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'BLADE' TOP CUT

Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" was the big winner at the fourth annual DVD Critics Awards, with a Warner Home Video rerelease of the 1982 sci-fi classic picking up two top awards in the annual contest. "Blade Runner: Ultimate Collector's Edition" — a five-disc set with several versions of the film, a three-hour retrospective documentary, art cards and other memorabilia — won best of show, while "Blade Runner: The Final Cut" picked up best director's cut honors. Other key awards in the contest, produced by Home Media Magazine, went to Paramount/DreamWorks' "Transformers" for best theatrical DVD, Sony Pictures' "Seinfeld: The Complete Series" for best TV-DVD, Disney's "Ratatouille" for best animation DVD and Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" for best Blu-ray Disc theatrical title. A panel of home entertainment critics and judges selected the winners from nearly 140 entries.

'CONFIDENTIAL' SPECIAL

Warner Home Video is preparing a special-edition DVD and Blu-ray Disc of the 1997 film noir "L.A. Confidential" for a Sept. 23 release. The two-disc DVD and single-disc Blu-ray include a commentary from film critic Andrew Sarris. Also included is the pilot for an "L.A. Confidential" TV miniseries.

WAL-MART BOOSTS PS3

Wal-Mart's Blu-ray Disc promotion, in which the retailer gave away a $100 gift card with the purchase of any Blu-ray player, had an unexpected result. Instead of boosting sales of the $298 Magnavox player, the promotion lifted sales of Sony's Blu-ray-equipped PlayStation 3.
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