We are in the “future” of streaming all of our video content, supposedly, but if you’re “old school” like me, that like to have a physical copy of that Blu-ray/DVD movie in your hands, then check out this 2015 Blu-ray/DVD Gift Guide for your nerdy friends or for your own video library.
Once you’ve tasted 1080 HD viewing experience, it’s really hard to go back to standard DVD viewing, so we’ll kick-off the 2015 Blu-ray/DVD Gift Guide with a Blu-ray list first!
For the first time in North America, we get the “The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki,” which is a Blu-ray Amazon Exclusive. The Blu-ray collection features 11 iconic Hayao Miyazaki films: Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises. There is also a bonus disc and an exclusive art book.
Another Amazon Exclusive is the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 Collection on Blu-ray. If you remember how cool the MCU Phase 1 Collection was, then this will totally knock your socks off. The collection features all the MCU Phase 2 films: Iron Man 3 (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital Copy), Thor – The Dark World (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital Copy), Captain America – The Winter Soldier (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital Copy), Guardians of the Galaxy (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital Copy), Avengers – Age of Ultron (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital Copy) and Ant-Man (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital Copy). There is a bonus disc of extra video content, but what you’re really buying is incredible 1:1 scale prop replica of the Morag Orb with glowing light features and a special package that contains lots of replica movie props from Phase 2.
Buy it @ Amazon – MCU Phase 2 Collection.
One of the classic 1980s flicks was Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future starring Michael J. Fox. Like Star Wars and Indiana Jones sets, there’s been many re-releases and versions, but this is the ultimate version! Coming in a neat “Flux Capacitor” box packaging, the set features: Back to the Future 1, Back to the Future 2, Back to the Future 3 and Back to the Future – The Complete Animated Series DVD (26 episodes). There’s also a bonus disc with over 2 hours of extra video content on the Back to the Future franchise and 64-page book.
“Yippee Ki Yay, Motherf*****!” Remember when Bruce Willis made really good Rated R action flicks? This is the Nakatomi Plaza Die Hard Collection on Blu-ray. Die Hard fans need only apply here, let me explain. First, this Nakatomi Plaza building display case is really cool and it comes with bonus disc, a 32-page book and other extras, but that leads us to last two sucky Die Hard films in the franchise. Yes, “Live Free or Die Hard” & “A Good Day to Die Hard” is included with the classic: “Die Hard”, “Die Hard 2: Die Harder” and “Die Hard with a Vengeance.”
Making a DVD list. WTF – DVDs! Yes, DVDs are still around.
Even though Avatar: The Last Airbender was made for kids, I remember being blown away by the mature storylines, the characters and world building. I was hooked by each episode. This may not be Blu-ray, but it’s still great set to have or gift. The Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Complete Series DVD collects all three seasons.
Sports fans, attention! If you’ve watched any of the amazing ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, then this is a must get set, the ESPN Films 30 for 30: Five-Year Anniversary Collection DVD Locker. The set features 100 DVDs from the 30 for 30 franchise in a Locker-style box packaging. Extras include graphic tee, hat, poster and 30 for 30 book.
A guilty-pleasure DVD set with that 1980s action nostalgia. It’s only on DVD, but hey, you get 10 hokey-fun action films! The set features: Cobra, Missing in Action, Invasion U.S.A., The Delta Force, Masters of the Universe, Bloodsport, Over the Top, The Hitman and Hellhound. Now, if they can release some Michael Dudikoff’s American Ninja action flicks!