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DVD AWARDS 2004 – VOTING STARTS

Consumer voting in the 2004 DVD Awards commences this week and closes January 16, 2004, with a massive list of DVD releases for consideration; Region 4 Magazine in association with Urban Cinefile invite readers to register their votes (and be eligible for major prizes) in seven Categories, while technical panels will select nominees and winners in a further six. The awards will be presented at a gala evening at Sydney’s fabulous State Theatre on March 12, 2004.

See reference/ reminder list of DVDs released in 2004.

"The Awards night and cocktail party," says Awards Director Lisa Grieco, "which is expected to attract 500 guests including Australian film directors and producers, national software and hardware distributors, Australian authoring and manufacturing companies, key industry bodies, retailers, celebrities and media, is a celebration of DVD and new technology and it's strong, solid presence in the future of Home Entertainment. Those at the forefront of DVD technology are recognised and congratulated for their inspired, creative efforts, which has made DVD such a success in the Australian market."

Readers who take part in the voting will be eligible to win Pioneer products and DVDs. To vote, please visit R4 before January 16, 2004.

First Prize
Pioneer HTZ515DVD digital home cinema system with a wireless surround sound speaker RRP $1399

Second Prize
Pioneer in-car CD tuner deh-p3550mp in dash CD tuner with MCD control and MP3 RRP $499

Third Prize
One of 10 DVD packs including 5 Australian DVD Awards 2003 DVD winners.

THE PUBLIC CATEGORIES
1. Best Use Of Special Features
Awarded to the DVD that makes the best of the format's capabilities in order to extend the movie's experience by adding valuable, educational content to the release.

2. Best Audio Commentary
Awarded to the DVD with the most interesting and entertaining audio commentary that demystifies the movie making process and allows you to learn more about film making on a DVD.

3. Best Animated DVD
Commends the release that makes best use of DVDs technical capabilities in the confines of an animated production including visual presentation, bonus materials and navigation.

4. Best Music DVD
Commends the release that makes best use of DVDs technical capabilities in the confines of a music video production including audio presentation, bonus materials and navigation.

5. Best Box Set Presentation
Recognizing the most effective use of all the elements of a DVD titles packaging and presentation, taking into consideration the case, the outer graphics, the booklet and additional content, and decoration on the disc itself.

6. Best Australian Film On DVD
Best Australian feature film released on DVD in 2003.

7. Best DVD
Honours the DVD considered the very best of the entire industry, based on all technical and artistic aspects and its extension of the feature presentations experience through inclusion of quality bonus materials.

TECHNICAL AWARDS - Voted by a panel of DVD experts:
8. Best Australian Produced Australian Feature/Non-Feature DVD Honouring the quality of Australian DVD production on an Australian titles technical implementation, including responsiveness, compatibility and integration of digital assets.

9. Best Australian Produced Overseas Feature/Non-Feature DVD
Honouring the quality of Australian production of an over seas titles echnical implementation, including responsiveness, compatibility and integration of digital assets.

10. Most inventive Special Feature On An Australian Produced DVD
Awarded to the DVD that makes the best use of the format's capabilities in order to extend the movie's experience by adding valuable, educational content to the release.

11. Best Menu Design On An Australian Produced DVD
Awarded to the DVD with the most exciting, intuitive, appropriate and clear use of menus and navigation.

12. Best Sound On An Australian Produced DVD
Bestowed upon the release that has the best audio presentation by examining the faithfulness of the reproduction, as well as the frequency response, dynamic range, surround usage, dialogue integration and sonic definition.

13. Best picture Transfer On An Australian Produced DVD
Awarded to the DVD with the best video presentation, including the transfers, definition, sharpness, cleanliness, colour reproduction, contrast, digital enhancement and compression.

Published December 18, 2003

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