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DVDs make great gifts because they are easy to wrap and are loved by all
Christmas is all about the giving and gifters can say plenty with the right choice of special DVDs sets for family, friends and loved ones. We offer some guidance, suggestions for making an impact as you shop early and often.
Shoppers this holiday will be greeted by an unprecedented mix of box sets and special editions — matching and surpassing the bar set last year by HBO’s $ 300 pink suede-covered 20-disc Sex and the City complete-series collector’s gift set.
The number of new TV DVD box sets alone is 2 per cent ahead of last year’s record pace, when more than 550 were released, according to The DVD Release Report. It’s true that in many cases studios are doing this to repack previously released single DVDs — and reap some profits before new high-definition video formats take off (they hope).
This year, more series get that treatment, including the Homicide: Life on the Street 35-disc megaset (A&E Home Video, $ 300) and Six Feet Under: The Complete Series gift set (HBO, 25 discs, $ 280). Movies, too, are being bundled into boxes that extol various themes (Fox’s $ 99 Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection and Warner’s $ 29 Classic Comedy Teams Collection) or chronicle the careers of actors (The Paul Newman Collection, Warner, $ 60) or filmmakers (Preston Sturges: The Filmmaker Collection, Universal, $ 60).
But customers do benefit from buying in bulk: A typical DVD costs $ 12 to $ 17 individually, but discs can cost $ 5 or less in a set. “It’s a win-win for both the studios and the consumer,” says DVD Release Report editor Ralph Tribbey.
Gift for Someone Special
*Individual NFL Films highlight DVDs such as San Francisco 49ers:
The Complete History (Warner, $ 27; other teams include the Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos), because as the NFL playoffs
*King Kong Deluxe Extended Edition (Universal, $ 35), because it adds 13 minutes to the already epic-length theatrical edition that features outrageous battles, stunts, creatures and, let’s face it, a scantily clad Naomi Watts — approach, some fans will need glory days to lean on.
*Beverly Hills, 90210: The Complete First Season (Paramount, $ 55), because this series is what made Fox the social network of the 1990s. Along with six more hours of special features.
*An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount, $ 30), because it has been in the headlines ever since its theatrical bow over the summer.
*Grey’s Anatomy Season 2 (Disney, $ 60), because it has last season’s 27 episodes and extended scenes from this Emmy-winning series, which captures surgeons and interns performing under stress in a Seattle hospital — and under the covers.
*Ali G Indahouse: The Movie (Universal, $ 15), because this is the first feature film starring red-hot comedi an Sacha Baron Cohen, who, on the heels of his edgy Da Ali G Show, has become even more of a pop-culture phenomenon with
*The Simpsons: The Complete Eighth Season (Fox, $ 50) or The Simpsons: The Complete Ninth Season (Dec. 19, $ 50), because it’s the granddaddy of the adult-themed animation craze.
*Reds 25th Anniversary Edition (Paramount, $ 20), because it earned Oscar nominations for all four acting awards (in total it won three: best director, Warren Beatty; supporting actress, Maureen Stapleton; and cinematography).
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