Tune in to Wade and Tim’s spe­cial 2017 Holiday DigiGods pod­cast fea­tur­ing amaz­ing give­aways and amaz­ing guests, includ­ing Christmas expert and author of Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas,” Alonso Duralde. Deadline to get your emails in for the give­aways is Sunday, November 26th, so don’t wait!

For handy access, fea­tured titles are cat­e­go­rized below. Follow the links to purchase.

MOVIES

An Offer You Can’t Refuse


The Godfather Trilogy: Omertà Edition (Blu-​ray)
The Annotated Godfather: The Complete Screenplay
The Godfather Notebook

Francis Coppola’s 45-​year-​old mas­ter­piece and its sequels have nev­er looked bet­ter. In addi­tion to a glo­ri­ous new lim­it­ed edi­tion Blu-​ray release of the tril­o­gy from Paramount, there’s also Coppola’s own note­book – essen­tial­ly a scrap­book of pro­duc­tion ephemera – as well as the fas­ci­nat­ing anno­tat­ed screen­play. If you’ve got a fan in the fam­i­ly – this is a no-brainer.

The Gift of Murder

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (DVD)
The Best of Agatha Christie — Volumes 1 & 2 (DVD)
Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Collection (Blu-​ray)

With Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express res­ur­rect­ing Agatha Christie for the big screen, Acorn has smart­ly re-​released the pop­u­lar David Suchet ver­sion along with two oth­er vol­umes of beloved Christie mys­ter­ies for tele­vi­sion. Universal, mean­while, has spruced up its Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection with a bit of tele­vi­sion mate­r­i­al, now refash­ioned as the Ultimate Edition – still one of the best Blu-​ray boxed sets available.

Hope for the Holidays

Bob Hope: The Ultimate Movie Collection (DVD)
Thanks for the Memories: The Bob Hope Specials Deluxe Collection (DVD)

Thanks to Universal and Time Life, the leg­end of Bob Hope will be every­where this hol­i­day sea­son. Universal’s Bob Hope: The Ultimate Movie Collection brings togeth­er twenty-​one beloved Hope movies pre­vi­ous released in sep­a­rate edi­tions and col­lec­tions while Time Life’s Thanks for the Memories adds anoth­er thirty-​seven hours of mem­o­rable spe­cials, includ­ing leg­endary USO shows.

Hotter Potter

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (4k UHD Blu-​ray)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (4k UHD Blu-​ray)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (4k UHD Blu-​ray)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (4k UHD Blu-ray)

With the release of the first four Harry Potter films on 4k UHD Blu-​ray, Warner Bros. offi­cial­ly makes the Harry Potter series the first movie fran­chise to tran­si­tion entire­ly to the 4k for­mat. Potter fans who already have the first set of 4k releas­es will thrill to find these four under the tree.

Trifles with Subtitles

Eight Films by Jean Rouch (DVD)
OSS 117: Five Film Collection (Blu-​ray)
The Sissi Collection (Film Movement Classics) (Blu-​ray)
My Journey Through French Cinema (Blu-​ray)

Gifting a for­eign film fan this sea­son? Hard to go wrong with any of these sets – Icarus’ Jean Rouch set is a rev­e­la­to­ry jour­ney through the career of a sem­i­nal film­mak­er and New Wave inspi­ra­tion while Kino’s OSS 117 boxed set brings the orig­i­nal five films fea­tur­ing the French answer to 007 to North American DVD for the very first time. The Sissi Collection from Film Movement, mean­while, res­ur­rects one of Romy Schneider’s most pop­u­lar roles as the famed Austrian Empress Sissi. Lastly, for the French cin­e­ma afi­ciona­do, there’s Bertrand Tavernier’s three-​hour trib­ute doc­u­men­tary, My Journey Through French Cinema – a glo­ri­ous edu­ca­tion in some of the great­est films ever made.

Timely Tins

Westworld: Season One (4k UHD Blu-​ray)
Justice League: The New Frontier Commemorative Edition — Blu-​Ray Steelbook (Blu-​ray)

Something old and some­thing new: HBO’s reimag­ined Westworld gets a first sea­son 4k release in a daz­zling tin befit­ting its high-​tech pro­file while the 2008 Justice League ori­gin film, Justice League: The New Frontier, also gets a time­ly tin to coin­cide with the new live action fea­ture film, Justice League. For the Justice League fan deeply dis­ap­point­ed with the new movie – this will sure­ly bright­en his or her spirits.

Awesome Boxes

Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology (Blu-​ray)
Horror Hall of Fame Gift Set — 26 Classic Horror Films (DVD)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXIX (DVD)
The Three Stooges — Big Box of Nyuks (DVD)
Transformers: 5-​Movie Collection (Blu-​ray)

A lit­tle some­thing for every­one with these spe­cial­ized box­es – for Stooges fans, Transformers buffs, Mystery Science fanat­ics, clas­sic hor­ror afi­ciona­dos or just plain ol’ cinephiles look­ing to bone up on that sen­sa­tion­al ear­ly era in the 1920s and 30s when Hollywood actu­al­ly employed women to make movies – and lots of them.

Hey Hey Animé

91 Days — The Complete Series (Blu-​ray/​DVD)
In This Corner of the World (Blu-​ray/​DVD)
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Limited Edition (Blu-​ray)
Myriad Colors Phantom World — The Complete Series (Blu-​ray/​DVD)
One-​Punch Man Limited Edition (Blu-​ray/​DVD)
Orange: The Complete Series LE (Blu-​ray/​DVD)
ReLIFE Season One — LE (Blu-​ray/​DVD)
Rosario + Vampire /​Rosario + Vampire Capu 2 — The Complete Series (Blu-​ray/​DVD)
SERVAMP Season One (Blu-​ray/​DVD)
Space Dandy — The Complete Series (Blu-​ray/​DVD)
Your Name (Blu-​ray/​DVD)

Thanks to Animé spe­cial­ists like Funimation and Viz Media, there’s no short­age of great Japanese ani­mé avail­able on Blu-​ray and DVD this hol­i­day sea­son, includ­ing last year’s pop­u­lar awards sea­son favorite Your Name. This year, that hon­or is like­ly to go to Shout! Factory’s In This Corner of the World. Either way, the offer­ings for ani­mé fans are rich and deep.

Total Television

Bewitched: The Complete Series (DVD)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Series 20th Anniversary Edition DVD Boxed Set (DVD)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Complete Series (DVD)
CSI: Miami: The Complete Series (DVD)
Epic Fantasy Mini-​Series Gift Set (DVD)
Everybody Hates Chris — The Complete Series (DVD)
Green Acres: The Complete Series (DVD)
Halo: The Complete Video Collection (Blu-​ray)
I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series (DVD)
Mama’s Family: The Complete Series (DVD)
The Red Skelton Hour in Color — Deluxe Edition (DVD)
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-​In: The Complete Series (DVD)
South Park Seasons 1 – 5 (Blu-​ray)
The Strain Complete Series (DVD)
The Vietnam War (Blu-​ray)

Complete Series” boxed sets are a hol­i­day tra­di­tion – but not all boxed sets are cre­at­ed equal. This year is one of the most boun­teous har­vests in years with an anniver­sary Buffy the Vampire Slayer set, the long, long, long over­due com­plete Green Acres from Shout! Factory, the com­plete Laugh-​In from Time Life and the clas­sic The Red Skelton Hour. We’ve also thrown in Mill Creek’s com­plete sets of I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched for good mea­sure – because they’re awesome.

For Kids!

Albert: A Small Tree with a Big Dream (DVD)
All I Want for Christmas is You (Blu-​ray/​DVD)
Elena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember (DVD)
Happy Holidays Garfield (DVD)
Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary — Holiday Collection (DVD)
Mouse and Mole at Christmas Time (DVD)
Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (DVD)
PAW Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue (DVD)
Peanuts Holiday Collection (4k UHD Blu-​ray)
PJ Masks: Hello Christmas! (DVD)

A host of holiday-​themed titles for the kids this year, high­light­ed by the 4k UHD Blu-​ray debut of the Peanuts Holiday Collection, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You and the charm­ing Albert: A Small Tree with a Big Dream.

For Everyone!

Christmas with the Andersons (DVD)
A Cinderella Christmas (DVD)
Married by Christmas (DVD)
A Puppy For Christmas (DVD)
Saving Christmas (DVD)

Every year, a host of mediocre direct-​to-​dvd Christmas movies hit shelves, end­ing up a few weeks lat­er in dol­lar bins. This sea­son has five that rise above – four of them from Monarch and one – Saving Christmas, fea­tur­ing Ed Asner repris­ing his role as Santa from Elf – from Lionsgate.

Classic TeeVee Christmas

The Brady Bunch: A Very Brady Christmas (DVD)
The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Lost Christmas (DVD)
Frasier: Christmas Episodes (DVD)
The Honeymooners: Christmas Laughter (DVD)
Murdoch Mysteries: Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas (Blu-​ray)
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch: Christmas Episodes (DVD)

Some of the best Christmas tele­vi­sion has come from episod­ic Christmas spe­cials from pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion shows. Here are some of the very best – all new to DVD this season.

Christmas Fear

Once Upon a Time at Christmas (DVD)
Red Christmas (Blu-​ray)
Silent Night, Deadly Night (Blu-​ray)

Christmas-​themed hor­ror films are a thing. Always have been. Even the late Bob Clark – revered for his beloved Christmas clas­sic A Christmas Story – launched his career with the 1974 slash­er film Black Christmas. We’re not rec­om­mend­ing these – just mak­ing men­tion. Because we’re all about equal time.

Anniversary Christmas Classics

Holiday Inn – 75th Anniversary Edition (Blu-​ray)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York — 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-​ray)
Miracle on 34th Street — 70th Anniversary Edition (Blu-​ray)

Three beloved Christmas clas­sics are enjoy­ing anniver­sary releas­es this sea­son – but if you can only set­tle on one, make it Miracle on 34th Street.

BOOKS

Disney


Catch My Breath (Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase Series)
Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation
Oswald The Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons
Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast
Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty to Disney’s Maleficent
Guardians of the Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes – The Complete Comics History

Disney Publishing makes some of the best cof­fee table books out there – they are sen­sa­tion­al gifts, for adults and chil­dren alike. You can’t go wrong with any of them.

Film History

Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic
The Dawn of Technicolor
Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design
Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archive
King Vidor’s The Crowd: The Making of a Silent Classic

These aren’t exact­ly new, but they’re still some of the best movie books in recent years and well wor­thy of a look.

Fan-​Tastic


The Art of Ghost in the Shell
Star Trek: Treknology
WWE Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

The live action Ghost in the Shell flopped, but as a top­ic for a cof­fee table book it’s ter­rif­ic. Star Trek Fans will thrill to the real-​world val­i­da­tion of Treknology while wrestling fans will absolute­ly love Absolutely Everything You Need to Know which more than lives up to its title.

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