Father's Day Buying Guide: Need Some Last-Minute Gift Ideas?

Father's Day Buying Guide: Need Some Last-Minute Gift Ideas?

Jun 15, 2013

Father's Day is this weekend. Did you forget? Don't fret, we've got you covered. We've combed through this year's new DVDs and Blu-rays and plucked out a nice range of films that should give you some shopping ideas. Though we've picked a best film in each category, we vouch for all of these films being quite good, and they should be available at most retailers near you since they're all discs that have come out within the last six months. 


For the Action Fan

Best of the Bunch: Mad Max Trilogy - This new set contains a reauthored Blu-ray of The Road Warrior (which looks a little better, but sounds a whole lot better), as well as the previously unreleased Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Each movie is a classic in its own right and should appeal to any action fan, whether they're a preexisting fan or not.


For the Drama Fan

Best of the Bunch: Warner Bros.' Ultimate Gangster's Collection, Contemporary (Mean Streets, The UntouchablesGoodfellasHeat and The Departed) - A great bang-for-your-buck set and a cool package with a nice collectible book that focuses on why each of these films is a staple of the genre.


For the Classics Fan

Best of the Bunch: The Clint Eastwood 20-Film Collection - On value alone this is a great deal (it works out to less than $5 per movie) for an instant collection of one of cinema's greatest icons. The films are: A Perfect World, Dirty Harry, Every Which Way but Loose, Firefox, Gran Torino, Heartbreak Ridge, Hereafter, Invictus, J. Edgar, Letters from Iwo Jima, Magnum Force, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Pale Rider, Space Cowboys, Sudden Impact, The Gauntlet, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Trouble with the Curve, Unforgiven.


For the Horror Fan

Best of the Bunch: Sleep Tight - Man, this was a tough call to make because all of the below are very different films but all very appealing to horror fans. However, Sleep Tight, the latest from the director of [REC], is most likely to be one the horror fan in your life hasn't seen yet but will instantly love.


For the Sci-fi Fan

Best of the Bunch: Cloud Atlas - It's a little unfair to consider Cloud Atlas a strictly sci-fi movie, but for the sake of this list we will. It's an ambitious, awe-inspiring piece of cinema that should stun any fan of the genre.


For the Comedy Fan

Best of the Bunch: Ghostbusters - Comedy is so subjective that it's too hard to predict what will be anyone's favorite, but it's pretty hard to go wrong with Ghostbusters. This '80s classic has been on Blu-ray for a while, but the previous issue had a pretty crappy transfer. This new one features a remaster that finally does the movie justice.


For the History Fan

Best of the Bunch: Schindler's List - This isn't just Steven Spielberg's best historical production, it's just an all-around stunning film from one of the finest filmmakers of our time.


For the Documentary Fan

Best of the Bunch: Brooklyn Castle - This just a truly wonderful film about a group of inner-city kids who happen to be incredible chess players. That may sound dull, but it isn't. It's a smart, funny, heartwarming movie that'll hit anyone right in the feels.


For the Arthouse Fan

Best of the Bunch: Killing Them Softly - This is a fantastic, masterfully shot thriller that uses the criminal underworld as an obvious but perfect analogy for the current financial madness hitting Wall Street. 

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