|The Judging Panel|
The Award has now been named after the late Peter Von Bagh, whose death since last year’s Cinema Ritrovato left a vacancy on the panel of judges. His replacement , Lucien Logette fits into the age and gender demographic perfectly. It seems its a bit like being a Pope to be on the DVD Awards Panel. You have to die to get off it and it's a blokes only operation. I’ll not labour the point any more.
Best Blu-ray went to three films by Shirley Clarke issued by Milestone Films. Best DVD Box set went to the Walerian Borowczyk package published by Arrow Films. Other prizes went to Criterion for their Les Blank Blu-rays. Flicker Alley also got gongs for their Marcel Perez and Mack Sennett issues. There were prizes also for Best Rediscovery to Phillipe Garrel’s Les Hautes Solitudes and Karel Zeman’s A Jester’s Tale
No handout with all the results was offered around though clearly the jury had a scripted version. For the full results right down to the minutiae of the panelists personal selections of DVDs not actually entered, we shall have to wait until Jonathan Rosenbaum publishes the script as part of his next DVD report in Cinemascope.