The Digital Fix DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012


We're an eclectic bunch at the Digital Fix, each with our own tastes and tendencies, which makes it difficult to form a consensus when it comes to these year-end polls. Taking a look at the various top tens and top fives below you'll notice that there is very little crossover between our contributors' choices. Some discs get two nods (Game of Thrones, Star Trek The Next Generation, Lawrence of Arabia, Godzilla), with only two - namely the BFI's handling of Ken Russell's The Devils and Masters of Cinema's The Passion of Joan of Arc - securing more than that number. But as I pointed out last year when introducing our choices of 2011, the very fact that our separate preferences and enthusiasms can be so easily satisfied is surely a testament to the ongoing health of physical media.

The following lists are in the order of preference as stated by the individual contributors. If they appear in alphabetical order then no preference was made. Please click the images to read more about a given release.

Les Anderson

Game of Thrones: Season One (Various, Warner, UK BD)
Star Trek The Next Generation: Seasons 1&2 (Various, Paramount, UK BD)
London 2012 Olympic Games (Danny Boyle & Various, BBC, UK BD)
Bored to Death: Season Two (Various, Warner, US DVD)
Doctor Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (Alan Wareing, 2Entertain, UK DVD)

Gary Couzens

The Devils (Ken Russell, BFI, UK DVD)
Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death (Michael Ferguson, 2Entertain, UK DVD)
Game of Thrones: Season One (Various, Warner, UK BD)
Ghost Stories for Christmas: The Definitive Collection (Various, BFI, UK DVD)
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Alberto Cavalcanti, StudioCanal, UK DVD)

Geoff Dearth

Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, Sony, UK BD)
Jaws (Steven Spielberg, Universal, UK BD)
Bond 50 (Various, MGM, UK BD)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher, Sony, UK BD)
A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, Warner, US BD)
Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, Criterion, US BD)
Star Trek The Next Generation: Season One (Various, Paramount, UK BD)
Titanic 3D (James Cameron, Fox, UK BD)
Prometheus 3D (Ridley Scott, Fox, UK BD)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D (Michael Bay, Paramount, UK BD)

clydefro jones

Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, Criterion, US BD)
Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics III (Various, Sony, US BD)
Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, Masters of Cinema, UK BD)
Kazan at Fox: Volume Two (Elia Kazan, Fox, US BD)
Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, Sony, US BD)
Lonesome (Paul Fejos, Criterion, US BD)
On the Bowery: The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Volume I (Lionel Rogosin, Milestone, US BD)
Polish Cinema Classics (Various, Second Run, UK DVD)
Ruggles of Red Gap (Leo McCarey, Masters of Cinema, UK BD)
Sunday Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger, Criterion, US BD)

Mark Lee

Lady Snowblood (Toshiya Fujita, Arrow Video, UK BD)
Zombie Flesh Eaters (Lucio Fulci, Arrow Video, UK BD)
Tetsuo/Testuo II: Body Hammer (Shinya Tsukamoto, Third Window, UK BD)
Four Flies on Grey Velvet (Dario Argento, Shameless, UK BD)
The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling, StudioCanal, UK BD)
Himizu (Sion Sono, Third Window, UK BD)
The House by the Cemetery (Lucio Fulci, Arrow Video, UK BD)
Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton, Masters of Cinema , UK BD)
The Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura, Masters of Cinema, UK BD)
The Woman in Black (James Watkins, Momentum, UK BD)

Noel Megahey

Medea (Pier Paolo Pasolini, BFI, UK Dual Format)
Faust (Aleksandr Sokurov, Artificial Eye, UK BD)
Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman, Sony, UK DVD)
Hadewijcz (Bruno Dumont, New Wave, UK DVD)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Masters of Cinema, UK BD)
Mitsuko Delivers (Yuya Ishii, Third Window, UK DVD)
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Carlus Padrissa, C-Major, UK BD)
Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten (Christoph Loy, Opus Arte, UK BD)
Fairy Tail Parts 1-4 (Shinji Ishihira, Manga, UK DVD)
Clannad Parts 1&2 / Clannad After Story Parts 1&2 (Tatsuya Ishihara, Manga, UK DVD)

Anthony Nield

The Devils (Ken Russell, BFI, UK DVD)
The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Volumes One to Seven (Various, Network, UK DVD)
Jonas Mekas (Jonas Mekas, Potemkine, France DVD)
The Mizoguchi Collection (Kenji Mizoguchi, Artificial Eye, UK DVD)
Mundane History (Anocha Suwichakornpong, Second Run, UK DVD)
Die Oberhausener (Various, Edition Filmmuseum, Germany DVD)
Outcast of the Islands (Carol Reed, Sony, UK DVD)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Masters of Cinema, UK Blu-ray)
Repo Man (Alex Cox, Masters of Cinema, UK Blu-ray)
Roll Out the Barrel: The British Pub on Film (Various, BFI, UK DVD)

John White

The Devils (Ken Russell, BFI, UK DVD)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, ITV, UK BD)
Strip Nude for Your Killer (Andrea Bianchi, Blue Underground, US BD)
Night Train Murders (Aldo Lado, Blue Underground, US BD)
Three Outlaw Samurai (Hideo Gosha, Criterion, US BD)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Masters of Cinema, UK BD)
When Horror Came to Shochiku (Various, Criterion, US DVD)
In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, Criterion, US BD)
Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, Criterion, US BD)
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang, Masters of Cinema, UK BD)

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