Best DVD Movie Releases of 2012
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Canadian Press film expert John McKay says 2012 was a banner year for films on home video, both new titles and restored classics. McKay's top five picks include "The Dark Knight Rises," and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

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This isn't easy, picking only five top titles on home video, and of course it's highly subjective. But here goes: No. 5 – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I was skeptical that anyone could, or needed to, remake any of the original Swedish film versions of the Millennium trilogy. But David Fincher brought a uniquely dark vision to the project with thrilling results. No. 4 – The Dark Knight Rises. A comic-hero reboot film, filled with action, F/X and a surprisingly strong story that wraps up Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Also available as part of the three-title Dark Knight box set. No. 3 – The Descendants. No action, no special effects, no sex or violence. Just a wonderfully touching performance by George Clooney and supporting cast in Alexander Payne's sometimes humorous, sometimes heart-breaking story of a crisis in a deep-rooted Hawaiian family. No. 2 – Hugo. Martin Scorsese's visually sumptuous tribute to French silent film pioneer George Melies, which included clips from the brilliant restoration of Melies' hand-painted-in-colour 1901 classic original, A Trip to the Moon. No. 1 – Lawrence of Arabia . I have to give the top spot to this meticulous and breathtaking restoration and remastering of David Lean's 50-year-old classic. It looks and sounds brand new and reminds us of the days when a cast of thousands onscreen was real, and not created in a computer.