The DVD year in review

Here's a look at the best DVDs of 2006. As usual, these choices reflect the quality of both programming and DVD presentation.

• Best new movie: I pegged "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" as a year's-best candidate when it came out in April as a two-disc set ($30) bursting with extras. The recent four-disc version ($43), which adds two feature-length documentaries and more, easily puts it over the top.

• Best classic film: Criterion's three-disc "The Complete Mr. Arkadin" ($50) is a cinephile's dream, with three versions of Orson Welles' much-maligned film and oodles of background material. Warner's stunning two-disc "Grand Prix" ($30) was worth the wait, even though the 1966 racing film's director, John Frankenheimer, was no longer alive to contribute to the DVD.

• Best reissue: There was excellence in numbers as the 1972 disaster flick "The Poseidon Adventure" ($20) and the noir classics "Double Indemnity" ($27) and "The Maltese Falcon" ($30) came back in handsome multidisc sets.

• Best do-over: Ridley Scott turned a middling theatrical release into a compelling epic with his engrossing four-disc director's cut of "Kingdom of Heaven" ($35).

• Best current TV show: "The Office: Season Two" ($50) pairs the comedy's Emmy-winning season with deleted scenes for every episode that are definitely not throwaways. Strong runners-up are "Rome" ($100) and the eighth season of the plucky "The Simpsons" ($50).

• Best classic TV show: The first season of "The Wild, Wild West" ($50) and the full run of "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." ($100) sent fans' hearts a-galloping. And props to Disney for releasing "The Hardy Boys" ($33), a fun serial that originally aired in the '50s on "The Mickey Mouse Club."

• Best packaging: Every incarnation of "Planet of the Apes" was stuffed inside a big, furry ape's head ($180) - ingenious.