Ultimate Sci-Fi Collection. This includes The Abyss, Escape From New York, Mad Max, Rollerball, Independence Day, Fantastic Voyage, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Planet Of The Apes (1968), Alien and Aliens. If you have a friend who's just starting out his/her DVD collection and doesn't own all of the classics of the genre yet, you could do way worse than to give him/her this set.
Hardware: 2 Disc Limited Edition. Here's the product description:
REMASTERED IN STUNNING HIGH DEFINITION
FROM ORIGINAL VAULT MATERIALS!
It was the movie that stunned audiences, shocked the MPAA and marked the debut of one of the most uncompromising filmmakers in modern horror. Golden Globe® winner Dylan McDermott (The Practice, Dark Blue) stars as a post-apocalyptic scavenger who brings home a battered cyborg skull for his metal-sculptor girlfriend. But this steel scrap contains the brain of the M.A.R.K. 13, the military's most ferocious bio-mechancial combat droid. It is cunning, cruel, and knows how to reassemble itself. Tonight, it is reborn...and no flesh shall be spared. Stacey Travis (GHOSTWORLD) co-stars - along with appearances by Iggy Pop, Lemmy of Motörhead and music by Ministry and Public Image Ltd. - in the kick-ass sci-fi thriller from Richard Stanley (DUST DEVIL) that Fangoria calls "gritty, trippy and frightnening...HARDWARE is one of the best horror movies you've never seen!"
Totally Uncut, Uncensored
And On DVD For The First Time Ever!
* Audio Commentary with Director Richard Stanley
* No Flesh Shall Be Spared - All-New 60 min Documentary Featuring Interviews with Cast and Crew
* 'Incidents In An Expanding Universe' - Early Super 8 Version of HARDWARE
* 'The Sea of Perdition' - 2006 Richard Stanley Short Film
* 'Rites of Passage' - Early Richard Stanley Short Film
* Richard Stanley on Hardware 2
* Theatrical Trailer
* Deleted, Extended & Behind-the-Scenes Footage
Evil Alien Conquerors/Earthstorm. Two random alien invasion films come in a weird metal lunchbox decorated with a scary grey alien. One of your friends would totally appreciate this.
Ghostbusters 1 & 2 (Limited Edition Gift Set). Comes with a cool Sta-Puf Marshmallow Man figure, and a booklet about the films. Sure, you can get the same thing much cheaper without the figurine (see our bargain DVD list) but for some people, the cool packaging and awesome figure will make it worthwhile.
Transformers/Transformers: The Movie Mega Collection. Just in case one overly long, bombastic giant robot smashfest isn't enough for you — here's the complete set, for maximum robot coma.
Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection Even if your friend has some of the movies featuring the original crew on DVD, he/she will thank you for getting this, for so many reasons. For one thing, each movie is digitally remastered and in its original theatrical release — which is the only way to watch most of these films, not in the bloated special editions. (Undiscovered Country, in particular, has never been available in its zippier original theatrical cut on DVD before.) There are some pretty nifty featurettes, like one about the writing process of The Motion Picture, and the commentary tracks are out of left field — you get Nicholas Meyer talking Wrath Of Khan, but you get Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman commenting on Voyage Home. There's a bonus disc showing a Captain's Summit involving Shatner, Stewart, Frakes, Nimoy, and... Whoopi Goldberg?? (What was she captain of, exactly?) The box is lovely, with a nice holographic Enterprise.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Collection These films, on average, are not as interesting as the original-crew ones, but there's some great bits in there. And as if to compensate, these discs include way more featurettes and weird insights, including a running feature on each disc about Brent Spiner's life beyond Data. There are tons of insights into the creative process behind these films. A bonus disc includes features on the evolution of the Enterprise, Trek's villains, the Klingons, the Borg and more. For your friends or family members who never got around to buying the Next-Gen movies, this is a great way to own them all in one nice looking box. Nobody ever has to explain why they went out and bought Nemesis or Insurrection seperately.
Stargate: 15th Anniversary Edition The movie that launched three TV series (and counting) gets a nice looking remastered DVD. Includes both theatrical and extended cuts of the movie, plus four hours of special features, including featurettes, a never-before-seen gag reel, and more.
The Ultimate Matrix Collection Okay, okay. So the sequels killed a lot of our interest in this virtual-purgatory story. But maybe it's time to reevaluate the trilogy, and this box set is a nice gift for someone who doesn't have the first movie already. It includes a scary-looking plastic Keanu figurine that sort of pops out. Here's what you get, on ten discs:
* Disc 1: The Matrix
* New digital transfer
* A written introduction by the Wachowski Brothers
* 2 new commentaries by philosophers and critics
* ROM feature
* Disc 2: The Matrix Revisited
* A feature-length mind-expanding look at The Matrix from conception to phenomenon
* 17 behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes
* Music-only audio track
* Disc 3: The Matrix Reloaded
* Disc 4: The Matrix Reloaded Revisited
* Go to the second chapter's furthest reaches
* 21 behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes
* 23 extra scenes shot for Enter the Matrix video game
* Disc 5: The Matrix Revolutions
* Disc 6: The Matrix Revolutions Revisited
* The cataclysmic final confrontation is chronicled
* 29 behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes
* Disc 7: The Animatrix
* 9 short films from pioneering anime directors exploring the world of The Matrix
* Disc 8: The Roots of the Matrix
* Cinematic, historical, philosophical and technological inspirations are explored
* 2 insightful new documentaries
* Disc 9: The Burly Man Chronicles
* Probe the society of actors, craftspeople, and filmmakers who shaped the movie trilogy and Enter the Matrix video game
* 21 featurettes
* Disc 10: The Zion Archive
* Production assets developed for The Matrix Universe
* Concept artwork
* Music videos
* TV spots and trailers
Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut If the theatrical release left you cold, then try this all-encompassing experience, which includes everything that Zack Snyder had to leave out, plus the animated "Tales Of The Black Freighter". Commentary is by Snyder and original artist Dave Gibbons. You also get the motion comics whether you want them or not. Plus these features:
- The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics
- Real Super Heroes, Real Vigilantes
- Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World
- Watchmen: Video Journals
- Under the Hood
- Story Within a Story: The Books of Watchmen
- Music Video: My Chemical Romance, 'Desolation Row'
Sci-Fi 3-pack (Jumper/Independence Day/I Robot) And then you might just want to get your friend a giant plate of cheese. Why not?