10 Best DVD Releases 2009

Wednesday, December 1 by Thomas King

Looking for the 10 best DVD releases 2009? Nobody likes standing in a video rental store reading the back of every DVD on the shelf and hoping they make the right choice. Fortunately, we have movie critics to separate the good from the bad. All of the movies on this list of ten best DVD releases of 2009 received an average rating of at least 90 percent from popular movie critics.

  1. "Sweetgrass": Though not a huge commercial success, "Sweetgrass" was critically acclaimed and thus belongs on the list of ten best DVD releases of 2009. "Sweetgrass" is a documentary that tells the story of a group of shepherds travelling through the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. Lots of drama and beautiful scenery make this movie a stand out.
  2. "Under the Sea 3D": If you are looking for a movie to watch with the family, consider "Under the Sea 3D." The movie transports viewers to some of the most isolated locations under the sea where they will encounter creatures rarely seen by humans.
  3. "Drag Me to Hell": The first horror movie to make the list of ten best DVD releases 2009, "Drag Me to Hell" is directed by Sam Raimi, known for his 1981 classic "The Evil Dead." 
  4. "Lake Mungo": Directed by Joel Anderson, "Lake Mungo" tells the story of a deceased girl who may or may not be trying to reach her family from beyond the grave. Viewers will find that this mock documentary reminds them of "The Blair Witch Project" and "Paranormal Activity."
  5. "Star Trek": Perhaps the most recognizable film to make the ten best DVD releases of 2009 list, this version of "Star Trek" is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Chris Pine and Eric Bana. "Star Trek" aficionados can keep an eye out for a host of new characters. 
  6. "Slumdog Millionaire": Winning the Oscar for Best Picture is a pretty good way to get your movie on the list of ten best DVD releases of 2009. "Slumdog Millionaire," directed by Danny Boyle, tells the story of a poor Mumbai teen who becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."
  7. "Up": "Up" is the first animated film to make the list of ten best DVD releases of 2009. The film is created by Pixar and was described by Ryan Cracknell of Movie Reviews as being "filled with wonderment and intrigue."
  8. "Crazy Heart": Jeff Bridges won an Oscar for his role as Bad Blake, a down-and-out country singer who tries to get his career and love life back on track.
  9. "The White Stripes Under Great Northern Lights": This feature length documentary follows the White Stripes as they tour Canada and play their 10th Anniversary show in Nova Scotia. The film captures band members Jack and Meg White both on and off stage.
  10. "District 9": It's not easy for an alien movie to make the list of ten best DVD releases of 2009, but "District 9" was praised by critics as being one of the most intelligent science fiction entries in the last ten years.