The 100 Greatest DVDs Page 3
Adding to the fun is commentary by director Tim Burton and star Paul Reubens, plus chat and isolated music with composer Danny Elfman, whose signature score is presented in its entirety.
59 - The Kentucky Fried Movie (Anchor Bay)
Priceless enticements like a hysterical commentary track from the Zucker brothers and director John Landis, plus the Zuckers' home movies, are merely the icing on the cake for this well-mastered yukfest.
58 - Halloween Limited Edition (Anchor Bay)
John Carpenter's best film looks and sounds its absolute scariest. Even the television broadcast version, with 12 minutes of new scenes, is presented in widescreen on disc two for the first time.
57 - The Beatles DVD Collector's Set (MPI)
Why settle for The First U.S. Visit when this set offers the colorful romp Help!, the meandering but tune-laden Magical Mystery Tour, and The Making of A Hard Day's Night? A fast track for Beatlemaniacs to enter the digital realm.
56 - The Blues Brothers (Universal)
This approximation of the much-buzzed-about preview version delivers anamorphic video and a surprisingly good 5.1-channel mix, plus a well-rounded documentary that reassembles all of the major players.
55 - The Wizard of Oz (Warner Brothers)
Crammed onto a single disc is a broader host of video and audio supplements than I've ever seen or heard for one movie. Plus the yellow brick road has never looked yellower.
54 - The Fantasia Anthology (Buena Vista)
A pioneer in multichannel movie audio is now THX-certified with Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS surround. Fantasia 2000 and a disc of elaborate supplements make it complete.
53 - Run Lola Run (Columbia TriStar)
An adrenaline rush from start to finish, Lola runs in English or German, widescreen or full frame, with all the right extras to make this a near-perfect disc.
52 - Boogie Nights Platinum Series (Two-Disc Reissue) (New Line)
This hybrid of the original DVD and most of the Criterion Collection laserdisc's content, with newly remastered audio/video and a few "extra" extras, is the final word on Dirk Diggler.
51 - Independence Day (20th Century Fox)
Watch the theatrical cut or a longer, less-nonsensical version, with twin commentaries and demo-quality anamorphic video and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. A second disc serves up heaps of production info and those unforgettable TV commercials.
50 - Beastie Boys Video Anthology (Criterion)
Each disc presents its nine songs in sequence, with optimal image and sound quality (stereo and 5.1, plus band/director commentaries), then again with up to nine viewing angles and seven remixes.
49 - Jurassic Park (DTS) (Universal)
Few films have rocked the home theater world like this prehistoric-beasts-running-amok oeuvre, so just hang on for the ride. It's best enjoyed in DTS, the format that got its start right here.
48 - The Usual Suspects Special Edition (MGM/UA)
MGM's Suspects blows away the old Polygram platter by adding new commentary tracks by editor John Ottman and director Bryan Singer/writer Christopher McQuarrie, new featurettes, plus a crazy blooper reel and a shrewd Easter egg—with a pristine high-def transfer and a 5.1-channel remix.
47 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show (20th Century Fox)
Text and imagery prompt the notorious audience reactions that make midnight showings of this kinky musical so messy. View the movie in different cuts with your choice of audio, plus alternate takes, deleted scenes, well-produced supplements, and more. Not to be confused with…
46 - Rocky Special Edition (MGM/UA)
One of the great American films of the '70s is reborn as a well-mastered, well-adorned special edition, with insights from everyone who made it great. Kudos to MGM/UA for including the original mono along with Rocky's new home-theater-friendly 5.1-channel mix.
45 - This Is Spinal Tap (MGM/UA)
With over an hour of cut scenes, an impressive new widescreen transfer, a 5.1 remaster, both new and classic bonus clips of every kind, a commentary track, and even menu screens hosted by the three fictitious bandmates in character, this Tap is a fan's dream.
44 - Almost Famous: Untitled The Bootleg Cut Director's Edition (DreamWorks)
Well over half an hour of restored scenes flesh out Cameron Crowe's new mega-cut, which has anamorphic video and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. You also get spry commentary from Crowe and his mom, plus the theatrical cut with DTS and a music CD.
43 - Heavy Metal (Columbia TriStar)
The cult favorite is adorned with extras that venerate the revolutionary movie and the fantasy magazine that spawned it. The alternate layer contains a rough cut of the entire film, incorporating deleted scenes and its own expert commentary.
42 - Stop Making Sense (Palm Pictures)
The best damned concert movie ever presents the Talking Heads' stage show with both a 5.1 theatrical mix plus a tighter studio remix. The four key players share the commentary track with director Jonathan Demme, discussing everything from drum machines to the movie-credit font.
41 - The Terminator Special Edition (MGM/UA)
The cut scenes have phenomenal impact, planting the seeds that would grow into T2, while documentaries old and new benefit from the articulate enthusiasm of creator James Cameron. The film has never looked better, with a new 5.1-channel mix plus the original mono.