The Dark Knight has won the 2008 Grand Prix in the inaugural Digital Entertainment Group Japan Awards, honouring the best Blu-ray Disc releases in Japan during 2008.
The release, which also picked up Best in Picture Quality (Live Action), was commended by the judges for "Outstanding image quality that justifies its acclaim as the 2008 Blu-ray title of the year."
Top animation honours went to Disney for the Collector's Edition of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, the judges saying that “The textures of fabrics within the film are stunningly reproduced, providing a sense of detail that could not be detected in movie theaters”.
Two Japanese titles took Best Sound Awards, the music title going to an NHK disc of Seiji Ozawa conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6, in which "The extreme detail and depth of sound convey even the changes in breath of the conductor, and every nuance of the musicians.
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"The 96/24 linear PCM delivers a wondrous experience, while the amazingly high resolution sound reproduces every detail of the musical performance."
Bandai's release of anime classic Ghost in the Shell took the movie sound award, the judges saying that the “Exquisite, high density surround sound evokes a sense of space and atmosphere.”
The judging committee comprises leading reviewers and editors from Japan's home cinema titles, led by Reiji Asakura.