The Top 10 Of Everything 2012

Tuesday, January 22 2013
The Top 10 Of Everything 2012

It’s taken us a few weeks to get there, but since the middle of December, we’ve been pulling together lists from all over the place to compile this, our annual look at the best of the previous 12 months. Our Top 10 Of Everything 2012 takes in the cold, hard facts, from sales data for UK and US releases through to box office receipts for cinema releases, through to opinions, taking in peers in the industry (see the excellent Sight & Sound poll at the end of this page), journalists and even bloggers too. What it hopefully provides is a snapshot of what the past year was all about, both for the mainstream and the independent and arthouse sectors. from the legitimate to the illegal, from superheroes through to zombies…

Top 10 Bestselling DVD and Blu-ray Titles of 2012
1. The Dark Knight Rises (Warner)
2. The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 1 (eOne)
3. Avengers Assemble (Disney)
4. Ted (Universal)
5. War Horse (Disney)
6. Sherlock Holmes A Game Of Shadows (Warner)
7. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
8. Mrs Brown’s Boys Series One (Universal)
9. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox)
10. Ice Age 4 Continental Drift (Fox)
Chart compiled by Official Charts Company

Top 10 Bestselling Blu-ray Titles of 2012 (by volume):
1. The Dark Knight Rises (Warner)
2. Avengers Assemble (Disney)
3. Prometheus (Fox)
4. Sherlock Holmes Game Of Shadows (Warner)
5. The Amazing Spider-Man (SPHE)
6. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
7. The Twilight Saga – Breaking DawnPart 1 (eOne)
8. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (Warner)
9. Ted (Universal)
10. Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Paramount)
Source: Official Charts Company/BVA. Titles in bold include box-sets

Top Selling DVDs Of 2012 (US)
1. The Hunger Games
2. The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 1
3. Brave
4. The Lorax
5. The Avengers
6. Sherlock Holmes Game Of Shadows
7. The Dark Knight Rises
8. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
9. Puss In Boots
10. Alvin And the Chipmunks Chipwrecked
Chart compiled by Nash Information Services, from

The Top 10 Bestselling 3D Blu-rays Of 2012 (by volume)
1. Hugo (EV)
2. Prometheus (Fox)
3. Avengers Assemble (Disney)
4. Underworld Awakening (EV)
5. Avatar (Fox)
6. Ghost Rider – Spirit of Vengeance (eOne)
7. Wrath of the Titans (Warner)
8. The Three Musketeers (eOne)
9. The Amazing Spider-Man (SPHE)
10. The Adventures of Tintin – The Secret of the Unicorn (Paramount)
Chart compiled by Official Charts Company/BVA (Titles in bold include box sets)

Google’s 10 Most Searched Films
1. Skyfall (MGM)
2. Prometheus (Fox)
3. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
4. Magic Mike (Lionsgate)
5. Taken 2 (Fox)
6. Avengers Assemble (Disney)
7. Woman In Black (Momentum)
8. The Dictator (Paramount)
9. Sinister (Momentum)
10. Devil Inside (Paramount)

Top 10 UK and Ireland Box Office 2012
1. Skyfall
2. The Dark Knight Rises
3. Avengers Assemble
4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
6. Ted
7. Ice Age: Continental Drift
8. The Amazing Spider-Man
9. Prometheus
10. Taken 2
Chart compiled by Office Mojo

Twitter’s Most Talked About Films
1. Think Like A Man
2. The Hunger Games
3. The Avengers
4. Red Tails
5. 21 Jump Street
6. The Dark Knight Rises
7. Dark Shadows
8. The Devil Inside
9. Safe House
10. The Vow

Apple iTunes Top Titles
1. The Hunger Games
2. 21 Jump Street
3. Moneyball
4. Avengers Assemble
5. Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol
6. The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1
7. The Girl With The Dragon
8. The Descendants
9. This Means War
10. The Grey

Most Movie Mistakes 2012
1. Men in Black III – 63
2. Skyfall – 35
3. The Dark Knight Rises – 24
4. The Amazing Spider-Man – 24
5. Marvel Avengers Assemble – 22
6. Looper – 14
7. Prometheus – 13
8. Argo – 13
9. Underworld: Awakening – 10
10. The Hunger Games – 10

12 Films You Need To See in 2013
1 Django Unchained
2. Zero Dark Thirty
3. Iron Man 3
4. The Great Gatsby
5. Star Trek Into Darkness
6. Man Of Steel
7. Pacific Rim
8. The World’s End
9. Rush
10. Elysium
11. The Counsellor
12. The Wolf Of Wall Street
Chart compiled by Shortlist

Top 10 TV Titles
1. Downton Abbey
2. Harry Hill’s Cream Of TV Burp
3. Twenty Twelve
4. Harry & Paul
5. Moone Boy
6. The Thick Of It
7. The Killing
8. Celebrity Juice – The Bang Tidy Box Set (BBC Worldwide),
9. Modern Family (Fox) and
10. Alan Partridge Mid Morning Matters
Compiled by Ian Hyland, TV critic, Mail On Sunday Live magazine

Hidden Gems Of 2012
Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (November Films)
Ping Pong (BritDoc Films)
The Dardennes Collection (Artificial Eye)
Outside Bet (Universal)
The Last Projectionist (Electric Flix)
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (Dogwoof)
Compiled by Mark Kermode, The Observer

Uncut’s 10 Best DVDs
1. The Devils (BFI)
2. London: The Modern Babylon (BFI)
3. Game Of Thrones Series 1 (HBO)
4. Homeland Series 1 (Fox)
5. Rolling Thunder (Studiocanal)
6. The Bridge (Arrow)
7. Borgen (Arrow)
8. Santa Sangre (Mr Bongo Films)
9. Roll Out The Barrel – The British Pub On Film (BFI)
10. Death Watch (Park Circus)
Chart compiled by Uncut

The 10 Best Music DVDs
1. Led Zeppelin Celebration Day (Atlantic)
2. The Rolling Stones – Charlie Is My Darling (UMC)
3. Searching For Sugar Man (Studiocanal)
4. The Beatles Yellow Submarine (EMI)
5. LCD Soundsystem Shut Up And Play The Hits (Pulse Films)
6. Paul Simon Under African Skies (Sony Music)
7. The Grateful Dead All The Years Combine (Shout Factory US)
8. The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (EMI)
9. Marley (Universal)
10. Robert Plant And The Band Of Holy Joy (Decca)
Chart compiled by Uncut

Empire’s Top 10 Of 2012
1. Avengers Assemble
2. Argo
3. The Dark Knight Rises
4. Skyfall
5. Beasts Of The Southern Wild
6. Sightseers
7. Moonrise Kingdom
8. The Raid
9. Headhunters
10. Rust & Bone
Chart compiled by  Uncut

Total Film’s Top 10 Of 2012
1. The Master
2. The Imposter
3. The Cabin In The Woods
4. The Raid
5. Shame
6. The Dark Knight Rises
7. Argo
8. Avengers Assemble
9. Looper
10. Skyfall
Chart compiled by Total Film

Top 10 2012
1. The Raid
2. Love
3. Killer Joe
4. Excision
5. King Of Devil’s Island
6. Paranorman
7. The Dark Knight Rises
8. Wild Bill
9. Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai
10. The Grey
Chart compiled by Garry McConnachie, Daily Record

The 10 Best Films of 2012
1. The Master
2. Ted
3. Amour
4. Silver Linings Playbook
5. Holy Motors
6. This Is Not A Film
7. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
8. Beasts Of The Southern Wild
9. Alps
10. The Queen Of Versailles
Chart compiled by The Guardian

Rotten Tomatoes Top 10
1. The Invisible War
2. How To Survive A Plague
3. 56 Up
4. The Waiting Room
5. Planet Of Snail
6. Wild Bill
7. Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story Of 2007
8. Finding Nemo 3D
9. Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
10. This Is Not A Film
Chart compiled by Rotten Tomatoes from scores polled from critics

Top 10 Of Top 10s
1. Zero Dark Thirty
2. The Master
3. Moonrise Kingdom
4. Lincoln
5. Holy Motors
6. Amour
7. Argo
8. Beasts Of The Southern Wild
9. Silver Linings Playbook
10. Django Unchained
Chart compiled from critics’ top 10 year-end lists by

Bloggers’ Top 10
1. Skyfall
2. The Avengers
3. Moonrise Kingdom
4. The Dark Knight Rises
= Argo
6. The Master
7. Looper
8. Amour
9. The Raid
10. Holy Motors
Chart compiled by, taken from bloggers’ votes in the UK and beyond

DVD Beaver Top DVDs/Blu-rays 2012
1. The Passion Of Joan Of Arc
2. Eclipse Series 34 Joan Gremillon During The Occupation (Criterion)
3. The Devils (BFI)
4. Lonesome (Criterion)
5. Die Nibelungen (Eureka’s Masters Of Cinema)
6. Universal Classic Monsters: The Classic Selection
7. Double Indemnity (Eureka’s Masters Of Cinema)
8. Lawrence Of Arabia (SPHE)
9. Park Row (Eureka’s Masters Of Cinema)
10. The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (ITV Studios Home Entertainment)
Chart taken from website

Top 10 Most Pirated Films Of 2012
1. Project X
2. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
3. The Dark Knight Rises
4. The Avengers
5. Sherlock Holmes A Game Of Shadows
6. 21 Jump Street
7. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
8. The Dictator
9. Ice Age: Continental Drift
10. The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1
Chart compiled by

Top 10 Most Pirated TV Shows Of 2012
1. Game Of Thrones
2. Dexter
3. The Big Bang Theory
4. How I Met Your Mother
5. Breaking Bad
6. The Walking Dead
7. Homeland
8. House
9. Fringe
10. Revolution
Chart compiled by

Sight & Sound Best DVDs
1. The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (Eureka’s Masters Of Cinema)
2. Lonesome (Criterion, US)
3. = Die Nibelungen (Eureka’s Masters Of Cinema)
3. =Universal Classic Monsters: The Classic Collection (Universal)
3. = Zombie Flesh Eaters (Arrow)
6. = The Comformist (Arrow Academy)
6. = Letter Never Sent (Criterion US)
6. = The Mizoguchi Collection (Artificial Eye)
Chart compiled from 28 journalists and producers for  Sight & Sound
Contributors included the BFI’s Sam Dunn (see below) and James Blackford (further below)…

Sam Dunn’s DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012
Another year, another unbelievable selection of DVDs and Blu-rays to choose from. Here goes:
The Opening of Misty Beethoven
 Radley Metzger (as Henry Paris), USA, 1976; Distribpix, Blu-ray or DVD
Release of the year in my opinion. Distribpix went the whole hog with their beautiful transfer of this ‘Henry Paris’ classic, and their Project Misty fundraising campaign made it possible to bring it to Blu-ray. It’s sad to think that it takes a funding campaign for companies such as this to be able to afford to release on Blu-ray, but it’s heartening to know there are so many people out there who care enough to make it happen.
Zombie Flesh Eaters
 Lucio Fulci, Italy 1979; Arrow Video, Blu-ray (or DVD)
It’s great when perennial titles such as this get a new lease of life, and this latest addition to Arrow Video’s ever-expanding catalogue of great Blu-ray titles looks absolutely stunning. Picture area is maximised, and the palette now has a more naturalistic look. And as if that wasn’t enough, it’s absolutely loaded with extras too. Companies like Arrow make it an absolute pleasure to be a DVD and Blu-ray consumer.
The Passion of Joan of Arc Carl Theodor Dreyer, France 1928; Eureka Masters of Cinema, Blu-ray and/or DVD
No DVD/Blu-ray end-of-year poll would be complete without at least one MoC title, and there are – as ever – a number to choose from this year. Let’s face it, though, Joan truly is a revelation, newly remastered from rare film elements and packaged with incredible extra features. I for one am exceedingly grateful to all involved for such sterling work.
Countess Perverse
 Jesús Franco, France 1973; Mondo Macabro (US), DVD
The latest of three Jess Franco offerings from Mondo Macabro, all of which have been treated to exemplary transfers. This one’s full of beautiful locations and features some lovely camerawork, the net result leaving me greedily wishing the costs of Blu-ray releasing weren’t so prohibitive as to relegate this to DVD only. Project Perverse, anyone?
Born for Hell
 Denis Héroux, Canada-France-Italy 1975; Vidiots, limited edition DVD
Also known as Naked Massacre, Denis (The Uncanny) Héroux’s grimly brutal film will, I suspect, be somewhat beyond the pale for some viewers, but it’s a film I’ve never been able to forget since I first saw it on a ropey-looking VHS many years ago. Compiled from a great transfer of a censored version plus low-quality inserts taken from VHS, this most welcome release is by far the best way to see the uncut version of this extraordinary, controversial film.
Also: Redemption/Kino Lorber’s The Cinema of Jean Rollin Blu-rays; StudioCanal’s Ealing and Hammer Blu-rays; Odeon’s DVD editions of essential British titles (e.g. The Mark, The Third Secret, Girl on Approval).

James Blackford’s DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012
Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond 007
 UK-US 1964-2008; MGM, Blu-ray
This boxset is simply incredible value at less than £100. Although a bit lacking in newly filmed HD extras, the transfers look spectacular and all of the extras (over 130 hours’ worth!) have been ported from the previous DVD editions. The perfect-bound hardback-book packaging is also suitably luxurious.
Zombie Flesh Eaters
 Lucio Fulci, Italy 1979; Arrow Video, Blu-ray (or DVD)
A stunning new 2K transfer struck from the original negative revealing more picture area, more detail and a less-saturated, naturalistic look; a wealth of extras and an informative glossy booklet all help make this the essential edition of a much-loved gory classic.
The Passion of Joan of Arc
 Carl Theodor Dreyer, France 1928; Eureka Masters of Cinema, Blu-ray and/or DVD
A consummate edition of this long unavailable, silent masterwork. Presented in a beautifully restored new transfer, with an unbelievable array of extras and a 100-page perfect-bound book. I’d been wondering how Masters of Cinema could possibly top last year’s release of Touch of Evil… Does it get any better than this?
Lips of Blood
 Jean Rollin, France 1975; Redemption Films/Kino Lorber, Blu-ray
With their bold selection of obscure European horror releases and distinctive black-and-white sleeves, Redemption was a pioneering video label back in the 90s. Their renaissance this year with a slate of high-quality Blu-ray premieres from directors such as Jess Franco and Jean Rollin has been nothing short of a revelation. Lips of Blood, which boasts a filmed introduction, interviews, trailers and a 20-page booklet by Tim Lucas, is particularly impressive.
Husbands 3-disc Collectors’ Edition John Cassavetes, US 1970; Wild Side (France), DVD
This comprehensive release of one of Cassavetes’ most rewarding films came out quietly this year in France. The film is presented in both the original theatrical cut and an extended version; the transfer is solid, and the package includes a feature-length documentary and interviews with Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk and Al Ruban filmed shortly after Cassavetes’ death. The only draw back was that you can’t turn off the French subtitles!

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