‘Middle-Earth’ Collection Takes Top Honors in 2022 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition earned the top prize in the annual Home Entertainment Media Play Awards, which honor the best home packaged-media, digital and streaming releases of 2021, taking Title of the Year, Blu-ray Disc of the Year, Best Movie Collection and Best Packaging.

Funimation’s Robotech: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Disc won TV on Disc of the Year, as well as Best Disc Release of a Vintage TV Series.

The Fan-Favorite Title of the Year as chosen by an online consumer vote was Paramount Home Entertainment’s A Quiet Place Part II.

On the digital side, Paramount’s Yellowstone: Season Four took Best Digital Sellthrough Release, while another Paramount release, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, was named Best PVOD Release.

Among stream­ing content, Apple TV+ took Best New Streaming Movie with CODA and Best Season of a Scripted Series with season 2 of “For All Mankind.”

PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel was named Best Niche Streaming Channel.

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges in conjunction with an online consumer vote for eligible titles submitted for consideration by studios, distributors and industry professionals.

2022 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards Complete List of Winners:

 

Title of the Year
Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

TV on Disc of the Year
Robotech: Collector’s Edition
Funimation

Blu-ray Disc of the Year
Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Fan-Favorite Title of the Year
A Quiet Place Part II
Paramount Home Entertainment

PACKAGED MEDIA

Best New Movie on Disc
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution

Best Catalog Movie on Disc
Nashville
Paramount Presents

Best Recent TV Season on Disc
The Crown: The Complete Fourth Season
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Best Disc Release of a Vintage TV Series
Robotech: Collector’s Edition
Funimation

Best Movie Collection
Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Best Complete-Series Set
Supernatural
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Best Compilation Boxed Set
The Evil Dead Groovy Collection
Lionsgate

Best Indie Studio Disc Release
Willy’s Wonderland
Screen Media

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc
Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 2
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Best Audio/Visual Quality
My Fair Lady 4K Ultra HD
Paramount Home Entertainment

 Best Extras/Bonus Material
Dune (1984) Limited Edition
Arrow Video

Best Disc Upgrade
Dune (1984) Limited Edition
Arrow Video

Best Retailer Exclusive
Target’s Schwarzenegger Double Feature —Total Recall/Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Lionsgate

 Best Box Art
Dirty Dancing (1987) 4K Steelbook
Lionsgate

Best Packaging
Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Judges’ Awards for Excellence
Sparrows (1926) Blu-ray
VCI Entertainment

GENRE

Best Documentary Movie
Stripped: Las Vegas
Mill Creek Entertainment

Best Action/Adventure Release
Riders of Justice
Magnolia Home Entertainment

 Best Comedy Release
Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
Lionsgate

Best Drama Release
Yellowstone: Season 4
Paramount Network

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Release
Legend (1985) Limited Edition
Arrow Video

Best Horror/Thriller Release
Halloween 4K Collector’s Editions
Shout! Factory

Best Release of a Western
Old Henry
Shout! Factory

Best Animation Release
Raya and the Last Dragon
Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution

Best Kidvid Release
Sesame Street: Wonderful World of Friends
Shout! Factory

Best Faith-Based Content Release
The Ten Commandments 4K Ultra HD
Paramount Home Entertainment

 Best Performance/Variety Home Release
The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection
Time Life

Best Sports Release
The 2021 World Series Film
Shout! Factory

Best Anime Release
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Complete Series
GKIDS, Shout! Factory

Best Reality TV Series
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 13
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Superhero Disc Release
Smallville: The Complete Series Blu-ray
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

MIXED MEDIA

Best International Release
The Swordsman
Well Go USA

Best Restoration
Dune (1984) Limited Edition
Arrow Video

Best Extended Edition/Alternate Cut
Halloween Kills
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Best Marketing Initiative
A Quiet Place Part II 28-Game Concacaf Gold Cup Tour Promotion and Giveaways
Paramount

DIGITAL

Best Digital Sellthrough Release
Yellowstone: Season 4
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Premium Video on Demand Release
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
Paramount

STREAMING

Best New Streaming Movie
CODA
Apple TV+

 Best Season of a Scripted Series
For All Mankind: Season 2
Apple TV+

Best Nonfiction Movie or Series
Muhammad Ali: A Film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon
PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel

Best Streaming Documentary Movie
76 Days
Pluto TV/Paramount

Best Binge Series
“All Creatures Great and Small”
PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel

Best Niche Streaming Channel, Overall
PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel

Best Niche Streaming Channel, Non-Fiction
PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel

Best Niche Streaming Channel, Retro
Shout! Factory TV

Best Fast Channel (Free Ad-Supported Streaming Channel)
FilmRise Western

 

Annual Home Entertainment Media Play Awards to Feature Expanded Streaming Category

Nominations are now being accepted for the 12th Annual Home Entertainment Media Play Awards, which this year feature an expanded streaming category. This is the fifth year the annual home entertainment awards program is presented by Media Play News.

Nominations for the awards — which honor the best movies, series and other content aimed at home audiences released during 2021 — are due from participating studios, distributors and content creators Feb. 25. Winners in all categories will then be determined by a blue-ribbon panel of industry experts in conjunction with a consumer vote. Voting will take place in March and the winners will be announced in April.

The awards were traditionally for transactional releases only, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital.

Streaming categories were added last year, and this year the streaming component is being further expanded with awards for various channels, including FAST.

Submit your entries for the 2022 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards here

“There are now more ways than ever to distribute and view content, so we wanted these awards to be comprehensive enough to cover the entire home entertainment spectrum,” said John Latchem, executive editor of Media Play News and awards administrator.

The 2022 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards have 45 categories open for nomination.

This year there are 14 disc categories, 10 streaming categories (twice as many as last year), two TVOD categories and 15 genre categories open to films and shows released on any platform, disc, digital or streaming. Awards also will be given for Best Marketing Initiative, Best Restoration, Best International Release and Best Extended Edition/Alternative Cut.

In addition, three “best of show” winners — Title of the Year, Best TV Release of the Year, and Best Blu-ray Disc — are then selected from among all eligible submissions. A “Fan-Favorite” trophy also will be awarded for the single title receiving the most consumer votes. Judges may also present awards based on special merit.

Last year’s Home Entertainment Media Play Awards saw Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 1 earn the top prize, voted Title of the Year. The set also won for Best Packaging.

Blu-ray Disc of the Year went to Shout! Factory’s Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition, which also won Best Boxed Set. HBO’s Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc set won TV on Disc of the Year. Warner Bros.’ The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy won Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.

On the digital side, Lionsgate’s But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut won Best Digital Sellthrough Release, while Paramount’s Love and Monsters earned Best Premium Video on Demand Release. Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 was selected as Best New Streaming Movie, while Disney+ series The Mandalorian: Season 2 won Best Season of a Scripted Series.

In other award categories, Lionsgate’s Knives Out was a triple winner, selected as Fan-Favorite Title of the Year, Best New Movie on Disc and Best Audio/Visual Quality.

Vintage TV shows also were hailed, with Shout! Factory’s “The Carol Burnett Show” picking up a streaming win as Best Binge Series and Mill Creek’s Return of Ultraman honored as Best Disc Release of a Vintage TV Series.

‘Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection’ Takes Top Honors in 2021 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 1 earned the top prize in the 2021 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards, which honor the best home disc, digital and streaming releases of 2020. It won Title of the Year and Best Packaging.

Blu-ray Disc of the Year went to Shout! Factory’s Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition, which also won Best Boxed Set. HBO’s Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc set won TV on Disc of the Year. Warner Bros.’ The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy won Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.

On the digital side, Lionsgate’s But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut won Best Digital Sellthrough Release, while Paramount’s Love and Monsters earned Best Premium Video on Demand Release. Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 was selected as Best New Streaming Movie, while Disney+ series The Mandalorian: Season 2 won Best Season of a Scripted Series.

In other award categories, Lionsgate’s Knives Out was a triple winner, selected as Fan-Favorite Title of the Year, Best New Movie on Disc and Best Audio/Visual Quality.

Vintage TV shows also were hailed, with Shout! Factory’s “The Carol Burnett Show” picking up a streaming win as Best Binge Series and Mill Creek’s Return of Ultraman honored as Best Disc Release of a Vintage TV Series.

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges in conjunction with an online consumer vote for eligible titles submitted for consideration by studios, distributors and industry professionals.

The annual home entertainment honors are presented by Media Play News, one of five Hollywood trades and the only one to focus exclusively on the home. The awards have been presented in various forms by Media Play News and its predecessor publications for nearly 20 years.

2021 Home Entertainment Media Play News Winners:

Title of the Year
Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 1
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

TV on Disc of the Year
Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection 4K Ultra HD
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Blu-ray Disc of the Year
Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition
Shout! Factory

Fan-Favorite Title of the Year
Knives Out
Lionsgate

 

PACKAGED MEDIA

Best New Movie on Disc
Knives Out
Lionsgate

Best Catalog Movie on Disc
Jaws: 45th Anniversary Edition
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Best Recent TV Season on Disc
Watchmen
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Best Disc Release of a Vintage TV Series
Return of Ultraman
Mill Creek Entertainment

Best Boxed Set
Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition
Shout! Factory

Best Complete Series Set
Mission: Impossible — The Original TV Series
CBS/Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Indie Studio Disc Release
I Spit on Your Grave (1978) Collector’s Edition
Ronin Flix

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc
Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Best Audio/Visual Quality
Knives Out
Lionsgate

 Best Extras/Bonus Material
Tremors: Limited Edition
Arrow Video

Best Disc Upgrade
Ghost in the Shell: 25th Anniversary Edition
Lionsgate

Best Retailer Exclusive
Best Buy’s Rambo: The Complete Steelbook Collection
Lionsgate

Best Packaging
Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 1
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Best Box Art
Gamera: The Complete Collection
Arrow Video

GENRE

Best Documentary Movie
John Lewis: Good Trouble
Magnolia Home Entertainment

Best Documentary Series
The Last Dance
ESPN/The Walt Disney Company

Best Action/Adventure Release
Midway (2019)
Lionsgate

Best Comedy Release
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: The Complete Series
Mill Creek Entertainment

Best Drama Release
A Confession
BritBox

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Release
Total Recall 30th Anniversary Edition
Lionsgate

Best Horror/Thriller Release
The Invisible Man (2020)
Universal

Best Release of a Western
Yellowstone: Season 3
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Animation Release
Frozen II
The Walt Disney Co.

Best Kidvid Release
Sesame Street: Monster Hits — Rock & Rhyme With Elmo
Shout! Factory

Best Faith-Based Content Release
I Still Believe
Lionsgate

 Best Music/Performance Home Release
Dolly: The Ultimate Collection
Time Life

Best Musical Home Release
The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!
Nickelodeon/Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Sports Release
The 2020 World Series Film
Shout! Factory

Best War Movie Home Release
The Outpost
Screen Media

Best Historical Drama Home Release
Victoria: The Complete Seasons 1, 2 & 3
PBS Distribution

Best Home Release of a Mystery
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Complete Collection
Acorn Media

 

MIXED MEDIA

Best International Release
Ip Man 4: The Finale
Well Go USA

Best Restoration
Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy 4K Ultra HD
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Best Extended Edition/Alternate Cut
Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Marketing Initiative
Knives Out 35mm Egyptian Theatre World Premiere
Lionsgate

Judges’ Award
The Call
Cinedigm

 

DIGITAL

Best Digital Sellthrough Release
But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut
Lionsgate

Best Premium Video on Demand Release
Love and Monsters
Paramount

 

STREAMING

Best Season of a Scripted Series
The Mandalorian: Season 2
Disney+

Best Nonfiction Movie or Series
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian
Disney+

Best New Streaming Movie
Hamilton
Disney+

Best Stand-Up/Sketch Comedy
Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given
Netflix

Best Binge Series
“The Carol Burnett Show”
Shout Factory TV