If you’re like me, then chances are you’ve already got a leg up on your holiday shopping thanks to the folks out at Amazon. But the new hike in minimum order pricing recently is making it very much worthwhile to shop in bulk, unless of course you’re an Amazon Prime member, and then it’s really rather academic. But this time of year makes for great opportunities to stock up in grand fashion, and there will be some terrific opportunities to do just that in some upcoming DVD releases. Therefore, we now present our 2013 Holiday DVD Gift Guide. You can click the links on each title to order them.
This time of year means Christmas movies, and plenty of them. With a whole gamut of such releases on tap, which ones are worth going with? We’ve got a line on some interesting titles both available now and set to be available soon.
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
List Price: $26.98
Description: The Fitzgeralds are an odd brood, and have been since the family patriarch walked out on the family 20 years prior. But with Christmas’ arrival, there’s the opportunity for a little love, a little understanding, and a chance to reconnect and make amends. Will the season prove enough to reunite a broken family?
Who would want it? Lifetime movie buffs, family movie fans looking for a slightly poignant Christmas movie.
Duck Dynasty’s I’m Dreaming of a Redneck Christmas
Studio: Lionsgate / A&E
List Price: $9.98
Description: The Robertson family is widely known for its faith; now see how that faith translates into a very special Christmas special as the Robertsons celebrate Christmas as only the Duck Dynasty clan can.
Who would want it? Duck Dynasty fans in particular, fans of cleaner television in general.
Can’t forget that this is still a prime time of year for something a little less than Christmasy. With plenty of big releases on tap, and some smaller-scale fare to boot, there are plenty of new movies afoot for most any taste this time of year. So settle in and check out a couple big upcoming releases that should stuff a stocking or occupy a point of pride both under the tree and in the DVD library.
List Price: $29.98
Description: Two undercover agents find themselves on the run after a risky raid on a drug cartel goes wrong. But neither of the two knows that the other is a federal agent, and thus, the duo finds itself with no choice but to trust the other half of said duo, and try to recover as most everyone around them is ready to kill.
Who would want it? Like Denzel Washington? Like Mark Wahlberg? Like action? You’ll likely like this.
List Price: $29.95
Description: Retired. Extremely Dangerous. That’s what makes up the crew of RED, and they’re back for more mayhem in RED 2. This time, though, the crew—old members and a few new ones alike—are gearing up to go after a doomsday device that could spell curtains for the planet.
Who would want it? Anyone who’s looking for an opportunity to shout “Yippie-ki-yay!” again as Bruce Willis and a cast of action greats takes on the world. And hopefully, Helen Mirren will get on the business end of a mounted machine gun again, because that was just awesome last time.Despicable Me 2
List Price: $34.98
Description: One of the greatest supervillains ever known turns family man, but the business keeps pulling him back in. This time, though, it’s in a different direction; the good guys are calling in our old friend Gru to take on a much bigger disaster than anything he’s ever seen…or caused.
Who would want it? Pretty much anyone with a functioning soul.
Television Box Sets
With the coming of Christmas, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, so too means the coming of winter. And when winter’s frosty snooze lands, it’s a great time to get properly cooped up. Hot chocolate—with or without the accompaniments of choice—and a warm blanket, plus all the television you can stand makes for a fine winter’s weekend afternoon. Perhaps seeing this coming, a host of television box sets are coming out, and will help to perk up that winter’s night like nobody’s business.Mad Men: Season Six
Studio: Lionsgate / AMC
List Price: $49.98
Description: Advertising legend—not to mention television legend now—Don Draper is back for a sixth season of corporate mayhem. Not only is Don’s world changing—mergers, adultery, divorce and more—but so too is the wider world around him. All those changes make for a big new world for Don Draper, but can he handle a life that is no longer what he knew?
Who would want it? History buffs will love the comparative accuracy of the series, but this is a big one for those who can’t get enough Don Draper.
List Price: $119.97
Description: Little boxes, on the hillside, little boxes, made of ticky-tacky. It’s been a long strange trip with the extended Botwin family as they rise from almost being thrown out of the depths of suburbia to becoming the royal family of marijuana…and beyond. Follow the Hempstress, Nancy Botwin, and her quirky brood from start to finish.
Who would want it? Comedy fans who like a thrill, thriller fans who like a laugh, Kevin Nealon enthusiasts, anyone who’s ever drooled over Mary-Louise Parker, and those who think that Malvina Reynolds’ “Little Boxes” might have been better suited for “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”
List Price: $49.98
Description: The settings may have changed, and so too the students, over the years but one of the craziest high school experiences of the late eighties / early nineties had to be that of Saved by the Bell‘s Bayside High. Both beloved and maligned, the wacky adventures of Bayside’s denizens made for plenty of laughs every Saturday morning, and beyond.
Who would want it? People who want to see what Mario Lopez did before reality became TV. People who want to see what spawns a decision making process in which “Salty The Pocketknife” is a viable band name. Incredulous Cracked readers who aren’t sure if Zack is a sociopath. Children of the eighties.
List Price: $220.98
Description: The Keatons, in the eighties, were one of the biggest television families that ever was. Right alongside the Cosbys and even the Ewings in terms of longevity, this mix of personalities living under one roof provided plenty of laughs, a few tears, and a great many stories.
Who would want this? Eighties television fans and those who can’t get enough of a family and all its foibles.
List Price: $54.99
Description: Stephen King’s slice of post-Apocalyptia puts a small town under an impenetrable dome. But when the town is cut off from the outside world, will the rule of law and basic civilization ultimately go with it?
Who would want it? Stephen King fans, naturally, but science fiction, suspense, and even action buffs may dig this glimpse at an Apocalypse so odd that it could only have come from Stephen King.
Studio: Showtime Entertainment
List Price: $55.98
Description: The last season of Dexter arrives, and Dexter, the serial killer’s serial killer, has a lot on his plate. With his secrets in greater danger than ever before, and the end of the line approaching, one of the greatest, most murderous dramas ever approaches its closing hours.
Who would want it? Completionists and Dexter buffs alike.
Studio: CBS Video
List Price: $129.99
Description: It’s time to boldly go where no man has gone before as the crew of the Enterprise heads back out on a series of missions throughout large portions of space. With a host of things going on, and going wrong, the Enterprise will have its hands full with a huge collection of adventures on hand.
Who would want it? Trek fans of most stripes, and science fiction buffs of all types.
“Hawaii Five-O: The Complete Series”
Studio: CBS Video
List Price: $200.00
Description: Join Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett, state police officer extraordinaire in the beautiful islands of Hawaii. This is the original and best, and with everything from theft to murder to outright assassinations, McGarrett and the rest of the Five-O team will take on most every felony in the book.
Who would want it? Classic TV buffs, and those who remember when this wasn’t classic TV but plain old TV.
Studio: Lionsgate / A&E
List Price: $49.98
Description: Three solid years of the Robertson clan all in one handy package. All three seasons, brought together in one, showing us the rise of the family and the associated adventures—and misadventures—contained therein.
Who would want it? Those who don’t have cable on the grounds that there’s nothing good on, and those who you’d like to prove wrong about that.
And so, there it is; the 2013 EntertainmentTell DVD gift guide. There’s plenty else to be had out there, of course; this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as DVD releases for the next six weeks or so goes. Chances are there’s something well worth watching here, and giving away as a terrific gift. Even if the recipient of that particular gift is yourself.