Sometimes shopping for cinephiles can be a monumental task. Sure, you know they want DVDs, but which DVD? It seems like 100 new discs arrive every week, and for each movie, there are about fourteen differently named editions with a small extra missing that could prove essential for a movielover.
At Christmas, this DVD-buying frustration reaches its boiling point. DVDs flood shelves, special editions are re-released with only the slightest alterations, and box sets abound. What is the novice movie-buyer, or even the overwhelmed seasoned DVD buyer to do?
Luckily, there’s help. We’ve combed through the best of the best DVDs out there, and found the ten bests bangs for the buck.
Read on to check out the ten hottest DVDs gifts for Christmas…
The Hangover – Unrated Edition
Of all the movies that hit big this summer, none were more well-liked than The Hangover, and none left the door open for more tantalizing extras either. Just watch those closing credits again, and dream of the naughtiness that can abound in those Unrated Extras.
This DVD doesn’t disappoint with even more pictures from that naughty camera, added scenes of debauchery and an extended performance from The Dan Band.
Best of all, you can get it at Amazon right now for $19.99.
Inglorious Basterds - 2-Disc Special Edition
This one isn’t out quite yet (comes out December 15th), but will be available in plenty of time to satisfy any Tarantino lover.
This set is loaded with features including an array of alternate scenes and several behind-the-scenes documentaries capturing QT at work on the World War II epic. Not only will movie geeks go wild over their favorite movie, they’ll salivate at the idea of watching the king of movie geeks at work.
It’s available for pre-order on Amazon for $21.49
Watchmen - The Ultimate Cut
If you know a comic book geek who digs movies, this is the only DVD you’ll want to get them. Why? Because it’s based on the most acclaimed comic of all time.
Not only that, but any nitpicks they may have had with the adaptation are eliminated in this super-extended version of the film. It weaves in the graphic novel’s main subplot with a cartoon Pirate comic book story supporting the main feature.
That’s right, cartoon Pirate comic books!
This 2-Disc set can be had at Amazon for $26.99
Fight Club – 10th Anniversary Edition
The most inexplicably beloved movie of the last ten years gets a full special edition makeover on a Blu-Ray Disc that is absolutely packed with extras including four different commentaries, a half dozen featurettes and seven deleted scenes.
If you’re shopping for a male movielover in his twenties, chances are he craves this disc. Just make sure he has a Blu-Ray Player first.
North by Northwest – 50th Anniversary Edition
This is the ultimate disc for any Hitchcock or Cary Grant fan. It features a pair of documentaries, each outlining their respective careers, plus a behind-the-scenes doc where cinephiles can watch the two legends at work on one of the most legendary films of all time.
Aside from all the bonus goodies, this is simply one of the best movies ever made, and any movie geek’s collection is incomplete without it.
You can grab the 2-Disc set at Amazon for $14.99.
The Wizard of Oz – 70th Anniversary Edition
This is another old classic that is finally getting the full DVD treatment – meaning it probably isn’t owned by many of the movie lovers on your Christmas list.
This one features a Yellow Brick Road worth of extras with everything from deleted scenes to documentaries to Jukebox recording sessions of the original music.
It’s an easy buy for anyone with kids or who likes red sparkly shoes.
All that is available in a 2-Disc set for only $14.99 at Amazon.
Columbia Best Picture Collection
Time for the box-set portion of the Christmas recommendations, and what better place to start than with the opportunity to buy somebody eleven different Best Picture winners. Normally any box set contains at least one dog, but it’s impossible here. Oscar proves it.
The set includes:
- It Happened One Night
- You Can’t Take It with You
- All the King’s Men
- From Here to Eternity
- On the Waterfront
- The Bridge on the River Kwai
- Lawrence of Arabia
- A Man for All Seasons
- Kramer vs. Kramer
Not only does it include so many classic films, but there are three additional discs loaded with extras. Plus, you can get the set on Amazon for only $55.99.
MGM Musical Collection
This is another boxed set where you’d expect to find a few clunkers. Again, not the case – this features the best of the best from MGMs heyday lighting up the big screen with musicals. An excellent set for any song & dance fan that includes six movies:
- West Side Story
- Guys and Dolls
- Fiddler on the Roof
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Some movie geeks may turn their nose up at the Musical, so this might not work for them – but it’s the perfect gift for mom or grandma, provided they know how to work the DVD player.
Preston Sturges Collection
You don’t get any more underrated than Preston Sturges. This guy practically invented the modern comedy, yet nobody seems to remember his brilliance. He did, after all, make maybe the best movie of all time with Sullivan’s Travels. That’s included on this set along with six other films:
- Sullivan’s Travels
- The Lady Eve
- The Palm Beach Story
- Hail the Conquering Hero
- The Great McGinty
- Christmas in July
- The Great Moment
There isn’t much in the way of features on this set, but you can’t go wrong getting a serious movie lover seven Sturges films for only $28.49 at Amazon.
The Original Chirstmas Classics
Finally, what Christmas DVD list would be complete without the kids TV classics we’ve all come to love. Now you can get any Christmas fan all the holiday classics they grew up with in one DVD set that includes:
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
- Frosty the Snowman
- Frosty Returns
- Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol
- Little Drummer Boy
- Cricket on the Hearth
Sure, it may seem a bit cheesy to load somebody up with these kids movies on Christmas – but there isn’t a person alive who won’t throw them right into the DVD player and whip them back out every December. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
It’s available at Amazon for $19.99.
There ya go, ten surefire fantastic gifts on DVD. Happy shopping!