Blu-Ray Holiday Gift Guide (2012)

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With so many great gift sets and collector’s editions available on Blu-ray, it can be tough deciding what to get for a film buff. After taking a poll amongst our staff, we have compiled a list that is sure to whet the appetites of  high-definition movie aficionados. The criteria used to determine our picks was picture and audio quality, special features and any awesome extras that these editions might have. Drawing from science fiction, action, superhero, comedy, classics, and television our gift guide covers any genre you may be looking for. Any of the following Blu-ray sets would surely make for a great last-minute stocking stuffer, check out our recommendations below:

 

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The Avengers 4-Disc Combo Pack

Marvel Studios presents “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. The premium 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack provides 5-unique ways to enjoy Marvel’s The Avengers: Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Digital Download of “Avengers Assembled” Music from and inspired by the  film

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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition 

With the help of a courageous fellowship of friends and allies, Frodo Baggins embarks on a perilous mission to destroy the legendary One Ring. Hunting Frodo are servants of the Dark Lord, Sauron, the Ring’s evil creator. If Sauron reclaims the Ring, Middle-Earth is doomed. The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition set features English 6.1 DTS-HD MA audio and includes a new transfer of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring which was remastered from the original 2k digital files.  The set boasts more than 26 hours of additional content, highlighted by the rare behind-the-scenes documentaries created by Costa Botes, the filmmaker given unprecedented access to the set of each production by Peter Jackson.  

 

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The Dark Knight Trilogy Limited Edition Giftset

In 2005, director Christopher Nolan redefined the Batman legend with Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader. A fresh, dynamic reboot of the franchise, Batman Begins explored the comic book hero’s origins and his evolution from billionaire Bruce Wayne to dark avenger who fights crime and corruption in Gotham City. A 2008 sequel, The Dark Knight, took those compelling, character-driven foundations and raised the stakes, pitting Batman against a deranged master criminal, the Joker, in an all-out war for Gotham’s soul. Now, the final film of Nolan’s trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, forces Batman to come out of an eight year retirement to save Gotham from the terrorist leader Bane. The Dark Knight Trilogy Limited Edition Giftset includes all three films plus an exclusive premium book that digs deep into the trilogy’s production.

 

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Watchmen Collector’s Edition: Ultimate Edition and Graphic Novel

In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot. The Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set  includes Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut, Watchmen: Director’s Cut, Watchmen: Theatrical Cut, a hardcover edition of the graphic novel, and collectible lenticular packaging.

 

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Harry Potter: The Complete 8 Film Collection

The Harry Potter franchise follows a young wizard through his schooling at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Throughout the films, Harry has magical experiences, from flying on broomsticks to meeting giants. He and his fellow classmates must band together to stop the great evil wizard Voldemort who is intent on killing him and ruling the magical world. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection includes all eight movies from the film franchise: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsPart 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsPart 2.

 

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Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection

Tarantino XX contains eight films chosen by Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career, featuring the films that helped define his early success, including Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp FictionJackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds.  To complete the stunning high definition 10-disc set, the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection also features two discs with five hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by a critics’ retrospective on Tarantino’s groundbreaking catalog of films and  “20 Years of Filmmaking” that contains interviews with critics, stars and other masters of cinema.

 

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Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection features 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery and Kim Novak, this definitive collection showcases a true cinematic master at his best. Featuring over 15 hours of insightful bonus features plus an exclusive collectible book, each film has been digitally restored from high resolution film elements for the ultimate Hitchcock experience.

 

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Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Visually spectacular, action-packed and enduringly provocative since its original 1982 release, the stylish noir thriller Blade Runner stars Harrison Ford in the enigmatic role of 21st-century detective Rick Deckard. As he hunts for vengeful, fugitive replicants in a high-tech future soured by urban and social decay, he is drawn to a mysterious woman whose secrets may undermine his own soul. The Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition includes five cuts of the film: The Final Cut, US Theatrical, International Theatrical, Director’s Cut, and the Workprint. Additionally, the gift set features an all new concept spinner car for your collection, action Lenticular and a 72 page art production book with never-before-seen sketches, poster art and photos from the set.

 

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Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection

The Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection features the film and bonus content from A Clockwork Orange 40thAnniversary Edition, the Blu-ray debuts of Lolita and Barry Lyndon, as well as the feature films Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut. The Blu-ray collection will be elegantly boxed in new book-style premium packaging and will include a 40-page hard-cover book that explores the breadth of genres and themes in Kubrick’s work.

 

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Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season Collector’s Edition

Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; and all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords, and honest men…all will play the Game of Thrones. This limited edition set offers Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy versions of the first season of the series and more. The collector’s box set is adorned with the sigils of the four main houses and comes with a premium dragon egg paperweight, a Blu-ray bonus disc of first episode of season two as well as all of the bonus materials and interactive features from the original DVD and Blu-ray releases.

 

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Friends: The Complete Series

Friends is an US sitcom about six friends struggling to survive on their own in Manhattan. In each episode, they find the companionship, comfort and support from each other to be the perfect solutions to the pressures of everyday life. The complete series set features over 110 hours of content (90 hours of features and 20 hours of bonus content). All 236 original broadcast episodes. Highly Collectible Premium Packaging Lenticular Box Cover Hard-cover book that holds 21 discs 32-page episode guide with content from the Warner Bros. archives.

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