The 12 Days of Geeks-Mas Day 2: Movies
For the second of The 12 Days of Geeks-Mas we are proud to bring you gift recommendations that connects oh so many of us, in fact one could say it’s what makes us human. You guessed it, it’s the attraction to bright and shiny moving objects, otherwise known as MOVIES (bum bum bummmmmmmm…)
Fritz Lang’s 1927 Sci Fi masterpiece. If you fancy yourself a Science Fiction fan or a fan of classic cinema and you haven’t seen this do yourself a favor and pick it up. Make sure it’s the 2010 release because it adds 25 minutes of extra footage that was previously thought to be lost. It’s far and way the best looking version of the print and definitely worth the upgrade to blu ray.
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection
There is perhaps no finer director in all of movie history than Alfred Hitchcock. He’s certainly one of my favorites. You can bow buy a hefty portion of his later catalogue (with a smattering of his more famous work) on Blu Ray in one collection. This includes: Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, The Trouble With Harry, The Man Who Knew too Much, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy and Family Plot. Of these, only North By Northwest and Psycho had previously been released as stand alone blu rays and they went back and really cleaned up the original footage and made it look stunning. While it may not be an ideal set of Hitch’s movie sit would absolutely be worth it to get your hands on Rear Window and Vertigo on blu ray and they are only available in this collection. So go on, indulge yourself this Christmas with the work of the master. It’s been a long year and you’ve earned it.
Need more Tarantino in your collection? In honor of the 20th anniversary of his first film they have released this excellent blu ray collection. Where else can you get True Romance, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Vol. 1 & 2, Death Proof and Inglorious Basterds all in one place? No where but here. 2 discs of bonus features too? This is the perfect Christmas gift for at least one person in your life, I guarantee it.
In the past five years or so, we’ve had a renaissance of nerd culture in Hollywood so there really is a lot to choose from for special geek in your life. Also, with more flicks coming to Bluray, maybe you just buy an old fav in a new format!
The Dark Knight Trilogy
Alright, I know what you’re thinking; “Why should I buy a trilogy when they only need the newest Batman movie?” Well if you think about it, most people have Batman Begins on DVD and they may or may not have Dark Knight on Bluray. If you’re like me you buy the trilogy on Bluray instead of single movie because the cost difference is minimal, you get a super-awesome movie in DKR and you can also upgrade one (or two) of the movies in your geeks library. Oh yeah, you also get this cool little book about the making of Nolans’ Batman films! (Random Fact: It’s actually cheaper to get the trilogy than it would be to buy DKR and either of the single ones on Bluray!)
The Amazing Spider-Man
So I wasn’t sold when they said that they were making another Spidey movie. Although Spider-Man 3 was god-awful I personally didn’t think that there was a long enough span to reboot the franchise. Wow, I was proven completely wrong. Marc Webb gave us a darker and less hokey take on the every-man hero, a real vigilante if you will. You can get your special some-nerd the Bluray or surprise them with the collectors edition that includes figures of Spider-Man and The Lizard!
The Dark Knight Returns Part I
Yeah…I dig Batman and I dig cartoons. This is the animated feature based on the famous Frank Miller Dark Knight Returns and I must say, it is fucking amazing! I watched it just last week and when it was over all I wanted to do was watch it again! If you’ve never read the book, imagine the last Batman story ever and you’ve got some context. The animation style is spot on and it screams Frank Millers artwork and although the Bat-voice is not Kevin Conroy, Peter Weller of Robocop fame does an unbelievable job as an older and bitter Bruce Wayne! Part II comes out in early Spring, so throw this one in your geeks stocking so they’re ready for the sequel!
I hope I’m not the only one in the world who doesn’t own The Avengers yet, but I’m dying to get my hands on it. This super cool 4-disc version contains the Blu-Ray, 3D Blu-Ray, dvd, digital copy, and the soundtrack–not to mention being chock-full of special features. My life will not be complete until I have this gag reel in my possession.
Another movie on my Christmas list this year is one of the best animated movies I’ve ever seen (and I’ve pretty much seen them all), Brave. Merida is the Disney princess I’ve been waiting my whole life for, and the movie itself is a masterpiece of animation with a stellar voice cast. Plus I just want to watch the featurette on how they animated Merida’s hair.
And now we come to the dvd box set that makes me all tingly inside, the 31-disc Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Box Set. I’m salivating just looking at it (but that might also be because Harry is on the cover all rugged and manly).
I’m usually not such a sucker for cool-looking display boxes, but I would put this out in a place of honor for the world to see (i.e. my coffee table). The box itself is reminiscent of Harry’s Hogwarts trunk that he lugged to Platform 9 3/4, and is a thing of beauty.
This macdaddy collector’s edition includes all 8 movies, extended cuts of Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets, 3D versions of both parts of Deathly Hallows, 37 hours of special features, and a bonus disc with 5 hours of never-before-seen featurettes. I’m sure the one titled “Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 8: Growing Up” is going to reduce me to a blubbering mess. Let me just cradle this box set to my chest and wrap myself up in my Hogwarts blanket and rock back and forth for a while. Santa, I need this.
There is one movie that I personally think that everyone in the world should own. It’s one of those movies where if I see it on TV, I have to stop whatever I’m doing and just watch the rest of it. I’ve seen it hundreds of times, but I still have the ability to watch it wherever and whenever. One of my person favorites and a strong contender for one of the best pics of all time: JAWS
It just got a fancy new Blu-Ray transfer and while I don’t own one yet, I’ve heard it looks stunningly beautiful. I’ve been obsessed with this flick since I was a little kid and have always owned a copy on whichever media it’s available on. It’s the perfect gift for that hard-core film fan, that lover of shark week, or a child you may want to frighten away from water for the rest of their lives. So head out, pick up a copy and grab a fifth of Jack. I’ll drink to your leg, you drink to my leg, and we’ll drink to our legs.
There was another epic 70’s movie that got a Blu-Ray release this year too….hmmmm, what was its name. Oh yeah:
I know I certainly wouldn’t mind finding this under the tree. You get three UNBELIEVEABLE movies, one decent movie, one meh movie, and a disc you can use to level out your coffee table or something.
MARTIAN LUTHOR KANG 117th
I’m gonna keep this short and sweet. If you know anyone who does not own DIE HARD, you buy it for them this Christmas. It is the one of the finest Christmas movies ever made. It has Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, and Reginald VelJohnson.
Seasons Greetings Nerds!
Remember to come back tomorrow for The 12 Days of Geeks-Mas Day 3: TV Shows
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Posted on December 13, 2012, in Geekology, Geeks-Mas, Movies, Recommendations and tagged Alfred Hitchcock, Avengers, Batman, die hard, Fritz Lang, harry potter, Pixar, Quentin Tarantino, spider-man, Star Wars. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.