- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2003

Now that those other movie awards have been handed out, it's time once again to bestow the trophies that really matter i.e., the Phantom's Annual "B"wards as we praise or bury, as the case may warrant, those video titles, individuals and institutions that kept us glued to the tube in 2002.
The Phantom's annual 'B'wards
Special Edition DVDs of the Year: A Quentin Tarantino trio: "Pulp Fiction" (Miramax Home Entertainment), "Reservoir Dogs" (Artisan Entertainment), "True Romance" (Warner Home Video)
DVD Restoration of the Year: Kino Video's German Horror Classics Collection: "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," "The Golem," "Nosferatu," "Waxworks"
Best Audio Commentary: John Frankenheimer, "Seconds" (Paramount Home Entertainment); runners-up: Andy and Arlene Sidaris, "Savage Beach" (Ventura Distribution)
The You'll-Never-Leave-Home-Again DVD Overkill Award: "The Lord of the Rings: Special Extended Edition" four-DVD Set (New Line Home Entertainment)
Best Family Video: "Monsters, Inc." (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Best Anime Video: "Metropolis" (Columbia/TriStar Home Video)
Best Literary Classic on DVD: D.H. Lawrence's "The Rocking Horse Winner" (Home Vision Entertainment)
Best New Western: "The Wooden Gun" (Golden Shadow Pictures)
Best Western Revival: "High Noon" (Artisan); runner-up: "Run, Man, Run" (Blue Underground)
Best Documentary: "Keep the River to Your Right" (Docurama); runner-up: "The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood, Jr." (Image Entertainment)
Best Video Comedy Series: "All Thumbs: The Complete Collection" (Image Entertainment)
Monster of the Year: Hungry demon, "Jeepers Creepers" (MGM Entertainment)
Psycho of the Year: Bill Paxton, "Frailty" (Lion's Gate Home Entertainment)
Gangsta of the Year: Ben Kingsley, "Sexy Beast" (20th Century Fox)
Best Child Performance: Haley Joel Osment, "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (Dreamworks Entertainment); runner-up: Erik Per Sullivan, "Wendigo" (Artisan)
Worst Child Performance: Dana Carvey, "The Master of Disguise" (Columbia/TriStar)
Best Robotic Performance: Jude Law, "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (Dreamworks)
Worst Robotic Performance: Steven Seagal, "Half Past Dead" (Columbia/TriStar)
Camp Classic Rediscovery of the Year: "Blood Freak" (Something Weird Video); Runner-up: "Seytan" (the Turkish "Exorcist") (Video Screams)
Welcome Back Award: Cult-Movie Division: "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension" (MGM)
Headache-Inducing Video of the Year: "Moulin Rouge" (20th Century Fox)
Best Archival Video Suppliers: Alpha Video, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Blue Underground, Elite Entertainment, Home Vision Entertainment/Criterion Collection, Image Entertainment, Kino Video, Media Blasters, Milestone Films & Video, Pathfinder Pictures, Rhino Video, Sinister Cinema, Something Weird Video, VCI Entertainment, Ventura Distribution, Wellspring Media
Best Cult-TV Video Supplier: A&E; Home Video
Best Activity of 2002: Watching too many videos.
Phan mail
Dear Phantom: I would love to know if the following movies exist on video: "Boomerang," "The Corsican Brothers," "Typhoon," "Captain Caution," "The Great Gatsby" (1949), "Zoo in Budapest" and "Viva Zapata!"
Ernie Nagy, via e-mail
Surprisingly (or alarmingly) enough, of your distinguished vintage film list, only 1952's Viva Zapata! is currently available on video. It can be purchased ($14.99, VHS only) from Movies Unlimited (moviesunlimited.com), among other suppliers.
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