Christmas is right around the corner. This will be our last Roundtable before the holiday, so let’s use this opportunity to drop some last-minute hints to friends and loved-ones about Blu-ray titles we’re hoping to find in our Christmas stockings.
When I sent out this week’s topic, I set the following rule: If you can only receive one Blu-ray as a gift this holiday season, what disc (or box set) would you want that to be?
I’m assuming that most writers will pick huge box sets or expensive Blu-ray editions, so I’m expecting mine to sound quite small in comparison. When we were signing up for December Blu-ray reviews, there was literally only one disc that I set my sights on, but apparently it was the same release that everyone else set their sights on too. I shrugged it off, thinking, “No worries. You’ll probably get an awards screener of it anyway.” But I haven’t. In all honesty, the only disc I’ve requested for Christmas is ‘Midnight in Paris‘. Even after seeing all but three of the major awards contenders, it’s still in my Top 5 for the year. Having not seen it since spring, I’m dying to revisit it again.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
I’ve been eyeing the complete ‘Deadwood‘ collection for more than a full year now, but I’ve been kind of intimidated by the 36-hour commitment and the sticker shock of buying three seasons at once. I love the series far too much to put it off forever, so I’m sure I’ll bite one of these days, but it sure would be nice if I could dupe someone else into buying that 13-disc collection for me!
I know that it’s sacrilege, but I’m just not that into Blu-ray. It’s not that the format isn’t clearly awesome; it’s just that movies are a secondary concern to me and I really don’t feel the need for a bunch of discs cluttering up my apartment. That being said, I do have some select movies on Blu-ray, but only the best of the best. ‘Star Trek’ is in my collection, as are ‘300’ and, of course, ‘Speed Racer’. If there’s one thing I could really use to polish off the collection, it’s the ‘Back to the Future‘ trilogy. The first two films are essentials for me. Obviously, the third doesn’t quite live up to expectations, but I have a total crush on Mary Steenburgen, so that helps. The set probably won’t be sitting under my tree, but I’m willing to bet an Amazon gift card will be, so it’ll be here soon enough.
There are a few Blu-ray titles on my Christmas wish list this year, but two big ones that immediately come to mind are ‘The Twilight Zone: Season 4‘ and ‘The Twilight Zone: Season 5‘. I picked up the first three seasons when they were over 50% off in one of Amazon’s Deals of the Week a while back. I’ve been patiently waiting for these last two entries to go on sale, but unfortunately haven’t seen any really good bargains. As a completist and big fan of this classic series, it would be awesome if I could at least get one step closer to rounding out my collection.
I’ve gone back and forth on this one, but after reading E.’s review this week, I’d like to receive the ‘Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Editions‘. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, and I thought the original movie was fantastic. While I was a little surprised at how chopped up the second and third films felt, I’m really curious to see what the extended versions add to the later films. Since E. gave them a solid recommendation, I think I’m gonna go ahead and add them to my Amazon wish list right… NOW!
I usually review or buy anything I want on Blu-ray, so it’s a bit hard for anyone to shop for me come Christmas time. All I want are movies, and I pick those up on my own throughout the year anyway. However, there is one series that I haven’t gotten around to purchasing because I’ve always felt that it was priced a bit too highly. I’d love to have the seasons of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars‘ on Blu-ray. I’ve never watched one episode on TV, but from what I’ve heard, the show sounds really well done.
I have to echo what Aaron said above. Mrs. Z complains all the time that I’m difficult to buy for. My Amazon wish list has almost nothing but Blu-ray titles on it, and I inevitably buy the discs that I want the most on my own anyway. Sorry about that. Since Adam already mentioned the ‘Deadwood’ box set (which is probably the biggest title that I’ve held off buying), I’ll go the opposite direction and pick something small. John Huston’s classic noir mystery ‘The Maltese Falcon‘ is bargain priced on Amazon right now, and would make a nice stocking stuffer. Hint, hint.
That’s what we’ve asked Santa to bring us this year. What’s on your Blu-ray Christmas list?