If you’ve got a little more money to play with, and you’re looking for something a little more substantial to lavish on your film and TV loving loved ones, these boxsets are exactly what you need to be looking at…
24. Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
For the first time ever, the Lord Of The Rings Extended Editions are available individually to buy on the 3rd December.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy tells the story of Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), a hobbit who battles against the Dark Lord Sauron to save his world, Middle-earth, from the grip of evil. In the films, Frodo and his fellowship of friends and allies embark on a desperate journey to rid Middle-earth of the source of Sauron’s greatest strength, The One™ Ring — a ring that has the power to enslave the inhabitants of Middle-earth. The trilogy tells tales of extraordinary adventures across the treacherous landscape of Middle-earth and reveals how the power of friendship, love and courage can hold the forces of darkness at bay. Beside Wood, the films star Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, featuring Sean Bean, and Ian Holm, with Andy Serkis as Gollum. The films also star Marton Csokas, Craig Parker and Lawrence Makaoare.
RRP: £24.99 each
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25. 100 Years of Universal Limited Edition Boxset
In 2012, Universal Studios celebrates its 100th anniversary, and as part of the year-long Centennial celebration, Universal have put together this magnificent collection of films from the studio’s rich legacy, beginning with the 1930s and Universal’s first Best Picture Oscar winner All Quiet on the Western Front, all the way through to last year’s most popular releases including the critical and commercial hits Bridesmaids and Senna.
Along the way, Universal’s releases have included the classic Monster films from the 30s to the 40s (including Dracula and Bride of Frankenstein), Award-winning films such as To Kill A Mockingbird and The Sting as well as many great films from great filmmakers such as Peter Jackson (The Frighteners and King Kong), Ridley Scott (Gladiator and Robin Hood), Orson Welles (Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil), Martin Scorsese (Casino) and Steven Spielberg (Duel, Jaws, E.T. and Schindler’s List).
26. Men Behaving Badly 20th Anniversary Collection
Wahey mates! The “greatest sitcom in the BBC’s history” and a true benchmark for every sitcom that followed, the sharp, brilliantly observant and consistently laugh-out-loud funny “Men Behaving Badly” comes to DVD in a fantastic 20th Anniversary collection that, for the first time, brings together every episode of all six classic series along with the four specials and the rarely-seen Comic Relief sketches.
Flatmates Gary and Tony are your typical “lads”, a pair of irresponsible, politically incorrect and seriously juvenile men who refuse to grown up and whose idea of heaven is sitting on the sofa, drinking lager, talking about women and putting the world to rights while watching Kylie Minogue videos on the TV. The one sobering influence in their lives is Dorothy, a sensible, sharp-witted nurse and Gary’s long-suffering girlfriend. But the dynamics between this trio of friends soon change when a gorgeous blonde moves into the flat upstairs and Tony falls desperately in lust.
An unmissable TV viewing fixture during its initial broadcast during the 1990s and deservedly voted the best sitcom in the BBC’s history at the corporation’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the truly classic “Men Behaving Badly” still stands as one of the funniest TV series of all time, thanks in no small part to Simon Nye’s brilliant writing. This eight-disc release features every MBB moment ever broadcast and amounts to over 20 hours of unreconstructed male merriment. It’s time to get the beers in, order a pizza and watch the telly!
27. Father Ted Complete Boxset
From award-winning creators Graham Linehan & Arthur Mathews and starring Dermot Morgan as the eponymous Father Ted Crilly, the brilliant and much-loved comedy, Father Ted, is now available to own on complete box-set as of 5th November 2012.
First screened in 1995, the four-time BAFTA award-winning Father Ted tells the hilarious tale of three Irish priests and their housekeeper. Life is hard for Ted. Exiled to the remote Craggy Island (for reasons which never quite become clear but may have something to do with missing Church funds), he is forced to share a house with three of the most difficult people in Ireland…
First there’s Father Jack (Frank Kelly), who has not been sober since 1936 and has a vocabulary which extends to three words – only two of them printable. Then there’s Father Dougal (Ardal O’Hanlon): young, innocent and almost inconceivably stupid. And finally, Mrs Doyle (Pauline McLynn) the overly-attentive housekeeper who has one sole purpose in life – to supply the priests with cups of tea, usually against their will. Will the four of them ever be able to live in faithful harmony?
Comprising every episode across all the three series, this laugh-out-loud comedy classic is also loaded with hilarious extras; including brand new commentaries with Graham Linehan & Arthur Mathews and the Channel 4 documentary, Small, Far Away – The World of Father Ted, following Graham and Arthur as they return to Craggy Island for a road trip on the 15th anniversary of the show’s launch.
The brand new complete series box set now also comes with bespoke illustrated packaging designed by renowned cartoonist, Tony Millionaire. An ultimate fan’s edition, including collectible art cards of Tony’s illustrations, Father Ted Series Complete box-set is not to be missed.
28. Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Limited Edition
From Universal Pictures comes 14 iconic thrillers from The Master of Suspense together for the first time ever as Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection – Super Premium Edition is available to buy now 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 Super Premium Edition features 13 films previously unavailable on Blu-ray,TM a collectible 16 page exclusive hardback book and additional collectibles including storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs, beautiful art cards and much more. Plus a treasure trove of over 15 hours of documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, screen tests, trailers and more, including 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, 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.
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection – Super Premium Edition 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.
29. Universal Monsters: The Essential Collection
For the first time ever, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray as Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection debuts from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
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-rayTM, 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-rayTM 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.
30. Indiana Jones Complete Blu-Ray Collection
In June of 1981 director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas introduced the world to Indiana Jones when the unforgettable Raiders of the Lost Ark debuted in theaters. Exploding to instant acclaim, the film has now been carefully restored, alongside remastered versions of the archaeologist’s other thrilling adventures—Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Prepare for excitement, adventure and snakes—why did it have to be snakes?—all with pristine picture and sound when INDIANA JONES: The Complete Adventures debuts on Blu-ray September 18, 2012 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution.
Supervised by director Steven Spielberg and renowned sound designer Ben Burtt, Raiders of the Lost Ark has been meticulously restored with careful attention to preserving the original look, sound and feel of the iconic film. The original negative was first scanned at 4K and then examined frame-by-frame so that any damage could be repaired.
The sound design was similarly preserved using Burtt’s original master mix, which had been archived and unused since 1981. New stereo surrounds were created using the original music tracks and original effects recorded in stereo but used previously only in mono. In addition, the sub bass was redone entirely up to modern specifications and care was taken to improve dialogue and correct small technical flaws to create the most complete and highest quality version of the sound possible while retaining the director’s vision. The result is an impeccable digital restoration that celebrates the film and its place in cinematic history.
The installments in the franchise have won a combined seven Academy Awards®. Relive every heart-pounding thrill like never before as all four films arrive together, for the first time presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio accompanied by a collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and new bonus features.
31. Downton Abbey Series 3
Immerse yourself in the ever-enchanting world of Downton Abbey this Christmas, when Carnival Films’ and Julian Fellowes’s hit drama returns for a star-studded third series on DVD. Follow Britain’s beloved aristocracy as they move into the 1920s with this third instalment of the Golden Globe and six-time Emmy® award-winning series in a variety of characteristically sumptuous settings. An ideal gift for the older members of your family, and those with a seasonal weakness for costume drama.
32. Supernatural Season 1-7 Complete Blu-Ray Boxset
The complete first to seventh seasons of the American fantasy drama about two brothers who battle supernatural forces. Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) were raised to fight the paranormal by their father, John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), after their mother was killed by a malevolent demon. Bound together by blood and tragedy, the brothers spend their lives battling a host of spirits, demons and other dark forces.
This article was first posted on November 15, 2012