BVHE was the top studio with seven wins
Other winners at the Wiltern event included Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame II” (animated DVD premiere movie); “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” (overall new extra features, library title); and First Look’s “A Gentleman’s Game” (live-action DVD premiere movie).
Gary Sinise was on hand to accept the actor award for “A Gentleman’s Game,” which was also recognized for best cinematography. The latter award went to first-time d.p. Conrad W. Hall, son of the late Oscar-winning cinematographer Conrad L. Hall.
“Rings” producer Mark Ordesky accepted many of the awards for that title in person, with director Peter Jackson thanking the DVD Premieres Academy via videotape from New Zealand for a special DVD Premiere Director Focus Award.
Harvey and Bob Weinstein accepted a special DVD Premiere Producer Award presented by Kevin Smith. Vivica A. Fox presented the second annual DVD Premiere Pioneer Award to Quentin Tarantino. And Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen accepted the special DVD Premiere Franchise Performers Award from newly installed Warner Home Video president Jim Cardwell.
Warner’s groundbreaking DVD of “The Matrix” became the second title installed in the DVD Premiere Academy of Artistic Achievement.
Jackson’s Special Extended Edition of “Fellowship of the Ring,” released by New Line Home Entertainment, also won for New Enhanced or Reconstructed Movie Scenes, Original Retrospective Documentary (New Release) and Audio Commentary (New Release).
The movie was also named the Best Special Edition of the Year (new release) for the first AOL Movies DVD Premiere Award determined by consumers in an online poll during December and early January. The AOL Movies DVD Premiere Award for Best Special Edition of the Year (Classic Movie) went to the “Back to the Future” trilogy from Universal Studios Home Video.
There were two ties at the awards, with Cynthia Stevenson (“Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch”) and Lindy Booth (“Skulls 2”) tying for supporting actress, and John Woo (“Hostage”) and Mark Bollinger (“Save My Last Dance”) tying for Internet Video.
Other celebrity presenters and/or winners on hand at the third annual awards program hosted by Ben Stein included Maria Conchita Alonso, Lindy Booth, Bruce Boxleitner, Gary Busey, Coolio, Dean Cain, David Carradine, Nicole Eggert, John Landis, Nick Mancuso, Pras, Eric Roberts, Robbie Robertson, John Savage, Bo Svenson, Leah Thompson, Ike Turner, Caitlin Wachs, Henry Winkler and the Hanson Brothers, the latter of whom were named best supporting actor for their reprisal of goon hockey players in Universal’s “Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice.”
Buena Vista Home Entertainment was the top studio with seven wins, including one for the menu design of the DVD for “Monster’s, Inc.”
The DVD producing company of Kurtti-Pellerin dominated with two personal wins for Michael Pellerin and Jeff Kurtti as the winners of the top two overall extra features awards (“Lord of the Rings” and “Beauty and the Beast,” respectively).
The DVD Premiere Awards (formerly the Video Premiere Awards), are presented by DVD Premieres magazine, a sister publication of Variety. The awards honor movies that debut on DVD or the Internet and are voted on by members of the DVD Premiere Awards Academy.
(Mike Barnes is the managing editor for Variety sister publication Video Business.)
Special Edition of the Year (New Release)
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (New Line/Warner)
Special Edition of the Year (Classic Movie)
Back to the Future Trilogy (Universal)
Overall New Extra Features, New Release
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition – Michael Pellerin (New Line/Warner)
Overall New Extra Features, Library Release
Beauty and the Beast Platinum Edition – Jeff Kurtti, Brian Johnson, Ben Zev, Allan Hellard (Buena Vista)
New, Enhanced of Reconstructed Movie Scenes
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition – Overall new and extended scenes included in extended film, Peter Jackson (New Line/Warner)
Original Retrospective Documentary, New Release
Appendices: Parts 1 and 2 — From Book to Vision, From Vision to Reality – Michael Pellerin (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition, New Line/Warner)
Original Retrospective Documentary, Library Release
Enlisted: The Story of M*A*S*H – J.M. Kenny (M*A*S*H Five Star Collection, Fox)
Audio Commentary, New Release
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition (New Line/Warner)
Audio Commentary, Library Release
Martin Scorsese, Robbie Robertson – The Last Waltz (MGM)
Monsters, Inc. – John Ross, Gork Enterprises (Buena Vista)
Animated DVD Premiere Movie
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II – Hiroshi Saotome, Chris Henderson (Buena Vista)
Live Action DVD Premiere Movie
A Gentleman’s Game – Kimberly Braswell (First Look)
Actor (in a DVD premiere movie)
Gary Sinise – A Gentleman’s Game (First Look)
Actress (in a DVD premiere movie)
Joan Plowright – Rock My World (Screen Media)
Supporting Actor (in a DVD premiere movie)
The Hanson Brothers – Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice (Universal)
Supporting Actress (in a DVD premiere movie)
(TIE) Lindy Booth – The Skulls II (Universal)
Cynthia Stevenson – Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch (Miramax/Buena Vista)
Animated Character Performance
Gothel – voice Anjelica Huston, animation directors Gino Nichele, Sebastian Brodin; character designers Jean Gill-more, Sean Newton; Barbie as Rapunzel (Mattel/Artisan)
Original Song (in a DVD premiere movie)
I’m Gonna Love You (Madellaine’s Love Song) – Jennifer Love Hewitt, music and lyrics by Jennifer Love Hewitt and Chris Canute; The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (Buena Vista)
Director (for a DVD premiere movie)
Adam Ripp – Gang Tapes (Trimark/Lions Gate)
Screenplay (of a DVD premiere movie)
Double Whammy – Tom DiCillo (Trimark/Lions Gate)
Original Score (in a DVD premiere movie)
Barbie as Rapunzel – Arnie Roth (Mattel/Artisan)
Cinematography (in a DVD premiere movie)
A Gentleman’s Game – Conrad W. Hall (First Look)
Editing (in a DVD premiere movie)
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year — Erik Peterson (Buena Vista)
Visual Effects (in a DVD premiere movie)
Hellraiser: Hellseeker – Jamison Goei (Buena Vista)
Internet Video Premiere