Here’s a list of the winners at VSDA’s DVD Festival 2000 Awards

As we reported as part of our VSDA Report from this year’s convention in Las Vegas, the first annual DVD Festival culminated on Monday with the announcement of the winners of the DVD Festival 2000 Awards. The awards presentation was hosted by famed comedian Pauly Shore.

Warner Home Video walked away with the most awards, four, while Dreamworks secured three and Columbia-TriStar two. Anchor Bay Entertainment, MGM and Pioneer Entertainment each took home one. Warner Home Video’s “Contact” tied for “Best Use of Audio/Language Tracks” with Columbia-TriStar Home Video’s “Run Lola Run.”

Over 100 entries were received to vie for just eleven categories. A 16 member blue-ribbon panel made up of home entertainment journalists from across the nation were selected to judge the entries. They included Marc Bernardin, Entertainment Weekly; Kevin Brass, Video Store; Al Brumley, Dallas Morning News; Eileen Fitzpatrick, Billboard; Chris Gore, host of “The New Movie Show” on FX; Guido Henkel,; Scott Hettrick, Video Business and Daily Variety; Jeffrey Howard, “The Movie Guys”; Bill Hunt,; Laurence Lerman, Video Business; Donald Liebenson, The Chicago Tribune; Leonard Maltin, “Entertainment Tonight”; Mike Mayo, Author of VideoHound’s Guide to DVD; Scott McKim, The Hollywood Reporter; Gary Reber, Widescreen Review; and Ralph Tribbey, The DVD Release Report.

To be qualified, a DVD had to be released between March 1997 through December 31, 1999. Every DVD company, regardless of size, was asked to choose their best titles in each category. Over 25 DVD companies participated.

Following is the list of the winners.

Best Use Of Menu Features

“Ghostbusters” — Columbia-Tristar Home Video

Best Supplementary Material Presentation

“The Matrix” — Warner Home Video

Best Music DVD

“Yellow Submarine” — MGM Home Entertainment

Best Use Of DVD-ROM Features

“The Matrix” — Warner Home Video

Best Use Of Audio/Language Tracks (Tie)

“Contact” — Warner Home Video


“Run Lola Run” — Columbia-Tristar Home Video (Winner)

Best Overall Transfer

“Saving Private Ryan” — Dreamworks

Best Overall Audio Presentation

“Saving Private Ryan” — Dreamworks

Best Audio Commentary

“Army Of Darkness” — Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Of Show – Children’s DVD

“The Prince Of Egypt” — Dreamworks

Best Of Show For A Non-Theatrical Release

“The Judy Garland Show Collection” — Pioneer Entertainment

Best Of Show – Theatrical

“The Matrix” — Warner Home Video

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