Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2011: DVDs & Blu-rays

I was about to start out this gift guide by writing some pretentious crap about the unifying power of cinema and television and how the greatest art form of the past century would make the perfect Christmas gift for that demanding loved one of yours, but then I put down the cough syrup and slapped some sense into myself.

But it is true that when you’re not sure what to buy someone as a present you can always surprise them with a fine movie or a boxed set of their favorite television series. Then as you sit back and watch their face light up with the joy of angels singing harmoniously in Heaven when they open the gift you can take a sip of spiked egg nog and let out a hearty Errol Flynn laugh because you are victorious and you didn’t even try.

That’s why we here at Geeks of Doom want to aid you in your soul-destroying quest to find that ideal DVD or Blu-ray if you’ve got the extra dough (and you drink silver chalices full of orphan tears), for that special someone in your life.

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Contest: ‘Hanna’ Prize Packs
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The film Hanna, starring Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana, was released in theaters earlier this month, and in conjunction, were here at Geeks of Doom have two separate Hanna prize packs to give away to some lucky readers, which include an autograph poster and the soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers!

One (1) winner will receive the following prize pack [image above]:

“¢ Unisex T-shirt
“¢ Grey Hooded Sweatshirt
“¢ Skullcandy Earbuds
“¢ Micro Fiber Cloth
“¢ Bumper Sticker
“¢ Dropcard to download the full album
“¢ Autographed movie poster (signed by Saoirse Ronan & Eric Bana)

One (1) winner will receive the following prize pack:

“¢ Hanna sweatshirt
“¢ Hanna t-shirt
“¢ Hanna poster
“¢ Hanna Soundtrack on limited edition 180g vinyl
“¢ Hanna Soundtrack CD

TO ENTER: There’s just two simple steps:

(1) Make sure you’re subscribed to the Geeks of Doom email digest. If you’re not then click here and sign up. (If you’re already a subscriber, then go right to the next step.)

(2) Fill out the entry form here below and submit. (Form is here after the jump.)

Good luck!

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Movie Review: Hanna

Directed by Joe Wright
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander
Release Date: April 8, 2011

Hanna is an unabashed action picture that is immediately striking and bold and extremely outlandish in its material. But let us get introduced to director Joe Wright. He knows how to fill his screen with dazzlingly poetic images that have the tendency to make our hearts melt. Just reference his previous films, Pride and Prejudice and Atonement. Completely removed from the conditions in which he feels most comfortable, Wright’s departure for action and brutal violence may seem like an awkward position for him after his pleasantly romantic films. But in his newest feature, Hanna, written by Seth Lochhead and David Farr, Wright shows a significant increase in ability when he laces the beautiful with shuddering images of viciousness. Instead of trivializing violence with imprecise material and ineffective scenes, the film expresses all of its complexities, mechanisms, and emotions in a rock-n-roll kind of way (thanks to a hypnotic score by The Chemical Brothers) through exotic and bizarre locales.

In a way Wright personifies violence. Of course this kind of attachment to violence is constantly reproached in cinema. Only a few films find it ripe for artistic exhibition (No Country for Old Men and A Clockwork Orange). And instead of these rare movies leaving us with painful memories, they blissfully torment us because behind all the carnage they present to us (and it is a lot of carnage), after looking past it, there remains a lesson to be learned, one that weighs on us like a nightmare.

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New Poster From Joe Wright’s Young Assassin Film ‘Hanna’
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A new poster has been released for director Joe Wright‘s upcoming title, Hanna, which tells the story of a young girl who’s raised in the wilderness by her father to become a deadly assassin.

The movie stars Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams, and Jason Flemyng, and will be released in theaters come April 8, 2011. You can keep up with all things Hanna by liking and following the movie’s official Facebook and Twitter pages, as well.

Click on over to the other side now, where you can read the full synopsis, check out the new poster, and also watch the trailer if you missed it the first time around.

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Saoirse Ronan Is Not To Be Messed With In This ‘Hanna’ Trailer
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During our coverage of New York Comic-Con 2010 a couple of months back, you may recall reading about a new movie called Hanna (Read: NYCC 2010: “˜Hanna’ Panel With Saoirse Ronan & Eric Bana).

The movie is directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) and stars Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones), Eric Bana (Troy, Star Trek), and Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth, The Lord of the Rings). It tells the story of a young girl being raised in the wilderness by her father, who’s training her to be an incredibly deadly and unstoppable assassin.

While we could only describe the footage that was shown at Comic-Con, now you can your first look at it for yourself with the debut of the film’s first trailer. Not everything shown at the Con is here, but the new trailer definitely uses some of it and all looks well!

You can see the trailer by clicking over to the other side now.

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