The best DVD and Blu-ray of 2012

Phelim O'Neill rounds up the best new releases and restorations of 2012

The gap between theatrical and home releasing has narrowed over the last 12 months. The cinema seats were still warm when Avengers Assemble, Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises and the rest of the summer blockbusters hit disc and (legal) download formats, in plenty of time for Christmas. It's been a great year for back catalogue titles, with startling digital dust-offs being given to Lawrence Of Arabia, Jaws and even the slightly less classic Zombie Flesh-Eaters. Box-sets have delivered tidy collections of Hitchcock, James Bond and The Universal Horror Classics (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf-Man, etc). So what if no channel will air Breaking Bad (you can get it on DVD, first four seasons anyway – and Netflix has the fifth). It's almost worth side-stepping TV broadcasts altogether when you can watch box sets of Mad Men, Homeland, Spartacus, The Killing, Game Of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and others all in pristine HD and without adverts, idents and an agonising week's wait between episodes. This may not have been the greatest year for home entertainment – it's the year no one seemed to care about 3D TV – but it'll certainly do until something better comes along.

Best Music Release

LCD Soundsystem: Shut Up And Play The Hits

The band's last ever gig provides an unusual, bittersweet narrative to this concert movie.


Box Set of The Year

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection

14 of Hitch's thrillers: all killers, no fillers.


Best Restoration (TV)

Star Trek: The Next Generation

A huge and complicated restoration brings Trek's Next Generation up to speed with HD Televisions.


Best Restoration (Film)


Well worth the long wait. You're gonna need a bigger telly!



Phelim O'Neill

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