Yes indeed, there are only x number of days left until Christmas (mathematical equations show that as x gets closer to 0 your stress levels and panic-stricken looks will increase exponentially, just saying) and so I thought the time had come to present a present list. I have a few of the items listed here, and there’s at least one I have unhealthily coveted ever since it dropped through my letterbox, but I just thought that as a movie lover I could provide a sample list of 10 items that anyone reading Flickfeast could buy for their own special movie lover this Christmas. So here goes.
1) Back To The Future Trilogy
The super duper Blu-ray package also comes in a special tin set that includes schematics for the DeLorean, a little “OUTTATIME” number plate, some photos and posters and a few other fun bits and bobs. And the discs? The movies look fantastic and have so many extras that you may need to build your own time machine just to go back a day or so and get through everything.
2) Alien Anthology
Yep, space’s biggest and baddest beastie (well, figuratively speaking) finally hits Blu-ray and it’s much like the Quadrilogy set with added extras. The rumour that Ridley Scott is currently working on a 4-hout director’s cut of Alien extras is completely untrue but absolutely believable, considering the wealth of material that has been unearthed over the years all about our favourite xenomorph.
3) How To Train Your Dragon
My review is here and, in my view, you won’t get a better family film from this year. And YES I am aware of how bold that statement is.
The briefcase Blu-ray set. It’s arguably the year’s coolest movie and it’s in the coolest piece of packaging I’ve seen since . . . . . . well, since the last really cool piece of packaging. Some nice extras are on there too.
5) Fantasia/Fantasia 2000
Remember the time when Fantasia was released on VHS and sold ridiculous amounts in its limited time release? Well, here it is on Blu-ray and it certainly deserves the treatment. It may be hit and miss but is there anyone alive who doesn’t like at least one segment of this strange, delightful experience?
6) The Lethal Weapon Collection
Mel Gibson may be tagged “Mad Mel” now for totally different reasons but relive the days when he’d come off the back off his Mad Max success and teamed up with Danny Glover to provide moviegoers with the very epitome of kick-ass buddy cop action. Many others have tried and failed to replicate the success but the Lethal Weapon movies remain some of the best around and this collection has a nice set of extras alongside the films.
7) The A-Team/The Expendables
Cheating by putting these two together as one choice? Oh come on, throw in The Losers here and you have a triple bill that just kicks all kinds of bottom. Let’s face it, if you have a man in your life then if he doesn’t appreciate being given this combo come Christmas morning then he’s clearly just lost his testicles on Christmas Eve. Uber-macho and great entertainment, with “explosive” extras . . . . which I think just means there’s a nice selection on the discs.
8.) Iron Man 2
It may well be another one for the guys but, surely, with Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role and some sparky humour this is one Blu-ray that couples can enjoy together. A blast.
9) Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
The Blu-ray may not be due out until 27th December but director Edgar Wright hasn’t put out a disappointing package yet when it comes to the small screen releases of his cinematic outings. I expect this to follow suit.
It pains me to put this here but there’s no denying the pull that the Twilight saga has had on the young female demographic and I have it on good authority that many ladies thought the second Sex & The City movie was dire so this is your safest bet if shopping in the “chick flick” section.
Now, everybody shuffle around and try to mumble their part while pretending to sing loudly . . . . .
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. . . “aaaaawayyyy in aaaa manger, no crib for a bed, if you can’t find the right gift then get gift vouchers instead, if there aren’t any good vouchers for an outlet near youuuuu then just send some cash and that will have toooo dooooo”.
Who said Christmas was too commercialised and capitalist nowadays?