Gift Guide: The 12 Collectibles of Christmas

Gift Guide: The 12 Collectibles of Christmas

Dec 08, 2010

The true movie lover in your life wants at least one of these handsome DVD or Blu-ray sets under the tree on Christmas morning, or his name is Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Alien Anthology: The four films starring Sigourney Weaver as Lt. Ellen Ripley—Alien, Aliens, Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection—make their Blu-ray debut here with all the bonus features from the previous DVD edition as well as hours of new bonus material, like Weaver's original screen test, unseen deleted scenes and thousands of still photographs from the Fox archives. The movies—each presented with the theatrical cut and an extended or director's cut— and those acid-blooded Aliens with the double jaws have never looked so scary good. The set is also available housed in replica Alien pod.

Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy: While this set of Robert Zemeckis's beloved sci-fi series starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd can be also be purchased on DVD, you'll want to future-proof your video collection and pick up the Blu-ray debut for its restored picture and sound elements.

Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, 35 Years: Make your Eastwood fan's day with the complete Warner Bros. catalog of the octogenarian's work as both an actor and a director, from Dirty Harry to Invictus. Film critic Richard Schickel's acclaimed documentary The Eastwood Factor rounds out the set.

The Films of Rita Hayworth: Got ginge? How about iconic, vintage ginge? This collection of Rita Hayworth films should satisfy your need for Old Hollywood glitz and glamour. The flame-tressed icon with a gift for dance became one of the most enduring sex symbols of her (or any) era. Five of her movies are boxed here, including three DVD debuts: Tonight and Every Night, Miss Sadie Thompson and Salome. Cover Girl and Gilda round out this set with introductions by Martin Scorsese, Baz Luhrmann and Patricia Clarkson.

Fox 75th Anniversary Collection: This massive 75-film, three-volume set highlights the studio's biggest successes, from South Pacific to Star Wars, Alien to Avatar and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to The Devil Wears Prada. The collection highlights seven Best Picture Oscar winners including How Green Was My Valley, All About Eve, The Sound of Music, Patton, The French Connection, Slumdog Millionaire and the DVD debut of Cavalcade. The whole shebang will cost you over $350 new, but at least you get a coffee table book included and it's all still less money than buying a single copy of Avatar on Blu-ray 3D.

The Goonies 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition: Available on either DVD or a Blu-ray debut, this treasure-packed set of Richard Donner's classic children's adventure is "good enough" for any fan. The set comes packed with a Goonies board game, storyboards, a reprint of Empire Magazine's Goonies reunion, a reprint of the original Goonies souvenir magazine and even a sheet of Goonies temporary tattoos.

The Sound of Music: Limited Edition Collector's Set: Give a Julie Andrews fan a few of his/her favorite things with this Blu-ray debut of the 1965 musical that comes packed with some collectibles to sing about, including the soundtrack, a 100-page scrapbook, snapshots from Salzburg, a reproduction of the original souvenir program and a music box with a letter of authenticity.

Toy Story Trilogy: Ultimate Toy Box Collection: This 10-disc set of all three of Pixar's Toy Story movies comes packaged in a toy chest and includes a Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy of each movie so your wee ones can be distracted everywhere from the living room to the car to the airplane.

Apocalypse Now: Full Disclosure Editon: Francis Ford Coppola's classic epic about the Vietnam War starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper makes its Blu-ray debut in its uncut entirety with exhaustive extras, including the heralded Hearts of Darkness documentary. The set comes packaged with a 48-page collectible booklet with never-before-seen photos and a special note from Coppola.

Tonight: 4 Decades of the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Insomniacs will love seeing 30 new-to-DVD hours' worth of Carson entertaining the late-night crowd plus highlights from some 50 episodes.

Nip/Tuck: The Complete Series: Before creator Ryan Murphy and his team abandoned ship and went gaga for Glee, this FX series about two playboy plastic surgeons was their guilty pleasure…and ours. All six seasons featuring the adventures in Miami and Los Angeles of Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) and Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) are contained here in this huge DVD set, which Blu-ray Bob wishes was also available on Blu-ray.

The African Queen Commemorative Box Set: It's hard to believe this classic starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart has never been available on disc, but now fans have the choice of either DVD or Blu-ray. Both editions come packaged with The African Queen radio broadcast CD, a film frame collectible reproduction, postcards with images from the film, and a reproduction of Hepburn's out-of-print memoir The Making of The African Queen or How I Went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind.

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