Published Nov 20, 2013The Exclaim! Holiday Gift Guide continues with some of our favourite film and DVD picks. Peruse the list below and get your cherished cinephile the perfect present this holiday season.
The Exclaim! Holiday Gift Guide: Film & DVD:
● Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (Pictured Above) (Sony)
If you're looking for the perfect gift to bury in your loved one's backyard and then leave the location coded in a lottery ticket on the fridge, look no further than the barrel of... well, not fun exactly, contained in this special edition. In addition to 62 episodes of Walter White's transformation from meek chemistry teacher to bold, bald badass, the box features an all-new feature length documentary, T-shirt, and Los Pollos Hermanos apron. It'll blow half your face off!
● Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-Ray Gift Set (BBC Home Entertainment)
Doctor Who was always emblematic of the cultural gap between England and North America — beloved in the UK, perpetually ignored Stateside. Then Christopher Eccelston stepped out of the TARDIS when the show was rebooted in 2005 and everything changed. This massive set collects all seven series from the program's 21st century revival. Add in various specials and a replica sonic screwdriver, and this is the best way to celebrate 50 years of time travelling goodness, and prepare to welcome 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi.
● Attack of the Bs (FCE)
Seventies grindhouse and exploitation films have gotten most of the attention lately, but directors like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez wouldn't have their muse without trails blazed by these B-movie classics. This new 18-movie set includes legendary schlock like Bucket of Blood, Little Shop of Horrors and should-of-been seasonal favourite Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Also included is Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space (pictured above), considered by many to be the best/worst movie of all time.
More: On the slightly more high-brow front are a new Blu-Ray release of post-apocalyptic classic A Boy and his Dog (Shout Factory) or the the sci-fi triple-bill Blu-Ray that includes Logan's Run, Soylent Green and Omega Man, which is this close to doubling as a sci-fi Charlton Heston tribute. (Warner)
● The Rutles Anthology (Video Music Inc)
Before there was Spinal Tap, there were the Rutles. A Beatles parody created by Monty Python alum Eric Idle, the fake band went on to star in the mockumentary All You Need is Cash, co-produced by Saturday Night Live guru Lorne Michaels with a cameo from George Harrison. Its 2004 sequel The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch, which apes the Beatles' own crate-digging '90s Anthology series, is also included in the set.
More: For more fact-based music docs, look no further than Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (Kino Video) and Shane Meadows' Stone Roses flick Made of Stone (Channel 4 DVD).