Movies for keeps
That favorite film can be forever theirs with the gift of a boxed set.
If you're from the Jersey Shore or Jurassic Park, attend Hogwarts Academy or prefer to hang out in classic locales like the West Side, movies offer a chance to escape this holiday season.
DVD and Blu-ray boxed sets, large and small, abound this year for folks who also want to give the gift of film.
Here are just a few recommended titles:
Harry Potter. Harry Potter fans this summer bade farewell to their magical-mystical hero whose on-screen adventures ended with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
But when it comes to movies, the end is never the end, and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) can be cheered on again and again with Warner Bros.' release of three new boxed sets on DVD and Blu-ray.
The eight-disc set Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection contains every Potter film, going back a decade to 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. www.wbshop.com/; $98.92 DVD; 139.99 Blu-ray; rated PG & PG-13.
Looking to please a hard-core fan? Warner has released each Potter film in a huge Ultimate Edition boxed set. Latest to arrive are Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ultimate Edition and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ultimate Edition. Each features more than four hours of extra features, including a making-of documentary not available anywhere else, plus a 44-page book of photos, character cards, and more. www.wbshop.com/; $39.92 each DVD; $49.99 each Blu-ray; rated PG.
Three Colors: Blue, White, Red Blu-ray Edition. Master filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski already had an impressive body of work in his native Poland before he turned to France in the 1990s to make his most celebrated works, including his crowning masterpiece, Three Colors Trilogy. Featuring some of France's greatest actors, including Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Juliette Binoche, and Julie Delpy, the trilogy explores the joys and burdens of human freedom. Criterion Collection's boxed set features Blu-ray editions of all three films. www.criterion.com/; $79.95; rated R.
Upstairs, Downstairs: The Complete Series - 40th Anniversary Collection. Beloved by fans on both sides of the pond, this groundbreaking show gave viewers a glimpse of an upper-class London house in the early decades of the 20th century. This 21-disc boxed set from Acorn Media contains meticulously restored episodes from all five seasons plus a wealth of extras, including delightful cast commentaries. www.acornmedia.com/; $199.99; not rated.
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Years. The second actor to take the title role in the six years since Doctor Who was rebooted by Russell T. Davies, David Tennant, who took the reins for three seasons, ranks as one of the best in the show's 40-year history. BBC Video has collected all 47 Tennant episodes in a stylish, 26-disc boxed set. www.bbcamericashop.com/; $199.98; not rated.
Jersey Shore: Season Three (Uncensored). A nice stocking stuffer, this four-disc set features slightly raunchier versions of MTV's raunchy reality series. mtvhomeentertainment.com/; $26.98; not rated.
Citizen Kane Blu-ray 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition. One cannot live on raunchy TV alone. Orson Welles' classic, regarded by some as the greatest film ever made, has been given the full Blu-ray treatment by Warner Bros. www.wbshop.com/; $64.99; not rated.
West Side Story (50th Anniversary Edition). Robert Wise's sharp musical about the early days of America's youth culture won 10 Oscars. It has been painstakingly restored for this three-disc Blu-ray edition by MGM. www.mgm.comcq; $29.99; not rated.
Ip Man and Ip Man 2: Legend of tthe Grandmaster. Hong Kong martial arts superstar Donnie Yen dazzled fans around the world with this pair of films about the life of Bruce Lee's mentor, Yip Man, rightly considered two of the finest martial arts films ever made. Well Go USA has released each film in a number of DVD and Blu-ray editions ranging from $19.98 to $32.98 each. http://wellgousa.com/; not rated.
Tom Cruise Blu-ray Collection (Collateral, Days of Thunder, Minority Report, Top Gun, War of the Worlds). Five of Tom Cruise's most enjoyable films are included in this five-disc boxed set from Paramount. www.paramount.com/dvd $57.99; rated R.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Paramount's two-disc edition of Michael Bay's sci-fi epic features the film on DVD, Blu-ray and digital copy. www.paramount.com/dvd; $44.99; PG-13. And don't forget Transformers: The Complete Series, a 15-disc collection of the classic TV show from Vivendi Entertainment. http://vivendient.com; $99.99; not rated.
Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy. Stephen Spielberg's monstrous and monstrously fun dinosaur trilogy has been released by Universal in an equally monstrous boxed set packed with extras. www.universalstudiosentertainment.com/; $79.98 DVD; $79.98 Blu-ray; rated PG-13.
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Have a teenage girl in the house? She'll never forgive you if you don't give her this concert film from Paramount featuring the million-selling Canadian teenage crooner. www.paramount.com/dvd; $29.99 DVD; $39.99 Blu-ray; rated G.
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