1. Murnau, Borzage and Fox -- An important historical work and a mighty entertainment.
Fox returns to its early years with salutes to founder William Fox's prestige directors. Of the set's 12 movies, only one has had a major U.S. DVD release.
German director F.W. Murnau's 1927 "Sunrise" is the artistic pinnacle here, a mostly silent movie that represents the state of the art in the days just before talkies.
The visually stunning movie -- about a farmer who takes up with an urban vixen and plots the death of his faithful wife -- has undergone a major restoration. Murnau's lesser "City Girl" also looks sensational.
The films of Frank Borzage, an American romanticist, make up the rest of the set, notably "7th Heaven" (1927) and "Bad Girl" (1931). The DVDs include imaginative partial restorations of Murnau's lost "4 Devils" and Borzage's "The River."
Fox led this list of the top DVDs of 2007 with its John Ford collection and repeats easily with this remarkable set. (Fox Home Entertainment)
4. Baraka -- A classic of the "non-verbal" school of time-lapse movie-making returns in what could be the best-looking Blu-ray of them all. This 1992 parade of ohh-ahh images from the cinematographer of "Koyaanisqatsi" received obsessive care, starting with the Todd-AO 65mm print. Each frame was scanned at a resolution of about 8k, the first time that amount of detail has been extracted from a full feature film.
- Post-War Kurosawa (Criterion Eclipse)
- The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection (RHI/Genius)
- James Bond Blu-rays: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Thunderball (MGM)
- Hiya Kids! A '50s Saturday Morning Box (Shout! Factory)
- I Got the Feelin': James Brown in the '60s (Shout!)
- The Big Trail (Fox)
- Kiss of the Spider Woman (WEA)
- Dark City (Blu-ray version, New Line)
- Wall-E (Disney)
- The Last Emperor (Criterion)