The Best Blu-ray/DVD Releases of 2011
by Jef Burnham
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I’ve decided to do something a little different this year. Rather than discuss here the best theatrical releases of 2011, I’ve determined to offer up an extensive list of my favorite Blu-ray/DVD releases of the year. It’s an admittedly much longer (and hopefully more useful) list than my list of best theatrical releases would have been, especially as I didn’t get out to the theaters as often as I would have liked to in 2011. I did see some great films, however, most of which are actually represented in this list. On the shortlist of films I admired from 2011 are Kim Jee-Woon’s I Saw the Devil, Errol Morris’s Tabloid, and Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which I found to be (by far) the most significant film of the year.
Before moving on to my selections for Best Blu-ray/DVD Releases of 2011, I will first explain the criteria by which I evaluated the releases that made this list. As a writer who considers himself equal parts scholar and fanboy, I weighed almost equally the following criteria when making my decisions:
-the historical importance of the release to the study and home exhibition of film and television texts,
Thus, must-own releases of classic films find themselves listed here alongside Doctor Who, anime and grindhouse releases, which, to my mind, results in a far more useful list. That said, let us commence with my picks for the 25 Best Blu-ray/DVD Releases of 2011, followed, of course, by a handful of Honorable Mentions.
1. Citizen Kane: 70th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray; Warner Home Entertainment)
Jef Burnham is a writer and educator living in Chicago, Illinois. While waging war on mankind from a glass booth in the parking lot of a grocery store, Jef managed to earn a degree in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago, and is now the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com.
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