Don’t know what to get your movie-buff friend? Here are DVDs that make the perfect holiday gift.
The Idiotbox: One of HBO’s best shows in years, “Game of Thrones” is a fantasy epic brimming with action, political intrigue and salacious drama. The first season is now available in a suitably grandiose collector’s edition sure to satisfy the most rabid fan. It’s loaded with behind-the-scenes looks, info on the myriad characters and a collectible dragon egg.
Forget soccer games and garage sales, all the scandalous goings on of suburbia are laid bare in “Desperate Housewives:” The Complete Collection. Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria are the close-knit neighbors of Wisteria Lane dealing with the fallout of the mysterious suicide of one of their own. This box set includes a bonus disc with a look at the last days on the set of the long-running series.
Nostalgic TV fans looking to re-live one of the classics will love “The Dick Van Dyke Show:” The Complete Series on Blu-ray. Re-mastered from the original negatives, this comedic touchstone looks amazing and comes bursting with all new bonus material, including vintage TV appearances, a 50th anniversary Q&A with Van Dyke, Carl Reiner and Garry Marshall and more.
In addition to being hilarious, “All in the Family” brought new sophistication to sitcoms. The Bunkers, a working class family in Queens, tackled hot-button issues of the ‘70s previously off limits for the medium. The complete series box set is loaded with extras, including a 40-page book, a new interview with creator Norman Lear, multiple documentaries, two different pilot episodes and more.
Take a trip back to Central Park with the gang in “Friends:” The Complete Series Blu-ray. Through ever-changing relationships and misadventures, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe and Monica became some of TV’s most indelible characters. This box set includes three hours of new supplemental materials, including multiple retrospective documentaries, bloopers and more.
Funny Business: Harold & Kumar: Ultimate Collector’s Edition contains the first two films starring everybody’s favorite pothead duo. If you’re looking for something a bit more wacky than It’s a Wonderful Life, there’s A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas. White Castle coasters and air fresheners are also included.
Seth MacFarlane makes his feature debut with one of the year’s biggest comedies, Ted, which follows John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) and his lifelong best friend, a talking teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane). Now John’s girlfriend (Mila Kunis) wants the stuffed stoner to move out so John can grow up.
Blu Notes: Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection highlights the master filmmaker’s diverse body of work. It includes: the hallucinogenic war masterpiece Apocalypse Now, as well as the Redux version; the classic paranoid thriller The Conversation; his ambitious musical One From the Heart, with music by Tom Waits; and his most recent return to form, the intimate familial drama Tetro, starring Vincent Gallo.
One of the great comic strip heroes of all time comes to life in Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy. Beatty takes on the mob while dealing with an orphan and a femme fatale (Madonna). Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman lead the colorful rogue’s gallery of gangsters.