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AUSTRALIAN DVD AWARDS 2004 – THE WINNERS

PETER, KATE, DAVE AND CO TURN IT ON
Peter Jackson sent an acceptance speech on digi-tape (via Urban Cinefile), Kate Ceberano opened the night in great style (at the piano) and Dave Hughes hosted the event with larrikin good humour (with an edge), as 500 DVD players (people, not machines) gathered in Sydney’s gorgeous State Theatre to recognise excellence in DVD making (in just over an hour). (And to party…)


In its third year, the Australian DVD Awards, organised by Region 4 Magazine and sponsored by Pioneer Electronics, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Urban Cinefile (among others like Ryan Wines), were presented in a funky atmosphere (on Friday March 12), with presenters as varied as Machine Gun Fallatio and Bill Collins, Glenn A. Baker and Reg Mombassa of Mental As Anything, animated Oscar winner Adam Elliot and singer Katie Underwood.

The most unexpected ‘thank you’ came from the Molloys, Mick and John (Crackerjack), whose Best Australian DVD Award was received with thanks – among others – to Jenny Hughes of Macquarie Bank; the financiers. 

Pioneer’s Darren Johannesen predicated that 2004 would be a watershed year for the DVD platform, as new delivery products (like in-car DVDs and plasma screens) make major inroads to consumer markets. But the night belonged to the films and filmmakers, the DVD technicians and the distributors. And the caterers, BlueRock, who managed to deliver enough food at 9pm to satisfy the hordes. It was a Loaves and Fishes sort of thing.

PIONEER AWARD FOR 
THE BEST DVD 2003 

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers 
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 
Donnie Darko 
Kath & Kim Season 2 

WINNER: The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers – Roadshow Entertainment

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD AWARD FOR 
BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM ON DVD 

Ned Kelly 
Crackerjack 
Dirty Deeds 
Adventures of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert 

WINNER: CRACKERJACK - Roadshow Entertainment

BEST BOX SET PRESENTATION 
Battle Star Galactica 
Alien Quadrilogy 
Indiana Jones Trilogy 
The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers CE. 

WINNER: INDIANA JONES TRILOGY - Paramount Home Entertainment

THE AGE AWARD FOR FOR
BEST USE OF SPECIAL FEATURES 

Alien Quadrilogy 
The Matrix Reloaded 
Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines 
The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers Extd. Ed. 

WINNER: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS EXT. ED. – Roadshow Entertainment

BEST AUDIO COMMENTARY 
The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers Extd. Ed. 
Donnie Darko 
Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines 
Scream Coll. Ed. 

WINNER: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS EXTD. ED. – Roadshow Entertainment

BEST ANIMATED DVD 
Animatrix 
Spirited Away 
Sinbad: Legend Of the Seven Seas 
Lilo & Stitch 

WINNER: SPIRITED AWAY - AV Channel

REGION 4 AWARD FOR
BEST MUSIC DVD 

Coldplay: Live 
Robbie Williams: The Robbie Williams Show 
Machine Gun Fellatio: To Pussy Town & Back 
Delta Goodrem: Delta 

WINNER: DELTA GOODREM: DELTA - Sony Music

Technical Categories (voted by industry panels):
URBAN CINEFILE AWARD FOR BEST AUTHORED DVD 2003
WINNER: RESERVOIR DOGS COLLECTORS EDITION - DVD Technologies

BEST MENU DESIGN
WINNER: Carl Barron - Elastic Wit Studios/ A-List Entertainment

BEST SOUND
WINNER: The Tracker - Madman Interactive

BEST PICTURE TRANSFER
WINNER: FAR FROM HEAVEN - Digital Pictures Interactive

AUSTRALIAN CAPTION CENTRE AWARD FOR BEST AUSTRALIAN PRODUCED NON-FEATURE DVD
WINNER: SILVERCHAIR: LIVE FROM FARAWAY STABLES - Elastic Wit Studios/EMI Music

Published March 13, 2004

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