'Tis the season to stock up on DVD collections
Still trying to figure out what kinds of gifts family and friends might be interested in for the Christmas season? Well, the gift of entertainment is always welcome, and there are some great selections this season, whether it be movies or television shows.
• ”Doctor Who: The Complete Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-ray Gift Set” ($349.98). More and more folks are watching British TV shows these days, and “Doctor Who” is among the most popular. This BBC release is easily one of the best packages available for gift-giving. It carries 29 discs, multiple episodes and specials, loads of special features and a Universal Remote Control Sonic Screwdriver. Yes, that's right. A Sonic Screwdriver that doubles as a universal remote control. For hardcore fans of the show or newbies just starting out, this will make a great gift for the holidays.
• “Weeds: The Complete Collection” ($119.97). One of Showtime's best series is now available in one, bright package. “Weeds,” which starred Mary-Louise Parker, ran for eight seasons on the cable channel and set the tone for dark comedies on television. This package holds 16 discs and all 102 episodes. And, if that's not enough, there are some incredible special features that take viewers inside the show's characters and their actions. Thanks to “Weeds,” created by Jenji Kohan, folks will never look at suburban soccer moms the same way again.
• “X-Men: The Adamantium Collection” ($199.98). Fans of Marvel's X-Men movies will be lining up for this exclusive package that holds “X-Men” (2000), “X2” (2003), “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006), “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009), “X-Men: First Class” (2011) and “The Wolverine” (2013). Yes, that's every film that's been released that has anything to do with the X-Men. Also, besides the movies and an incredible wealth of special features, the package comes with a Wolverine claw that can be shown off to all your friends. That makes this a pretty sharp package.
• “Saved by the Bell: The Complete Collection” ($49.98) and “Boy Meets World: The Complete Collection” ($99.98). For boys and girls growing up in the 1990s, there were two shows that weren't to be missed. “Bell” (13 discs, 78 episodes) and “World” (22 discs, 158 episodes) are now out on DVD in their full capacity, so those adults can relive the fun they had with Zack and his friends at Bayside High School or Cory, Shawn and Topanga in their side of the world.
• “Dexter: The Complete Series Collection” ($352.99). Sure there were other serial killers that captured our attention, but none more so than Dexter Morgan, a friendly blood-splatter expert who worked with the Miami Police Department. Oh, in his spare time, Dexter killed lots of people. This wonderful box set includes all eight seasons (96 episodes) and enough special features to keep viewers busy for months. Based on the series of novels from Jeff Lindsay, the series had a large following. Plus, Pittsburgh native Julie Benz had one of the more important roles on the series.
• “The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series” ($169.98). Rod Serling's groundbreaking series is still hailed as one of the best television programs ever, and now, it's all available inside a sleek box set that holds 156 episodes on 25 discs. A wide variety of stars found their way onto the series, including Robert Redford, Dennis Hopper, William Shatner, Art Carney, Burgess Meredith, Jack Klugman, Don Rickles, Leonard Nimoy, Martin Landau and Telly Savalas. Unfortunately, this collection doesn't carry any special features. That's OK, though. Each episode is gift enough.
• Honorable mention: “JFK 50 Year Commemorative Ultimate Collector's Edition” ($59.99); “Family Ties: The Complete Series” (21 discs, 176 episodes, $160); “Breaking Bad: The Complete Series” (16 discs, 62 episodes, $299.99); “Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Complete Collection” (25 discs, 54 roasts, $249.95); “The Carol Burnett Show: The Ultimate Collection” (22 discs, 50 episodes, $199.95); “Chucky: The Complete Collection” (six discs, six movies, $84.98); “Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete Series” (71 discs, 293 episodes, $363.99); “Burn Notice: The Complete Series” (29 discs, 111 episodes, $149.98); “Mama's Family: The Complete Series” (24 discs, 130 episodes, $199.95)
• “Big 25th Anniversary Edition” ($19.99). One of the films that made Tom Hanks a major star, “Big,” which came out all those years ago, is a fantastic comedy that's fine for all ages. It's a movie that has the power to make anyone feel like a kid again.
• “Duck Dynasty Seasons 1-3 Collector's Set” ($49.99). One of the more popular reality series on television today, all the “Duck Dynasty” one can handle is available in one cool package, complete with a camouflage bandana. All 41 episodes are here on six discs.
• “Fraggle Rock: 30th Anniversary Collection” ($129.99). This delightful package will take adults back to their childhoods, watching “Fraggle Rock” on that old TV. Oh, the memories that can be recalled inside this package that holds 21 discs of fun.
• “Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely All of It” ($158.72). Another fan favorite from the BBC, “Absolutely Fabulous” is an incredible comedy that packs in the laughs. This well-designed set has all five seasons and loads of special features on 10 discs.
• “Pain & Gain: Special Collector's Edition” ($39.99). While the disc for this wildly outrageous Michael Bay film was out in the summer, this re-release is packed with special features that explore the film. Mark Wahlberg and The Rock have never been more fun.
• Honorable mention: “World War II: 3-Film Collection” ($29.99); “Lifetime Holiday 4-Film Collection” ($19.98); “Kindred: The Embraced — The Complete Series” (three discs, eight episodes, $39.99); “The Carol Burnett Show: Christmas with Carol” ($12.95)