Holiday Gift Guide: DVDs for Him and Her

by | December 5, 2011 at 10:54 AM | TV News

For Him

Doctor Who

Hop in the TARDIS with the Doctor and his companions with ‘Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD just in time for the holidays. The 6-disc set combines all 13 episodes of the new season from award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock, The Adventures of Tintin), along with the 2010 Holiday Special, A Christmas Carol, starring Harry Potter’s Michael Gambon plus hours of bonus features. The series follows the adventures of the Doctor, a mysterious traveler who journeys throughout all of time and space, picking up companions along the way. BAFTA nominee Matt Smith (the Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory) and Alex Kingston (River Song) are back when the Doctor faces his date with death and learns a lot more about the mysterious River Song. Guest stars include Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Notting Hill) supermodel Lily Cole (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), James Corden (Gavin & Stacey, The History Boys), and David Walliams (Little Britain, Come Fly With Me). Catch a surprise appearance by NBC’s Meredith Vieira in the series finale as well as Michael Sheen (The Twilight Saga, Midnight in Paris), who voices a character in Neil Gaiman’s episode and Imelda Staunton (Cranford, Vera Drake), who voices a character in Tom MacRae’s episode. Executive producers are Piers Wenger (Upstairs Downstairs, Ashes to Ashes) and Beth Willis (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes). Buy the Season 6 Blu-ray right here.

Hangover Part II

A modest bachelor brunch devolves into a wild weekend in Bangkok when the gang travels to Thailand to see Stu get married in the blockbuster hit ‘The Hangover Part II.’ Still traumatized by memories of the Las Vegas fiasco, Stu (Ed Helms) vows to keep his pre-wedding partying to the bare minimum. But when Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) show up, Stu’s low-key brunch makes their previous Vegas fiasco look like a family trip to Disneyland. ‘The Hangover Part II’ features cameos by Bill Clinton and Paul Giamatti. Pre-order the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Big Gay Love Collector Set

Everybody loves a good gay romance and four of the all-time best are assembled into the ‘Big Gay Love Collector Set.’ From searching for Mr. Right across the pond to the hit teen musical Were The World Mine and on to the unexpected Los Angeles love tales East Side Story and Hollywood je t’aime — if you’re looking for Big Gay Love, you’ve definitely found it. The set includes:
“Were The World Mine”: An adorable teen turns his whole town gay and wins the heart of the rugby jock of his dreams in this massively popular gay musical fantasy.
“East Side Story”: Nominated for a 2009 GLAAD Media Award, this hilarious gay love triangle features a young, closeted Latino, who helps his grandmother run the family restaurant while carrying on a clandestine relationship with equally closeted real estate agent.
“Hollywood je t’aime”: This is a bright, funny, honest and utterly charming tale of a gay Parisian searching for fame, fortune and fun on the streets of Los Angeles.
“Mr. Right”: A fast-paced, colorful, and exuberantly gay romantic-comedy that tells the intertwined tales of a group of successful gay men in London. Buy the DVD right here.

Captain America

Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures introduce the latest addition to the incomparable Marvel Super Hero team with ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ now available on high definition Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD. This thrill-packed adventure is a blockbuster hit with audiences worldwide, earning over $350 million at the Global Box Office. When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe, the world’s greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull. Loaded with fantastic action, stunning visual effects and an awe-inspiring hero imbued with courage, humanity and an unbreakable spirit, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ transports viewers into a world of daring exploits and excitement. Starring Chris Evans in the title role, the film features an outstanding ensemble cast including Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving as Marvel’s Ultimate Villain, Red Skull, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke and Stanley Tucci. The two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes a high definition presentation of the film, plus a standard definition presentation with a digital copy. Both sets boast over an hour of behind-the-scenes bonus material including an original Marvel short film, an exclusive sneak peek into the ultimate Super Hero team, Marvel’s The Avengers, six featurettes that go behind-the-scenes of the filmmaking process, deleted scenes and much more. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Walking Dead

Based on the series of graphic novels from Robert Kirkman, AMC’s horror series ‘The Walking Dead‘stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick, a lawman who wakes up from a coma to discover that a cataclysmic event has transformed much – though not all – of humanity into zombies. He goes searching for his wife and child, using his intelligence and training to stay alive. Eventually he reunites with his loved ones, who have gone on the run with a motley crew of survivors that include Rick’s former partner on the force (Jon Bernthal), who has fallen in love with Rick’s wife. Written and executive produced by Frank Darabont, the program debuted in October of last year and quickly became the biggest ratings hit in AMC history. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Hawaii Five-0

The ‘Hawaii Five-0‘ Season 1 Blu-ray is now available. The six-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets include all 24 sizzling episodes from the show’s freshman season, plus a tidal wave of bonus features including deleted scenes, a gag reel, an exploration of the legacy of the series, behind-the-scenes of the making of the pilot, a tour of the islands with actress Grace Park, footage of the show’s introduction at Comic-Con, a look at re-scoring the iconic theme song, an overview of the first season’s story, the English translation of all episode titles, and cast and crew commentaries on select episodes. ‘Hawaii Five-0′ is a contemporary reinvention of the classic crime drama about a new elite task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands’ sun-drenched beaches. Alex O’Loughlin stars as Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop who heads up the new team. The series also stars Scott Caan as Detective Danny “Danno” Williams, an ex-New Jersey cop; Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly, a former Honolulu Police Detective; and Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua, a native and new recruit. Together, this brash new FIVE-0 unit is determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Horrible Bosses

For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust in the hit ‘Horrible Bosses.’ Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few too many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers…permanently. There’s only one problem: even the best-laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them. Special Features include: Instant Streaming with UltraViolet Digital Copy, Extended Cut Feature Film with 8 minutes of all new hilarious moments not seen in theaters, and a Theatrical Cut Feature Film. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Green Lantern

A test pilot embraces his destiny as a cosmic superhero in Casino Royale director Martin Campbell’s adaptation of the popular DC Comics series ‘Green Lantern.’ Ever since he saw his fearless father perish in a tragic aviation mishap, all Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) could think about was flying — it was the only thing the brash, cocky, and irresponsible test pilot ever truly excelled at. Little did he realize he was destined for something much bigger. Somewhere out in space, a powerful force of evil known as Parallax is spreading fear and destruction; the only hope for defeating Parallax is the Green Lantern Corps, a group of intergalactic warriors powered by the force of will. The movie is available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, featuring a 3D hi-definition, a hi-definition, a standard definition and an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the standard definition theatrical version of the film, or a Blu-ray Combo Pack, featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition and an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the standard definition theatrical version of the film. UltraViolet Digital Copy allows consumers to download the film to a PC or Mac plus instantly stream it from a digital cloud to many computers, tablets or smartphones. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Mad Men

Mad Men‘ Season 4 contains all 13 episodes of the season, which first aired in Summer 2010, and is packed with hours of special features including extensive commentaries and innovative featurettes. From AMC and creator Matthew Weiner, this ground-breaking series is about the ego-driven and glamorous “Golden Age” of advertising. On the heels of a game-changing Season 3 finale when Don Draper’s professional and personal lives unexpectedly imploded, Season 4 continues to focus on Jon Hamm and the rest of the breakout ensemble as they grapple with an uncertain new reality and new possibilities. Buy the Season 4 Blu-ray right here.

Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction‘ was honored with an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (1994) and earned seven total nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Quentin Tarantino. It has also been listed as one of the best films of all-time by Time and Entertainment Weekly. A pair of low-rent hit men, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), are sent out to collect a stolen briefcase for their mob boss employer, Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Having proven himself worthy, Wallace then entrusts Vincent to entertain his wife, Mia (Uma Thurman), while he is out of town. Meanwhile, Wallace has paid off aging boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) to throw his next fight. The lives of these wildly entertaining characters intertwine with unexpected and violent consequences. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Conan the Barbarian

A home entertainment debut as fierce as the warrior himself, Lionsgate brings ‘Conan the Barbarian‘ to 3D/2D Blu-ray Disc, 2D Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand. In an epic battle led by an epic hero, Jason Momoa (HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’) stars as Conan, the Cimmerian set on avenging his father’s death. The action-packed film, directed by Marcus Nispel (Friday the 13th), also stars Rachel Nichols (Star Trek), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy). The 3D/2D Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases are both loaded with ferocious bonus materials that include two audio commentaries, a history of the Conan franchise featurette, “The Man Who Would Be Conan: Robert E. Howard” featurette that looks at the creator of the famous character plus two additional featurettes that examine the action and fight scenes. Based on the character of Conan as originally created by Robert E. Howard, a boy born on the battlefield grows into a hulking warrior hell-bent on avenging his father’s death. But Conan’s personal vendetta soon escalates into an epic battle of impossible odds, facing the fiercest of rivals and the most horrific of monsters. Buy the 3D Blu-ray combo pack right here.

Robot Chicken Season 5

Christmas comes early this year – courtesy of Adult Swim — with the release of ‘Robot Chicken‘ Season 5 on DVD and Blu-ray before it even airs on TV. Adult Swim has released the entire fifth season from the Emmy Award-winning stop motion series from co-creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Monkey Productions just two days after the second half of the season begins airing on Adult Swim. ‘Robot Chicken’ Season 5 marks the first time an entire season of Robot Chicken will be released to Blu-ray. Both formats feature all 20 uncensored episodes from the series’ two-part fifth season, including nine never-before-seen episodes and sketches fueled by the series’ signature pop culture parodies. The DVD and Blu-ray are stocked with hours and hours of bonus materials ranging from deleted scenes and episode commentary with celebrity guests, to behind-the-scenes featurettes. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

For Her

Like Water for Elephants

Take a journey back in time with the romantic tale based on Sara Gruen’s New York Times number one Best-Seller novel of the same name, ‘Water For Elephants,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Academy Award-winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line), Robert Pattinson (Twilight series) and Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), the film presents an epic tale of forbidden love in a magical place filled with adventure, wonder and great danger. Showcasing the decadence of a bohemian circus and the majesty of its animals against the backdrop and beauty of a bygone era, ‘Water For Elephants’ makes the ideal holiday gift idea for your favorite film buff, fashionista or book-lover. Devastated by the sudden death of his parents at the height of The Depression, a young dreamer from the wrong side of the tracks, Jacob Jankowski (Pattinson), abandons his veterinary studies at Cornell University. With no other family, no house, and no money, Jacob stows away on a train carrying the circus performers of The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Hired as a veterinarian to care for the troupe’s animals, Jacob is temporarily filled with the promise of an exciting life that comes with a traveling circus troupe. However, as he builds a rapport and falls in love with the star of the show, Marlena (Witherspoon), they become prey to the circus’s owner, Marlena’s violent and abusive husband August (Waltz). As the circus begins to crumble from within and against all odds, Jacob and Marlena come together and fall in love through their compassion for a special elephant. With their love on the line, Jacob and Marlena come to a crossroads that will forever change their destiny. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Crazy Stupid Love

Sad-sack divorcée Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) finds his second wind in life after meeting a handsome young ladies’ man who teaches him how to become a master of the modern dating scene in the hit ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ A devoted family man who married his high school sweetheart, Cal had a great house and a stable job when his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), left him to be with another man. When Emily announces that she’s filing for divorce, Cal finds himself awkwardly thrust into the dating scene and begins drinking his nights away at the local pub. Just when it’s starting to look as if there’s no hope for Cal, confirmed bachelor Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) decides to add some much-needed excitement to the sulking, newly single father’s life. Buy the Blu-ray combo pack right here.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

In an idealized New York City during the early ’60s, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is a charming socialite with a youthful zest for life who lives alone in a nearly bare apartment in the classic ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’ She has such a flippant lifestyle that she won’t even give her cat a name, because that would be too much of a commitment to a relationship. Maintaining a childlike innocence yet wearing the most perfect of designer clothes and accessories from Givenchy, she spends her time on expensive dates and at high-class parties. She escorts various wealthy men, yet fails to return their affections after they have given her gifts and money. Holly’s carefree independence is changed when she meets her neighbor, aspiring writer Paul (George Peppard), who is suffering from writer’s block while being kept by a wealthy woman (Patricia Neal). Buy the 50th anniversary Blu-ray right here.

Big Lesbian Love Collector Set

The quartet of top lesbian romances featured in the ‘Big Lesbian Love Collector Set’ include a gorgeous pair of Big Apple love stories, The Four-Faced Liar and My Normal, plus two equally fresh West Coast American indies — the smart and sexy And Then Came Lola and the legendary Jamie Babbitt hit, Itty Bitty Titty Committee. In the set are:
“The Four-Faced Liar”: The irresistible Marja-Lewis Ryan falls unexpectedly in love with a straight girl (fresh-faced Emily Peck) in this super-smart “comedy about drama.”
“My Normal”: Fashion model-actress Nicole LaLiberte stars in this fresh American indie about a New York dominatrix trying to balance her work, her artistic dreams and her girlfriend.
“And Then Came Lola”: Ashleigh Sumner stars as a San Francisco photographer under pressure to save her job and her relationship.
“Itty Bitty Titty Committee”: Melonie Diaz joins a gang of Feminist activists and falls in love with their leader, Nicole Vicius. Buy the DVD right here.

Fresh Fields

A warm and witty empty-nester comedy, ‘Fresh Fields, Set 2′ is now available on DVD. Broadcast continually on PBS since the mid-1980s, this International Emmy-winning series stars fan favorite, BAFTA-nominee Julia McKenzie (Agatha Christie’s Marple) and Anton Rodgers (Lillie, May to December) as a happily married couple adjusting to middle age. Sharply written and brilliantly acted, the DVD 2-Disc Set includes series three and four of the charmingly domestic Brit-com celebrated by critics and fans alike. Fresh Fields aired for four series (1984-86), and the leads returned in French Fields (1989-91) for three more seasons set in France. Anton Rodgers and Julia McKenzie return as William and Hester Fields, a middle-aged couple whose grown children have left home to start lives of their own. Hester is ready for a new life, too—and takes on everything from redecorating to catering. Staid William would much prefer that his life—and his wife—remain unchanged. Inevitably, he finds himself drawn into Hester’s self-improvement schemes, usually reluctantly but always with hilarious results. Buy the Set 2 DVD right here.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Take a trip to Bedford Falls to experience the life-affirming message of director Frank Capra’s enduringly popular classic all over again as ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ gets its wings in a new two-disc Blu-ray Shadow Box Gift Set. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Henry Travers, the film has made an indelible impact on popular culture and continues to be a beloved part of many families’ holiday tradition. An ideal holiday gift, the Gift Set comes packaged in a striking shadow box and includes a two=-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with a beautifully colorized version of the film in high definition and the original, digitally remastered black-and-white movie in high definition. The set also includes an exclusive bell ornament and a commemorative booklet. Buy the Blu-ray Giftset right here.

True Blood

With vampires, shapeshifters, and werewolves, the seductive world of ‘True Blood‘ continues to grow each season, and the thrill ride continues in the Season 3 DVD and Blu-ray. The set includes all 12 episodes along with extensive bonus materials. Season three finds Bill kidnapped and Sookie heading to Mississippi to find him. There she becomes entangled in a world ruled by a powerful Vampire King and the werewolves who do his bidding. Meanwhile, back in Bon Temps, new threats emerge that make previous problems seem tame by comparison. Buy the Season 3 Blu-ray right here.

Nurse Jackie

Delve deeper into the chaotic life of Jackie Petyon in the Season 2 DVD of Showtime’s smash hit ‘Nurse Jackie.’ Four time Primetime Emmy Award-winning actress Edie Falco stars as Jackie, a quick-witted and deeply flawed emergency room nurse with more than a few secrets. For her, every day is a high wire of juggling patients, doctors, fellow nurses and her own indiscretions. In the second season of this Emmy-award winning series, Jackie struggles to keep up as a functioning addict, a loving wife and a first-class nurse. Bonus materials on the set include all 12 episodes with creator and actor commentaries and two innovative featurettes on the characters of Dr. Cooper and Dr. O’Hara and the actors who portray them. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Weeds

Pot-selling soccer mom turned First Lady of the Mexican drug cartel Nancy Botwin (Emmy and Golden-Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker) packs up her dysfunctional family and heads for the northern border in the sixth season of the hit Showtime comedy ‘Weeds.’ Picking up where the surprise Season 5 cliffhanger left off, the Botwin clan goes on the run and assumes new identities, leaving behind their illegal operations – at least initially. The set includes all 13 episodes, which featured guest stars Alannis Morissette, Linda Hamilton, Richard Dreyfuss and more. Buy the Season 6 DVD right here.

Brideshead Revisited

Winner of 17 international awards and launching the career of Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews, the iconic series returns in a stunning Blu-ray debut and DVD edition featuring exclusive new extras. ‘Brideshead Revisited: 30th Anniversary Edition‘ stars Academy and Emmy Award winning actor Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Diane Quick, Sir John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, and Sir Laurence Olivier in an Emmy-winning role, these 30th anniversary editions feature an all-new transfer from an HD source and are packed with special features, including a Revisiting Brideshead documentary, four commentaries, new photo galleries, outtakes, viewer’s guide. Based on the timeless novel by Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited took a staggering two years to make and is the equivalent of seven feature films back-to-back. Waugh tells a poignant story of romantic yearning and loss set in the world of British aristocracy. The story is told in flashbacks as Irons, an officer in the British Army, is stationed with his company at a remote country home that turns out to be Brideshead, a home in which he spent much of his younger years. The stationing triggers a multitude of memories of his youth and young manhood, his loves, life, and his journey of faith and anguish. Buy the 30th Anniversary Edition DVD right here.

Chocolat

Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, ‘Chocolat’ is unforgettable and is now available on Blu-ray for the first time. This timeless romance stars Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. When Vianne (Binoche) arrives into a sleepy, old-fashioned French village and opens a chocolate shop, she sends the townspeople into a flutter with her uniquely gifted treats. Before long the straitlaced villagers find themselves abandoning their reservations and succumbing to their deepest desires. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Amelie

One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in this charming and romantic comic fantasy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. “Amelie” (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn’t attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Her mother Amandine (Lorella Cravotta) died in a freak accident when Amelie was eight, and her father Raphael (Rufus) had limited contact with her, since his presence seemed to throw her heart into high gear. Despite all this, Amelie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. Buy the Blu-ray right here.