The Ultimate 2007 Holiday Gift Guide!

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If you are anything like me there are always a few people you delay in buying gifts for. This isn’t because you don’t want to buy them a gift or don’t even necessarily know what to get them. Often times it is because they live near you and you know you don’t have to have it shipped out, or that one perfect gift hasn’t yet hit you square in the face and said, “That’s it!”

Well, in the spirit of the holiday season I bring you RopeofSilicon’s first ever gift guide and this thing has something for everyone. Seriously, I scoured the web and things I would never even dream of looking at just to get you the goods from paperback books to $41,227 iPhones… NO JOKE!

Enjoy!

DVDs
Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series
I reviewed this 5-disc DVD collection back in June and it still remains to be one of the best DVD sets of 2007. Complete with a production budget of $25 million 11-part BBC mini-series narrated by David Attenborough is filled with astonishing imagery and endlessly entertaining information about all parts of mother Earth. For my review click here. ($54.99 at Amazon)

Christmas Television Favorites
I noticed this one at Amazon and it instantly seemed like a no-brainer. I mean, even at the ripe age of 30-years-old I can still appreciate several of the Christmas classics in this collection:
  • Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Dr Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who
  • The Year Without a Santa Claus
  • Rudolph’s Shiny New Year
  • Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
  • Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July

The 4-disc set runs only $19.99 at Amazon.

The West Wing – The Complete Series Collection
I believe it is safe to say that I think “The West Wing” is the best television drama I have ever seen, and if I didn’t already own all seven seasons I would be picking up this impressive collection immediately. As it stands I already have everything it offers so it is incumbent upon me to convince you to buy it for someone most deserving. The 45-disc set runs $161.49 at Amazon.

Star Trek The Original Series – The Complete First Season (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)
The $132.95 price tag on this collection is definitely a deterrent for most, but if you have any one that you are buying gifts for this Christmas that LOVES the original “Star Trek” series this is a must buy! Completely remastered the set is both HD DVD and DVD compatible and has enough features to keep that Trekkie out of your hair for hours. The 10-disc set runs $132.95 at Amazon.

The Jason Bourne Collection
It’s undoubtedly one of the best trilogies ever as the Bourne series is finally 100-percent available on DVD and HD DVD. While rumors persist that there may be a fourth film down the road I don’t really see it happening for quite some time so I think you are safe in picking this up and calling it the complete collection. The 4 disc set is available at Amazon and includes The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Criterion Collection Director Series – Akira Kurosawa
If you have a film lover in your family I urge you to buy this for them right now. Criterion and Amazon have teamed up to bring to consumers an absolute must own collection of four films from acclaimed director Akira Kurosawa. This set includes Throne Of Blood, Yojimbo, Seven Samurai and Sanjuro and if you aren’t familiar with Criterion Collection DVDs let me tell you they are worth every penny. This collection runs $109.99 at Amazon, which can best be described as a kick ass deal.

My So-Called Life – The Complete Series (w/ Book)
I had to include at least one title aimed squarely at the women in the audience and “My So-Called Life” leapt out at me and said this is the one. This special edition release of the complete series is sure to keep the nagging lady out of your way for hours on end, and even if you are forced to watch it with her what harm is there in checking out Claire Danes? This six disc set with book runs $69.99 at Amazon.

Stanley Kubrick – Warner Home Video Directors Series
There isn’t a lot more to say other than if you know someone that is a Stanley Kubrick fan then you just found your gift. This collection will knock the socks off any fan of the late director. Below are links to my detailed reviews of all the films offered in the collection.

The set runs $69.99 at Amazon.

New Line Cinema’s 40th Anniversary Collection
This 17 disc collection came out of nowhere as New Line did nothing to promote it until one day it landed on my doorstep as a gift from the studio. Suffice to say I felt it was necessary to mention since it includes one hell of a collection of films from the studio’s 40 year existence. Check out this list:
  • Pink Flamingos
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • The Player
  • The Mask
  • Seven
  • Austin Powers
  • Boogie Nights
  • Wag the Dog
  • The Wedding Singer
  • Rush Hour
  • Blow
  • All Three Lord of the Rings films
  • Elf
  • The Notebook

The set is a bit pricey at $157.99 at Amazon, but I am sure there are a lot of folks that know someone that would enjoy the entire thing.

Exclusive Seinfeld Series DVD Gift Box
I mentioned this before, but I did a second look over at the Sony store and they are still available. With this collection here you not only relive all your favorite Seinfeld moments, but every episode is included in this exclusive collection of the complete series, packaged with a hilarious coffee table book theme. The set is a bit steep in price however at $399.99 at Sony.

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