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Video News (more headlines) 07-19-2002

Video Software Dealers Association - VSDA - Announces Its 2002 Home Entertainment Award Winners

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The winners of VSDA's 2002 Home Entertainment Awards were announced by the Association during its Award Celebration event at VSDA's 21st annual show - Home Entertainment 2002, Presented By VSDA, held July 16-18, 2002 at the Rio Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Home Entertainment Awards were awarded in 18 categories that werevoted on, and nine revenue-based titles were also recognized. The announcement was made today by VSDA President Bo Andersen.

Each year at its annual trade event, VSDA honors its members' favorite movies, programs, and games available on home video. To be eligible for nomination, videos must have been released between December 1, 2000 and March 31, 2002. The 2002 award categories were determined by a blue-ribbon member committee of retailers, distributors and trade journalists, who then selected 84 nominees in the 18 award categories.

Winners were determined by ballots which were sent to all regular VSDA members (retailers and distributors). Completed ballots must have been returned by June 26 to qualify.

In order to recognize efforts unique to home video, the following categories take into account not only overall performance but particularly the marketing and promotional efforts given to titles by the studios.

RENTAL TITLE OF THE YEAR BY A MAJOR STUDIO
"Cast Away" - Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
"Charlie's Angels" - Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" - Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
"The Fast And The Furious" - Universal Studios Home
Entertainment (winner)
"Unbreakable" - Touchstone/Buena Vista Home Entertainment

RENTAL TITLE OF THE YEAR BY AN INDEPENDENT STUDIO
"Dr. T & The Women" - Artisan Home Entertainment
"Nurse Betty" - USA Home Entertainment
"O" - Trimark/Lions Gate Home Entertainment
"Shadow Of The Vampire" - Lions Gate Home Entertainment
"Traffic" - USA Home Entertainment (winner)

SELL-THROUGH TITLE OF THE YEAR BY A MAJOR STUDIO
"How The Grinch Stole Christmas" - Universal Studios Home
Entertainment
"Meet The Parents" -- Universal Studios Home Entertainment
"Pearl Harbor" - Touchstone/Buena Vista Home Entertainment
"The Princess Diaries" - Walt Disney/Buena Vista Home Entertainment
"Shrek" - DreamWorks Home Entertainment (winner)

SELL-THROUGH TITLE OF THE YEAR BY AN INDEPENDENT STUDIO
"Megiddo: The Omega Code 2" - Goodtimes Home Video
"Queer As Folk" - Showtime Entertainment Networks
"Sex & The City" - HBO Home Video
"The Sopranos" (First & Second Season) - HBO Home Video (winner)
"Twin Peaks" (Season 1) - Artisan Home Entertainment

DIRECT-TO-VIDEO/LIMITED RELEASE BY A MAJOR STUDIO
"Animal Factory" - Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
"Balto II: Wolf Quest" - Universal Studios Home Entertainment
"Cinderella II: Dreams Come True" - Walt Disney/Buena Vista Home
Entertainment
"Cruel Intentions 2" - Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
"Lady & The Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure" - Walt Disney/Buena Vista
Home Entertainment (winner)

DIRECT-TO-VIDEO/LIMITED RELEASE BY AN INDEPENDENT STUDIO
"Boy's Life 3" - Strand Releasing Home Video
"Ed Gein" - First Look Pictures
"Replicant" - Artisan Home Entertainment (winner)
"Skipped Parts" - Trimark/Lions Gate Home Entertainment
"Ticker" - Artisan Home Entertainment

SLEEPER OF THE YEAR (A title that performed better than expected.)
"Almost Famous" - DreamWorks Home Entertainment
"Best In Show" - Warner Home Video
"Hedwig And The Angry Inch" - New Line Home Entertainment
"Memento" - Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" - Touchstone/Buena Vista Home
Entertainment (winner)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR (Dialogue track must be
predominantly in a language of the country of origin, except when
story mandates that an additional non-English language is predominant.
Accurate English subtitles are required.)
"Amores Perros" - Sterling Home Entertainment
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" - Columbia TriStar Home
Entertainment (winner)
"Lagaan" -- Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
"The Princess & The Warrior" - Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
"With A Friend Like Harry" - Miramax/Buena Vista Home Entertainment

BEST ADULT TITLE OF THE YEAR
"Buttwoman Iz Bella" - Elegant Angel
"Cap'n Mongo's Porno Playhouse" - VCA Pictures
"Euphoria" - Wicked Pictures
"Fade To Black" - Vivid Entertainment Group (winner)
"Porno Vision" - Hustler Video


In order to recognize content, packaging and marketing exclusive to home video, awards were given honoring supplemental material on DVD, in-store point-of-purchase materials, DVD and VHS packaging and retailer web support as follows:

SPECIAL EDITION DVD OF THE YEAR (Based on Supplemental Material)
(Must contain supplemental features only available on DVD format.)
"Almost Famous: Bootleg Cut" - DreamWorks Home Entertainment
"The Godfather DVD Collection" - Paramount Home Entertainment (winner)
"Monty Python Live" - Arts & Entertainment Home Video
"Moulin Rouge" - Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
"Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs" - Walt Disney/Buena Vista Home
Entertainment

BEST VHS PACKAGING
"Charlie's Angels" - Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
"Jeepers Creepers" - MGM Home Entertainment
"Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" - Paramount Home Entertainment
"Oz" (The Series) - HBO Home Video
"Pearl Harbor" - Touchstone/Buena Vista Home Entertainment (winner)

BEST DVD PACKAGING
"Almost Famous: Bootleg Cut" - DreamWorks Home Entertainment
"The Evil Dead (Book Of The Dead Limited Edition)" - Anchor Bay
Entertainment
"The Godfather DVD Collection" - Paramount Home Entertainment
"Moulin Rouge" - Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
"Pearl Harbor" - Touchstone/Buena Vista Home Entertainment (winner)

BEST IN-STORE POINT-OF-PURCHASE MATERIALS
"How The Grinch Stole Christmas" - Universal Studios Home
Entertainment
"Meet The Parents" - Universal Studios Home Entertainment
"Pearl Harbor" - Touchstone/Buena Vista Home Entertainment (winner)
"Shrek" - DreamWorks Home Entertainment
"Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs" - Walt Disney/Buena Vista Home
Entertainment

BEST CONSUMER MARKETING CAMPAIGN
"The Fast And The Furious" - Universal Studios Home Entertainment
"How The Grinch Stole Christmas" - Universal Studios Home
Entertainment
"Pearl Harbor" - Touchstone/Buena Vista Home Entertainment
"Shrek" - DreamWorks Home Entertainment (winner)
"Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs" - Walt Disney/Buena Vista Home
Entertainment

BEST RETAILER WEB SUPPORT
bvhe.com - Buena Vista Home Entertainment
ctheAd.com - Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
foxretail.com - Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
universalhomevideo.com - Universal Studios Home Entertainment
whvdirect.com - Warner Home Video (winner)


The following awards were given to the top renting and selling videos and video games based on revenue.

Revenue Award Winners (Rental Titles) From Data Provided By VSDA's VidTrac.


BEST RENTING TITLE FROM A MAJOR STUDIO
"Meet The Parents" - Universal Studios Home Video

BEST RENTING TITLE FROM AN INDEPENDENT STUDIO
"Traffic" - USA Home Entertainment

BEST RENTING DIRECT-TO-VIDEO TITLE BY A MAJOR STUDIO
"Lady And The Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure" - Walt Disney/Buena Vista
Home Entertainment

BEST RENTING DIRECT-TO-VIDEO TITLE BY AN INDEPENDENT STUDIO
"Ticker" - Artisan Home Entertainment

BEST RENTING VIDEOGAME
"Grand Theft Auto 3" - Take 2 Interactive

Sales Revenue Awards From Data Provided By VideoScan

BEST SELLING TITLE FROM A MAJOR STUDIO
"Shrek" - DreamWorks/Universal Studios Home Entertainment

BEST SELLING TITLE FROM AN INDEPENDENT STUDIO
"Traffic" - USA Home Entertainment

BEST SELLING DIRECT-TO-VIDEO BY A MAJOR STUDIO
"Lady And The Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure" - Walt Disney/Buena Vista
Home Entertainment

BEST SELLING DIRECT-TO-VIDEO BY AN INDEPENDENT
"Barbie In The Nutcracker" - Artisan Home Entertainment

Winners of the 2002 DVD Technical Awards were also announced (separately) during the July 18th Award Celebration.

Home Entertainment 2002, Presented By VSDA is the largest and most comprehensive home entertainment event in the industry. It will feature more than 150 exhibits and open exhibitor suites, a comprehensive educational conference program of "need-to-know" business seminars, studio/spotlight presentations, program suppliers, buyers from a broad range of storefront and online retailers, filmmakers of the future, digital-delivery decision makers, along with evening parties, and other networking events. This is the only convention that brings the big business of home entertainment under one roof, at the exciting Rio Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 16-18, 2002.

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