S&V's Top 50 DVDs of All Time Page 2



1. Casino Royale (Sony) Stunning sound and picture quality make Bond's return to form in this film even more thrilling.

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Warner) Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece hasn't looked this good since it first screened in theaters back in 1968.

3. Spider-Man: The High-Definition Trilogy (Sony, 4 discs) The good film, the great film, and the oddity that are the Spider-Man trilogy make up this boxed set. The extras are carried over from the DVD, but the images and sound are, like Spidey, hard to beat.

4. Planet Earth: The Complete Series (BBC/Warner, 4 discs) Even if you don't give a damn about the planet, you'll want this stunner of a set for its cavalcade of riveting, taking-HD-to-the-extreme images - and the symphonic splendor of the soundtrack isn't shabby either.

5. 300 (Warner) The ass-kicking prowess of 300's Spartan warriors is conveyed in spectacular manner by this disc's muscular 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack.

6. Black Hawk Down (Sony) The crisp picture and the explosive sound on this disc make Ridley Scott's somber, disquieting account of American soldiers at war in Somalia a true revelation.

7. Lost: Season 3 (Touchstone, 6 discs) Three words: detail, detail, detail. Astonishingly sharp clarity of oceanic foam, grass blades, pores, stubble, freckles - nothing is Lost here.

8. Ratatouille (Disney) Pixar's ingenious animation looks just as brilliant as you'd expect on the Blu-ray version of this improbably satisfying tale of a rat with a taste for the finer things in life.

9. Letters from Iwo Jima (Warner) Clint Eastwood's moving look at the famous World War II battle from the perspective of Japanese soldiers was one of the earliest Blu-ray releases, and it still stands as one of the best.

10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Warner) Reference-quality audio and video means that the latest version of the Potter saga to hit Blu-ray will be of interest to more than just fans.