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Best 3D Title
Fox / 124 Minutes / 2012 / Rated R / Street Date: October 9, 2012
3D permeated the market more than ever in 2012, and if you threw enough money into your home theater setup's third dimension, you were definitely able to reap some reward out of it. Titanic arrived in 3D with wild fanfare, and Pixar delivered a handful of titles that all milked the format to its maximum: even the gold standard that started this new wave of 3D mania - a Scandinavian silent film called Avatar - was made available as a standalone release. But even if its narrative elements were undernourished, the best excuse to sit on your couch and spend two hours in another world in 2012 came via the 3D Blu-ray box set of Prometheus. Ridley Scott's sci-fi opus remains desperately in need of a script rewrite (that surgery machine is just dumb), but with exceptional dramatic mood and the best special effects of the year, its tale of proto-Aliens provided often sublime escapist fare that only an added dimension could provide.
Worst: The 3D versions of the last two Harry Potter films are clearly the work of Muggle error.
Best Blu-ray Box Set
Fox / 2748 Minutes / 1962-2008 / Various Ratings / Street Date: September 25, 2012
We were thrilled when Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection came to the DVDFile office - to have classics like Vertigo and Rear Window now in high-def was a cinephilic reason to celebrate. But the dirty little secret of a massive compilation like that one is that half of the material on it does not represent Hitch at his greatest (and with a price tag of more than $200, it's hard to say it's worth the investment). No, it turns out that the most popular high-def box set of the year is indeed the best: Bond 50, with its simple, sleek packaging, is an encyclopedic, often exhilarating piece of Blu-ray real estate. The argument could be made that half the Bond movies are turkeys, as well, but with fun interactive opportunities, copious supplements, and beautiful A/V quality, even Licence to Kill is fun to watch in HD (and that's saying something).