Christmas is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to think of your loved ones because nothing says “I love you” like a good, expensive gift. This year we’re going to be your personal shoppers. Each week, from now until Christmas, we’ll deliver the very best gift ideas for those movie and TV lovers in your life. In this first list, we focus on the film buffs, the cinephiles, the movie enthusiasts and filmmakers. Take a look.
NOTE ON PRICES: Everything on this list is above $50. Next week, we’ll give you gift ideas for movie lovers that are all under $50. This is just in case you have a little extra money to spend.
10. For The Quentin Tarantino Fan
Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection
Quentin Tarantino isn’t going to make movies forever. He’s made it clear that he wants to stop while he’s still young. So, maybe, we should appreciate him while he’s still around. The recently released Tarantino XX contains eight films that illustrate the first 20 years of the director’s career. Those films are: Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds. The box set also features two discs with five hours of all-new bonus material, which is a dream to any Tarantino fan.
9. For The Faithful James Bond Follower
Bond 50: The Complete 22-Film Collection
After 50 years, the James Bond series is still going strong. Different men have come and gone, but the Bond figure remains a legend. This Bond 50 box set features all 22 James Bond films on Blu-ray disc in one complete offering for the first time ever. There’s also 130 hours of bonus features including never-before-seen content from the Bond archives, and more. And the box set even includes an open slot for Skyfall, which is the latest Bond movie currently in theaters.
8. For The Marvel Geek
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled
Superheroes are all the rage right now, so this limited-edition Marvel Cinematic Universe Collection will be the perfect gift for that geek who can’t shut up about the forthcoming Iron Man or Thor movie. The box includes The Avengers film (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray), Captain America: The First Avenger film (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray), Thor film (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray), Iron Man 2 film (Blu-ray), The Incredible Hulk film (Blu-ray), Iron Man film (Blu-ray), and a Top-secret Bonus Disc. The set doesn’t hit stores for another few months, but it’s worth the wait.
7. For The Cinephile
John Cassavetes – Five Films
John Cassavetes is known as the father of independent film. This box set, from The Criterion Collection, includes five of his self-financed works which he made outside the studio system of Hollywood. Films included are Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Opening Night, as well as Charles Kiselyak’s 2000 documentary A Constant Forge—The Life and Art of John Cassavetes.
6. For The Nerdy Kid Who Likes Star Wars
Scalextric Star Wars Race Tracks
5. For The Hitchcock Enthusiast
Alfred Hitchcock – The Masterpiece Collection
Alfred Hitchcock is all the rage right now. The biopics are a nice introduction to the great director, but the best way to learn about him is to watch his filmography. Any fan (new or old) of Hitchcock would be happy to find this collection under their Christmas tree. Films included in the box set range from Vertigo to Psycho, all of which have been digitally re-mastered. There’s a total of 14 films, plus documentaries, commentaries and other bonus material.
4. For The Old-Fashioned Filmmaker
Super 8 Camera
A Super 8 camera isn’t the handiest thing to film with, but it sure is cool. If you’re filmmaker is like Tarantino or any other person who hates digital video, then get them on their way with one of these puppies. Maybe they’ll be the next Steven Spielberg.
3. For The Superhero Fan
Captain America Costume Hoodie
Here’s a way for your Captain America fan to feel like a superhero all year round. This costume hoodie even has eye-holes. And who doesn’t love a good hoodie?
2. For Those Who Can’t Let Go
Twilight Ultimate Collector’s Edition
We know they’re out there, so here goes. The Twilight Ultimate Collector’s Edition includes the Twilight (Special Edition) Blu-ray Disc, the Twilight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD, a Jewelry Box, an Exclusive Watch, a Limited Edition Charm Bracelet, 6 Glossy Photo Cards, and a bookmark. This is actually the best collector’s box set out there. Maybe now that Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is out, Lionsgate will put together a nice box set for the fans. They definitely deserve it.
1. For The Steven Spielberg Purist
Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Gift Set
Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is coming back to theaters! Who’s excited? Anyway, for those of you who know (and love) a Spielberg fan, here’s a great gift set that includes absolutely everything: archival featurettes, the making of all 3 Jurassic Park Films, original featurettes on the making of the films, a discussion with author Michael Crichton, the art of Jurassic Park III, behind-the-scenes footage and literally dozens of other features.
It’s not easy to buy the perfect gift, but we really hope that this list helped you out. Next week we’ll be back with cheaper gift ideas.
What did we miss that you love? What other gifts have you found that movie-lovers might want?