Everybody’s heading for the couch after Christmas
Yes, the locally connected among us are buying artisan coasters and stinky cheeses for one another this holiday season. But if you and yours are the type to shop from the couch online for gifts you can enjoy, well, from the couch, consider these collections of the best of pop culture.
While you’re at it, banish your obsession with streaming everything. These DVDs and box sets have stuff you can’t just download.
For movie junkies
▪ Zodiac (Director’s Cut)
Comes with two documentaries that are worth the purchase price alone.
▪ Fight Club (Anniversary Edition)
Extras include a drunk Mel Gibson on a horse. Don’t ask. Just buy.
▪ Star Trek (2009)
Kirk and Spock comment in funny fake Irish accents.
▪ Blade Runner
Five discs, five separate cuts. Unfortunately, Sean Young is in all of them.
▪ This is Spinal Tap
The commentary track, with all three surviving band members in character, is funnier than the movie.
▪ Tropic Thunder (Unrated Director’s Cut)
A mockumentary titled “Rain of Madness,” some hilarious commentary and Tom Cruise’s legendary makeup test.
For TV bingers
▪ The X Files: The Collector’s Set
If you start cuddling up with Mulder and Scully now, you’ll be ready for January’s six-part revival series on Fox.
▪ Doctor Who: Christmas Specials Gift Set
The last 10 Christmas episodes, including Tenth Doctor’s first and final adventures, the Eleventh Doctor’s ultimate regeneration and the first glimpse of the Twelfth Doctor. Oh, and a sonic screwdriver.
▪ The Walking Dead: Season 5 Limited Edition
Don’t you want to proudly display the Atlanta asphalt zombie on your mantel for when Grandma Peggy comes over?
▪ Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season, Steelbook Collectors Set
If you’ve already spent the money to outfit your living room (the ceiling, too!) for Dolby Atmos surround sound, what better way to show it off? Not to mention 15 character profiles, seven commentary tracks and an interactive guide to Westeros that is practically a digital set of encyclopedias. Also, it comes with a satisfyingly heavy Stark family crest magnet. Because Winter Is Coming.
For music aficionados
▪ Bob Dylan: The Cutting Edge 1965-66: The Bootleg Chronicles Vol. 12
In-depth is an understatement, with one disc devoted entirely to different versions of “Like a Rolling Stone.” But this is the era when Dylan outraged the world by going electric, back in the days when the drumming on “Mr. Tambourine Man” made him freak out in the studio, and this set lets you hear it all.
▪ Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Complete Island Recordings
Available only on vinyl, with a special collector’s edition in velvet-lined metal packaging designed to look like a Zippo lighter, this set of nine studio and two live albums takes hardcore reggae fans through the 10 years from “Catch a Fire” through “Confrontation.”
▪ Otis Redding, Soul Manifesto: 1964-70
Twelve CDs packaged in reproduction LP sleeves, including “Live in Europe” and “In Person at the Whisky a Go Go,” represent the very best of soul’s very best.
▪ Weather Report, The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981
A four-CD box set of live-only shows, cobbled together from soundboard recordings and bootlegs, fills in the gaps for fans of the jazz-rock-funk legends, with highlights like a 21-minute version of “Gibraltar.”
Sources: The Associated Press, Sound and Vision