Jesse Wente's Top Ten DVDs of 2008

Jesse Wente Another list - another throwing down of the Top-Ten gauntlet! Q's Screenboy Jesse Wente continues his look back at the year in home entertainment with his picks for the Top Ten DVDs of 2008. Read it, challenge it, post your own.


1/ The Dark Knight - one of the year's best gets the full DVD treatment - tons of fascinating extras and Blu Ray allows you to record your own commentary - lack of Ledger tribute is the only thing missing

2/ Wall-E (3 Disc BD) - another of the year's best gains tons of extras, including a new short film and a video game

3/ Get Smart: The Complete Series - one of the longest awaited dvd releases finally arrives - groundbreaking, hilarious series finally out on DVD

4/ The Godfather Series: The Coppola Restoration (BD) - the definitive collection of the iconic films - looks better than ever, and still loaded with extras

5/ The Alanis Obomsawin Collection - exhaustive collection of Obomsawin's four vital and brilliant documentaries about the Oka Crisis in 1990 - extras provide insight and background to both the films and the crisis itself

6/ Cool Hand Luke (BD) - a fitting tribute to Newman's awesomeness, this edition is the best ever of the iconic film

7/ Tropic Thunder (BD) - an example of the DVD being a better experience than the movie itself - Robert Downey Jr commentary in character is funnier than most of the movie

8/ Vampyr (Criterion edition) - Carl Theodor Dreyer's atmospheric horror masterpiece finally gets a top notch transfer to DVD, complete with indispensable extras and commentaries

9/ Hellboy 2: The Golden Army - no director understands and does DVDs better than Guillermo del Toro, and while the movie is only decent, the DVD represents a fuller version of his vision

10/ Touch of Evil (50th Anniversary Collector's Edition) - best version ever of the best movie ever, comes complete with Welles' 58 page memo to studio

Also worth a spin: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (Criterion edition),
The Sopranos: The Complete Series, The Wire: The Complete Series, Iron Man (BD)
Bottle Rocket (Criterion edition), The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series, Dark City: Director's Cut (BD), Freaks and Geeks: Yearbook Edition

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