DVD in 2002
If you're a fan to TV on DVD 2002 was definitely the year from you. DVD Talk Reviewer Top 10 lists were filled to the brim with TV Shows making their way on to DVD, including HBO's Amazing Band of Brothers, Mr. Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons, Star Trek The Next Generation, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Simpsons Season 2, School House Rock,and the ground breaking release of 24: The First Season which was released only months after it's airing on the network (something which had not been done before in the home video space)!

Return of The Living Dead and Horror's spot on the Top DVDs Lists
Horror films found their way on to many of our reviewers top 10 lists. Most notably is Return of The Living Dead which received the 2002 CineSchlocker's Choice Award. Other 'genre' films to find their way on to DVD Talk Top DVDs lists include the highly anticipated I Spit On Your Grave, Dog Soldiers, Them! and The Gaillo Collection. Of course if horror is your thing you'll want to make sure you check out CineSchlock-O-Rama's Best of Schlock 2002 the authority when it comes to rating Horror and Genre DVDs!

Singin' in the Rain and Warner's Showing in The Top DVDs Lists
Of all the DVDs Warner Bros. released in 2002, it was Singin' in the Rain which caught the most of our reviewer's attention. A stunning restoration Singin' in the Rain sets a new standard for preserving classic movies on DVD. Warner's 2 Disc Special Edition strategy paid off quite well in 2002 with many of the DVDs in this line making our top DVDs lists including: True Romance - Unrated Director's Cut, Unforgiven, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus Director's Cut. In 2002 Warner Bros. proved that 'catalog title' wasn't a dirty word and that a great film, no matter when it was made, can make a great DVD. Notably absent from ANY of our reviewers top DVDs list was Warner Bros. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone a great movie on a less than great DVD. Lesson learned - Don't make things impossible to find on a DVD, unless you're Chris Nolan (Yes Memento:LE did make at least 1 Reviewers Top DVD list).

Check Out The DVD Talk Reviewer's Top DVDs Lists of 2002
There are so many great DVDs this year on the DVD Talk Reviewer's Top DVDs list and we've but touched here on just a few of them. Be sure to check out each and every top DVD list as each reviewer has their own unique perspective on the best DVDs of 2002. It's quite interesting to see the themes which run through this years lists as well as the hidden gems among the best DVDs of the year. Also on each Best of 2002 page below you can click on the reviewer's name to see all the DVDs they reviewed in 2002.

Aaron Beierle
Jason Bovberg
Phillip Duncan
Ron Epstein
Glenn Erickson (The DVD Savant)
G. Noel Gross (CineSchlock-O-Rama)

D.K. Holm (The Aisle View)
Chris Hughes
Gil Jawetz
Blake Kunisch
Matt Langdon
Holly Ordway
John Wallis




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