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Our favorite DVDs & Blu-rays of 2010

Yes, it's that time of year again...the time when we invite praise and/or scorn upon ourselves with our BEST DVDs OF THE YEAR list. We began by individually listing our favorite ten DVD and/or Blu-rays released in 2010. Our esteemed colleagues in the Inventory office then calculated the results and cobbled together a special rental section, which is available now for your viewing pleasure and/or contention. We find plenty of disagreement amongst ourselves when it comes to these lists, and welcome you to join the debate here and in the store.


5) HAUSU (House): Criterion Collection--The 70s Japanese horror freak out finally made it to our shores thanks to the good folks at Criterion.

4) THE HURT LOCKER--Last year's well deserved Oscar winner for Best Picture and Best Director Kathryn Bigelow.

3) A SERIOUS MAN--Some of us are still hung up on the ending to this Coen Brothers film.

2) FANTASTIC MR. FOX--Wes Anderson's detailed style translates perfectly to stop motion animation.

1) INCEPTION--This was also the winner of our prestigious "Best Fight in a Hallway" award.

Click on the images above to purchase them online. And here's the rest of our picks, listed in alphabetical order:

The African Queen*--One of the most highly anticipated DVD releases EVER.

Air Doll (Code 3)

Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection on Blu-ray *

America, America

America Lost and Found: The BBS Story *--We have the films from this Criterion Collection box set renting separately in the section. They are Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Head, The King of Marvin Gardens, The Last Picture Show and the double feature disc of Drive, He Said and A Safe Place. Antichrist--from the Criterion Collection*

Apple War (PAL Code 2 & no English, but this is the first time we've seen the 1971 Swedish film available anywhere.) Army of Crime (PAL Code 2)

Art of The Steal Avatar--Extended Edition (with the Earth footage)*

Back To The Future trilogy on Blu-ray *

Bad Biology

Bad Girls of Film Noir: Volume 2--The set contains Night Editor, One Girl's Confession, Women's Prison and Over-Exposed.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans--We enjoy Vern's review of Werner Herzog's reimagining.

Banana Splits and Friends Show: Season One (PAL Code 2)

Best Worst Movie--The terrible and true story of Troll 2

Big Fan

Big River Man

Black Dynamite *

Bonnie's Kids--Special Edition

Brewster McCloud--Robert Altman's 1974 film new to DVD from the Warner Archives Broken Embraces *

By Brakhage: An Anthology Volume 2--from The Criterion Collection *

Capitalism: A Love Story *

Carlos (PAL Code 2)--I'll bet money now the domestic release will end up on our Best of 2011 list. Anyone thinking otherwise can send $1 to my attention here at the store.

Castaway On The Moon Celda 211 (PAL Code 2)

The Chaser

Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics: Volume 2--The set is comprised of Human Desire, The Brothers Rico, Nightfall, City of Fear, and Pushover.

Community: Season 1

Cool as Ice--Let 2010 be known as the year we dropped the zero and got with the hero.

Crazy Heart *

Cronos--from The Criterion Collection *

Crooks in Clover *

Crumb--from The Criterion Collection *

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7

The Damned United *

Daria: The Complete Animated Series--Finally!!

Darling Lili (PAL Code 2)

The Day The Universe Changed: Volume 1

Daytime Drinking Deadly Tower--from Warner Archives

Death Kappa *

Desperate Journey

Detroit Metal City

Dexter: Season 4 *

Docks of New York--from The Criterion Collection

Doctor Who: Season 5

Dogtooth (PAL Code 2)--Matt talked about this Swedish film on our last podcast. The domestic release will be out Jan. 25th.

Eclipse (2009)

Edge of Darkness (1943)

Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement

8 Diagram Pole Fighter

Exit Through The Gift Shop--Laird & company just discussed the pros & cons of this doc. on our podcast.

The Expendables *

Eyes on The Prize

Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 *

Fantomas (1913): The Complete Saga--Read all about these silent crime films on local film critic Sean Axmaker's blog.

Father of My Children

Female Agents

Fish Tank--The domestic release will be out from the Criterion Collection on February 22nd.

Five Star Final (1931)--from the Warner Archives

Flame and Citron

Foyle's War: Set 6

French CanCan *

Fringe: Season 2 *


Gentlemen Broncos *

Get Lamp: Documentary About Adventures in Text

Ghost Writer *

The Good, The Bad and The Weird *

Good Hair--Chris Rock reportedly set out to make this documentary when his daughter asked why she couldn't have good hair.

Green Slime (1968)--from the Warner Archives

Greenberg *

Grindhouse: Collector's Edition *

Hachi: A Dog's Tale *

He Who Gets Slapped (1924)--from the Warner Archives

Bill Hicks: The Essential Collection

The Horseman (2008) *

House of The Devil * --Also available on that sweet sweet VHS!

How The Earth Changed History *

How To Train Your Dragon *

Human Centipede (First Sequence) *

The Hunger (2008)--from the Criterion Collection *

I Am Comic

I Am Love *

Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films--The set has Stop Me Before I Kill!, Cash On Demand, The Snorkel, Maniac, Never Take Candy from a Stranger, and These Are the Damned.

Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus *

In The Loop *

The Informant! *

Ip Man *--All about the man who went on to train Bruce Lee. Watch the trailer here.

Ip Man 2 *--The sequel is great, too.

It Came From Kuchar

IT Crowd: Season 4

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 5 *

June 17th, 1994--from ESPN's 30 For 30 series. Anything about that date ring a bell? Jog your memory with this clip.

The Kid with The Golden Arm

The Kids Are All Right *

he Larry Sanders Show: Complete Series

Letter to Elia

Life *--The David Attenborough documentary mostly about animals gettin' it on.

The Limits of Control *

Looney Tunes Super Stars: Foghorn Leghorn

Lorna's Silence

The Lost Skeleton Returns Again

Louie Bluie *--from the Criterion Collection

Love Exposure (PAL Code 2)

Love In A Puff (Code 3)

The Loved Ones (2009)(PAL Code 2)

Mad Max on Blu-ray *

Man On A Tightrope

Mary and Max *

Max Headroom: The Complete Series

Max Manus

Mesrine: Parts 1 & 2 (2009)

Metropolis: The Complete Edition *--Includes 25 newly remastered minutes.

Mickey One--from the Sony/Columbia Classics collection

Micmacs *

Modern Family: Season 1 *

Modern Times--from the Criterion Collection *

Moon *

other *--A noir-inspired murder mystery from Korean director Bong Joon-ho.

MST3K: Final Sacrifice

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?

Mystery Team--A film by Internet comedy team Derrick Comedy, which includes Donald Glover from Community.

Mystery Train--from the Criterion Collection *

Night of The Hunter--from the Criterion Collection *

North Face *

Northern Pursuit

Objective, Burma!

The Outfit (1973)--from the Warner Archives

The Pacific *

Paris, Texas--from the Criterion Collection *

Parks and Recreation: Season 2

Party Down: Season 1

Paths of Glory--from the Criterion Collection *

Peacock (2010)--A sorely overlooked film starring Cillian Murphy, Susan Sarandon, and Ellen Page.

Phenix City Story/Dial 1199

Ponyo * Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire

A Prophet *

Raiders of The Lost Ark: The Adaptation

Rec 2

Red Cliff: Parts 1 & 2 *

Restrepo *--This war documentary following soldiers in Afghanistan will likely show up on the Oscar nom list.

Resurrection (1980)--from the Universal Vault series

Revanche--from the Criterion Collection *

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

The Road (2009) *

Robogeisha *

Rock 'N' Roll High School--Cult Classics Edition *

Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)--from the Universal Vault series

The Runaways (2010) *

Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

Sadist With The Red Teeth/Forbidden Paris Score (1972)--Uncensored version *

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World *

Secret In Their Eyes *

The Secret of Kells *

The September Issue

Sherlock: Season 1 --The new BBC series with Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman. We hope there will be more before Freeman heads off to film The Hobbit.

Shutter Island *

Silent World (1956)

A Single Man

The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series

Sons of Anarchy: Season 1

Sorority Row (2009) *

The Best of Soul Train: Volumes 1-8

Splice *

Bruce Springsteen: The Promise-Making of Edge of Darkness

Stagecoach--from the Criterion Collection *

Starcrash (1979) *--David Hasselhoff wields a lightsaber-like weapon!

Suburbia--Cult Classics Edition *

Superjail!: Season 1


Piotr Szulkin Collection (PAL Code 4)--Nine films from the sci-fi inclined Polish director

The T.A.M.I Show--The legendary early 60s music show is finally on DVD! Put it on & rock out while you clean the house.

Temple Grandin

Tetro *

Theater of War

Then Came Bronson (1969)--from the Warner Archives

The Thin Red Line (1998)--from the Criterion Collection *

35 Shots of Rum

This Is England '86 (PAL Code 2)

Thriller: The Complete Series--The early '60s Alfred Hitchcock Presents inspired series hosted by Boris Karloff.

Todd Killings (1971)--from the Warner Archives

Tony--Even just watching the trailer for this British serial killer movie is disturbing...

A Town Called Panic

Toy Story 3 *--I haven't seen the figures, but I'd guess this one was #6 behind Hausu

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Trucker (2008)

TV Carnage Volume 6: Let's Work It Out!!!

2012 *

200 Motels

Uncertain Glory

Undisputed III: Redemption *

Universal Soldier: Regeneration *--Proof straight-to-video sequels don't have to suck (see above as well).

Up In The Air *

Valhalla Rising

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl

Vengeance (2009) *

Venture Bros.: Season 4, Volume 1

Verboten! (1958)--from the Warner Archives

Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide (PAL)

Videodrome--on Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection *

Violence at Noon--from the Criterion Collection

Viva Zapata!

Vivre Sa Vie--from the Criterion Collection *

Walkabout--from the Criterion Collection * --Looks even more amazing on Blu-ray!

Wallander (2008): Volume 2 *


Reggie Watts: Why $#!+ So Crazy?--Have you seen him on Conan and/or Jimmy Fallon? The man is funny.

Where The Wild Things Are *

Whip It * --Myself and another employee are the only two people who picked Drew Barrymore's roller derby movie. We're also married to each other. Coincidence?

White Material (PAL Code 2)

The White Ribbon *

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

Wild River

Winnebago Man

Winter's Bone *

You The Living

Young Victoria *

Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral On a Moving Train

Fun fact: 2010: The Year We Make Contact rented 14 times last year.

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