Holiday Gift Guide: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, House, JAG, Desperate Housewives

by | November 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM | General

'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' (Shout! Factory)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Following its debut in 1993, Saban’s iconic live-action pop culture series, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in North America. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, this long-running series has been seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and remains a mainstay in children’s programming blocks. For 19 years, the highly entertaining saga and fan favorite characters from Power Rangers have captivated children and adults alike and are beloved by legions of fans worldwide. Now you can return to where the phenomenon began and re-live these thrill-packed adventures when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, unleashes Mighty Morphin Power Rangers : The Complete Series 19-DVD box set on November 20, 2012. Featuring all 145 original episodes from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Seasons One, Two and Three, plus the ten-episode series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alien Rangers and a payload of in-depth bonus content, this 19-DVD box set has long been anticipated by fans but has not been available in stores until now. Buy the complete series right here.

House

House‘ is one of the most compelling medical dramas in small screen history. Through eight brilliant seasons, two-time Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie, as Dr. Gregory House, combats the medical field with unconventional and misanthropic tactics that audiences can’t help but love. Every baffling case, every brilliant diagnosis, and every sardonic insult is all here in ‘House: The Complete Series,now available on DVD.House: The Complete Series gives viewers a chance to re-live every captivating moment as House and his team of doctors solve complex medical mysteries, push professional boundaries, and face personal demons. Gripping, witty, and intelligent, House: The Complete Series will satisfy every ‘House’ fan in this must-own 41-disc collection, featuring all 176 episodes of this Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe-winning production. The collector’s package includes a fully-colored, 24-page collector’s book with a must-see insider’s look at the show’s origins, favorite House-isms, rare campaign art, and more! Over the years, ‘House’ has featured outstanding guest stars such as Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, Bourne Legacy), James Earl Jones (Star Wars), Franka Potente (Bourne Identity), Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown), Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), and music star Dave Matthews. Enjoy all eight seasons of the groundbreaking television phenomenon show in one collectible package, and buy the complete series right here.
JAG
One of television’s most popular and longest-running dramas, ‘JAG: The Complete Series – Collector’s Edition’ arrives in a DVD box set packed with exclusive special features on December 11 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The collectible box set is the ultimate holiday gift and must-have for fans of the hugely popular, Emmy-winning series. Including all 10 seasons of JAG, the 56-disc definitive DVD collector’s edition box set is housed in a high-design collectible package, and is highlighted by an exclusive bonus disc filled with never-before-seen special features, only available in this special set. The featurette “The Jagged Edge” gives viewers a chance to go behind the scenes of their favorite series, and provides a special, in-depth look at the making of the popular drama with new interviews from Executive Producer Donald P. Bellisario and cast members including David James Elliott (Harmon Rabb Jr.), Catherine Bell (Sarah MacKenzie) and Patrick Labyorteaux (Bud Roberts Jr.).  In addition, the collection also features commentary by Bellisario for the hit show’s premiere episode.  The set also includes “JAG: Beyond the Scenes,” a program introducing the series that aired before the show ever premiered on NBC. Plus, the set contains a fully loaded, 38-page “Insider’s Manual” enabling viewers to test their trivia knowledge, get intel about the actual JAG Corps and learn fun facts about the show.  One highlight of the collection is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind “Challenge Coin” like the one seen in the series finale that decided Harm and Mac’s fate and left JAG fans wanting to know more. ‘JAG,’ starring David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux and Scott Lawrence, is an adventure drama about the elite legal wing of military officers trained as lawyers who investigate, prosecute and defend those accused of crimes within the military. The popular series follows Commander Harmon “Harm” Rabb Jr., a former Navy fighter pilot turned lawyer, and Lieutenant Colonel Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie, a beautiful “by the book” officer. Though these two colleagues hold the same high standards, they often find themselves clashing when they choose different routes to get to the same conclusion. No matter their differences, they traverse the globe together with a single mission in mind: to search for and discover the truth. Pre-order the complete series collector’s edition right here. (Release date: Dec 11th)

Desperate Housewives

The humorous and dramatic lives of Wisteria Lane’s housewives hits homes all in one sitting with the release of the beautiful gift set, ‘Desperate Housewives: Complete Collection.’ Housed in a collectible replica of Mary Alice’s infamous steamer trunk, the complete collection of the hit series contains all 179 episodes from all eight seasons on 46 discs, including an exclusive bonus disc with even more great cast interviews and behind-the-scenes from the final season. Fans can now own every episode and exciting bonus feature ever released in the series in this premium collectible package. This set is a must have for any Desperate Housewives fan. Buy the complete series right here.

Entourage

They’re baaaack! Catch the action for the first time or relive the ups and downs that come with fame as Vince, Eric, Drama and Turtle take you on a whirlwind ride through the high stakes world of Hollywood with ‘Entourage: The Complete Series.’ The perfect gift for HBO fans, ‘Entourage: The Complete Series‘ is available on Blu-ray and DVD. The set is boxed in a stylishly cool, black casing and features all 8 seasons along with more than 6 hours of bonus content and is the first time seasons 1-5 are available on Blu-ray. ‘Entourage: The Complete Series’ Blu-ray and DVD sets contain a wealth of bonus materials that give viewers a wildly entertaining look inside one of TV’s most celebrated comedies. Included are the audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, panel discussions, and exclusive interviews that offer candid and amusing views of Hollywood and the cost of being a celebrity. Buy the complete series Blu-ray right here.

'Mission: Impossible' (CBS Home Entertainment)

Mission Impossible

Choose to accept the mission this holiday season when every single episode of the thrilling series ‘Mission: Impossible’ arrives in a magnificent 56-disc set. Perfect for television fans, ‘Mission Impossible: The Complete Television Collector’s Gift Set’ will be available on DVD December 11 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Highlighted by never-before-released inside looks and extended interviews with the show’s celebrated stars, the set includes all seven seasons of the original Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning series along with its 1980s revival, together for the first time in dynamite-shaped packaging. ‘Mission Impossible – The Complete Television Collector’s Gift Set’ also contains must-see bonus features.  The two-part exclusive featurette entitled “Birth of the Mission” and “Mission Debriefing,” gives fans a special behind-the-scenes look at the series, and includes never-before-released interviews with ‘Mission: Impossible’ stars Peter Graves (Jim Phelps), Barbara Bain (Cinnamon Carter) and Martin Landau (Rollin Hand).  In addition, the series takes viewers back in time to view an archival interview with Greg Morris (Barney Collier). Plus, the collection also includes a photo montage celebrating the series set to the iconic ‘Mission: Impossible’ theme music, famously performed by The Kane Triplets. The original action drama ‘Mission: Impossible’ follows the adventures of the skilled I.M.F. (Impossible Missions Force) team who carry out highly dangerous and mysterious tasks for the government.  So secret are the missions that their details must be delivered to the team by pre-recorded tapes that are prepared to self-destruct once their messages are heard.  Headlined by Graves in his iconic role as I.M.F. leader Jim Phelps, the series was an immediate sensation upon its original debut, and its pulse-pounding plots, ingenious gadgets and inspired characters continue to influence both small and big-screen thrillers today. The 56-disc collection includes all seven seasons of the original series from 1966-1973, along with both seasons of the 1988-1990 series revival. ‘Mission Impossible – The Complete Television Collector’s Gift Set’ is presented in full screen format with English 5.1 Surround and English Mono (Season 1); English 5.1 Surround, English Mono, and Spanish Mono (Seasons 2-7); English Stereo (’88 and ’89 Seasons); and English Stereo and English Mono (bonus disc). The collection also includes English, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles (Seasons 2-7) and English SDH subtitles (’88 and ’89 Seasons and bonus disc). Pre-order the collector’s gift set right here. (Release date: December 11th)

All in the Family

All In The Family: The Complete Series,’ a 28-Disc box set of one the most beloved and groundbreaking television shows of all time, is now available. The first-ever box set release of the show contains all 213 episodes, uncut and in their original broadcast form. A wealth of bonus features includes a 40-page collectible book with essays by Pulitzer Prize–winning TV critic Tom Shales and USC Media Professor Marty Kaplan, a new interview with Norman Lear, the documentary Those Were The Days: The Birth Of “All In The Family,” the documentary The Television Revolution Begins: “All In The Family” Is On The Air, the original All In The Family pilot “Justice For All,” the second All In The Family pilot “Those Were The Days,” and the spin-off pilot episodes of Gloria, Archie Bunker’s Place, and 704 Hauser. Those were the days. Few television shows have left as substantial and enduring a footprint on American popular culture as Norman Lear’s masterpiece All In The Family. The revolutionary series looked at the state of the world through the eyes of an argumentative but loving family and gave us some of the most fully dimensional characters in television history. The jokes had a million targets, aiming at race, politics, sex and human foibles, but the humor was firmly rooted in the characters of Archie, Edith, Mike and Gloria. Buy the complete series right here.

Universal 100th Anniversary Collection

For 100 years, Universal Pictures has been entertaining audiences all around the world with some of the most unforgettable movies ever made. For a limited time only, own a piece of Hollywood history with the ‘Universal 100th Anniversary Collection,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. The collection features a selection of 25 unforgettable films that helped shape the legacy of one of the most successful movie studios of all time. Featuring prestigious Academy Award winners such as ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘The Sting,’ genre-defining classics like ‘Dracula’ and ‘Spartacus,’ captivating storytelling such as ‘Field of Dreams,’ and ‘Do the Right Thing,’ blockbusters like ‘Jurassic Park,’ and ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ and pure entertainment with franchises including ‘The Bourne Identity’ and ‘The Fast and the Furious,’ these movies continue to have an enduring impact around the world. This special set include an exclusive “100 Years of Universal” 72-page collector’s book chronicling the history of Universal over the last 100 years including rare photos and memorabilia from the studio’s archives. The collection also includes an exclusive 15-track music CD containing a selection of the most popular music scores from Universal films including ‘Psycho,’ ‘The Sting,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ and ‘Out of Africa.’ Featuring hours of bonus features including an exclusive bonus disc, including 8 “100 Years of Universal” featurettes, vintage cartoons and rarely seen shorts from the Universal archives. This one is not to be missed! Buy the Blu-ray collection right here.

The Fugitive

One of the most influential drama series in television history, ‘The Fugitive: The Most Wanted Edition,’ is now available on DVD. Starring David Janssen, Barry Morse, Bill Raisch and narrated by acclaimed actor William Conrad, the classic Emmy-winning series remains one of the most popular and beloved adventure series of the 1960s. CBS Home Entertainment has transferred all four seasons of ‘The Fugitive’ from the original film negatives and audio, creating a beautifully presented archival version of this classic series. Spanning 32 discs, this definitive DVD box set is housed in a striking collectible package and features a bonus disc full of special features as well as a Soundtrack Album CD featuring musical score from the series by composer Pete Rugolo. Inspiring many films and television shows since its debut, ‘The Fugitive’ original TV series is a suspenseful crime drama that centers on Dr. Richard Kimble (Janssen), wrongly accused of murdering his wife. The series opens with Kimble escaping custody while en route to Death Row and follows him as he struggles to stay one step ahead of the police and Lt. Philip Gerard (Morse), who is obsessed with his capture. Kimble must constantly relocate and hide his true identity while he continues his quest to find the real killer, a one-armed man (Raisch) he saw leave the scene of the crime. Buy the Most Wanted Edition complete series right here.

Columbo

Legendary Peter Falk is a four-time Primetime Emmy Award-winner for his iconic role as the beloved, trenchcoat-wearing Police Lieutenant Columbo. Columbo is the landmark series that inspired a genre. And now, for the first time ever, all 69 episodes from its seven seasons and all 24 television movies are together in this 34-disc anthology. ‘Columbo: The Complete Series’ is now available from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Every criminal, every innocent victim (and some not-so-innocent ones), and every wily deduction are here in one definitive collection. Seemingly befuddled but always brilliant, the cigar-chomping detective will have you following the clues and asking “just one more thing” until the last case is cracked.  Columbo: The Complete Series includes 3 bonus episodes from the TV spin-off Mrs. Columbo and the featurette “America’s Top Sleuths: A countdown of the top sleuths in television and film.”  Guest stars over the series include Dick Van Dyke (The Dick Van Dyke Show), William Shatner (Star Trek), Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek), Martin Sheen (The West Wing), Vincent Price (Masterpiece Mystery), and Janet Leigh (Psycho). Enjoy all seven seasons of the television show and all 24 television movies in one collectible package, just in time for the holidays!Buy the Complete Series right here.

Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection

Celebrating Quentin Tarantino’s legendary filmmaking, Lionsgate and Miramax are proud to present the ‘Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection,’ now available on Blu-ray Disc. ‘Tarantino XX’ contains eight films chosen by Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career, featuring the films that helped define his early success, including Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious BasterdsTo complete the stunning high definition 10-disc set, the ‘Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection’ also features two discs with five hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by a critics’ retrospective on Tarantino’s groundbreaking catalog of films and  “20 Years of Filmmaking” that contains interviews with critics, stars and other masters of cinema. ‘Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection’ showcases one of the most innovative filmmakers of our time and is a must-have for serious film fans, as Tarantino’s highly-anticipated new film, Django Unchained, prepares to hit theaters.  Honoring the 20th anniversary of Reservoir Dogs – the cultural milestone that brought Tarantino to the forefront as a cinematic legend – the collection is highlighted by recurring appearances from celebrated actors including Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) and Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), and also includes starring performances from iconic actors such as Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Happiness Is…Peanuts: Go, Snoopy, Go

America’s favorite pastime only gets better when Peanuts gang hits the field in the TV special It’s Spring Training, Charlie Brown. Baseball season’s first game is coming up, but Charlie Brown’s team doesn’t even have uniforms. Can their new player, little Leland, help them reach a big victory? Then, the antics continue in five adventures from The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show. Snoopy swoops in on the gang when he thinks he’s a winged predator in Vulture, Linus tries to break a habit in Blanket, school means trouble for Peppermint Patty, the back of a bicycle is the road to excitement in Rerun and Charlie Brown tries to rouse spirits in Rainy Day. Bring home the latest Peanuts DVD collection as there’s no stopping the fun when Snoopy is on the go. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

The Carol Burnett Show

On April 20, 2004, Harvey Korman and Tim Conway conducted an interview at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles. They talked for 90 minutes about their legendary antics on The Carol Burnett Show, but the interview has rarely been seen by the general public—until now. This emotional and revealing interview is included—in its entirety—as part of the bonus features for Time Life’s DVD release, ‘The Carol Burnett Show—The Ultimate Collection.’ In addition to the 90-minute session with Tim Conway, Harvey Korman also did a separate 90-minute solo interview at the Museum of TV and Radio, and that too is included in The Ultimate Collection, which boasts a staggering 20-plus hours of bonus features. Two additional pieces of bonus material for ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ DVD set are : The UCLA Library Special Collection was the source of Carol’s guest book from Season 10, and this priceless momento has been turned into a virtual tour through the season, with highlights of performances from Carol’s guests, including  Betty White, Dinah Shore, Jim Nabors, Steve Lawence and Eydie Gorme, among others. And “One More Time” is an exclusive 20-page memory book with photos from the show, summaries of classic moments, and anecdotes about Carol from guest stars and friends of Carol, from Carl Reiner and Betty White, to Jane Lynch and Amy Poehler. All 50 episodes in The Ultimate Collection were hand-picked by Carol Burnett and include the most acclaimed and beloved episodes from the show’s legendary 11-year run. Buy the complete collection right here.

Cinderella

This enchanting classic comes alive in stunning fashion for in-home viewing for the very first time on Blu-ray high definition with enhanced picture and sound. The ‘Cinderella: Diamond Edition’ sparkles like never before with a wide-array of bonus features, including never-before-seen material, family-friendly interactive activities, games and more. Audiences can enjoy this timeless masterpiece in a 6-Disc Jewelry Box Set, 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack or High-Definition Disney Digital. The Diamond Edition contains several bonus features, including the detailing of the design and manufacture of the highly anticipated shoe, a fantasy short starring Louboutin as he travels the streets of Paris seeking inspiration for the shoe and the inspiring story of the real-life fairy godmother, Mary Alice O’Connor, the wife of Disney’s layout genius Ken O’Connor. Buy the Jewelry Box set right here.

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection

Fifteen of the most acclaimed films by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock come together on Blu-ray for the first time ever with the release of ‘Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection,’ now available for a limited time only. Digitally restored from high-quality film elements and presented in perfect high-definition picture and sound, ‘Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection’ brings the Master of Suspense’s best work to home audiences as it’s never been seen before. This ultimate collector’s set features 13 films previously unavailable on Blu-ray, a collectible 50-page book featuring storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs, and much more. Plus a treasure trove of over 15 hours of documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, screen tests, trailers and a new documentary “The Birds, Hitchcock’s Monster Movie,” enough to satisfy even the most ardent Hitchcock fan. Spanning three-and-a-half decades of the director’s prolific career, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection includes the classic thrillers ‘Psycho,’ ‘The Birds,’ ‘Vertigo,’ ‘Rear Window,’ ‘North by Northwest,’ ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much,’ ‘Marnie,’ ‘Saboteur,’ ‘Shadow of a Doubt,’ ‘Rope,’ ‘The Trouble with Harry,’ ‘Torn Curtain,’ ‘Topaz’, ‘Frenzy’ and ‘Family Plot.’ The films feature performances from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Novak and Sean Connery. One of the most influential and revered cinematic innovators of all time, Alfred Hitchcock had a profound and lasting impact on modern moviemaking. Renowned for his signature wit, thrilling plots, pioneering camerawork and original editing style, Hitchcock’s masterful ability to wring every drop of suspense out of each scene is still studied and emulated by filmmakers around the world. He was nominated for five Best Director Academy Awards, and four of his films (all of which are included in this collection) appear on AFI’s prestigious “100 Years…100 Movies” list. ‘Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection’ is the ideal gift for film lovers, Hitchcock fans—or anyone who wants to discover for themselves what makes him the undisputed Master of Suspense. Buy The Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray right here.

'Game of Thrones' (HBO Home Entertainment)

Game of Thrones

Season 1 of the television phenomenon ‘Game of Thrones‘ is now available for the first time on Blu-ray with HBO select (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy in one box set) with the release of ‘Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season Collector’s Edition.’ The beautiful collector’s box set is designed with the sigils of the four main houses and comes with a premium dragon egg paperweight, a Blu-ray bonus disc of Season 2, Episode 1, as well as all of the bonus materials and interactive features from the original DVD and Blu-ray disc releases. This limited edition set is the perfect gift for and ‘Game of Thrones’ fan. Based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire,’ the sweeping fantasy saga instantly became one of the network’s biggest hits and the fastest selling TV on BD titles of all time. The Emmy-award winning show follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summer span decades and winters can last a lifetime. As two powerful families engage in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdoms and the bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. Buy the Complete First Season Collector’s Edition right here.

Friends

Just in time for holiday gift giving, ‘Friends: The Complete Series‘ is now available on Blu-ray for the first time. This ultimate collector’s set for the ultimate fan features over 110 hours of content – including all 236 original broadcast episodes released for the first time in the US, plus 20 hours of special features including over three hours of newly-added special features.  New content includes a retrospective documentary with new interviews looking back at the influential 10 years of the series, never-before-released cast appearances, unaired footage, a new gag reel and more. All 10 seasons have been completely remastered in stunning 1080p high definition video with a 16×9 widescreen format and 5.1 audio.  The Friends:  Complete Series Blu-ray box set is presented in highly collectible new packaging consisting of a lenticular box cover, a hard-cover book that holds 21 Blu-ray discs, plus a 32-page episode guide. ‘Friends’ is an American sitcom about six friends struggling to survive on their own in Manhattan. In each episode, they find the companionship, comfort and support from each other to be the perfect solutions to the pressures of everyday life.  The series stars ‘The Ones That Were There For You’ for ten seasons strong: Jennifer Aniston as “Rachel Green,” Courteney Cox as “Monica Geller,” Lisa Kudrow as “Phoebe Buffay,” Matt LeBlanc as “Joey Tribbiani,” Matthew Perry as “Chandler Bing,” and David Schwimmer as “Dr. Ross Geller.” Friends has also featured many notable guest stars including Tom Selleck, Aisha Tyler, Jon Favreau, Anna Faris, Hank Azaria, Bruce Willis, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Applegate,  Sean Penn, Jon Lovitz, Alec Baldwin, and many more.  Friends was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman and aired on NBC from September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004. With over 3 hours of all-new special features and 17 hours of special features from the original ‘Friends’ DVD releases, this set is not to be missed! Remember why you fell in love with Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow all over again! Buy the complete series Blu-ray right here.

Universal Classic Monsters

For the first time ever, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray with the release of ‘Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection’. Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, ‘Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection’ brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-ray, a collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, correspondence and much more. Each iconic film is accompanied by an array of bonus features that tell the fascinating story of its creation and history, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, storyboards, photo galleries, and trailers. Especially appealing for fans are a never-before-seen featurette about the restoration of Dracula and the first ever offering of Creature from the Black Lagoon in its restored Blu-ray 3D version. From the era of silent movies through the present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection honors the studio’s accomplishments with the most iconic monsters in motion-picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Featuring performances by legends of the horror genre, including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester, these eight iconic films also feature groundbreaking special effects and innovative makeup that continue to influence filmmakers into the 21st century. Sure to be a Halloween favorite for years to come, ‘Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection’ is the ideal gift for film buffs and horror aficionados alike. Buy the Essential Collection right here.

War in HD

‘WWII in HD’ and ‘Vietnam in HD’ are History’s highest-rated war events of all time, seen by over 40 million viewers. Featuring the voice talents of celebrities such as LL Cool J, Steve Zahn, Ron Livingston, Rob Lowe and Josh Brolin, the programs also offer spectacular visuals presented in High Definition with absolutely no colorization and immersive 5.1 sound — the only people to see the wars like this were the soldiers themselves. ‘War in HD’ is a 6-disc collector’s set perfect for the armchair historian or military aficionado and is specially priced for the holidays. ‘WWII in HD’ is the first documentary to show World War II from the perspective of both sides in full, immersive HD color. Culled from 3,000 hours of recently excavated color footage, and utilizing the diaries of soldiers who fought in the war’s biggest battles, this comprehensive presentation creates a personal, introspective and detailed look at life on and off the front lines. It’s truly a picture of World War II that has never been seen before. ‘Vietnam in HD’ represents a story that is in danger of being lost to history. Using color footage never seen by the public from private collections, museums, the U.S. government, and veteran’s organizations, as well as sources from Vietnam, veterans of America’s most controversial war tell their stories and relive their struggles, courage and fears. This six-hour miniseries spans the massive initial troop build-up in 1965 to the fall of Saigon a decade later.

The Magic School Bus

Not many children’s brands can stand the test of time, entertaining and educating generation after generation. ‘The Magic School Bus,’ which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, is one such brand.  This holiday season, invite kids to hop aboard the world’s most famous school bus for exciting and unforgettable lessons as Scholastic Media re-launches to DVD the timeless, Emmy Award winning TV series with ‘The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series.’ Bringing together all 52 episodes of the animated series (which followed the wildly successful book franchise) – including 30 which are available for purchase for the first time – the longest-running science series to air on television features the voices of Lily Tomlin, Wynonna Judd, Dolly Parton, Tony Randall and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Along with the adventurous and energetic Ms. Frizzle and her pet lizard, Liz, the entire class – along with the audience invites children of every age to explore volcanoes, the inside of the human body and much, much more. Featuring a striking 3D lenticular cover with new artwork that makes the vibrant characters leap off the page and that will encourage kids to ask the question “how did they make that?” , the collectible thin-pack set also includes a guide for kids with teasers, trivia and experiments, plus a Parents’ Guide with lessons and learning options. This interactive guide creates wholesome and healthy entertainment for the entire family. Buy the complete series right here.

The Duchess of Duke Street

The acclaimed BBC series ‘The Duchess of Duke Street Complete Collection’ is now available on DVD from Acorn Media, including all 31 episodes. Created by Emmy winner John Hawkesworth (Upstairs, Downstairs) and fondly remembered from its Emmy-nominated PBS Masterpiece Theatre run (1979-80), The Duchess of Duke Street remains a standard of BBC excellence to this day. Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Sense and Sensibility) stars as Louisa Leyton, a culinary wizard who ascends from servant to manager of a posh London hotel. Christopher Cazenove (A Knight’s Tale, TV’s Dynasty) co-stars as Charlie, the dashing love of her life. Born into the servant class, Louisa Leyton rises from the scullery to become the best chef in Edwardian London and manager of the most elegant—and discreet—hotel in town. She learns the rules of high society from powerful men captivated by her beauty, but she never sheds her Cockney accent or attitude. Even in the throes of World War I, Louisa proves she can take whatever life dishes out and remain in a class all her own. Based on the true story of Rosa Lewis, a culinary genius and owner of London’s venerable Cavendish Hotel, this acclaimed BBC series dramatizes the life of an indomitable woman in stories full of humor and heart. The Duchess of Duke Street was nominated for an Emmy and multiple BAFTAs, including Best Drama Series and Best Actress. Buy the complete collection right here.

Mo Willem’s Pigeon and Pals: Complete Cartoon Collection

Since he unveiled his unforgettable conniving pigeon who’ll do absolutely anything to drive a bus or eat a hot dog, Emmy Award-winner and Sesame Street veteran Mo Willems has become one of the most beloved children’s author/illustrators working today. His best-selling books have won dozens of awards and honors. Now, children can laugh along Scholastic Storybook Treasures brings all the authors’ characters to life and together for the very first time in colorfully and whimsically animated video adaptations with ‘Mo Willem’s Pigeon and Pals: Complete Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 & 2.’ Across two discs and sic stories, Willems’ tales – highlighted by “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” and “The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!” — jump off the screen in inimitable fashion!  Enhanced by Scholastic’s ever-popular read-along function which helps to strengthen early reading skills, the sure-to-be-treasured collection also includes faithful and award-winning adaptations of other Willems’ best-sellers, including “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” (in both English and Spanish) and “Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity”, “Leonardo the Terrible Monster” and “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed”.  Made all the more enriching and engaging, Pigeon and Pals also includes a multitude of bonus featurettes, as well as an interview with the author himself. Buy the complete collections Vol 1 & 2 right here.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cowabung! Relive all the action with the release of the complete series of the totally awesome classic TV series ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection,’ now available all together for the first time on DVD. Perfectly timed for holiday gift giving, the set includes all 10 seasons on 23 discs and is packaged in an exclusive, collectible TMNT party van. Join everyone’s favorite pizza eating turtles Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo from the beginning through their final battle to save mankind. A fan favorite show, and fun for the whole family, the DVD collection features all 193 hilarious, action-packed episodes and is loaded with bonus content from each season’s release. Experience the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles saga in this totally tubular 23-dsic set of the original animated series. From their origins on the comic book page to the depths of Dimension X and beyond, the pizza-loving shell-busting Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo, with the guidance of their Sensei, have been delighting fans for decades with their turtle power. Whether it’s facing fierce enemies Krang, Shredder and Lord Dregg, saving humanity from near extinction, or battling against life-altering mutations, the half-shell heroes are always ready for heart-stopping, time-bending, straight out of the sewer action. Buy the complete classic series collection right here.

History in 3D

This holiday season, send your loved ones to the front lines of WWII, the very beginning of the earth or the watery grave of the Titanic with ‘History in 3D’ Blu-ray set, an unprecedented gift set collecting three of History’s most acclaimed specials in immersive 3D. ‘Titanic: 100 Years in 3D’ combines stunning 3D HD imagery of the wreck with powerful untold stories of passengers and crew, letting audiences experience the real life drama of Titanic in a way never before possible. ‘History of the World in 2 Hours’ offers viewers a rapid-fire view of 14 billion years of history – an epic story that reveals surprising connections to our daily lives, for the first time in majestic 3D. ‘WWII in 3D’ features actual 3D motion picture film shot by the Nazis in 1943 and creates a fully immersive, three dimensional portrait of history’s largest and bloodiest conflict. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Wish Me Luck

Based on the true stories of British heroines who crossed enemy lines to work undercover with the French Resistance, the compelling British WWII series, ‘Wish Me Luck: The Complete Collection,’ now available on DVD. Broadcast on ITV from 1988-1990 and U.S. public television in the 1990s, these three complete, acclaimed series feature plots rife with tension and danger and outstanding casts including Kate Buffery (Trial and Retribution), Jane Asher (A Voyage Round My Father), and Julian Glover (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). Filmed on location in Britain and France, Wish Me Luck features strong female characters, historical authenticity, and spectacular scenery. The DVD 6-Disc Set includes all 23 episodes, plus bonus photo gallery and historical background on the real operation that inspired the series. While World War II rages, brave British women risk their lives as secret agents in occupied France. Recruited by Col. James “Cad” Cadogan (Julian Glover), young mother Liz Grainger (Kate Buffery) and other new operatives work undercover with the French Resistance. Their assignment is sabotage, subversion, and propaganda; if caught, their fate is torture or worse. The ensemble cast includes Jeremy Northam (The Tudors), Warren Clarke (Dalziel & Pascoe), Michael J. Jackson (Doctors), Jane Snowden (All Passion Spent), and Shirley Henderson (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets). Buy the complete collection right here.

Peter Gunn

One of televisions most iconic characters, ‘Peter Gunn’ (Craig Stevens) is a handsome, suave detective tough enough to take on the hardest of hard cases, but with a soft touch when it comes to the ladies. The complete series of this beloved show is now available on DVD for the first time. From his unofficial office at the smoke-filled jazz club ‘Mother’s’, Gunn keeps an eye on the colorful cast of patrons, including his gorgeous girlfriend Edie Hart (Lola Albright) the featured singer at Mother’s who later becomes proprietor of her own nightclub, ‘Edie’s’, and the club regulars, which include musicians, pool hustlers, artists and a sculptor. Buy the complete series right here.

Universe in 3D

The planets of our solar system have experienced epic catastrophes throughout their long history, both raining down from outside and bubbling up from within. Explore the edges of the cosmic unknown with ‘The Universe in 3D’ Blu-ray set, bringing home viewers on an exhilarating, unprecedented multi-dimensional tour of the universe in a follow-up to ’7 Wonders of the Solar System 3D,’ which is currently #2 selling non-theatrical blu-ray 3D in the marketplace. Featuring three new specials never before available in 3D, voyage back in time to investigate the violent events that profoundly shaped the planets, including earth itself.  Home viewers will be witness to stunning revelations about what transformed Mars into a barren, hostile desert, the disaster that changed Venus from temperate to hellish, the impact that blew away Mercury’s mantle, turning it into a planetary core, a colossal disturbance that rearranged the orbits of the gas giants, how a lost moon may finally explain Saturn’s rings – and more. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Ancient Egypt Anthology

From its unification in approximately 3100 B.C. to its conquest by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C., ancient Egypt was the preeminent civilization in the Mediterranean world. This special 6-disc collectible set headlined by History’s best-selling programs; including the acclaimed Egypt-focused episode of the Emmy-winning series ‘Engineering an Empire’ and the highly-rated mini-series ‘Planet Egypt,’  ‘The Ancient Egypt Anthology’ pays homage to this rich and complex culture and explores it from its very beginnings as a land of disparate peoples, through its dynastic zenith and to its ultimate decline. This compendium, featuring over 12 hours of fascinating content and cutting edge footage (including brand new bonus features available for the first time) in one collection, explores the technology, religion, culture, wars and peace that unified this civilization for over 3,000 years, offering an intriguing in-depth exploration into the heart of Egypt never before captured on film. Buy the set right here.

Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Newly remastered and restored to their original U.K. broadcast order, ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot:  The Early Cases Collection’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Acorn Media, including all 45 mysteries from the first six series of the television phenomenon. David Suchet stars as Agatha Christie’s mustachioed mystery-solver as a “near-perfect Poirot” (USA Today). Brimming with opulent 1930s period details and co-starring Hugh Fraser (Sharpe), Philip Jackson (Little Voice), and Pauline Moran, these lavish adaptations look better than ever. Agatha Christie’s Poirot has aired on ITV1 in the U.K. since 1989 and on PBS and A&E in the U.S. The 13-disc Blu-ray and 18-disc DVD sets include all 45 mysteries from Series 1-6, now with SDH subtitles and collectible foil packaging. Guest stars include: Damian Lewis (Homeland), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Donald Sumpter (Games of Thrones), Kate Buffery (Wish Me Luck), Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Jeremy Northam (The Tudors), and Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey). Buy the Early Cases Blu-ray collection right here.

Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved

‘Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved’ commemorates the 100th anniversary of the catastrophe, offering never-before-seen views of the wreck site, as well as computer graphics that illustrate minute by minute what happened to the ship after the collision. ‘Titanic: Death of a Dream’ follows the story from the day her keel was laid to the night she disappeared beneath the waves of the North Atlantic, and includes interviews with survivors and foremost Titanic historians. ‘Titanic: The Legend Lives On’ places the story within the context of the Industrial and Progressive Ages, while ‘Titanic’s Achilles Heel’ explores the theory that despite its design by the world’s most experienced engineers, Titanic’s demise may have been brought about by a design flaw. Buy the collector’s edition right here.

The Ancient Rome Anthology

‘The Ancient Rome Anthology’ presents a vivid portrait of one of the world’s most powerful and advanced civilizations. Depicting the city and its inhabitants from the beginning, the 6-disc set containing over 12 hours of best-selling History highlights the role of the most significant actors, documents the physical growth of the empire, and lays out the ceaseless internal and external struggles for power. In a world of frequent invasions and competition among warring tribes, Roman cities provided a secure structure in which diverse traditions could flourish. In this stunning collection, Roman influence is visible from every perspective. Buy the set right here.