A Blu-ray player: They say that once you go Blu-ray, you'll never go back to watching movies on plain, old DVDs again. So why not upgrade the movie lover on your list with the gift of HD video, stereoscopic 3-D and hi-def sound? You can pick up a Blu-ray player for around $100 (Sony's BDP-S590 3-D player gets four stars on Amazon and costs just $105.83). Or you can enhance the experience by picking up a Sony Playstation 3 (retails for about $299), which can play games and Blu-ray discs and has the capacity to store music, games, streaming movies and more on its 500 GB hard drive. Make sure you also supply a bottle of Vitamin D with this gift – it could be a while before your giftee sees the sun again.
Membership to the Enzian Film Society: Local is lovely, so consider supporting Orlando's only arthouse theater with the gift of a membership to the Enzian. For $60, members get discounted admission to the theater and special events, free large popcorn at each movie and a member ID card. If you want to up the ante and add some more perks, the Enzian has membership levels ranging from a couple of hundred bucks up to $2,200. Check out enzian.org for the details.
Entourage: The Complete Series box set: If you know a bromance fan – or even just a Mark Wahlberg fan (this show was loosely based on his early Hollywood career trajectory) – HBO has solved your gift-giving dilemma. Eight seasons (yeah, they actually made eight seasons out of that dreck), 96 episodes, 18 discs for $249.99 ($299.99 on Blu-ray).
Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection Blu-Ray set: This is big and impressive … just like Daniel Craig's SHUTYOURMOUTH! All of the Bond films – even the bad ones – in one shiny, pretty package, just in time for the holiday season ($299.99, but right now it's only $149.99 on Amazon).
The Qatsi Trilogy: This will delight anyone who likes modern music, spectacular cinematography or smoking pot. Criterion has come out with this Blu-ray trilogy of discs featuring the work of Godfrey Reggio, whose "immersive sensory experiences" explore landscapes
that highlight mankind's increasing reliance on technology and artificial environments, set to a score by Philip Glass ($63.96, criterion.com).
Quadrophenia: The Who's classic rock opera, remastered and re-released on Blu-ray for 2012. Perfect for those who attended a show during the Who's 2012 Quadrophenia tour and were disappointed to see how poorly Daltry and co. have held up over time ($31.96, criterion.com).
The World Series: History of the Fall Classic: Four DVDs full of storytelling, interviews with more than 100 World Series players, coaches and broadcasters, footage from clubhouse celebrations and digital images from the Major League Baseball archives.
This documentary, narrated by Bob Costas, was produced by Major League Baseball, so don't expect it to blow the lid off any controversies or make any major revelations, but the historic images, behind-the-scenes banter and archival stuff should make up for it. ($22.99, shop.mlb.com)
The Paradise Lost Trilogy, collector's edition: For fans of true-crime stories, the 1996 HBO documentary about the West Memphis Three is a must-see. It investigates the 1993 murder of three 8-year-old boys in Tennessee and the teens who were accused of killing them, allegedly as part of a gruesome Satanic ritual.
HBO updated the story with two followups – one in 2000 and another in 2011 – that move the story forward with jailhouse interviews, exploration of new evidence in the case and new insights. All three pieces in the series
are included in this box set, which also contains lost footage from the original documentary, interviews with the filmmakers, deleted scenes and bonus footage. ($49.95, amazon.com)