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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MoiKneeDecember 17, 2013 2:22 AM

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

Blind_Boy_Grunt_1235December 17, 2013 3:08 AM

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.

ZwansterDecember 17, 2013 9:27 AM

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 VijnDecember 17, 2013 10:54 AM

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.

Ard VijnDecember 17, 2013 10:57 AM

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.

Jason GorberDecember 17, 2013 1:26 PM

...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.

marshy00December 18, 2013 4:19 AM

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

marshy00December 18, 2013 4:21 AM

Yeah Gorb, you almost got disqualified :-)