‘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

 

Voting Is Open for the 2022 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards

Consumer voting has begun for the 2022 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards. This is the 12th year of the annual home entertainment industry honors, and the fifth year they have been presented by Media Play News.

Through April 1, film and TV fans and home entertainment enthusiasts can visit MediaPlayNews.com/awards/ballot to select their favorite home entertainment releases of 2021, as nominated by studios, distributors and home entertainment industry professionals. The awards honor the best movies, series and other content aimed at home audiences, from packaged media to transactional digital release to streaming.

The results of the consumer vote will be combined with ballots submitted by a panel of expert judges. Winners will be announced April 18 at the Media Play News website and its monthly print magazine.

This year’s ballot features more than 90 titles nominated in nearly 40 categories, ranging from best movie and TV show awards to best bonus materials to best niche streaming channel. 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.

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2022 Home Entertainment Media Play Award Nominees

 

PACKAGED MEDIA

 

Best New Movie on Disc

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Lionsgate)

Chaos Walking (Lionsgate)

Cruella (Disney)

F9: The Fast Saga (Universal)

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate)

Old Henry (Shout! Studios)

A Quiet Place Part II (Paramount)

Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Disney/Marvel)

Spiral: From the Book of Saw (Lionsgate)

The Suicide Squad (Warner)

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony Pictures)

 

Best Catalog Movie on Disc

Dirty Dancing (1987) 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Dune 1984 Limited Edition (Arrow Video)

Legend 1985 Limited Edition (Arrow Video)

Nashville (Paramount Presents)

Rad Steelbook (Mill Creek)

Saw (2004) 4K (Lionsgate)

Sparrows (1926) (VCI)

 

Best Recent TV Season Disc Release

The Crown: Season 4 (Sony Pictures)

Star Trek: Discovery — Season 3 (Paramount)

 

Best Vintage TV Disc Release

Neon Genesis Evangelion (Shout! Factory/GKIDS)

Robotech: Collector’s Edition (Funimation)

Sex and the City: The Complete Series Blu-ray (Warner)

Smallville: The Complete Series — 20th Anniversary Blu-ray (Warner)

 

Best Collection/Boxed Set

Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 2 (Sony Pictures)

The Evil Dead Groovy Collection (Lionsgate)

Indiana Jones 4K Collection (Paramount)

Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition (Warner)

Shawscope Vol. 1 (Arrow Video)

The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection (Time Life)

 

Best Complete-Series Set

The Evil Dead Groovy Collection (Lionsgate)

Neon Genesis Evangelion (Shout! Factory/GKIDS)

Robotech: Collector’s Edition (Funimation)

Sex and the City: The Complete Series Blu-ray (Warner)

Smallville: The Complete Series — 20th Anniversary Blu-ray (Warner)

Supernatural: The Complete Series (Warner)

Ultimate Aang & Korra Collection (Paramount)

 

Best Indie Studio Disc Release

The Paper Tigers (Well Go USA)

Riders of Justice (Magnolia)

Willy’s Wonderland (Screen Media)

 

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc

Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 2 (Sony Pictures)

Dirty Dancing (1987) 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Donnie Darko 4K Limited Edition (Arrow Video)

Dune 1984 Limited Edition (Arrow Video)

Halloween 1978 4K Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory)

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate)

Krampus: The Naughty Cut (Shout! Factory)

A Quiet Place Part II (Paramount)

Saw (2004) 4K (Lionsgate)

Spiral: From the Book of Saw (Lionsgate)

The Suicide Squad (Warner)

The Ten Commandments 4K (Paramount)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 4K (Warner)

 

Best Audio/Visual Quality

Dirty Dancing (1987) 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

My Fair Lady 4K (Paramount)

A Quiet Place Part II (Paramount)

Rad Steelbook (Mill Creek)

 

Best Extras/Bonus Material

Almost Famous (Paramount Presents)

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Lionsgate)

Dune 1984 Limited Edition (Arrow Video)

The Mitchells vs. The Machines (Sony Pictures)

Street Fighter (1994) Steelbook (Mill Creek)

The Suicide Squad (Warner)

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony Pictures)

 

Best Disc Upgrade

Coraline: Laika Studios Edition (Shout! Factory)

Dirty Dancing (1987) 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Dune 1984 Limited Edition (Arrow Video)

Ran 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Santa Sangre 4K (Severin)

Saw (2004) 4K (Lionsgate)

Scream (1996) 25th Anniversary Edition (Paramount)

Street Fighter (1994) Steelbook (Mill Creek)

The Transformers: The Movie (1986) 4K (Shout! Factory)

 

Best Retailer Exclusive

Best Buy’s American Pyscho 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Best Buy’s Apocalypse Now 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Best Buy’s Dirty Dancing (1987) 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Best Buy’s Dredd 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Best Buy’s Ran 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Best Buy’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Target’s Cruella with art cards (Disney)

Target’s Schwarzenegger Double Feature — T2/Total Recall (Lionsgate)

Target’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage with art cards (Sony Pictures)

 

Best Box Art

American Pyscho 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Apocalypse Now 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Cartoon Saloon’s Irish Folklore Trilogy (Shout! Factory/GKIDS)

Dirty Dancing (1987) 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Dredd 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Legend 1985 Limited Edition (Arrow Video)

The Mitchells vs. The Machines (Sony Pictures)

Rad Steelbook (Mill Creek)

Ran 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Schwarzenegger Double Feature — T2/Total Recall (Lionsgate)

Street Fighter (1994) Steelbook (Mill Creek)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Ultimate Aang & Korra Collection (Paramount)

 

Best Packaging

Cartoon Saloon’s Irish Folklore Trilogy (Shout! Factory/GKIDS)

Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 2 (Sony Pictures)

It’s A Wonderful Life: 75th Anniversary Edition (Paramount)

Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition (Warner)

Robotech: Collector’s Edition (Funimation)

Shawscope Vol. 1 (Arrow Video)

 

 

GENRE

 

Best Documentary

Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (Digital) (Screen Media)

Collective (Magnolia)

Some Kind of Heaven (Magnolia)

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (Screen Media)

Stripped Las Vegas (Mill Creek)

2021 World Series: Atlanta Braves (Shout! Factory)

Zappa (Magnolia)

 

Best Action/Adventure Release

F9: The Fast Saga (Universal)

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate)

The Protégé (Lionsgate)

Riders of Justice (Magnolia)

The Suicide Squad (Warner)

 

Best Comedy Release

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Lionsgate)

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate)

Josie and the Pussycats: 20th Anniversary Edition (Mill Creek)

Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season 1 (Paramount)

Swan Song (Magnolia)

The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection (Time Life)

 

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Release

Chaos Walking (Lionsgate)

Dune 1984 Limited Edition (Arrow Video)

Legend 1985 Limited Edition (Arrow Video)

Love & Monsters (Paramount)

Star Trek: Discovery — Season 3 (Paramount)

Voyagers (Lionsgate)

 

Best Horror/Thriller Release

American Pyscho 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Don’t Breathe 2 (Sony Pictures)

Donnie Darko 4K Limited Edition (Arrow Video)

The Evil Dead Groovy Collection (Lionsgate)

Halloween (1978) 4K Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory)

Halloween II (1981) 4K Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory)

Halloween III: Season of the Witch 4K Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory)

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers 4K Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory)

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers 4K Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory)

Krampus: The Naughty Cut (Shout! Factory)

A Quiet Place Part II (Paramount)

Saw (2004) 4K (Lionsgate)

Scream (1996) 25th Anniversary Edition (Paramount)

Spiral: From the Book of Saw (Lionsgate)

Willy’s Wonderland (Screen Media)

 

Best Release of a Western

Django (1966) 4K Limited Edition (Arrow Video)

Old Henry (Shout! Studios)

Randolph Scott Collection (Mill Creek)

 

Best Animated

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 1 (Warner)

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 2 (Warner)

The Croods: A New Age (Universal)

Earwig and the Witch (Shout! Factory/GKIDS)

The Mitchells vs. The Machines (Sony Pictures)

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms (Warner)

Paw Patrol: The Movie (Paramount)

Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney)

Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season 1 (Paramount)

 

Best Kidvid Release

Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1 (Mill Creek)

Paw Patrol: The Movie (Paramount)

Sesame Street: Wonderful World of Friends (Shout! Factory)

 

 

 

Best Superhero Disc

Batman: The Long Halloween, Parts 1 & 2 (Warner)

Black Widow (Disney/Marvel)

Dredd 4K Steelbook (Lionsgate)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Disney/Marvel)

Smallville: The Complete Series 20th Anniversary Blu-ray (Warner)

The Suicide Squad (Warner)

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony Pictures)

Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Warner)

 

MIXED MEDIA

 

Best International Release

The Day of the Beast 4K (Spanish) (Severin Films)

Riders of Justice (Danish) (Magnolia)

The Swordsman (Korean) Well Go USA)

 

Best Restoration

Dune 1984 Limited Edition (Arrow)

Nashville (Paramount Presents)

Sparrows (1926) (VCI)

 

Best Extended Edition/Alternate Cut

Halloween Kills: Extended Cut (Digital) (Universal)

Krampus: The Naughty Cut (Shout! Factory)

 

Best Marketing Initiative

A Quiet Place Part II — 28-Game Concacaf Gold Cup Tour Promotion and Giveaways (

Paramount)

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run — VRBO Surf and Turf Landmark Activation (

Paramount)

Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Christmas Ads/Romcom Trailer/Animated Stickers (

Sony Pictures)

 

DIGITAL

 

 

Best Digital Sellthrough Release

Halloween Kills (Universal)

Yellowstone Season 4 (Paramount)

 

Best Premium Video on Demand Release

Old Henry (Shout! Studios)

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (Paramount)

 

 

STREAMING

 

Best Scripted Series

The Book of Boba Fett (Disney+)

Cobra Kai: Seasons 3-4 (Netflix)

For All Mankind: Season 2 (Apple TV+)

Squid Game: Season 1 (Netflix)

Ted Lasso: Season 2 (Apple TV+)

The Morning Show: Season 2 (Apple TV+)

WandaVIsion (Disney+)

 

Best Nonfiction Movie or Series

The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)

Behind the Attraction (Disney+)

Marvel Studios Assembled (Disney+)

Muhammad Ali: A Film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon (PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel)

76 Days (Pluto TV/Paramount)

The World According to Jeff Goldblum: Season 2 (Disney+)

 

Best New Streaming Movie

Being the Ricardos (Amazon Prime)

CODA (Apple TV+)

Don’t Look Up (Netflix)

Luca (Disney+)

The Power of the Dog (Netflix)

Red Notice (Netflix)

Tick, Tick… Boom! (Netflix)

Without Remorse (Amazon Prime)

 

 

Best Binge Series

Masterpiece: All Creatures Great and Small (PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel)

Manifest (Netflix)

Cobra Kai (Netflix)

           

Best Streaming Channel — Niche

PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel (PBS Distribution)

PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel (PBS Distribution)

MST3K (Shout! Factory TV)

Shout! Factory TV (Shout! Factory)

TokuShoutsu (Shout! Factory TV)

 

Best Fast Channel (Free Ad-Supported Streaming Channel)

Carol Burnett Show (Shout! Factory TV)

FilmRise Forensic Files (FilmRise)

FilmRise Heartland (FilmRise)

FilmRise Hell’s Kitchen/Kitchen Nightmares (FilmRise)

FilmRise Unsolved Mysteries (FilmRise)

FilmRise Western (FilmRise)

MST3K (Shout! Factory TV)

Shout! Factory TV (Shout! Factory)

TokuShoutsu (Shout! Factory TV)

‘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

 

Voting Is Open for the 2021 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards; Honors Now Include Categories for Streaming Content Alongside Packaged Media

Consumer voting has begun for the 2021 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards, the newly rebranded home entertainment industry honors presented by Media Play News.

Through April 9, film and TV fans and home entertainment enthusiasts can visit MediaPlayNews.com/awards/ballot to select their favorite home entertainment releases of 2020, as nominated by studios, distributors and home entertainment industry professionals. (The ballot is also included below.)

From 2011 to 2020, the honors were known as the Home Media Awards, presented by Media Play News the previous three years and a predecessor publication before that. The Home Media Awards consolidated a number of DVD and Blu-ray awards presented since the early 2000s.

The rebranding to the Home Entertainment Media Play Awards is meant to be more inclusive of a variety of forms of home entertainment beyond physical discs. For the first time, this year’s awards also include categories for content from streaming services in addition to packaged-media releases.

“The content being offered by streaming services is first-rate entertainment, and a vital contribution to the home entertainment landscape,” said Media Play News publisher Thomas K. Arnold. “Adding streaming content to our annual awards was a natural fit, and now fans have a great opportunity to support their favorite digital original TV shows and movies by voting for them alongside the year’s top DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles.”

The results of the consumer vote will be combined with ballots submitted by a panel of expert judges. Winners will be announced April 19. Judges will also select a top Blu-ray, a top TV show on disc and a best overall title.

Previous winners of the coveted Title of the Year honors include the collector’s set of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood last year, the remastered Batman: The Animated Series deluxe Blu-ray collection in 2019, and the Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series boxed set in 2018.

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2021 Home Media Award Nominees

PACKAGED MEDIA

Best New Movie on Disc
Bad Boys For Life (Sony Pictures)
The Call (Cinedigm)
Frozen II (Disney)
The Invisible Man (2020) Universal
Knives Out (Lionsgate)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)

Best Catalog Movie on Disc
Jaws: 45th Anniversary Edition (Universal)
Kansas City: Collector’s Edition (Arrow Video)
Roman Holiday (Paramount Presents)
Total Recall: 30th Anniversary Edition (Lionsgate)
Tremors: Limited Edition (Arrow Video)

Best Recent TV Season on Disc
Fleabag: Season 2 (Screen Media)
Outlander: Season 5 (Sony Pictures)
Star Trek: Picard — Season 1 (Paramount/CBS)
HBO’s Watchmen (Warner)
Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)

Best Boxed Set
Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection (Warner)
Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 1 (Sony Pictures)
Dolly: The Ultimate Collection (Time Life)
Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition (Shout! Factory)
Gamera: The Complete Collection (Arrow Video)
Hammer Films: The Ultimate Collection (Mill Creek)
I Spit on Your Grave (1978) Collector’s Edition (Ronin Flix)
Rambo: The Complete Steelbook Collection (Lionsgate)
Solid Metal Nightmares: The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto (Arrow Video)

Best Complete Series Set
Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Complete Series 15th Anniversary Steelbook (Paramount/Nickelodeon)
Fleabag: The Complete Series (Screen Media)
The Good Place: The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)
Gunsmoke: The Complete Series (Paramount/CBS)
Humans: Complete Collection (Acorn)
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Complete Collection (Acorn)
Mission: Impossible — The Original TV Series (Paramount/CBS)
12 Monkeys: The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
Victoria: The Complete Seasons 1, 2 & 3 (PBS)
Yellowstone: The First Three Seasons (Paramount)

Best Indie Studio Disc Release
Evil Takes Root (Mill Creek)
Haunt: Collector’s Edition (Ronin Flix)
I Spit on Your Grave (1978) Collector’s Edition (Ronin Flix)
The Outpost (Screen Media)
The Etruscan Smile (Lightyear)

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc
Bad Boys For Life (Sony Pictures)
The Deer Hunter (Shout! Factory)
Gemini Man (Paramount)
Jaws: 45th Anniversary Edition (Universal)
Knives Out (Lionsgate)
Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Warner)
1917 (Universal)
Pitch Black: Limited Edition (Arrow Video)
Tremors: Limited Edition (Arrow Video)

Best Audio/Visual Quality
Gemini Man (Paramount)
Knives Out (Lionsgate)
Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)

Best Extras/Bonus Material
Dolly: The Ultimate Collection (Time Life)
Haunt: Collector’s Edition (Ronin Flix)
Knives Out (Lionsgate)
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Complete Collection (Acorn)
Pitch Black: Limited Edition (Arrow Video)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)
The Woman (Arrow Video)
Tremors (Arrow Video)

Best Disc Upgrade
Ghost in the Shell: 25th Anniversary Edition (Lionsgate)
Haunt: Collector’s Edition (Ronin Flix)
Heroes (1977) (Mill Creek)
Mallrats: Limited Edition (Arrow Video)
Popeye (1980) (Paramount)
Sixteen Candles: Limited Edition (Arrow Video)
Total Recall: 30th Anniversary Edition (Lionsgate)

Best Retailer Exclusive
Best Buy’s Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (Warner)
Best Buy’s Ghost in the Shell: 25th Anniversary Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook (Lionsgate)
Best Buy’s Halloween (1978) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook (Lionsgate)
Best Buy’s Knives Out 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook (Lionsgate)
Best Buy’s Rambo: The Complete Steelbook Collection (Lionsgate)

Best Box Art (See the nominees HERE)
Clueless: 25th Anniversary Steelbook (Paramount)
Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition (Shout! Factory)
Gamera: The Complete Collection (Arrow Video)
Ghost in the Shell: 25th Anniversary Edition (Lionsgate)
Halloween (1978) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook (Lionsgate)
Haunt: Collector’s Edition (Ronin Flix)
Humans: Complete Collection (Acorn)
Rambo: The Complete Steelbook Collection (Lionsgate)
Solid Metal Nightmares: The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto (Arrow Video)
Spirited Away Steelbook (Shout! Factory)
The Woman (Arrow Video)

Best Packaging (See the nominees HERE)
Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Complete Series 15th Anniversary Steelbook (Paramount/Nickelodeon)
B: The Beginning — The Ultimate Collection (Shout! Factory)
Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection (Warner)
Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 1 (Sony Pictures)
Dolly: The Ultimate Collection (Time Life)
Gamera: The Complete Collection (Arrow Video)
Haunt: Collector’s Edition (Ronin Flix)
I Spit on Your Grave (1978) Collector’s Edition (Ronin Flix)
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Complete Collection (Acorn)
Mission: Impossible — The Original TV Series (Paramount/CBS)
No Offence: Complete Collection (Acorn)
Rambo: The Complete Steelbook Collection (Lionsgate)
Slings & Arrows: The Complete Collection (Acorn)
Tourist Trap: VHS Retro Big Box Collection (Full Moon)
Weathering With You: Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory)

 

GENRE

Best Documentary
Best in Class: The Making of Concours D’Elegance (Mill Creek)
Guitar Man: Joe Bonamassa (Paramount)
John Lewis: Good Trouble (Magnolia)
The Last Dance (Disney/ESPN)

Best Action/Adventure Release
Battle of the Bulge: Winter War (Cinedigm)
Bloodshot (Sony Pictures)
Blue Ridge (Mill Creek)
Ip Man 4: The Finale (Well Go USA)
Midway (2019) Lionsgate
The Outpost (Screen Media)
Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)

Best Comedy Release
Playing With Fire (Paramount)
There She Goes: Season 2 (BritBox)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: The Complete Series (Mill Creek)

Best Drama Release
A Confession (BritBox)
Knives Out (Lionsgate)
Sanditon (PBS)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Release
Ghost in the Shell: 25th Anniversary Edition (Lionsgate)
Split Second: Collector’s Edition (MVD Rewind)
Star Trek: Picard — Season 1 (Paramount/CBS)
Total Recall 30th Anniversary Edition (Lionsgate)
12 Monkeys The Complete Series (Mill Creek)

Best Horror/Thriller Release
Amulet (Magnolia)
The Call (Cinedigm)
The Craft: Legacy (Sony Pictures)
The Haunting (Paramount Presents)
I Spit on Your Grave (1978) Collector’s Edition (Ronin Flix)
Inner Sanctum Mysteries: The Complete Film Series (Mill Creek)
The Invisible Man (2020) Universal
The Untold Story (Unearthed)
Verotika (Cleopatra)

Best Release of a Western
Gunsmoke: The Complete Series (Paramount/CBS)
The Warrant (Mill Creek)
Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)

Best Animated
Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Complete Series 15th Anniversary Steelbook (Paramount/Nickelodeon)
Frozen II (Disney)
Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
Weathering With You (Shout! Factory)

Best Kidvid Release
Paw Patrol: Dino Rescue (Paramount/Nickelodeon)
Sesame Street: Monster Hits — Rock & Rhyme With Elmo (Shout! Factory)
Swift (Shout! Factory)

Best Faith-Based Content Release
The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland (Mill Creek)
I Still Believe (Lionsgate)
The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)

Best Music/Performance Home Release
Austin City Limits: Country (Time Life)
The Best of Cher (Time Life)
Dolly: The Ultimate Collection (Time Life)
The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! (Paramount/Nickelodeon)
Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash (Cleopatra)

Best Sports Release
The 2020 World Series Film (Shout! Factory)
The Last Dance (Disney/ESPN)

 

MIXED MEDIA

Best International Release
Ip Man 4: The Finale — China (Well Go USA)
Neo Ultra Q — Japan (Mill Creek)
Walter Presents: Seaside Hotel — Season 6 — Denmark (PBS)
The Whistlers — Romania/France/Germany (Magnolia)

Best Restoration
I Spit on Your Grave (1978) Collector’s Edition (Ronin Flix)
Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations (Kit Parker Films)
Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Warner)
Pitch Black: Limited Edition (Arrow Video)
Return to Savage Beach (Mill Creek)
Roman Holiday (Paramount Presents)
Tremors: Limited Edition (Arrow Video)

Best Extended Edition/Alternate Cut
But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut (Lionsgate)
Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (Paramount)

 

DIGITAL

Best Digital Sellthrough Release
But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut (Lionsgate)
The Fight (Magnolia)
Love and Monsters (Paramount)

Best Premium Video on Demand Release
Love and Monsters (Paramount)
Mulan (2020) (Disney+)
Scoob! (Warner)
The Craft: Legacy (Sony Pictures)
Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)

 

STREAMING

Best Scripted Series
Bridgerton: Season 1 (Netflix)
Cobra Kai: Season 3 (Netflix)
A Confession (BritBox)
The Crown: Season 4 (Netflix)
The Flight Attendant: Season 1 (HBO Max)
The Mandalorian: Season 2 (Disney+)
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
Saved by the Bell: Season 1 (Peacock)
Ted Lasso: Season 1 (Apple TV+)

Best Nonfiction Movie or Series
Challenger: The Final Flight (Netflix)
Class Action Park (HBO Max)
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian (Disney+)
For Sama (PBS)
The Social Dilemma (Netflix)
Tiger King (Netflix)

Best New Streaming Movie
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon Prime Video)
Greyhound (Apple TV+)
Hamilton (Disney+)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
Mank (Netflix)
On the Rocks (Apple TV+)
Palm Springs (Hulu)
Soul (Disney+)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)

Best Stand-Up/Sketch Comedy
Beth Stelling: Girl Daddy (HBO Max)
Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (Netflix)
Jim Jeffries: Intolerant (Netflix)
Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given (Netflix)
Leslie Jones: Time Machine (Netflix)
Marc Maron: End Times Fun (Netflix)
Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis (Netflix)

Best Binge Series
“Agatha Christie’s Marple” (BritBox)
“Mystery Science Theater 3000” (Shout Factory TV)
“Masterpiece: Sanditon” (PBS)
“The Carol Burnett Show” (Shout Factory TV)

Annual ‘Media Play News’ Awards Expands to Streaming, Gets New Name

Media Play News is revamping its annual home entertainment awards to add categories for streaming services, including original movies and series, in addition to content released for digital sellthrough and on disc formats such as Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

As a result, the program will also be presented under the updated name “Home Entertainment Media Play Awards.”

“Digital original programming offered by streaming services has become a vital part of the home entertainment industry, and we want our awards to reflect that reality,” said Media Play News publisher Thomas K. Arnold.

For the past 10 years the honors were presented by Media Play News and a predecessor publication under the Home Media Awards banner, which had consolidated a number of DVD and Blu-ray awards presented before then.

Studios, content distributors and streaming services may submit nominations for the awards here through Feb. 26.

Fans can vote on the nominations in March and the winners will be announced in April.

Details about categories and submission guidelines are now available at MediaPlayNews.com/awards/home-entertainment-submission-form.

In last year’s awards, which were limited to the transactional segment of the home entertainment business, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood earned the top prize, taking Title of the Year and Best Theatrical Home Release.

Blu-ray Disc of the Year went to Lionsgate’s Apocalypse Now: Final Cut, which also won Best Catalog Home Release and Best Box Art. HBO’s Game of Thrones: The Complete Series won TV on Disc of the Year and Best Packaging.