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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)

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