DVD Shopping Bag: Last Minute Blu-rays and DVDs Gift Ideas (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Source: Mania.com

 

Well, Maniacs, here we are as another year is about to pass us by. With the big holiday coming up, many of us are rushing out for a few last minute gifts. My problem is probably just like yours. My friends and colleagues all go out and get the big titles the day they arrive. So what the hell do I get them then? I’ve assembled a list of great list minute Blu-rays and DVDs that make perfect gifts. IF you act now you can either order them or hit up a Barnes and Noble for these titles. With dwindling retail outlets and Best Buy being the worst buy, you had better act fast. 
 
Shout! Factory’s new brand Scream Factory

 

The “Scream Factory” label by Shout! Factory packs everything a true film fan would love. Many of the new titles have both the Blu-ray and DVD included. Alternate covers and special features will fill up the cold winter nights that are coming. The beauty of these titles is that your recipient can enjoy them all over again come October (see full list of titles here).

Pick Up:
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (see review)
They Live (see review)
The Island (just recently released)
 
More Hitchcock Baby!

 

 

Your movie aficionado probably went out and bought the Alfred Hitchcock: Master Piece Collection (see review). Though it is an incredible set, it lacks a few necessary titles. Besides, who doesn’t want to see Grace Kelly in 1080p HD and in 3D?  

Essential Titles not in The Mega Box Set:
Dial M For Murder
Strangers on a Train (see review)
The 39 Steps from Criterion Collection

Criterion Collection

 

The Criterion Collection at Barnes and Noble is cinematic gold. No other retailer carries as many of these incredible Blu-rays/ DVDs as they do. Almost any title would do, but, with these recent additions and their prices (yikes, but still worth it) they are a safe bet. 

Recent Choice Titles:
Brazil (see review)
Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku (features killer bugs, poultry, and ghosts all from Japan)
The Game (see review)
Rosemary’s Baby (see review)

Bargain Bins at F.Y.E.

 

 

It’s tough out there now with little to no way of just browsing. The other day, I just stopped and flipped through an F.Y.E. bargain bin. Lo and behold,  I found the original Django. To top it all off, it was only $8.00. You just never know what you’ll find at a store like this. Then again, you’ll never know if an F.Y.E. will still be at your local mall. Little gems like these can be inexpensive and really get your movie fan excited.

There are, of course, tons of titles to pick from. I tried to keep them obscure enough that your movie aficionado at home recognizes the title, but didn’t know of its re-release. All of these titles have been released in the last few months and should make fine last minute gifts. Happy Holidays!

Really want to impress? Check out Mania’s 10 Box Sets for Geeks and Movie Fans (here).

 

ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS

Fred Williamson Double Feature: Original Gangstas / Soda Cracker Starring Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier and Bo Svenson

The Frozen Starring Noah Segan, Seth David Mitchell and Brit Morgan

The Good Doctor [Blu-ray] Starring Orlando Bloom, Riley Keough and Michael Pena

The Good Doctor Starring Orlando Bloom, Riley Keough and Michael Pena

Killer Joe [Blu-ray] Starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch and Thomas Haden Church

Killer Joe Starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch and Thomas Haden Church

Killer Joe [Unrated DVD] Starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch and Thomas Haden Church

Premium Rush (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon

Premium Rush (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon

ANIME

A Certain Magical Index: Season One, Part One Starring Micah Solusod, Monica Rial, Morgan Garret

A Certain Magical Index: Season One, Part Two Starring Micah Solusod, Morgan Garret, Monica Rial

One Piece: Season Four, Voyage Three Starring Colleen Clinkenbeard, Luci Christian and Eric Vale

Shakugan no Shana: Season 2, Part 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Josh Grelle and Cherami Leigh

Steins;Gate: Complete Series, Part Two (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring J. Michael Tatum, Trina Nishimura, Jackie Ross

Tenchi Muyo!: OVA Series (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Matt K. Miller, Petrea Burchard and Jennifer Darling

CLASSICS

Hans Christian Andersen [Blu-ray] Starring Danny Kaye and Farley Granger

Man Who Never Was [Blu-ray] (2012)

HORROR

Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies [Blu-ray] Starring David Alexander, Jason Vail, Richard Schenkman

Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies Starring Bill Oberst Jr., Kent Igleheart, Rhianna Van Helton

Deathship [Blu-ray] Starring George Kennedy, Richard Crenna and Nick Mancuso

ZOMBICON in 3D!

MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY

Sometimes A Great Notion [Blu-ray] Starring Paul Newman, Henry Fonda and Lee Remick

SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY

Android Insurrection Starring Virginia Logan, Sarah-Doe Osborne, Jeff Wills

Flight of the Navigator [Blu-ray]

Resident Evil: Retribution (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Milla Jovovich

Resident Evil: Retribution 3D (Two-Disc Combo: Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Milla Jovovich and Ryan Kwanten

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [Blu-ray] Starring Elias Koteas and Judith Hoag

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze [Blu-ray] Starring Paige Turco, Michelan Sisti, Leif Tilden and Kenn Troum

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time [Blu-ray] Starring Paige Turco, Elias Koteas, Stuart Wilson and Mark Caso

Total Recall (Two Discs: Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] Starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel

Total Recall (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel

TV LAND

Army Wives: Season Six - Part Two Starring Kim Delany, Catherine Bell, Sally Pressman

Californication: The Fifth Season Starring David Duchovny and Evan Handler

Heres Lucy Season 6 Starring Lucille Ball and Gale Gordon

Heroes Of The North: Season One Starring Andy Bradshaw, Edith Labelle, Larry Vinette

House of Lies: Season One Starring Glynn Turman, Don Cheadle, Ben Schwartz and Josh Lawson

Quincy, M.E.: Season Four Starring Jack Klugman

The Sarah Silverman Program: Season Three Starring Sarah Silverman, Brian Posehn and Steve Agee

Shameless: The Complete Second Season Starring William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin

Shameless: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] Starring William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin

BOX SETS

The Resident Evil Collection (Resident Evil / Resident Evil: Apocalypse / Resident Evil: Extinction / Resident Evil: Afterlife / Resident Evil: Retribution) [Blu-ray] Starring Milla Jovovich



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