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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2014: Blu-ray and DVD Edition
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Holiday Blu-ray Gift Guide 2014

It’s that time again. Your Thanksgiving feast hangover will soon be behind you and you’ll have to start your yearly Christmas shopping agenda. For those of you who want to give a gift that won’t get you uninvited to next year’s Xmas celebration at your Uncle Joey’s splashy new home in the suburbs, we here at Geeks of Doom have the essential guide to help cut down on the amount of time you would normally spend on present procuring. Enjoy this year’s Holiday Geek Gift Guide: DVD and Blu-ray Edition because we have a nice little roundup of 2014’s finest home video releases from both the film and television divisions.

Recommendations by BAADASSSSS!

Riddick

Riddick
Blu-ray|DVD

Director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel banked on the latter’s star power to give their futuristic action anti-hero a second chance (after The Chronicles of Riddick landed with a thud at the summer 2004 box office) at franchise life with a modestly budgeted sequel that scales back the spectacle and amps up the thrills, tension, and grim humor from 2000’s underrated Pitch Black. Mission accomplished. Universal’s Blu-ray includes both the theatrical cut of the film as well as an extended director’s cut with an ending that could signal amazing new adventures ahead for our raspy-voiced badass, as well as some behind-the-scenes featurettes and a motion comic prequel.

Robocop

RoboCop
Blu-ray

I had a feeling that the impending release of the recent remake would create the perfect opportunity for the original RoboCop to get a brand-new Blu-ray that would shame all previous home video incarnations of Paul Verhoeven‘s sci-fi action masterpiece. Ask and ye shall receive. The film was given a near-flawless 4K restoration, and with the remastered picture and sound backed up by a ton of great supplements including multiple commentaries, documentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, etc. this is the definitive release of a classic that never loses its power to shock, amaze, and amuse.

Never Sleep Again
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
Blu-ray

The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise gets the documentary it deserves, a four-hour goliath that crams in new interviews with practically every one of the major players involved in bringing this legendary horror series to life. Every film in the original series is covered and few juicy behind-the-scenes are left untold. First released on DVD in 2010, Never Sleep Again‘s bonus features include a commentary with the directors, enough extended interviews to form another feature-length documentary, and multiple featurettes covering various aspects of the films and their cultural legacy.

Thor: The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World
Blu-ray|Blu-ray 3D|DVD

As much as I enjoyed the first Thor movie from 2011 it still remains the second weakest entry in Marvel Studios’ Phase One line-up (the weakest being Iron Man 2, another movie I still enjoy). Released over two years later on the heels of Iron Man 3‘s blockbuster success, Thor: The Dark World kept Phase Two humming along nicely with a plot that pitted the God of Thunder against another otherworldly adversary that threatens the existence of both Asgard and Earth, as always. It’s a ton of splashy fun that improves on the sequel in every way. The Blu-ray includes a commentary with director Alan Taylor, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Blu-ray|DVD

I came into the Hunger Games phenomenon with apprehension and found the first movie, released in 2012, to be a commendable melding of dystopian young adult drama and gritty action anchored by Jennifer Lawrence‘s star-making performance as the book’s conflicted heroine Katniss Everdeen. The sequel Catching Fire continues the story in a grander fashion and ups the stakes established in the first story in ways that will definitely pay off in the two-part finale, Mockingjay. Extra features include a commentary with director Francis Lawrence, a nine-part making-of documentary that runs a little longer than the movie itself, and deleted scenes.

Anchorman 2

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Blu-ray|DVD

A long-delayed sequel to one of my all-time favorite comedies was always going to be a risky proposition, but though Anchorman 2 isn’t a perfect movie it’s still pretty uproarious and was clearly made with love by all involved. I wish more comedy sequels had ambitions this lofty and downright insane at times. The Blu-ray package includes the PG-13 theatrical cut, a longer unrated version, and an even longer “super-sized” version with hundreds of new and alternate jokes and even a musical number! Extra features include a cast and crew commentary on the unrated version, tons of deleted scenes and outtakes, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, and much more.

Her

Her
Blu-ray|DVD

The most original cinematic love story I’ve seen in ages, Spike Jonze‘s tender and provocative Her explores human nature and romance in a technologically advanced future. Joaquin Phoenix gives one of the finest performances of his career, the latest in a remarkable comeback, as a man who falls head over heels in love with his multi-talented operating system, voiced by Scarlet Johansson. Jonze, who directed his own screenplay, takes the story through the highs and lows of true love but never shies away from bringing his characters to the logical conclusion of their respective arcs. One of the best films of last year, the Blu-ray contains a trio of making-of featurettes that explore the production and reception of Her from various angles.

The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie
Blu-ray|Blu-ray 3D|DVD

A rare breed in film animation, a sugar-fueled thrill ride made with wit, imagination, and a genuine affection for the joys of playtime. The Lego Movie is never less than a zippy, quippy adventure that refuses to undermine the intelligence of its all-ages audience. The Blu-ray comes with a cast and crew audio commentary, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, hilarious shorts, a gag reel, an “Everything is Awesome” sing-along music video, and much more.

Noah

Noah
Blu-ray|DVD

Visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky wanted to make a challenging feature about the Biblical tale of Noah’s Ark and the great flood that would completely remake a world fallen into depravity and despair. He got his wish this year with a big-budget epic adventure that doesn’t substitute digital spectacle (though there is plenty of that) for a haunting exploration of the moral dilemma faced by a humble man, played by Russell Crowe in one of his best performances in years, who only wants to do right by his maker. The devoutly religious raised figurative Hell but audiences were enraptured by Aronofsky’s passionate creation, and with many very good reasons. It’s a dark yet soaring tale of faith and redemption unlike no other. Extra features on the Blu-ray include an hour’s worth of featurettes documenting the ambitious production.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Blu-ray|Blu-ray 3D|DVD

The first of Marvel Studios’ duo of winning Phase Two comic book blockbuster adventures that deliver plenty of smarts and thrills while rewarding repeat viewings. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo help bring the iconic star-spangled superhero further into the modern age with a tense thriller full of brilliantly executed action set-pieces and timely social and political themes. Best of all it ends with a stunning turn of events that sets up next year’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a way that guarantees audiences will follow Marvel all the way. The Blu-ray of Captain America: The Winter Soldier features a directors’ commentary, brief behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, and a gag reel.

Star Trek: The Compendium

Star Trek: The Compendium
Blu-ray

Flaws and all I really enjoyed J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 Star Trek reboot for bringing back the light-hearted fun and adventure to the franchise and giving us a cast of young actors perfectly capable of filling the vast shoes of the iconic Original Series cast. Last year’s long-awaited sequel Star Trek Into Darkness was liked and loathed by many but still made plenty of box office bank and ensured the existence of a sequel that will hopefully improve upon the grandiose wasted opportunity of its predecessor. Into Darkness was originally released on Blu-ray in various editions made available through a series of retailers that all contained different extras. Paramount has rectified this embarrassing oversight/consumer screw job by re-releasing the film with all of the previously available extras in one collection, but you can only get it as part of Star Trek: The Compendium, which bundles both Abrams-directed Trek flicks together in one set thick with bonus features including commentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes, gag reels, and much more.

Godzilla

Godzilla
Blu-ray|Blu-ray 3D|DVD

An icon of monster movies is reborn in a big, beautiful way under the direction of Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and with a classy cast of actors playing second banana to the best incarnation of Japan’s biggest silver screen star made in America to date. Edwards’ film wisely keeps the Big G off-screen for most of the running time and brings him on during the moments that count. The anticipation is great, but the payoffs are even better. Outside of some outstanding picture and sound quality Warner’s Blu-ray offers little to recommend a purchase. There are some interesting behind-the-scenes featurettes but little else. Still though this is one of the great blockbusters of the past summer and one I can see myself revisiting from time to time. The classic Japanese Godzilla movies finally have a Yankee brother to proudly call their own.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Edition
Blu-ray|DVD

Four decades after it first terrified audiences around the world, Tobe Hooper‘s stripped-to-the-bone classic of relentless, sustained horror is a modern masterpiece made with grit and grue that still retains the power to haunt your nightmares after all these years. For its 40th anniversary The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been remastered in 4K high-definition resolution and given a new DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless soundtrack resulting in the best this film has ever looked and sounded since its original theatrical debut. Dark Sky’s Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes multiple commentaries, several feature-length documentaries about the making of the film and its cultural impact, new interviews with various surviving members of the cast and crew, outtakes and deleted scenes, and so much more.

Neighbors

Neighbors
Blu-ray|DVD

The big-screen union of Seth Rogen and Zac Efron surprisingly results in a comedy that is not only funny as hell but also brutally honest about the lengths some people will go to hold on to the glory days of their youth. The lack of a commentary on Universal’s Blu-ray release is disappointing (a Rogen movie without a commentary? Whaaaaa?) but the rest of the extra features include an alternate opening sequence, the expected deleted scenes and gag reel, a short selection of alternate improvised dialogue, and some brief featurettes.

Transformers

Transformers: Age of Extinction
Blu-ray|Blu-ray 3D|DVD

I’m going to risk inflaming the ire of the anti-Michael Bay club that visits this site by stating that I really enjoyed Transformers: Age of Extinction. It’s hard for me to see what the hate directed at these movies is all about (Revenge of the Fallen not so much). Sure the plots are as dumb as a box of dead lobsters but Bay always delivers the spectacle of fighting alien robots and worldwide destruction with maximum scale and chutzpah. Besides, Mark Wahlberg is a much better replacement for the charisma dead zone that is Shia LaBeouf. You want a big, brainless blockbuster that will entertain you without making you feel too mentally inferior? Here you go. Age of Extinction‘s Blu-ray presentation is home theater demonstration quality and includes a feature-length documentary about the making of the film and multiple shorter featurettes.

Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow/Live, Die, Repeat
Blu-ray|Blu-ray 3D|DVD

The flip-side of the Transformers franchise, Doug Liman‘s futuristic war movie is a ripping adventure given an interesting plot twist that manages to be both dark and darkly hilarious at alternating moments. Tom Cruise is given one of the more original character arcs of his later career as his cowardly military bureaucrat evolves through a rare alien phenomenon into a full-blooded action hero, and Emily Blunt is on hand to back him up as a legendary battlefield badass who shares his special talent that will come in handy in the fight against a race of aliens with world conquest on their slimy minds. The film will give your television set-up a mighty workout on the A/V front and the Blu-ray is supplemented with a 43-minute behind-the-scenes documentary, some shorter featurettes, and a handful of smartly deleted scenes. One of the true surprises of the summer of 2014.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Blu-ray|Blu-ray 3D|DVD

I was initially apprehensive about Bryan Singer returning to direct the latest X-Men feature after Matthew Vaughn had so helpfully righted the franchise’s ship with 2011’s First Class. Serves me right for being a doubter because Days of Future Past is possibly the best X-movie to date (though last year’s The Wolverine gives it some tough competition) with the casts of the original and rebooted movies coming together in one huge adventure that spans many decades and brings us the biggest Marvel mutant action ever thought possible on the big screen. It’s smart and often funny and serves as an indicator that the series is back in very capable hands. Extras on the Blu-ray include deleted scenes, a gag reel, and several brief featurettes. Rumors of a longer director’s cut persist. I’m holding out for that release.

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street
Blu-ray|DVD

Rare is the sequel that can equal or even top the original by refusing to deviate from the established formula, but knowingly so. 22 Jump Street isn’t just a film that refuses to be taken itself seriously; it stands defiant in the face of countless sequels, remakes, reboots that dare to disappear up their own bungholes and it does so with both middle fingers saluting the Lord at the same time. It’s one of the ultimate sequels, one that burns the bridges leading from the past while building others that could possibly take us to cinematic terrain beyond the metatextual. A theoretical 23 Jump Street will be the snake that ate its own tail or the Freling house at the end of Poltergeist, crumpling away into the nether. And we, Americans and citizens of the world alike, will laugh and applaud at the sight of it all. Bring it on. Special features on the Blu-ray include a commentary with the directors and stars, multiple featurettes, deleted and extended scenes, gag reels, and some other goofy odds and ends.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Blu-ray|Blu-ray 3D|DVD

The Planet of the Apes franchise was thought dead for decades until 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes brought this classic series roaring back to life, and this summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes improves on the original in every possible way under the direction of Matt Reeves (Cloverfield). Andy Serkis‘ motion-capture work as intelligent ape leader Caesar is already legend and the level of dramatic depth and empathy he brings to the character is merged with state-of-the-art digital effects to create a masterwork of performance. The action scenes are epic and the ending sets the stage for a sequel that could possibly be even better, though it has a tough act to follow. Extra features include a commentary by Reeves, deleted scenes, multiple featurettes, and still galleries.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy
Blu-ray|DVD

The last and doubtlessly best blockbuster adventure of the summer was a Marvel Studios production about a group of outer space misfits banding together under the unlikeliest of circumstances to combat a great evil that threatens to lay waste to the universe. You know, the usual, but director James Gunn (Slither) puts his own trademark stamp of unhinged eccentricity on the film and makes the characters and universe his own for a while. Guardians of the Galaxy has wit, thrills, and soul and is that rarest of tentpole comic book extravaganzas to actually make you feel for the characters and become invested in their survival. Gunn contributes a commentary to the Blu-ray which will also include deleted scenes, featurettes, a gag reel, and a sneak peek at The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Rocky

Rocky: Heavyweight Collection
Blu-ray

The greatest sports movie series in history. Hell, it’s one of the best modern cinematic franchises of all time. Even the worst entries of the Rocky series have their merits, and all six films are here and in pleasurable high-definition. From the Oscar-winning classic original (which has been given a stunning new restoration for this release) to the underrated closing chapter Rocky Balboa, the silver screen legacy of the Italian Stallion will live forever. This box set doesn’t feature any new extra features of note but at long last the commentaries, documentaries, and featurettes from the 2006 DVD Collector’s Edition of Rocky have made the jump to Blu-ray. Rocky Balboa has all of the supplements from its earlier DVD incarnation as well, but it’s shame that we may never get that Mr. T video commentary on the third movie.

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters 1 & 2
Blu-ray

One of the greatest studio comedies of the modern age (or all time if you prefer, and I certainly do) and its lesser but still fun sequel have been given fresh high-definition transfers that are a vast improvement over their previous Blu-ray releases. In addition to the stellar A/V upgrades this double feature set contains an audio commentary for the first Ghostbusters and vintage featurettes and both films get new interviews, deleted scenes, and music videos. Nestled inside digibook packaging where you’ll also find a wonderful little info-packed booklet, this is a release a Ghostbusters fan just cannot do without.

Halloween

Halloween: The Complete Collection
15-disc Blu-ray|10-disc Blu-ray

A horror franchise that should have remained one classic original nevertheless was extended to eight sequels, a remake, and a sequel to the remake (the latter two both directed by Rob Zombie). If you loved the original and enjoyed most of the sequels Scream Factory and Anchor Bay Entertainment have just the box set for you. All ten features have finally been packaged together in one outstanding collection and supplemented with several hours of newly produced extras. In addition we also get the long-desired “Producer’s Cut” of Halloween 6 in its first official release and remastered in HD no less, and there are plenty of commentaries, documentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, and much more to keep any fan of the iconic silent slasher Michael Myers occupied until October 31 of next year.

The Exorcist

The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology
Blu-ray

Speaking of horror franchises that should have never been, William Friedkin‘s classic adaptation of William Peter Blatty‘s novel of demonic possession The Exorcist made such a great impact with audiences at the time of its release that its success was enough to give birth to a sequel – an almost unfathomable concept in regards to scary movies at the time. Of the four sequels that were produced over the next three decades only 1990’s Exorcist III (directed by Blatty) can hold a candle to the original, though Exorcist II: The Heretic has plenty of insane visuals and a wild Ennio Morricone score to make it worthy of a single watch, though you’ll be left a laughing wreck of a human being by the end credits. The sequels make their Blu-ray debut with this set but are left pretty threadbare on the extras front. At least the original has plenty of commentaries, documentaries, deleted scenes, and an extended cut released theatrically in 2000 to compensate.

Herzog: The Collection

Herzog: The Collection
Blu-ray

Sixteen feature films and documentaries from one of the world’s greatest and fearless filmmakers – Werner Herzog, a man of uncompromising vision and humanity who always leapt at the chance to take his cinematic craft to exciting new heights – in one fantastic 13-disc Blu-ray collection is a purchase no serious film buff can afford to be without. The high-definition transfers for each feature vary from outstanding to beyond decent and there are plenty of commentaries, interviews, trailers, and more to supplement the main films. The set is worth owning for Herzog’s five-film collaboration with his preferred leading man, the late volcanic acting titan Klaus Kinski, who was never better on film that he was here.

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season
Blu-ray|DVD

Another year, another season of the televised zombie apocalypse based on Robert Kirkman‘s comic series. Fortunately the fourth season of The Walking Dead has more kick to it than previous seasons with an increase in action, stronger character development, some shocking surprises, and as always, buckets of blood and CGI gore to make this show a fine Sunday watch. Extras on this set include four episode commentaries and a fifth disc packed with informative featurettes on the production of the series, characters, make-up effects, and an interesting little short about an online college course inspired by the success of The Walking Dead.

True Detective

True Detective: The Complete First Season
Blu-ray|DVD

This one really came out of nowhere. I admit to being fascinated by the idea of movie stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson taking a break from the big screen to headline an HBO crime series, but after having devoured the first season of True Detective in practically one sitting I can see what attracted them to this material. Two Louisiana homicide detectives investigate a string of bizarre murders and end up devoting nearly two decades to the case. Between the first corpse and their inevitable showdown with the killer their partnership strengthens, dissolves, and strengthens again as they close on the elusive Yellow King. The final episode isn’t as memorable as the ones that came before but each episode contains its share of powerful acting, exquisitely literal scripting from creator Nic Pizzolatto, and taut direction from Cary Fukunaga. The first season’s home video release features audio commentaries on two of the later episodes, deleted scenes, featurettes on the making of each episode, a broader look at the creation of the series, and a conversation between Pizzolatto and music composer/supervisor T-Bone Burnett. This is serialized television at its most addictive and compelling.

Black Dynamite

Black Dynamite: Season One
Blu-ray|DVD

The Adult Swim animated series based on the classic 2009 blaxploitation satire is every bit as ferociously funny and exciting as its live-action inspiration, but the freedom of animation allows creators Byron Minns (who co-wrote the movie), Scott Sanders (who co-wrote and directed the movie), and Michael Jai White (who co-wrote the movie and played the title role) to take their titular hero on adventures too weird and hilarious for celluloid. Terrific voice work and animation help to make Black Dynamite one of the funniest shows on television and yet another Adult Swim classic in the making. Extra features include five cast and crew video commentaries, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and the original 2012 pilot episode.

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery
Blu-ray

Both seasons of the cult classic television series that inspired countless debates and spawned many inferior imitators and its less-celebrated film prequel Fire Walk with Me are all available together for the first time on Blu-ray in a deluxe collection feature over ninety minutes of deleted scenes from the film and new features created with the participation of co-creator and filmmaker David Lynch. This is a box set made not only for the devoted fans of Twin Peaks but for the lucky individuals who have yet to discover its frustrating mysteries and oddball humor as only Lynch could deliver.

The Sopranos

The Sopranos: The Complete Series
Blu-ray|DVD

From a promising pilot episode to a finale whose closing scene will be the subject of debate and interpretation for years to come, there is no doubt that The Sopranos is one of the finest dramatic programs in the history of television. The David Chase-created epic of a suburban New Jersey mob family living, loving, and beating up and killing each other (and rarely in that order) remains essential viewing fifteen years after it premiered to great acclaim and got much better, and often infuriatingly vague, from there. Every season has been collected in one Blu-ray set with varying video and audio quality depending on the episode and hours of bonus features, including multiple audio commentaries and new and vintage documentaries and featurettes.

Batman

Batman: The Complete Series 1966-1968
Blu-ray|DVD

POW! BAP! WHAM! ZAP! DC Comics’ Dark Knight Detective came to television in the late 1960’s with a campy, Day-Glo makeover that made it a ratings success but also gave comic book properties a toxic reputation in Hollywood for many years afterward. Regardless, the ABC live-action treatment of Batman delivers a solid half-hour (less without commercials) of infectious fun and action almost every time, and each of the 120 episodes has been remastered in eye-popping HD and packaged in a fantastic box set that also includes some new retrospective featurettes with cast and crew interviews. Check out the Limited Edition set for other interesting goodies like trading cards and a Hot Wheels replica of the Batmobile.

The Simpsons

The Simpsons: The Seventeenth Season
Blu-ray|DVD

Twenty-two episodes of the longest-running scripted series in television history (most of them actually are pretty hysterical) in high-definition with hours of bonus features including commentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes, and more makes this set a must-have for fans of The Simpsons. Yes, we still exist and we are well aware of the fact that maybe the show should have called it a day a few seasons ago. But in my opinion as long as this classic series is still being produced and the writing, animation, and voice work remain top-notch I don’t mind the occasional repetition or wheel-spinning.

Pee-wee's Playhouse

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series
Blu-ray

All five seasons (forty-five episodes in all) of this delightfully gonzo Saturday morning classic from my childhood have been remastered in high-definition and released to Blu-ray in one loaded collection that also features over four hours of all-new cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage assembled into the form of ten retrospective documentaries. One of the best trips down Memory Lane a child of the 1980’s could ask for this year.

Recommendations by Stoogypedia

Stanley Kubrick The Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray

Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection
Blu-ray

One of the true cinematic monarchs of the 20th Century, Stanley Kubrick gets the royal treatment with a new 10-disc Blu-Ray “Masterpiece Collection,” spanning eight of the visual maestro’s best, from the early classics Lolita and Dr. Strangelove, to the quintessence of the claustrophic space opera 2001: A Space Odyssey to the futuristically violent wide open space of A Clockwork Orange, to his final triad of classics like the cult favorite chiller The Shining, the Vietnam odyssey of Full Metal Jacket, and the final shaggy dog tightrope sexual thriller Eyes Wide Shut. The set also includes two documentaries and a lavishly produced hardcover photo book filled with archival photos.

Once Upon a Time in America  Extended Director's cut blu-ray

Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director’s Cut
Blu-ray

The master of the “spaghetti Western,” Sergio Leone brought a sort of lyrical, kind of poetic justice to the Western genre during the 1960s, and he infused that kind of style into his foray into the underworld with the classic Once Upon A Time in America, which makes its nod on Blu-ray with this Extended Director’s Cut. This lengthy but not-overlong cut, which spans about four hours, is an epic tale told in surreal and real tenses, while interweaving a carousel of rich characters led by Robert DeNiro and James Woods. Basically, it’s a tale of friendship through decades and how power, seduction, and quest for self in the Mafia created a blend that kept people together and horrifically split them apart. The film is regarded by some as Leone’s masterpiece and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Recommendations by SeanDPS

Sherlock

Sherlock Limited Edition Gift Set
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

I am guessing that most Sherlock fans already own each of the three seasons, like I do, but I am still tempted to put this one of my Xmas list. And with most tv/movie geeks, they had us at “Limited Edition Gift Set.” Add in a pretty box, which showcases the mini-busts of Sherlock and Watson, a few art cards, and of course, bonus Blu-ray/DVD which includes some footage that hadn’t been released before. I am thinking I may sell my old seasons that I had already bought just to help pay for this awesome collection. This is a no-brainer for fans of the show, or just anyone you know that enjoys good TV shows. I know there are still people out there who haven’t checked out this series yet, and this would be the perfect start to their obsession.

Special Features: Audio commentaries; Making of S1 featurette (30 mins); Pilot episode (58 mins); Audio commentaries: Eps 1 & 2 S2; Sherlock Uncovered (19 mins); S3 Behind-the-scenes featurettes: “The Fall,” “Fans, Villains & Speculation: The Legacy of Sherlock Holmes,” “Shooting Sherlock”; Unlocking Sherlock (30 mins); Sherlock Uncovered (90 mins).

Doctor Who

Doctor Who: The Matt Smith Years
Blu-ray

I was late to the Doctor Who party, but when I did start, I started with Matt Smith as my first Doctor. I eventually went back and got caught up on the reboot series, but you never forget your first Doctor. And much like the aforementioned Sherlock Gift Set, I may already own all of the Matt Smith years individually, with the added bonus features. I am willing to make another purchase or hope this arrives this holiday season as a gift. As an added incentive to me, I want to get this so I can visit the local Wizard World to get Matt Smith and Karen Gillian to sign it, and a road trip to Indiana to get Jenna Coleman to sign it as well. It will make a nice centerpiece for my collection. All wrapped up in a nice book format.

All the Bonus Features in the Original Releases PLUS: The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Death of the Doctor; 2013 Doctor Who Proms Concert; Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide; 50th Anniversary Script to Screen Feature; The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.

Recommendations by Empress Eve

True Blood The Complete Series Blu-ray box set

True Blood: The Complete Series
Blu-ray | DVD

Available in both DVD and Blu-ray formats, the 33-disc True Blood: The Complete Series box set contains all 7 seasons of the HBO series True Blood, which starred Anna Paquin as telepathic waitress (and then some) Sookie Stackhouse and Stephen Moyer as her vampire lover Bill in the small Lousiana town of Bon Temps. Alexander Skarsgård, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Joe Manganiello, Deborah Ann Woll, and many more starred on this long-running HBO series that saw supernatural beings like vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, fairies, and others mixing and mingling with humans, sometimes for pleasure, but many times with deadly consequences. Along with every season of the show, which concluded earlier this year, the box sets also include tons of bonus features for each season, including interviews with the cast, audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and much more.

Remember, if all else fails, there’s also the Amazon.com Gift Card, you can have emailed to the recipient (arrives immediately) or you can print out the gift card at home and give it to the intended that way. If you order in enough time, you can get the physical gift card sent to you.

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