ScreenAnarchy's Best of 2013 - Best Blu-ray Release

Asian Editor; Hong Kong, China (@Marshy00)
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The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team ScreenAnarchy to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to those films that have made a particularly strong impact over the past twelve months.

While we are all avid cinema and festival-goers here at ScreenAnarchy, we also love to indulge in the increasingly compulsive and fetishistic pastime that is purchasing and collecting our favourite movies on Blu-ray, for repeat consumption in the privacy of our own homes. 2013 has proved something of a landmark year, both in terms of AV quality, supplementary features and the packaging itself. Listed below are just a few of our favourites:


Pierce Conran, Ard Vijn, Jim Tudor, J Hurtado, Christopher O'Keeffe, Eric Ortiz Garcia, Dustin Chang, Joshua Chaplinsky and Jason Gorber contributed to this story.

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman - Criterion

Pierce Conran - Contributing writer
Now, to be fair, I haven't received my copy yet (it's in the mail), but you have to love Criterion for putting out the ENTIRE Zatoichi collection on Blu-ray. I love chambara films and have seen many of the Zatoichi films, which rank up there with the Baby Cart and Sleepy Eyes of Death series. The Blind Swordsman will be a welcome companion during the cold winter months.

Ard Vijn - Contributing writer
What can you say about a boxset like Criterion's Zatoichi collection of all 25 (!) movies? It's the stuff of dreams, packaging and all!

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  • Zwanster

    Is the Zatoichi collection locked to Region A? I wish a company would release this in the UK, i'd kill to have it.

  • Ard Vijn

    Unfortunately the Blu-rays in it are indeed locked to Region A, and the DVDs to region 1.

    As always, I seriously advise any collector of worldwide cinema to invest in a region-free Blu-ray player, if only so you can sample releases from both EUREKA: Masters of Cinema and Criterion.

  • marshy00

    I just have 2 Blu-ray players - one Region A, one Region B :-)

  • Blind_Boy_Grunt_1235

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey featured not only the best special features of the year, but maybe the best special features of all time. So I'd call that one an oversight.

  • Ard Vijn

    Agreed. Maybe I'll make a top 10 of 2013 home-disc releases, in which case the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey sure will be on it.

  • ...having gone through all 13 hours, I agree... I had it on my list (which got truncated to one), and sorta cheated by again including LAWRENCE because, well, it should be on for every year.

  • marshy00

    Yeah Gorb, you almost got disqualified :-)

  • MoiKnee

    That's amazing that the entire Zatoichi collection is on Blu-Ray now!! I love that film series. :D

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