Inside Carnival 2K3, a two-disc DVD set released by Trinidad’s Mango Juice Interactive company, put in an impressive showing at the Sixth Annual DVD Entertainment Awards, held last Wednesday at Universal City Hilton in Hollywood, California.

The Trini Carnival DVD placed fourth in the Best Educational/ Documentary category, a field originally contested by more than 10,000 entries, beating into fifth place the much-talked-about Standing In The Shadows of Motown—This Is Their Story, submitted by the powerful Artisan Entertainment Company.

Mango Juice Interactive is a collaboration between GVI Sourcing and Advance Dynamics Ltd, which was responsible for production, authoring and replication of the work- shot entirely in Trinidad and hosted by Machel Montano, Maxine Williams and Michelle Khan.

The Trinidad entry was in prestigious company. The night’s big winner was Lord of the Rings—The Fellowship of the Ring taking home awards in several major categories, including the coveted Best in Show ranking.

The two-disc DVD set submitted by Mango Juice captures the run up to the

national festival, including the partying and the fun that climaxes as the parade of the bands on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

The production was done with the assistance and hospitality of Pan Trinbago, Chris Humphrey & Associates, Tropical Angel Harps Steel Orchestra, La Creole Pan Groove, Ian Wiltshire’s Island Style fete organisation, Customs Boys, Kaiso House, Maljo Tent, the Poison, D’Midas Associates and Legends mas camps, Island People, the National Carnival Development Foundation, National Carnival Bands Association, National Carnival Commission and the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation.

Featured interviews include Andre Tanker, Singing Sandra, Rupee, Calypso Rose, Destra, Ronnie Mc Intosh, masqueraders in Legends and Poison and visitor Victoria Rowell, star of popular daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless.

Recognised by the Hollywood community as the most prestigious awards in the DVD industry, the awards celebrate the art of producing top-drawer video discs and attracts the most influential names in this facet of the global entertainment industry.

The Best Educational/Documentary title was taken by Lost In La Mancha (submitted by: New Video/Docudrama), with second place going to Chicago: City of The Century (from American Experience/WGBH Boston) and Disney’s Schoolhouse Rock Special 30th Anniversary Edition (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) coming in third.

For Best Restoration, the award went to Singin’ In The Rain—2 Disc Special Edition (Warner Home Video Inc.), followed by E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial, 2 Disc Limited Collector’s Edition (from Universal Studios Home Video) and Sunset Blvd—Special Collector’s Edition, Paramount Collection (submitted by: Paramount Pictures). Arnold Schwarzenneger’s Terminator 2 won Best DVD-ROM, while Touchstone’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit too the Best Menu Design award, Miles Davis Live in Munich got the nod for Best DVD-Video Music and Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets won Best Standard Release and Viewer’s Choice awards.