Oscars Come to Home Theater on DVD

DVD is recognized as a mainstream consumer format at this point, and several of the recent Oscar-winning and -nominated films are already available for purchase in the digital format, with the majority of the others on their way.

The year's second-biggest winner, The Matrix, awarded for its film editing, sound effects, and visual effects, is available for rent or purchase. Two winners for their music—Tarzan, with Phil Collins' Oscar-winning song "You'll Be in My Heart"; and Best Original Score recipient The Red Violin—are also currently in stores.

While top winner American Beauty is not expected in stores until fall and Cider House Rules thereafter, a number of Oscar-winning titles are scheduled to hit stores within the next few months. DVD fans will see Best Actress Hilary Swank in Boys Don't Cry beginning April 18, and Best Supporting Actress Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted should be in stores by June 8. Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow won an Oscar for Art Direction, and can be brought home on May 16. And Topsy-Turvy, which won awards for both make-up and costume design, will be available June 13.

A number of nominated films will be in stores soon as well, including The Talented Mr. Ripley on June 27, Being John Malkovich on May 2, The Insider on April 11, The Green Mile and Magnolia this summer, and the recently released The Sixth Sense.

Academy Award–winning "Best Pictures" Available on DVD:

1998 Shakespeare in Love
1997 Titanic
1996 The English Patient
1992 Unforgiven
1991 The Silence of the Lambs
1990 Dances With Wolves
1989 Driving Miss Daisy
1988 Rain Man
1987 The Last Emperor
1986 Platoon
1985 Out of Africa
1984 Amadeus
1981 Chariots of Fire
1978 The Deer Hunter
1977 Annie Hall
1976 Rocky
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
1973 The Sting
1970 Patton
1969 Midnight Cowboy
1968 Oliver!
1966 A Man for All Seasons
1964 My Fair Lady
1963 Tom Jones
1961 West Side Story
1958 Gigi
1956 Around the World in 80 Days
1951 An American in Paris
1950 All About Eve
1947 Gentleman's Agreement
1946 Best Years of Our Lives
1943 Casablanca
1941 How Green Was My Valley
1940 Rebecca (Anchor Bay)
1939 Gone With the Wind
1934 It Happened One Night
1929 All Quiet On the Western Front