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Holiday Gift Guide



Written by Sara Michelle Fetters, Mitchell Hattaway, Dennis Crane



Apocalypse Now (Three-Disc Full Disclosure Edition)

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As I've said before, I can’t get enough of this movie, and this set gives you just about everything there is to be had. You get one of the greatest movies ever made, one of the best behind-the-scenes documentaries ever made, and a stellar collection of extras.


Simply put, it’s a knockout.






Alien Anthology

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Arguably the high-def release of this calendar year. Two genuinely great movies, one fascinating misfire, and one I’d rather not talk about.


An exhaustive, exhausting collection of extras. One of the best packaging jobs ever. And you can have it all for roughly twenty bucks a movie (or less than fifteen bucks a disc), which is a bargain.




[ Alien Anthology Blu-ray Review ]




Fox 75th Anniversary Collection

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While a cynic would call Fox’s massive 76-disc DVD compilation nothing more than an excuse to package a bunch of old standard definition titles together in one collection, the cinematic purist in me can’t help but feel differently. Yes, 74 of these 75 titles are available individually. No, Fox isn’t going to be making 1933’s Cavalcade available on its own (at least not any time soon). Yes, a great majority of these are also available on Blu-ray. But just because all of that is true that doesn’t make this monstrous compilation of one studio’s history any less historic.



From Miracle on 34th Street to Home Alone, from Star Wars to Avatar, from The King and I to Moulin Rouge, from The Ox-Bow Incident to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, from Twelve O’clock High to M*A*S*H, from The Day the Earth Stood Still to Alien, pretty much all of the studio’s iconic seventy-five year history is presented all in one single place. No studio has ever attempted anything quite like it before, and I for one sure wouldn’t frown upon receiving something this extraordinary for Christmas not one single bit.

-Sara Michelle



The Elia Kazan Collection

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One of the most celebrated and most controversial directors of the twentieth century, Elia Kazan made films that haven’t just stood the test of time they’ve entered the zeitgeist. Even people who have never seen A Streetcar Named Desire or On the Waterfront can quote from both pictures liberally, while images of James Dean from East of Eden are easier to find than the actual movie itself.



With help from Martin Scorsese, Fox assembles 15 of the director works into a single collection, five (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Viva Zapata!, Man on a Tightrope, Wild River and America, America) for the very first time. Also included in this collection in Scorsese’s 2010 documentary A Letter to Elia, making this 18-disc collection a one-of-a-kind tribute to a controversial, if extremely talented, master of cinema fans of classic film will be positively drooling to get their hands on.

-Sara Michelle



America Lost and Found: The BBS Story

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BBS Productions were the brainchild of Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider and Steve Blauner, three men who wanted to make films geared to young people that Hollywood would never think to produce. Between 1968 and 1972 they had a hand in creating six distinct films that defied easy categorizing and engaged audiences on levels fresh and new.


The Criterion Collection brings all six of these motion pictures together, some recognizable (Five Easy Pieces, The Last Picture Show, Easy Rider), other not as much (The King of Marvin Gardens, Drive He Said, Head, A Safe Place), all of immense importance to the history of independent cinema making this as distinctive a Blu-ray box set as any that will likely get a major release in 2010.


-Sara Michelle




The Man With No Name Trilogy

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Why should you buy this quintessential Western collection on Blu-ray? Let me count the reasons for you:


A Fistful of Dollars

For a Few Dollars More

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly


This extremely reasonably priced set ($25 at the moment) belongs in every high-def collection. It's a quick-draw scenario. How fast are you?






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