All the movies, TV shows, and music you need to completely escape the reality of spending the holidays with your family.
Mr. Show Complete Series DVD Set, $28.99
Mr. Show fans essentially speak a different language than the rest of the world. Go up to a stranger on the street and drop a, “24 is the highest number” or an, “It’s insane, this guy’s taint,” and you’ve either made a friend for life or made a complete fool of yourself. So whether you’re educating yourself or indoctrinating others, be sure to scoop up this box set. It’s the way Senator Tankerbell would want it (get it?!?!).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection, $99.98
Believe it or not, the original TMNT show ran for ten whole seasons (bet you didn’t remember the theme song changing partway through, either). That’s a total of 72 hours (three days!) of amphibious martial arts action, all in the goofy, in-jokey slapstick style that we were totally oblivious to as kids because oh my God guys they’re like totally ninjas and stuff. This set comes in a box shaped like the Turtles’ Party Wagon, which we genuinely find to be unbearably awesome. Cowabunghole!
V For Vendetta Deluxe Collector Set, $24.99
Forget the crappy movie adaptation with the terrible altered ending (can someone please explain to those guys that everyone wearing the same outfit is actually the precise opposite of anarchy?) – Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s fantastic graphic novel is a masterpiece. A chilling look at what the world might become if political and corporate power goes unchecked, and with a protagonist that’s equal parts superhero and terrorist, it’s one of the best examples of smart comics out there. Plus this one comes with a mask, so you can scare the shit out of your mailman. Or something.
Curb Your Enthusiasm - Complete Season 1-8 Bundle, $193.99
You know what’s bullshit? That the UK gets a complete season 1-8 box set, and we don’t. So unless you want to import this (and you have a multi-region DVD player), you’re going to have to settle for the various Season 1-8 bundles being sold. Of course, this is Curb we’re talking about, so it’s hardly “settling” – it’s one of the funniest shows of all time. What we’re saying is, it’s pre-tay, pre-tay, pre-tay good.
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled, $219
All the Marvel movies so far – Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and, of course, The Avengers – in one actually pretty sober-looking box set (the original design was a sweet Cosmic Cube-holding briefcase, but due to legal action on behalf of the dudes who made the luggage, that got shitcanned). Anyway, these are some of the finest non-Nolan superhero movies ever to grace a screen, so if you don’t already own them, this is definitely the way to go.
Rage Against The Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set), $95.49
Has it really been 20 years since RATM gave us the immortal refrain of “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me,” or that awesome Woooot Wooot Wooot Woooot Wooooot WooooOOOOooooo noise in the middle of “Know Your Enemy”? Because that makes us feel hella old (enough to use the word “hella” in the belief it might make us sound vaguely cool, at least). This edition also contains music videos, live performances, a vinyl LP, a 40-page booklet, and a two-sided poster. Go ahead and buy it, you corporation-loving sheep!
Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection, $299.99
All 22 Bond movies, on Blu-ray, in a beautifully presented box set, complete with a space at the end specifically for Skyfall! If you’re a Bond fan, it doesn’t get better than this without running around wearing a homemade rocket pack full of vodka martini (trust us, we’ve done it – it makes most occasions pretty memorable).
Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection, $255.99
This 63-CD collection includes 59 albums – everything from I Walk The Line to Man In Black – plus a singles collection, guest performances on other artists’ records, and more. Listen and enjoy while trying not to picture Reese Witherspoon’s weird small chin every time June Carter joins in.
Lego Batman Arkham Asylum Breakout, $159.99
We’re such suckers for this playset and, indeed, for Lego in general (okay, specifically Batman Lego). This thing has 1,351 pieces, eight mini-figures, and is hands-down the most adorably cute recreation of a nightmarish haunted lunatic asylum full of serial killers that we’ve ever seen.
Tarantino XX 8-Film Collection, $89.99
Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, and True Romance, all on Blu-ray in one attractively packaged collection. It’s weird that the written-but-not-directed-by-QT True Romance is here when, say, Natural Born Killers isn’t (not so weird when you consider that Tarantino hated Oliver Stone’s brilliant, media-skewering take on his script, presumably because there weren’t enough references to ‘60s B-movies in the final cut), but this is still a great-looking set.
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