Spartan epic 300 has scooped the first-ever High-Def Disc Awards organised by US trade publication Home Media Magazine in co-operation with The Hollywood Reporter. The Warner title was the only winner released on both high-def formats: 300 won Blu-ray High Def Title of the year, and Best Bonus Feature in its HD DVD version, which allows fans to view a bluescreen version of the film simultaneously with the main feature.
In the category Live-Action title of the year, Casino Royale won for Blu-ray and cop comedy Hot Fuzz won for HD DVD.
The newly released Close Encounters of the Third Kind was named best multi-disc set. Bizarrely, Transformers won Best Audio, even though critics rounded on the disc when it was released for not including a lossless audio option.
The award winners in full:
High Def Title of the Year: 300 (Blu-ray)
Best Live-Action Blu-ray: Casino Royale
Best Live-Action HD DVD: Hot Fuzz
Best Animated: Ratatouille (Blu-ray)
Best Picture Quality: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Blu-ray)
Best Audio Quality: Transformers (HD DVD)
Best Bonus Feature: 300 (HD DVD), Bluescreen Picture-in-Picture
Most Innovative Use of New Technology: HD DVD U-Shop feature
Best Long-Form Music Video: Dave Mathews and Tim Reynolds Live at Radio City Music Hall (Blu-ray)
Best Catalogue title: Kingdom of Heaven Director’s Cut
Best Collection/Multidisc Set: Close Encounters of the Third Kind