Best of 2010 Home Video

Best of 2010 home video from ten years ago … you’ll probably find some great deals now.

The growing Blu-ray technology and expanded special features helped make this year’s home video release a high-quality experience for repeat viewings. All ages enjoyed great animated treats like How to Train Your Dragon, The Princess and the Frog, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Tinkerbell and Great Fairy Rescue, and Toy Story 3,  which was recently released as part of the Toy Story Trilogy (10-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) Ultimate Toy Box Collection. My personal favorite film series – Pixar and Disney’s G-rated animated film trilogy gets an amazing double-digit set featuring DVD versions and digital copies for each film plus a supplemental disc with expanded Toy Story 3 special features and games. Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 Special Edition (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) get the enhanced treatment with the 2003 Academy-Award Nominated short “Destino”, interactive art galleries, audio commentaries, and production features.

The family drama Ramona and Beezus can also warm the heart while new editions of the Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, and Gone With the Wind can provide great experiences for all generations. The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Edition (Limited Edition Collector’s Set) set features a sing-along, interviews, interactive quizzes, on-screen lyrics, BD-Live content, screen tests, and featurettes. The interactive “Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music: A City of Song” showcases filming locations in Salzburg, Austria.

The fantasy drama Inception is a must-have while other quality escapist experiences include Alice in Wonderland, The Lord of Rings trilogy and Avatar: Extended Collection’s Edition, which features eight hours of extras. A Pandorapedia resource, family-friendly audio track, BD-Live content, almost one hour of deleted scenes and three film versions – the original, special re-release (8 additional minutes), and collector’s extended cut with 16 additional minutes.

The six-disc Alien Anthology set addresses this modern-day classic quartet with commentary tracks and special introductions with the talented directors like Ridley Scott, James Cameron and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The highly inclusive extra features also include behind-the-scenes featurettes full of insight and creative differences throughout the filmmaking process. Each disc also features a special interactive mode where audiences can access special information while they watch.

The Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy features more than 15 deleted scenes, trivia features, an extended retrospective documentary, storyboard comparisons, interactive bookmark features which let the audience set their favorite scenes. Extras on the DeLorean car, hoverboards, and 80s music video features, including ZZ Top and Huey Lewis and the News, enhance the nostalgic feel while commentary from Robert Zemeckis, outtakes, and storyboard sequences expand the experience even more.

Stand out romance dramas like Last Station, Letters to Juliet, and It’s Complicated have great additional features. The war miniseries The Pacific and environmental documentary Earth provide outstanding educational value as well as jaw-dropping scenarios. Stand up and cheer for The Karate Kid and the football family drama The Blind Side or enjoy entertaining movies like Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man 2, which features several extra content related to upcoming Marvel movies plus the colorful characters and comic book stories. Television fans can relive the series LOST and 24 in high-quality sets.

The Ultimate NFL puts the audience on the front lines of NFL Films cameramen who capture the game with high definition cameras, slow-motion montages, and more angles than ever. All NFL teams are featured throughout the season and audiences can enjoy new Super Bowl XLIV footage.

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