Movie DVD Gifts Are a Christmas Shopper's Savior

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December 20th, 2012

Movie DVD Gifts Are a Christmas Shopper's Savior

-- Christmas is coming and so are the questions about what gifts to give family and friends. Instead of some unappreciated piece of clothing or cheap electronic gadget, why not purchase something that almost everyone loves, like movies on DVD? The top releases for 2012 offer something for everyone on your list, from young to old and for any interest or budget. Here are some great choices to consider for your list, and you can bet that they won't send recipients to the after holiday return line.

The Dark Knight Trilogy ("Batman Begins" / "The Dark Knight"/ "The Dark Knight Rises")

This recently released trio of films is quite a bargain when compared to buying each film individually. The cover is a spectacular lenticular depiction of the Batman logo used for all three of Christopher Nolan's Batman films. It comes with an extra-condensed booklet version of "The Art and Making of the Batman Trilogy."


Children and adults alike will appreciate Pixar's unique fairy tale story about a young Scottish princess and her desire to make her own path in life. Yet her parents, particularly her mother, insist on tradition. It's full of humor and heart-pounding moments, as well as profound scenes that easily bring tears. All of this is topped off by an engaging, original soundtrack inspired by the film's Scottish setting.

"The Avengers"

While chances are just about everyone has seen Marvel's summer blockbuster film, many comic and action aficionados will appreciate adding this DVD to their collections. Extras include commentary by director, Joss Whedon ("Serenity" and "Cabin in the Woods"), and an "Assembling the Avengers Team" featurette.

"Magic Mike"

From its cover and casting of Hollywood hunks such Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Matt Bomer, one might assume that the film is nothing more than a movie about male strippers. While it is true that many ladies would appreciate this as a gift because of all of the eye candy, there is a story here about ambition and becoming who one wants to be.

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (Raiders of the Lost Ark / Temple of Doom / Last Crusade / Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)

Any fan of the adventurer's movies will appreciate this set that encompasses all four film of the series. The first three films are special editions, while the fourth is a two-disc release. There is a bonus disk full of features including insightful documentaries about the making of the films.

Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection

The Bond movie franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012 with the release of "Skyfall." Big fans will enjoy this exquisitely packaged collection of each of the canon Bond films. The films are supplemented by 120 hours of entertaining extras including commentaries, trailers, featurettes and promotional items. The packaging is arranged like two books and even leaves space for the addition of "Skyfall" when it is released.

"The Expendables 2"

All one has to do is look at this cast of action heroes to know that this is the perfect gift for any guy or girl who loves action movies from the 80s. The DVD is also packed with features including deleted scenes, a gag real, commentary and a look at real life weapons.

"Blade Runner: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition"

Ridley Scott's science fiction cult classic has received the works treatment. The film transfer has been cleaned up and all of the gritty dystopian imagery is crisp and sharp. The extras provide all of the supplemental material that geeks crave such as an archive of over 1,000 production images, documentaries and a physical hardcover book full of art and other goodies.

"Ice Age: Continental Drift"

Fans of the prior four movies in the "Ice Age" series will appreciate this latest addition. There's still a lot of hilarious fun to be had by the animal crew and some important lessons about family. The features are superb, boasting a creative, interactive pirate-themed menu and an animated short featuring the Scrat character. In addition, there are behind-the-scenes featurettes with the animators and voice cast about the making of the film. There film even includes some science lessons about the Ice Age and the concept of continental drift.

The best part of giving a movie on DVD as a Christmas gift is that they encourage sharing time with family and loved ones. Enjoying a film together is an added bonus, as it can lead to bonding discussions. Hopefully, one of these movies will be that gift that keeps on giving.