It’s that time of year already, where the holidays have finally crept up on us; it seems like time just flies and we’re back to trying to figure out what to get the movie lover in our life, or what to treat ourselves with. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or just love the deals, this is our annual holiday gift guide with some suggestions for the respective movie lover, and pop culture fanatic.
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100 Years of Horror (Mill Creek Entertainment)
One of the first of its kind in 1996, “100 Years of Horror” is an eleven hour television documentary about the history of horror right from the very beginning. Hosted by the one and only Christopher Lee, “100 Years of Horror” runs over every possible horror topic, from Bela Lugosi, and Boris Karloff, Scream Queens, Maniacs, and Gory Gimmicks. This massive documentary has been widely celebrated by horror film buffs for years and it’s here in its complete form. There’s also a Digital Copy included.
Community – The Complete Series [Blu-ray] (Mill Creek Entertainment)
The cult NBC series starring a cast of comedy heavyweights comes to Blu-Ray courtesy of Mill Creek. The show has garnered a humongous following since its debut, and can now be collected on a packed boxed set. Featured are audio commentaries for almost every episode, outtakes, “Creative Compromises” satirizing network interference, three mini episodes called “Study Break,” alternate scenes, cast evaluations from season one and two, Remixes from DJ Steve Porter, a Behind the Scenes look at the Christmas episode spoofing “Glee,” and a slew of deleted scenes for almost every episode.
There’s a two part comedic look at the episode “Pillows and Blankets,” a look at the cult character “Inspector Spacetime” and how the cast got in to a convention, a look at the puppets used for the episode “Into the Felt Surgency,” and a look behind the scenes of the animated episode. “5 Days, 2 Scripts, No Sleep” is a look at the grueling work behind the scenes, there’s “Community Trivia,” and finally a look at the end of the fifth season and the sixth season that premiered on Yahoo.
The Deadly Beyond – 11 Movie Collection (Mill Creek Entertainment)
The 2 DVD collection comes with 11 movies varying from horror to science fiction with stars like Liam Neeson, Bill Paxton, and F. Murray Abraham. Featured is “Pulse” starring the Lawrence brothers, in a technological horror film. “Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone” is another classic “Star Wars” wannabe with Molly Ringwald, about a pilot and bounty hunter in the future on a rescue mission. In the realm of “Star Wars” wannabes, there’s “Krull,” starring Ken Marshall as a warrior in a fantasy realm filled with beasts, monsters, and magic. “My Mom’s a Werewolf” concerns a house wife who begins turning in to a werewolf after being bitten at a pet shop.
“The Hearse” is about the supernatural vehicle stalking a woman, there’s “Lurkers” the supernatural mystery starring Christine Moore. “Slipstream” is a bland but interesting scifi thriller starring Bill Paxton, Mark Hamill, Ben Kingsley, and F. Murray Abraham, while “Mutant” finds two brothers facing a town filled with bloodthirsty zombies. “Warriors of the Wasteland” is the classic “Mad Max” clone with Fred Williamson fighting bandits in a post apocalyptic future. Finally, there’s “Alien Contamination,” the horror science fiction thriller, and “Eternal Evil,” starring Karen Black in a horror movie about a man who becomes murderous when he learns to use his spirit to travel out of his body.
Double Feature: Age of Consent, Cactus Flower [Blu-ray] (Mill Creek Entertainment)
The new Double Feature Blu-Ray features a pair of comedies for folks that love the period, and the era of free spirited goofy comedy. 1969’s “Age of Consent” is an erotic comedy involving an aging artist who finds love and passion with a young vivacious girl named Cora Ryan, who poses for his art. Also from 1969, “Cactus Flower” involves a dentist who hires his love starved nurse to play his wife, in an effort to split from his girlfriend, and the plan devolves in to some comedic circumstances and twists. Both movies feature stars like James Mason, Walter Matthau, Vito Scotti, Ingrid Bergman, Helen Mirren, and Goldie Hawn, who makes her feature film debut.
Faces of Horror: 10 Movie Collection (Mill Creek Entertainment)
The three disc ten horror movie collection comes packed for the respective collector. Among them there’s the 1981 slasher whodunit “Happy Birthday to Me,” there’s the psychological thriller “Double Exposure,” the 1990 slasher murder mystery “Click: The Calendar Girl Killer,” there’s the 1980 slasher “Don’t Answer the Phone!” about a serial killer targeting models, and the 1975 horror film “Scream Bloody Murder.” Next there’s the dark murder mystery “Silent Night, Bloody Night,” the slasher thriller “Savage Weekend,” the supernatural crime thriller “The Demon” and finally the survival thriller “The Manipulator” starring Mickey Rooney and Keenan Wynn.
Hammer Film Collection: Volume Two – 6 Films (Mill Creek Entertainment)
The two disc DVD set comes with six classic Hammer Horror Films with stars like Peter Cushing, Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, and Donald Sutherland. “The Revenge of Frankenstein” sees Peter Cushing return as Baron Von Frankenstein, who becomes Dr. Stein, and works on transplanting his assistant’s brain in to a new body. “The Snorkel” is a cat and mouse thriller where a man sets up the perfect murder of his wife, and must now do battle with his suspicious stepdaughter. “Never Take Candy From a Stranger” involves a powerful elderly man luring young girls in to his mansion to molest them, and the town corrupted by him. “Maniac” centers on an American man who becomes torn between a woman and her teenage stepdaughter, and the plan that is hatched to free the woman’s husband from jail. “Die! Die! My Darling!” is a slow thriller about who imprisons her son’s ex-girlfriend when she visits her home, after she blames her for his death. Finally, “Creatures the World Forgot” this period piece about a pair of rival cavemen has almost no dialogue.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s a Beautiful Day Collection (PBS Distribution)
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, PBS Distribution releases a four disc edition of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood.” Clocking in at fourteen hours, the new edition spans from 1979 to 2001 and features thirty two uncut episodes of the iconic children’s series. Folks that grew up with Mister Rogers might just find something new to mine from the material, and will even have a great time sharing the lessons learned by Mister Rogers with their own children.
I grew up as one of Mister Rogers’ many young neighbors, and it’s a thrill to revisit him, and sing along to one of the greatest opening children show themes of all time, and classic songs like “It’s Such a Good Feeling” and “It’s You I Like.” The DVD features a bonus episode from 1969, because what’s better than more Mister Rogers?
Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like (PBS Distribution)
With the release of the wonderful documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” PBS releases a great companion documentary called “It’s You I Like.” This TV documentary hosted by Michael Keaton features a ton of testimonials from fans and celebrity fans alike, all of whom recount their own memories of the show and what Mister Rogers meant to them. Among the guests that speak are Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Kratt, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma and his son, Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Silverman, Esperanza Spalding, and Caroll Spinney, who is known for playing Big Bird. It’s always fun and touching to see how many people Mister Rogers affected and continues to affect after his death in 2003. If you loved the feature documentary, you’ll love this more abbreviated tribute that is about as sweet, and simple as Mister Rogers was.
Pretty Dead: 10 Horror Films (Mill Creek Entertainment)
The two disc collection features ten indie horror films for the experimental horror buff featuring Joe Estevez. Among them, there’s the slasher “Bunnyman,” the supernatural thriller “The Lake on Clinton Road,” the supernatural “The Light,” psychological thriller/zombie movie “Pretty Dead,” the supernatural meta horror “Monster in the Woods,” the horror thriller “The Sacred,” the slasher mystery “Backwater,” the survival thriller “Pelt,” the summer camp horror slasher “Sparrow,” and finally the psychological thriller set in the backwoods titled “Occupied.”
Shadow Stalkers: 10 Terrifying Features (Mill Creek Entertainment)
The three disc “Shadow Stalkers” comes with some genuine classics packed with stars like Tommy Lee Jones, Karen Black, Faye Dunaway, Glenn Ford, and Mickey Hargitay. Among them there’s 1988’s “Out of the Dark,” the 1981 slasher whodunit “Happy Birthday to Me,” the 1978 thriller “Eyes of Laura Mars,” the 1980 thriller “Don’t Answer the Phone,” the 1969 revenge thriller “Nightmare in Wax,” the 1965 horror thriller “Bloody Pit of Horror,” the 1972 ax killer movie “Silent Night, Bloody Night,” the 1980 mystery “Funeral Home,” the 1984 murder mystery about a killer murdering local Santas called “Don’t Open Till Christmas,” and finally the classic exploitation slasher from 1979 titled “The Driller Killer.”
Starchaser The Legend Of Orin [Blu-Ray] (Mill Creek Entertainment)
The 1985 cult classic gets an upgrade with the story of Orin, a slave and miner who discovers a mystical sword hilt. Upon the behest of the mystical keeper of the weapon, Orin becomes the savior of his people, rescuing them from alien overlords. “Starchaser” is an okay film worth watching if only for the immense (obvious) influences by “Star Wars,” and the fantastic animation. If you love movies about the hero’s journey,
“Starchaser” is right up your alley. The new “Starchaser” release gets a Blu-Ray treatment with sharper picture, and a collector’s Lenticular cover. While there are no extras, not even a trailer, you get a snazzy DVD copy to go along with the release.
Super Schlock! : The Weird, Wild Superheroes of the 90’s
What would a Gift Guide be without a self-plug? Written by Felix Vasquez Jr., “Super Schlock!” takes a look at the lesser known superhero movies and TV Shows of the 1990’s before superhero movies stormed the world in the mid-aughts. Read all about properties like “MANTIS,” “Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD,” and “Guyver.” It’s a brisk but entertaining read if you’ve yet to canvas the more obscure superhero films of the sub-genre.
Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection [Blu-ray] (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
If you’re looking for a master class in classic horror, you can do worse than check out the complete 30 film collection, now on Blu-Ray. Along with a ton of extras and a large booklet, the classics included are Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Werewolf of London (1935), Dracula’s Daughter (1936), Son of Frankenstein (1939), The Invisible Man Returns (1940), The Invisible Woman (1940), The Mummy’s Hand (1940), The Wolf Man (1941), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), The Mummy’s Ghost (1942), The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), Invisible Agent (1942), Phantom of the Opera (1943), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), Son of Dracula (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), The Mummy’s Curse (1944), The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944), House of Dracula (1945), She-Wolf of London (1946), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955), Revenge of the Creature (1955), and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).
The Weirdest Movie Ever Made: The Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film (Bear Manor Media)
One of the most famous pieces of footage ever filmed is discussed in the book by contributor Phil Hall. Packed with essays and interviews with experts and cryptozoologist buffs, the book explores how the film was made, its mysterious circumstances, the odd scenario in the film, the large following behind it, and how it influenced generations of Bigfoot films like “Harry and the Hendersons” and “Cry Wilderness.” If you’re interested in new insight and some interesting perspectives on the classic footage, “The Weirdest Film Ever Made” is an engaging read.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (PBS Distribution)
Based on the bestselling children’s picture book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” is an adorable animated program for the kids. After their parents go off for the day to help their grandmother, siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, their baby brother, and Rufus the Dog decide to spend their time going on an adventure. Looking for bears, they go on a hunt, and en up getting separated. While there, they travail snowstorms, mud, and dark forests, including Rosie and Rufus who get more than they bargained for. Sweet, subtle, and simple, this animated special is a lot of fun and might inspire the kids to go on their own adventure. The DVD features four small making of segments.
William Castle Film Collection – 5 Movie Pack (Mill Creek Entertainment)
The 2 disc five movie pack features some of William Castle’s best and most interesting horror titles fit for any collector looking to save some money. Among them are “13 Ghosts,” the classic haunted house picture about a family looking for buried treasure in a house filled with twelve creepy ghosts. “13 Frightened Girls” is a classic espionage film about a Swiss Boarding School, and the daughters of diplomats investigating a Russian Diplomat’s murder. “Mr. Sardonicus” centers on a greedy man anxious to retrieve a winning lottery ticket from his father’s corpse. The price he pays for his greed is a horrific grin permanently frozen on his face. “Homicidal” is about a serial killer on the loose and a psychotic nurse caring for a stroke victim in a classic Castle mystery. Finally, “The Old Dark House” is Castle’s remake of the classic 1932 dark comedy, starring Tom Poston.
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