'300' Takes Top Honors at High-Def Disc Awards

Posted Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 12:00 PM PST by Peter Bracke
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Warner's '300' conquered the first-ever High-Def Disc Awards, snagging dual-format honors for "High-Def Title of the Year" and "Best Bonus Features."

Presented by Home Media Magazine in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter and the Entertainment Merchants Association, the High-Def Disc Awards were the capper of High-Def 2.0, a one-day conference held Dec. 4 in Los Angeles. Winners were determined by a panel of critics and bloggers across eleven categories, with eligibility dating back to the inception of each high-def format (HD DVD in April 2006, and Blu-ray Disc in June 2006).

'300' took top honors as the only high-def title to win in more than one category, as well as the sole honoree to have been released on both formats. The Blu-ray version of the blockbuster sword-and-sandals epic earned the "Title of the Year" trophy for overall presentation, while the HD DVD snared the "Best Bonus Features" award for the disc's exclusive In-Movie Experience track, which featured a blue-screen version of the film simultaneously with the main feature, allowing fans to compare the film's before-and-after CGI effects.

Awards were also handed out to titles on both formats for "Best Live-Action Title," with Sony's 'Casino Royale' snagging the prize for Blu-ray, and Universal's cop comedy 'Hot Fuzz' winning for HD DVD.

Other notable honors went to 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' (Blu-ray) for "Best Picture Quality" and 'Transformers' (HD DVD) for "Best Audio Quality," while Sony's 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' was named "Best Multi-Disc Set."

For a complete list of winners, click here.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
300 (Blu-ray)
Casino Royale (2006) (Blu-ray)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Blu-ray)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)
300 (HD DVD)
Hot Fuzz (HD DVD)
Transformers (2007) (HD DVD)
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