10 Best Best DVDs Of 2008

Tuesday, November 30 by William Gish

Though it seems random, it’s not strange to look for the best DVDs of 2008. 2008 was a game changing year for film. Animation was taken to new heights, Heath Ledger turned in one of the most demented performances of all time, and Robert Downey Jr. became an action hero.

  1. "Wall-E" –  “Wall-E” was the best film and DVD of 2008. Why? Because it's filled with beautiful next level visuals from the first frame to the last. With its gorgeous digital transfer, you’ll be spellbound for the wordless thirty minute opening sequence and similarly awed at Wall-E flies through space, fights evil robots, and befriends a roach.
  2. "Iron Man" – “Iron Man” didn’t offer the brooding darkness or tangential philosophy of “The Dark Knight,” but it was a lot more fun. The two-disc edition “Iron Man” DVD is one of the best of 2008 for its attention to detail, from the interactive menus to the plethora of extras.
  3. "There Will Be Blood" – “There Will Be Blood” is not just one of the best DVDs of 2008, it is one of the best films of the 21st Century, or so says Rolling Stone. The film was released in 2007 and came to DVD in 2008. The disc itself maintains the crisp, creaking sound expansive visuals of the film.
  4. "Bolt" – “Bolt” takes a familiar conceit and turns it on its head. Turns out Bolt isn’t super powered, he's a movie star dog made to believe this to make his performances credible. “Bolt” is a charming and finely animated film that works perfectly in the digital medium. 
  5. "Horton Hears a Who!" – “Horton Hears a Who!” bears the distinction of being the only watchable feature-length Dr. Seuss adaptation. Filled with affable goofiness and bizarre charm, “Horton” captures the zany spirit of the book on which it is based. 
  6. "The Dark Knight" – “The Dark Knight” is by most accounts the greatest super hero film ever, and certainly one of the top DVDs of 2008. Heath Ledger turned in one of the great American screen performances in modern times, and Christian Bale’s coiled rage makes the Batman character credible. The DVD has a great transfer of the film, but doesn’t have the same loving dedication displayed in the “Iron Man” special features.
  7. "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" – Like “TWBB,”  “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” was released to cinemas in 2007 and on DVD in 2008. The film is filled with inventive directing, bold colors, humane performances, and imaginative camera work, making it one of the ten best DVDs of 2008.
  8. "Hellboy 2"Guillermo Del Toro is the rare modern myth maker who can tell a story as well as he can create bizarre creatures and fully fleshed alternate worlds. His “Hellboy” movies are the best creature fests outside of the “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings” universes. The second film looks great on DVD.
  9. "Wanted" – Those looking for a credible story should look elsewhere ("Wanted" revolves around a self-cognizant loom telling a secret fraternity of assassins who to kill). Those on the market for one of the best DVDs of 2008 need look no further. Kazakh madman and film director Timur Bekmambetov has a penchant for mind-blowing visuals, which transfer well to DVD.
  10. "The Happening"M. Night Shyamalan hit the nadir and peak of his career simultaneously with “The Happening,” a film that is preposterous, bizarre, and hilarious. Since appearing in theaters, it has developed a small cult. What makes “The Happening” one of the best DVDs of 2008 is its replay value. You can watch this movie 100 times and still get a kick out of the scene in which a man lies down before his riding mower.  
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