Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to spread cheer than with the perfect movie or TV box set? In a world where streaming services play musical chairs with our favorite titles, embracing physical media is like having a reliable friend – always there when you need it. So, let’s dive into the holiday spirit with these ten fantastic box sets that cater to every taste, from spine-tingling horror to sci-fi escapades and nostalgic crime-solving.
1. Chills and Thrills Collection: PARAMOUNT SCARES – VOLUME 1
Are you ready to embrace the spooky season? This chilling box set from Paramount delivers spine-tingling horror from various decades, featuring 4K versions of classics like Rosemary’s Baby and recent hits like Smile (2022). The extras, including a sticker sheet and a special edition of Fangoria magazine, make this a treat for any horror aficionado. Just beware – there’s no Friday the 13th yet, but “Volume 1” hints at more frights to come.
2. Boldly Go: Star Trek: Picard – The Legacy Collection
Engage with the captivating journey of Jean-Luc Picard in this comprehensive Blu-ray set. Covering every episode from both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Picard, along with four feature films, it’s a treasure trove for Star Trek enthusiasts. While the collectibles may have a few quirks, this set ensures you’ll relive the wisdom and adventures of Picard and his crew over and over again.
3. Farscape: The Complete Series 25th Anniversary Edition
Join the intergalactic adventure with Farscape’s 25th-anniversary Blu-ray edition. Not only does it include the captivating series, but it also features The Peacekeeper Wars, providing closure to fans after the untimely cancellation. With bonus features, interviews, and a special interview with Executive Producer Brian Henson, this edition is a stellar gift for both Farscape veterans and those new to the series.
4. Swinging into Action: Spider-Verse 2-Movie Collector’s Edition
Thwip into the Spider-Verse with this 4K collector’s edition. While the set includes two phenomenal Spider-Verse films, the price may give you pause. Fear not, web-slingers, as frequent discounts make this a steal. The collectibles, including a vinyl record and a replica of Miles’ sketchbook, add a touch of magic. Just be prepared for the eventual release of Beyond the Spider-Verse.
5. Just One More Thing: Columbo – The 1970s Seasons 1-7
Unearth the classic detective charm with Columbo’s 1970s seasons on Blu-ray. Featuring Peter Falk’s iconic “Just one more thing…” moments, this set provides a visual upgrade with new transfers. Despite some bonus features falling off the radar, the sheer brilliance of Columbo’s cases and the enhanced visuals make it a must-have for crime-solving enthusiasts.
6. Keeping the Peace: The Police Academy Collection
Cue the laughter with the Police Academy Collection on Blu-ray. Shout! Factory gives these classic cop comedies a well-deserved facelift, with new scans and bonus features. Interviews with key contributors add depth, and the improved image quality allows you to relive the hilarity of these cinematic gems.
7. Survival Instinct: Hunger Games Collection 4K Ultra HD Steelbook
May the odds be ever in your favor with this Walmart-exclusive Hunger Games 4K set. While content-wise it mirrors previous releases, the streamlined Steelbook is a space-saving marvel. The art featuring Katniss and President Snow adds a touch of visual symmetry to your shelf. Keep an eye out for future releases that may include The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
8. Hosts and Heroes: Westworld – The Complete Series
Explore the maze of Westworld with this complete series set. Despite its tumultuous journey, Westworld captivated audiences with its intricate narrative and stunning sequences. As the streaming landscape shifts, having this set ensures you can always indulge in the show’s considerable highs. Note: The UK got 4K, but the US is rocking Blu-ray – fingers crossed for an upgrade!
9. Anime Odyssey: Masaaki Yuasa – Five Films
Dive into the creative mind of Masaaki Yuasa with this Blu-ray collection. Spanning two decades, the set showcases Yuasa’s diverse styles in films like Mind Game and Ride Your Wave. Exclusive bonus features, including a Q&A with Yuasa, offer a deeper understanding of his artistic journey. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer, this collection is a visual feast.
10. Titanic Collector’s Edition: A Ship of Cinematic Splendor
Sail into movie history with James Cameron’s magnum opus, Titanic. This Collector’s Edition goes above and beyond, featuring a hardcover book, prop reproductions, and even sheet music for “My Heart Will Go On.” While the price tag may induce a bit of sticker shock, Titanic mega-fans will find this set as grand as the ship itself.
Wrap up the year with the perfect gift, be it for your loved ones or a well-deserved treat for yourself. From horror haunts to sci-fi wonders, these box sets offer an escape into the realms of timeless entertainment. Happy holidays, and may your movie nights be merry and bright!