Posted Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 12:00 PM PST by Peter Bracke
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.
See what people are saying about this story in our forums area, or check out other recent discussions.
The latest news on all things 4K Ultra HD, blu-ray and Gear.