It’s that time of year! Time to get your favorite movie fan a plethora of gifts! And this year we’ve got a BUNCH to choose from! Be safe when shopping and just use this LINK to get the stuff you need from Amazon.
Our friends at Universal have a bunch of great releases this year including great affordable 10-film collections from Blumhouse, Focus Features, Illumination, and Dreamworks Animation. Plus a great 4K Hitchcock set. It’s truly something for everyone, especially the fantastic new Back To The Future Trilogy finally in 4K!
WB has a big 4k push this year (Yay!) and the truly exciting release is the entire Lord of the Rings franchise finally available in UHD. I can’t think of a better plan during a lockdown holiday than binging this exceptional collection. Again, our WB friends have a wide variety of stellar releases from The Goonies to Full Metal Jacket. Don’t forget the complete series sets for Game of Thrones and the excellent Chernobyl. Also just in time for the holiday is Christopher Nolan’s latest sci-fi epic Tenet! This one is for sure a Must Own!
A specialty release label, Kino Lorber, has a TON of fantastic movies available. They do great releases of some really special films. They have a bunch of excellent releases that you can’t go wrong in picking up. Often, they’re running a great sale (even at the time of this writing) so head over to KinoLorber.com and pick up a bunch. I won’t link them all on amazon because they’re generally more expensive there than at the official site. I mean this group alone is jammed with great movies including some classic Clint Eastwood, some foreign gems, and the 4K UHD debut of Mad Max!
High Plains Drifter
Play Misty For Me
The Ipcress File
Mad Max 4K
Buck Rogers: Complete Collection
The Lost Weekend
Reginald Denny Collection
Victor and Victoria
Sophia Loren Award Collection
Lastly, my two favorite specialty labels Shout/Scream Factory and Criterion Collection.
There are so many fantastic films that Shout has released over the year that it’s hard to nail down some. They’ve dived into Hammer releases which are must owns and of course their AMAZING Friday the 13th Complete Collection!
Some quick grabs for sure though? Definitely some great anime, one of the best TV shows in years, and any title that has Scream Factory on the label.
It was a stellar year for Criterion so I had a really tough time decided on a few titles to feature. This list could have been DOZENS of titles. I mean the Fellini set alone is worth your money and attention but I cut it down to a few including a must own collection from a truly unsung hero of cinema: Agnes Varda.
Some other random titles worth grabbing?
An overlooked Sci-Fi gem, and a great Shudder release are just a couple more perfect gifts for your movie loving friends! Plus a hidden gem that is sure to please: Brandon Cronenberg’s epic Possessor Uncut!
note: Some of these titles included in this list were provided to me at no charge. The opinions and recommendations I share are my own and were not influenced by anyone for any reason.
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.