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--Action/Adventure--
·Any Given Sunday
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·From Dusk Till Dawn: SE
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·Twister: SE
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·Men In Black: Limited Ed.
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--Comedy--
·Being John Malkovich
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·Rushmore: Criterion
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·American Movie
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·Boogie Nights: 2-Disc Set
·The Conversation
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·Donnie Brasco
·The Element of Crime
·Erin Brockovich
·Gettysburg
·Girl Interrupted
·Gimme Shelter
·The Green Mile
·The Hurricane
·The Last Temptation of
 Christ

·Magnolia
·The Perfect Storm
·The Virgin Suicides

--Romance--
·Anna and the King
·Chasing Amy
·Edward Scissorhands
·Out of Africa
·Pretty Woman: SE

--Thriller/Mystery--
·The Talented Mr. Ripley
·The Sixth Sense
·The Thomas Crown Affair

--Animation/Family--
·Batman Beyond: RotJ
·The Black Cauldron
·Chicken Run
·Fun and Fancy Free
·A Goofy Movie
·How the Grinch Stole
 Christmas

·James and the Giant
 Peach

·The Prince of Egypt: DTS
·The Road to El Dorado
·Stand by Me
·Stuart Little
·Titan A.E.

--Horror--
·Army of Darkness: Limited
·The Birds
·The Exorcist: The Version
 You've Never Seen

·The Fly/The Fly II
·The Haunting: DTS
·Hellraiser
·Jaws: DTS
·Scream 3
·Sleepy Hollow

--Classic--
·The Bank Dick
·The Bridge on the River
 Kwai: SE

·Butch Cassidy and the
 Sundance Kid

·Fail-Safe
·The Guns of Navarone
·His Girl Friday

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Top Ten DVDs of 2000

Without question, 2000 was the best year to date enjoyed by DVD. Choosing a "best of the year" list is never easy but it was made even more difficult by the wealth of extraordinary releases in 2000; there are many titles that didn't make the cut that would have easily have landed in the top 5 for any prior year. Let's hope that 2001 is even better.

One note about some of my choices: the appearance of two multi-title boxed sets in the Top Ten felt a little unfair to me, as it seemed those packages had an unfair advantage. After all, if we'd seen a T2/Abyss set, a Fight Club/Se7en box, or even a Magnolia/Boogie Nights combo, those releases would have been untoppable.

I considered omitting sets that included more than one movie but felt that also wouldn't be right since these efforts are so terrific. Ultimately I established some minor criteria for how I would rank multiple movie packages. First, the box had to feature information that wasn't available separately. Some sets simply combine releases that are sold individually; for example, there's no material you'll find in the James Bond DVDs that isn't available in the solo DVDs.

Second, I ranked the boxes based on where they would have rated had they been available on their own but all of the supplements were put into that release. In other words, I looked at the DVD and imagined that all of the extras in the box were put into a solo release. What spot would each movie earn if release on its own? Based on that consideration, I placed the sets into specific places in my Top Ten.

Confusing? Probably, but I put a lot of thought into this list and want my criteria to be public. That said, here are my choices for the top DVDs of 2000.

Colin Jacobson, Senior Reviewer

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1. THE ULTIMATE TOY BOX (A+/A/A+)
The greatest DVD release to date? Yup. Both films are exceedingly terrific and stand as some of the all-time best material released through Disney. As for the DVD, they both look and sound amazing. With many, many hours of compelling extras, the Ultimate Toy Box is a monumental achievement; I hope something tops it in 2001, but I have a hard time imagining such a scenario.

2. TERMINATOR 2: The Ultimate Edition (A-/A/A+)
If you're bold enough to call a DVD the "Ultimate Edition", you'd better back that up with quality material, and Artisan do so with this amazing package. Boasting three different versions of T2, the choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 audio, almost all of the supplements found in the legendary laserdisc set plus a slew of newly-added materials, this DVD sets a high standard for special edition packages.

3. FIGHT CLUB: Special Edition (A/A/A+)
Do believe the hype. The DVD of Fight Club has received an apparently-endless supply of plaudits, and virtually all of them are deserved. From the four audio commentaries to the more than two hours of video footage on the second DVD, this sucker packs in a wealth of information and does so with style and verve.

4. THE ABYSS: Special Edition (A/A-/A+)
From the excellent picture, very good sound and monumental complement of extras, The Abyss is a DVD that effectively improves upon a solid laserdisc set. Like T2, we get virtually everything that appeared on the old LD, but Abyss adds Dolby Digital 5.1 sound plus the ability to watch either the original theatrical version of the movie or the (much better) special edition cut.

5. SE7EN: Platinum Series (A/A-/A)
It pains me to place Se7en this far down on my list simply because I so love the film; it remains one of my all-time favorite movies. However, this list rates the Top Ten DVDs, not the best films, so Se7en is five. Not that fifth place is anything to be ashamed of, especially in this year's crop of great releases. This new DVD offers excellent picture and sound plus a slew of solid extras and is a "must have" release.

6. THE FANTASIA ANTHOLOGY (A-/A-/A+)
Although I respect the 1940 Fantasia, it remains a less-than-exciting film for me. On the other hand, I rather enjoyed Fantasia 2000, which I felt provided a more compelling experience. Agree or disagree with those assessments, the Fantasia Anthology treats both movies well and creates a terrific DVD experience. The picture and sound quality of each is strong, and the supplements provide a wealth of great information. Animation fans will love this set.

7. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: Special Edition (A+/A-/A)
The old release of Nightmare offered fine picture and sound but skimped on extras. That's not the case with this new package, which provides a wonderful batch of supplements in addition to the same excellent picture. We get one nice addition in the sound department: you can choose from the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix of the original DVD or a DTS 5.1 track. It's a terrific little disc.

8. TARZAN: Collector's Edition (A/A-/A)
In many years, a package as good as this would be an easy number one, but not in 2000, when the competition has been stiff. The DVD offers terrific picture and sound plus a complement of solid supplements. Oh, and the movie's darned entertaining as well; in fact, it seems to get better every time I see it.

9. INDEPENDENCE DAY: Special Edition (A-/A/A-)
Long-time DVD fans will remember the frequent cries of "Fox sucks!" heard on newsgroups and forums worldwide. You don't hear that refrain much any more, as Fox currently produce some of the best DVDs on the market. ID presents a terrific package, with a fun movie that features a fine picture, stellar sound, and a nice collection of extras.

10. TITUS: Special Edition (A-/A-/A-)
Yes, it's another stellar DVD from Fox. The movie itself was surprisingly compelling and exciting, and the DVD presents it well. The supplements make for a nice package; although two of the three audio commentaries are weak, the other seems excellent, and some of the video programs on the second DVD are terrific as well.