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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2011: DVDs & Blu-rays
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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2011: DVDs and 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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2011 Prelude To Black Friday Lightning Deals – Monday
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The MuppetsEvery day, Amazon offers up “Lightning Deals,” limited quantities of various products for a discounted price for a 4-hour window of time. You have to be on the lookout for these deals and once the item runs out, the sale is over. Meaning, if you see something on sale that you want, buy it immediately before it’s gone.

Typically you don’t know what will be on sale until the minute it gets posted, but as a prelude to Black Friday, Amazon has released the Lightning Deal schedule and prices for Movies & TV on DVD and Blu-ray for Monday, November 21, starting at 8:30am PST. See list of Monday’s deals here below, along with more information on how these special deals work.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PST

The Cider House Rules
Blu-ray – $4.99

Muppet Five-Pack with Tin
DVD – $49.99

HD MOODS: Aquarium
Blu-ray – $7.49

HD MOODS: Fire
Blu-ray – $5.99

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Watch Now: ‘Pulp Fiction’ Blu-ray Trailer
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Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino‘s brilliant, award-winning 1994 underworld epic that was his follow-up to his directorial debut Reservoir Dogs, is finally being released on Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate on October 4, 2011. The studio has released a short trailer to promote the release, which you can watch here below.

The film, which Tarantino originally intended to make at Tri-Star Pictures until that studio put the project into turnaround and was ultimately picked up by Miramax, went on to become one of the most financially successful and critically acclaimed independent films released until that time. It helped to transform the fledgling indie studio Miramax into a major industry player and established its co-writer and director as one of the most influential of his generation.

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Is Quentin Tarantino Armed & Ready To Make ‘Kill Bill 3,’ Possibly 4?
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Ever since fan-favorite director Quentin Tarantino made Kill Bill, there’s been whispers every once in a great while that there could be more to the Bride’s (Uma Thurman) story. The obvious remaining story would follow Vernita Green’s (Vivica A. Fox) daughter, who Beatrix told to come find her when she grows up, and that is one of the two that have been rumored.

While on a talk show in Italy, Tarantino was asked about any possible sequels to Inglourious Basterds or Pulp Fiction that we might see. He answered that Basterds has a prequel story that could happen eventually, and that Pulp Fiction isn’t going to happen. Tarantino then turned the tables to the woman interviewing him and told her she forgot to ask whether he would do a Kill Bill 3, so she did, and he answered “Yes,” as the crowd went nutty. No one knows how serious he is about it, or when it could happen, but it looks like the story is there. After his promise of a one year delivery of Basterds actually happened, we have about a 50/50 shot of this going down.

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12 Of The Best Payback Moments in Film
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12 Of The Best Payback Moments in Film

There are plenty of movies about revenge — Sweeney Todd, Revenge of the Nerds, Mad Max, Death Wish, Kill Bill, every third or fourth movie in an action franchise, and most recently, Universal Pictures’ Wanted, which comes out on DVD this Tuesday, December 2. Then there are other films that contain specific moments of satisfaction-guaranteeing payback in them.

In the action-packed Wanted, James McAvoy stars as Wes, a meek office worker whose frequent anxiety attacks make it difficult for him stand up to his abusive boss, his backstabbing best friend, and cheating girlfriend. But Wes’s life is completely changed one day when he meets the sexy assassin Fox (Angelina Jolie), who takes him under her wing and into the Fraternity, an Order of assassins. The payback begins when Wes whacks a computer keyboard to his best friend’s face, sending the letters F.U.C.K.Y.O.U. flying into the air; it ends when Wes discovers the ultimate betrayal against him and enacts a vengeful plan that, let’s just say, involves explosives and lots of guns on those who wronged him.

To coincide with the release of Wanted and its badass moments of comeuppance, the Geeks of Doom gang got together to pool their favorite payback moments in film.

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