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Christmas is less than a month away
you need to buy some presents and you need to be bought some presents too.

So, as sort of a wish list for us and you and everyone we collectively know, we decided that over the next 2 weeks we we will do a nice little gift guide for you.
In installments. And categories.
(making lists is our favorite thing in the world, in case you didn’t know).

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Fifth up, all sorts of essential movie sets. Because I’ve spent my high school years working in a video store, and being hoighty-toighty about movies is second nature to me. Now, these don’t come cheap, but then, neither does pretension.
(disclaimer: once again, focusing on recent releases.)

JANUS 40 YEARS OF ART FILM BOX SET
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What: A box containg 50 of the greatest art films ever made, as distributed by Janus Films, Europe’s most seminal distribution company (AFI did a big retrospective on them this year, did you go?). With a book on the side.
Why: This is like an art film school in a box.Titles include everything from Jules and Jim to Black Orpheus to 400 Blows to Rashomon to ….see full list here and die:
http://www.criterion.com/
How Much: 650(!)
Worth it? Yes! I wanted it for Christmas last year, and I want it for Christmas this year.

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UNITED ARTISTS 90TH ANNIVERSARY PRESTIGE COLLECTION
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What: Kind of the Janus box set equivalent for America.
Why: 90-film, 112-disc package encompassing everything from “Annie Hall” and “West Side Story” to the Bond, Rocky, and Pink Panther franchises. A (relatively) slimmer 30-film “Deluxe Gift Set” still has room for “Midnight Cowboy” and “Some Like It Hot.” And a series of four-film samplers offer lineups such as Volume 1’s “A Fistful of Dollars,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “Dr. No,” and the original “Panther.”
How Much: $869.98/$289.98/$39.98 respectively
Worth it? Its not a question whether its worth it (because it is, and it averages under 10 bucks per (amazing) movie, but which one you can afford!.

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WARNER HOME VIDEO DIRECTORS SERIES: STANLEY KUBRICK
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What: A 6 movie, 10 disc (featuring a documentary on Stanley) reissue
Why:“A Clockwork Orange,” “The Shining,” “Full Metal Jacket,” an unrated edition of “Eyes Wide Shut,” … need we say more?
How Much: 79 bucks.
Worth it? You may own most of this already, but for Kubrick completists-a must. And don’t you wanna call yourself a “Kubrick completist”? ADMIT IT! Just mentally prep yourself to lose all faith in humanity and “Singing in the rain” after you watch these.

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THE COEN BROTHERS MOVIE COLLECTION
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What: “Blood Simple,” “Raising Arizona,” “Miller’s Crossing,” “Barton Fink,” and “Fargo” are reissued together for the first time.
Why? Its the Coen Brothers. Who, while they may have hit a small bump in the road post “Fargo” (they’re back with a “No Country for Old Men” vengeance now) are still some of the brightest, sharpest moviemakers around
How Much: 50 bucks.
Worth it? duh. Nicolas Cage in “Raising Arizona” is worth the tag price himself.

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Honorable mentions: Blade Runner Final Cut, the John Huston boxed set, and ANYTHING ON CRITERION EVER.

FORD AT FOX
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What: 24 John Ford films, 18 of which are NEW TO DVD!
Why? The extensive lineup includes Henry Fonda favorites “Drums Along The Mohawk”, “The Grapes of Wrath”, and “My Darling Clementine”, best picture winner “How Green Was My Valley” (this one beat out “Citizen Kane” for the Oscar, fyi)and the recently restored 1924 silent “The Iron Horse.”
How Much: $299.98; mini-collections, $49.98; individual titles, $19.98
Worth it?If want them all -yes. Also, if you want to impress your Dad- yes.

And check out the previous gift guide installments:


BYT Gift Guide: Prematurely Cancelled TV on DVD

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BYT Gift Guide: Font Nerd

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BYT Gift Guide: Geek Toys


BYT Gift Guide: Music to your ears

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