Yes, it’s coming up to that time of year again. Got a movie buff you want to treat this Christmas? Not only are these high-def delights great films in their own right, they all come with added extras so make for perfect presents…
Harry Potter: the Complete Collection
Now you can watch the adventures of Harry and co. in glorious ultra-high definition. For hardcore nostalgics, there’s also a photo book charting the years at Hogwarts. But what really sets this collection apart is Maximum Movie Mode. This is a feature that allows you to watch the movies with added commentary from cast and crew, including exclusive secrets from the set.
Grab this set from a mere £27.00 at amazon.co.uk
London 2012 Blu ray & Commemorative Book
Whether you caught the Games this summer or not, this highlights reel allows you relive the action of the London Olympics with over nine hours of footage. And if basking in the world’s sporting glory on the screen wasn’t enough on its own, you can also read about the achievements in the accompanying glossy keepsake book.
Find it at the BBC Shop for £51.49
James Bond 22 Film Collection
For the first time, all 22 released 007 films are together, in HD, in this 23 disc grand box-set. The 23rd, a bonus disc, contains brand new content including featurettes on Bond’s world and the men who have played the man himself. Each disc boasts commentaries, music videos and photo galleries so that you can appreciate Bond in all its digital glory.
Buy it on amazon.co.uk from £88.99
Prometheus Collector’s Edition
Ridley Scott’s highly-anticipated sci fi adventure is now yours to own on Blu-ray, and in 3D too if you have the right set-up. This three-disc spectacular features over seven hours of bonus footage, documentaries and behind-the-scenes action.
Get it from £20.00 at amazon.co.uk
Game of Thrones Limited Edition Gift Set
For the discerning Game of Thrones fan, get the entire first season of the popular television show on high-def Blu-ray. It’s as if the fantasy genre was made for this format. Featuring ‘making of’ documentaries and guides to make you feel as if you’re the ultimate insider, the gift also offers a beautiful dragon-egg official paperweight.
Grab this one for £49.99 from the HBO store
Lawrence of Arabia Gift Set
Invest in one of the all-time classic movies of, starring Peter O’Toole, beautifully restored in 4k resolution to mark the 50th anniversary of the film. Experience the 1962 masterpiece in all its original glory, with bonus features and a rather lovely commemorative book.
You’ll find it at Play.com for £49.99
FRIENDS: the Complete Series
Oh. My. God! You can finally enjoy the classic TV show in high definition as FRIENDS, the story of six friends living in New York, comes to Blu-ray. Almost ten years after the show ended, re-live their hilarious exploits with added unseen footage, interviews and extras. Certain to make a comedy fan happy this Christmas, but shouldn’t they have called it The One With All The Blu-rays?
From £119.99 on amazon.co.uk
Titanic collector’s edition
Whether or not you saw the Titanic’s maiden voyage in 3D on the big screen this spring, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a brand new release. Now you can experience the magic in crystal-o-vision on your own screen in both 2D and 3D. This collector’s edition of the 1990s favourite includes hours of exclusive features on the making of the movie.
You can find it on amazon.co.uk from £15.00
The Dark Knight Trilogy
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s Batman in his newest incarnation played by Christian Bale. The Dark Knight Rises was one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and now you can catch the trilogy on Blu-ray with added UV digital copy, for use on a PC or Mac. The set also features an exclusive book, The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy, perfect for superhero fans.
Grab it on amazon.co.uk from £31.99.
Avatar: Extended collector’s edition
If ever there was a reason to buy a 3D television, Avatar is just that. This 3-disc spectacular exhibits James Cameron’s vision in all its intended splendour, with unseen footage, how-to production documentaries, and even a copy of the screenplay.
Get it for around £11.00 at amazon.co.uk
With all of the above to choose from, your film-loving nearest and dearest won’t be short of ways to avoid the inevitable repeats of decade-old Christmas Specials.
Stephanie is an entertainment and lifestyle journalist. She works in digital marketing and blogs for GKBC.