Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2020: Blu-ray and DVD Edition
By Dr. Zaius
Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 at 1:36 pm
This holiday season is different from all others. Thanks to COVID, we won’t be having large family get togethers, and more and more people will be alone, forced to entertain themselves. The best possible gifts to kill time are movies. You can turn off the lights, pop some microwave popcorn, and curl up on the couch, safe inside from the raging global pandemic. While 2020 has been a raging sh*t show for most of us, plenty of spectacular movies were released in spectacular Blu-Ray and 4K special editions or box sets. Here are a few suggestions for the movie lover in your family or friend circle.
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The absolutely stunning set from Shout! Factory features all 12 films in the Friday the 13th film series from the 1980 original to the 2009 remake, with each disc packed with bonus features, interviews, documentaries, and new scans of the films. There is also an extra bonus disc and collector’s booklet and the set comes in a stunning box with original artwork featuring every variation of Jason throughout the years.
Another Shout! Factory offering this year, this edition is a must-own for genre fans and fans of 80’s cinema. John Carpenter’s story of aliens, invasions, and subliminal messaging is perhaps more prevalent now than it was back in the Reagan administration.
One of the bright spots of 2020 has been seeing the conclusion of the Rose family saga on one of the most genuinely uplifting comedy series in recent memory, Schitt’s Creek. The complete collection on DVD contains behind-the-episode featurettes, extras, bloopers, deleted scenes, and a special documentary “A Schitt’s Creek Farewell.” In a year this gloomy and sad, Schitt’s Creek will bring smiles to all the faces in your family.
One of the greatest movies ever made, began an amazing trilogy and now you can bring Marty, Doc Brown, and the Delorean home with you in a stunning new 3-film collection. The set includes all 3 Back to the Future movies along with a bonus disc with over an hour of brand new content, including rare audition footage and a tour of the films’ props and memorabilia hosted by co-writer and producer Bob Gale. This gift set comes with the films on 4K, Blu-ray, and digital, and contains a collectible levitating Hoverboard replica.
The fifth of November wasn’t that long ago and V For Vendetta has a new deluxe 4k Ultra HD edition gift set available now. This edition comes with the film on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital, and includes a 32-page book and more.
Stuck inside with your kids and need to keep them entertained? Throw on the new 4k Ultra HD edition of The Goonies. Not only will they want to watch it time and time again, but then you go on an in-house hunt for One-Eyed Willie’s pirate treasure. The standard 4K edition comes with the film on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital. The special edition gift box has the same 4K edition items but is housed in a treasure chest package? with a replica of the One Eyed Willy’s treasure map, 5 collectible pin-on buttons?, and 1 iron-on embroidered patch?.
And finally, one of the true highlights for film fans in 2020 was the return of Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan for the first time since 1991! Nearly three decades later, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter return to the roles they made famous in a wonderful nostalgia filled blast of an EXCELLENT time. Catch the Wyld Stallyns again in Bill & Ted Face the Music on Blu-ray (with a digital code). There’s also this cool trilogy collection Blu-ray + Digital trilogy collection with all 3 Bill & Ted films.
If those aren’t enough, some more classic films came out on Blu-ray in 2020 for you to add to your gift lists.
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Flash Gordon: 2-Disc Limited Edition Collector’s Set Blu-ray | 4K
This year Arrow offered up a new limited edition of Flash Gordon, the 1980 scifi film featuring the brilliant soundtrack by Queen. Available in both Blu-ry and 4K, each includes limited ddition packaging with a fold-out double-sided poster and 6 double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions, along with plenty of bonus features. Any fan of the film would love this edition!
Kevin Smith’s Mallrats just got a 25th anniversary Blu-ray release, that includes a new restoration of both the theatrical and extended cuts of the film. This limited edition Blu-ray also includes a collector’s booklet; fold-out poster; feature-length audio commentary from Smith, producer Scott Mosier, archivist Vincent Pereira, and actors Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, and Jason Mewes; and lots of other bonus features.
All 6 Resident Evil films are packaged here together in a new 4K box set, and this limited edition box set, featuring the franchise’s famed Umbrella Corporation artwork, is way to get the films in 4K. Along with the films in both 4K and Blu-ray, there’s also audio commentary and tons of other bonus features. Include: Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy 4K Ultra HD
This 9-disc box for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy includes 4K, Blu-ray, and Digital versions of each film’s theatrical and extended cuts.
Star Trek: Picard saw the return of Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, back in action after a long hiatus. Star Trek fans who didn’t get to see the CBS All Access streaming series will definitely want to check Season 1 at this leisure with this home video release.
One of the funniest shows ever on television is now available as a Blu-ray box set, which includes all 9 seasons of the series that ran on NBC and starred Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, and Jenna Fischer. The set also includes episode commentaries, webisodes, blooper reels, and over 15 hours of deleted scenes.
While fans of Game Of Thrones were up in the air about how the show ended, one thing’s for sure: For 8 seasons, the HBO series Game of Thrones kept us on the edge of our seats, wondering who would get offed next and most famously, who are Jon Snow’s parents? Now, the popular series, which ended in May 2019, has been packaged together in a 4K Ultra HD box set, along with 15 hours of bonus features. The set also includes a digital code for all seasons.
Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alex Baldwin, and Winona Ryder, just got the 4k Ultra HD treatment. The 4K edition also includes the Blu-ray and Digital, while the gift set has all of that along with a 4-inch embroidered glow-in-the-dark patch and other collectibles, all packaged in a special edition gift box that looks like the film’s Handbook for the Recently Deceased.
While joys of Christmas may be faded due in part to the COVID-19, there is still a chance you got to enjoy the moviegoing experience from the comforts of home. And for those who want to share their love of film through nostalgia, Lionsgate has just the thing to satisfy those cult classics, with a side of popcorn and hot chocolate.
Remastered in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, Paul Verhoeven’s sci-? film Total Recall is now out in 4K for its 30th anniversary. In this splintered-reality mind-bender, it’s the year 2084, and construction worker Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is haunted by dreams of Mars, a place he’s never been. Against his wife’s (Sharon Stone) wishes, Quaid goes to Rekall, a memory-implant company that promises a thrilling virtual trip to the red planet. But what Quaid “remembers” is that he’s a secret agent whose cover has been blown…and that he must return to Mars at any cost.
Requiem For A Dream 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack
Celebrating its 20th anniversary with a 4K Ultra HD release, Requiem for a Dream, which was written by director Darren Aronofsky and Hubert Selby Jr., based on Selby’s novel, is a hypnotic film about four people pursuing their visions of happiness. Even as everything begins to fall apart, they refuse to let go, plummeting with their dreams into a nightmarish, gut-wrenching freefall.
For the first time in its 37-year history, the Rambo series is available in a SteelBook set, with original art by some of today’s most celebrated illustrators. Rambo: The Complete SteelBook Collection is out now on 4K Ultra HDTM. This definitive collector’s edition features five uniquely designed SteelBooks by celebrated artists Justin Erickson, Ken Taylor, Grzegorz Domaradzki, Vance Kelly, and John Guydo, housed in a custom SteelBook case. It’s a must-have for Rambo fans! Starring Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone, the collection features all five action-packed Rambo films including First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, Rambo, and Rambo: Last Blood.
Kick-Ass, the groundbreaking, action-packed comic book adaptation gets the 4K Ultra HD treatment, which allows you to experience the film at four times the resolution of full HD. The HD Combo Pack comes with featurettes about the making of the film and its comic book origin, as well as an audio commentary by the director.
Check out all of our Holiday Gift Guides for more ideas, and 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 directly to you or to the recipient.