There were, of course, many great movie/TV releases on DVD and Blu Ray this year, but a select few did stand above the rest. The must have releases of 2008 are...
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (DVD)
The Internet musical sensation from Joss Whedon was one of the biggest events of 2008 and now it's a must own DVD. Not only is the masterpiece included, but so are some cool special features and a brand new full length commentary musical. The cast and writers provide commentary through delightful song and everyone gets their moment, even "groupie #3".
Baraka (Blu Ray)
A little known cinematic treasure known as Baraka was released on Blu Ray, and it stands as one of the most incredible visual experiences one can have in their own homes. The clarity is unmatched and the film itself is a unique and beautiful masterpiece.
The Dark Knight (Blu Ray)
Yes, The Dark Knight was one of the year's best films, and it's visual and audio quality on Blu Ray is remarkable. The IMAX shots are especially glorious. However, what makes this one of the best 2008 releases is it's revolutionary special features. Through "BD-Live", viewers can access a host of online features. The two biggies, which in my opinion, have changed home video forever. First off, 100 000 owners of the Blu Ray (me included) we're able to chat with director Christopher Nolan during an online community screening of the film. Also, anyone, using the web cam on their computer, can record their own "picture-in-picture" commentary for the movie.
The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration (Blu Ray)
An absolute must-own for all cinephiles, this collection includes all 3 parts of The Godfather in gorgeous high definition. It doesn't look perfect, but in comparison to prior releases of these films, it is very impressive. The features are extensive, and Part I & II are two of the best films ever made.
posted by adam cook