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Jef’s Top 25 Home Video Releases of 2012

| January 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’ll admit that I didn’t see a number of the films that I had intended to in 2012. For instance, I just couldn’t seem to squeeze Skyfall, Argo, or The Master in to my busy schedule this fall. Aside from those notable three, however, I actually caught all the major titles I had hoped to. And I was actually quite fond of a number of pictures, including Cabin in the Woods, Moonrise Kingdom, Lawless and The Raid, which saw its U.S. theatrical release in 2012. My #1 film of the year, though, is an admittedly contentious choice, but I do so love a challenging film! As such, I declare David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis the best film of 2012.

Still, I can’t say that I saw 10 films last year I would feel comfortable allowing to populate a top 10 list with my name on. That’s why the list that follows is dedicated instead to my top 25 favorite home video releases of the year. This is a totally subjective list, one that reflects my own personal, geeky and scholarly obsessions, so fair warning, it’s going to look pretty bonkers to anyone who exists outside my head. That said, the releases that made this list are all ones that I have thoroughly explored, whether or not I actually own them myself. I’m not just pulling them out of thin air or off someone else’s list. In choosing the titles for inclusion, I weighed almost equally the following criteria:

-the historical importance of the release to the study and home exhibition of film and television texts,
-the overall quality of the release with regard to the presentation of the visual and audio elements, especially where older film elements were restored for HD presentation,
-the depth and value of any available bonus content,
-and, more subjectively, how much I personally value/enjoy the content of the release.

So without further blathering from yours truly, here are my Top 25 Home Video Releases of 2012:

1. A Trip to the Moon [Flicker Alley, BD/DVD]
2. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day [NIS America, BD/DVD]
3. Fernando di Leo Crime Collection [RaroVideo, BD]
4. Power Rangers: From Mighty Morphin to Lost Galaxy [Shout! Factory/Time Life, DVD]
5. Casablanca: 70th Anniversary Limited Collector’s Edition [Warner Home Video, BD/DVD]
6. Bond 50 [MGM, BD]
7. Wonder Woman (1974) [Warner Archive, DVD]
8. Gray’s Anatomy [Criterion Collection, BD]
9.  Doctor Who: The Daemons [BBC Video, DVD]
10. The Comic Strip Presents: The Complete Collection [Entertainment One, DVD]
11. And Everything is Going Fine [Criterion Collection, BD]
12. Car 54, Where Are You?: The Complete Second Season [Shanachie, DVD]
13. Level E: The Complete Series [FUNimation, BD/DVD]
14. Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol [Classic Media, BD]
15. The Innkeepers [Dark Sky Films, BD]
16. Martian Successor Nadesico: Complete Collection [Right Stuf International, DVD]
17. Tazza: The High Rollers [5 Points Pictures, DVD]
18. Shazam!: The Complete Live Action Series [Warner Archive, DVD]
19. Sherlock: Season Two [BBC Video, BD]
20. The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show [Warner Archive, DVD]
21. Battle Royale: The Complete Collection [Anchor Bay, BD]
22. Hercules, Samson and Ulysses [Warner Archive, DVD]
23. Doctor Who: The Happiness Patrol [BBC Video, DVD]
24. The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [AMC/Anchor Bay, BD]
25. A Dangerous Method [Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, BD]

About the Author:

Jef is a writer and educator in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a degree in Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University, but sometimes he drops it and picks it back up again. He's also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com and is fueled entirely by coffee (as if you couldn't tell).
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