- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 28, 2002

Now that those other awards have been handed out in Hollywood, it's time to bestow the Phantom's Annual Video "B"wards those trophies that praise or bury, as the case may warrant, those titles, individuals and institutions that made 2001 the home-video year it was (for better or worse). Now, without further ado, the video sleeves, please…

'B'wards 2001
DVD of the Year: Dario Argento's Suspiria 3-Disc Limited Edition (Anchor Bay Entertainment). Runner-up: The Godfather DVD Collection (Paramount Home Video)
Best Actor: Willem Dafoe, Shadow of the Vampire (Universal Studios)
Best Actress: Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream (Artisan Entertainment). Runner-up: Franka Potente, Anatomy (Columbia/TriStar)
Best Supporting Actor: Wilson the Volleyball, Cast Away (20th Century Fox)
Worst Actor: John Travolta, Battlefield Earth (20th Century Fox)
Worst Dennis Hopper Movie: Tie: Choke (MTI Entertainment), The Spreading Ground (MTI), Ticker (Artisan)
Video Psycho of the Year: Anthony Hopkins, Hannibal (MGM)
The Ed Wood "Glen or Glenda" Award for Best Drag Performance: John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (New Line Home Entertainment)
Best Animal Performance: Twisted balloon dogs, Killer Klowns from Outer Space (MGM)
Worst Animal Performance: Steven Seagal, Exit Wounds (Warner Home Video)
Directorial Comeback of the Year: Doris Wishman, Satan Was a Lady (FBN Video/Boomshadow Pictures)
Directorial Comedown of the Year: George Romero, Bruiser (Trimark Home Video)
Best Foreign Genre Film: Amores Perros (Studio S)
Best Documentary: Ron Mann's Grass (Home Vision)
. Best Art-House Video: The Circle (Wellspring Media)
Best Musical: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (New Line)
Best "Outlaw" Video: Space Psychos (Carl J. Sukenick Productions)
Worst Remake: Get Carter (Warner)
Most Over-Hyped Loser: Nurse Betty (USA Home Entertainment)
Least Over-Hyped Winner: Charming Billy (Wellspring Media)
Fave FX Moment: Christina Ricci literally loses her head, Bless the Child (Paramount)
Low Concept Award: Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde as martial-arts avenger, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Bedford Entertainment)
Best Archival Video Suppliers: Anchor Bay Entertainment, Englewood Entertainment, Elite Entertainment, Home Vision/Criterion Collection, Image Entertainment, Kino Video, Milestone Films, Rhino Video, Sinister Cinema, Something Weird Video, Synapse Films, VCI Entertainment, Wellspring Media
Best Cult-TV Video Supplier: A&E; Home Video
Best Documentary Supplier: Docurama
(Note to winners: Don't call us, we'll call you. Your "Phantoms" are in the mail.)


Phan mail
Dear Phantom: There was a truly unique movie, "Homicide," which came out on video (Beta) and cable around 1984, 1985. Richard Widmark was the detective in the film. The movie was possibly one of the scariest I have ever seen, although there is little violence depicted. Do you know where I can get a copy of this film?
Storme King, via e-mail
Couldn't find one called "Homicide," but a thriller called Blackout fits your description, starring Mr. Widmark as a detective. It's available from Movies Unlimited (800/4-MOVIES, www.moviesunlimited.com) for $14.99 (VHS only).

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