'Seinfeld' set tops TV DVD nods

Winners chosen in 13 categories at fifth annual event

A complete-series boxed set of "Seinfeld" won the top honor at the fifth annual TV DVD Awards Oct. 14, earning best of show as well as best complete-series set for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The announcement came at a gala awards dinner at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. The TV DVD Awards were presented by Home Media Magazine in cooperation with TVShowsOnDVD.com, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to best of show, the ceremony revealed the winners in 13 categories as chosen by consumers in an online vote. A blue-ribbon panel of judges, comprising top DVD critics and journalists, selected four finalists in each of the categories from a field of more than 150 studio submissions of titles released between Oct. 1, 2007, and Sept. 30, 2008. Winners were determined by an online consumer vote conducted at HomeMediaMagazine.com, TVShowsOnDVD.com and TheDigitalBits.com. The panel selected the best of show winner from among all entries.

"Seinfeld: The Complete Series" was the only multiple award-winning title of the night. As a studio, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment also won two awards, taking best animated TV DVD for "Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest," a "Star Wars" parody, and best reality show for its "Cops: 20th Anniversary Edition" compilation.

"John Adams" continued its award-season blitz, taking home the best miniseries/made-for-TV movie trophy for HBO Home Entertainment. The epic miniseries about the founding father won a record 13 Emmys last month.

Time Life's trend of releasing sets of classic TV shows continued to pay off as well. After winning last year for a "Get Smart" boxed set, Time Life won best 1950s/1960s series with "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. -- The Complete Series," which it has sold as an online exclusive for the past year. Warner Home Video begins selling the set at retail Oct. 21.

And, for the first time, the awards recognized the top TV show released on Blu-ray Disc. The honor went to Universal Studios Home Entertainment's "Heroes: Season 1" Blu-ray boxed set.

The ceremony also recognized two achievement awards.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the TV premiere of "The Donna Reed Show," Paul Peterson, who played son Jeff Stone on the show, bestowed the Donna Reed Award of Excellence upon his TV sister, Shelley Fabares. She played eldest daughter Mary Stone on "The Donna Reed Show," leading to her recording the No. 1 hit song "Johnny Angel," and later starred on the sitcom "Coach." "The Donna Reed Show: Season 1" debuts Oct. 28 from Arts Alliance America.

Home Media Magazine presented Donna Reed's real-life family with the Classic TV Star Award, for all the contributions the late actress made to the world of television and the role of women in the medium. Donna Reed's real-life children, Tony and Mary Owen, were on hand to accept the award.

A complete list of winners is available on the next page.

2008 TV DVD Award winners

Best of show
Seinfeld: The Complete Series, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Best 2000s series
Lost: Season 3, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Best 1990s series
My So-Called Life: The Complete Series, Shout! Factory

Best 1970s/1980s series
Sesame Street Old School: Volume 2 (1974-1979), Genius Products

Best 1950s/1960s series
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. -- The Complete Series, Time Life

Best animated TV DVD
Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best kidvid TV DVD
The Care Bears: 25th Anniversary Gift Set, Lionsgate

Best reality show
Cops: 20th Anniversary Edition, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best miniseries/made-for-TV movie
John Adams, HBO Home Entertainment

Best international TV DVD
Torchwood: Season 1, BBC Video

Best TV documentary
Ken Burns' and Lynn Novick's The War, Paramount Home Entertainment/PBS

Best extras
Twin Peaks: The Gold Box Edition, Paramount Home Entertainment/CBS

Best complete-series set
Seinfeld: The Complete Series, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Best TV on Blu-ray
Heroes: Season 1, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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