Greetings holiday Gremlins! The GreenCine team is at your service to show you the best/quirkiest gifts out there for you/your cinephile friends and family this season. We've included a smorgasbord of goodies: books, DVDs, comics, games, fantasy-dream-list items (see: D-Box seats), and much much more. If we're missing anything, we'd love to read your recommendations in the comments section below (even though our wish-and-gift-buying list is already dangerously long).
Part 1: Special Edition DVDs, Compilations, Companion Books
Part 2: Staff Favorite Books and DVDs 2009
Part 3: Games, Gadgets and Oddities
Of course, #1 on our list for non-GreenCine members is GreenCine Gift Certificates! Good for 2 to up to 12 months at the 3-DVDs out at a time plan. Treat your friends to our eclectic selection and welcome them to our film-loving family.
Part 1: DVD re-releases, Compilations, and Companion Books
With the rise in the popularity of Blu-Ray in 2009, even those with regular DVD players enjoyed a bounty of classic movies reissued this year. Some of our favorites include:
Gone with the Wind (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition)
Get Smart - The Complete Series Gift Set
North by Northwest (50th Anniversary Edition)
The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition)
While a bit pricey, we love the new Criterion set, AK 100: 25 Films of Akira Kurosawa (Criterion Collection), which we've assigned various friends of ours to review over at GreenCine Daily. Also hefty, but invaluable to any aspiring auteur is the Janus Films set Essential Art House - 50 Years of Janus Films.
For more bang for your buck, we love these multi-disc compilations that stretch the entertainment value of your gifts. Mystery Science Theater Vol. XVI not only contains the wacky Mexican "Santa Claus vs. The Devil" cult classic, but 3 other MST3K favs, plus a Tom Servo Figurine! Crow T Robot fans will love Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition (Limited Edition) for its commemorative tin, Crow's figurine, plus rare clips from the early MST3K days as a late-night cable offering in Minnesota, as well as behind-the-scenes footage. The Cary Grant Signature Collection has a nice sampling from his films across various genres. And for the noir fans, this excellent new Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics, Vol. 1has 5 remastered classics and boasts excellent bonus features, including a commentary by Martin Scorcese on Murder by Contract.
We also delight in the guilty pleasures contained in The Brigitte Bardot Classic Collection, which features her campy and salicious fare. And for fans of Alejandro Jodorowsky, there's no better gift than this 3-movie, 5-disc bonus feature packed set.
Companion Books & DVDs:
We're loving the value from this 4-Disc Blu-ray set for Up - in it you receive the Blu-Ray disc and bonus features, a regular DVD copy of the film, plus a digital copy. Up's storyboard artist Ronnie del Carmen illustrates this adorable companion book My Name is Dug, and for a more in-depth look at the art behind the picture, fans will love The Art of Up.
In the Annotated Godfather, lovely details and photos accompany the first film's screenplay; it's a must have for Godfather fans, screenwriting and film students and anyone interested in film history. Pair it with the Godfather Trilogy (Coppola Restoration) DVDs. The Stanley Kubrick Archives is a handsome, hefty, and informative coffee table book divided into 2 parts - the first part features hundreds of stills, organized by film; part 2 is focused on the creative process and features essays, storyboards and more. Goes along great with Stanley Kubrick: Warner Home Video Directors Series(2001 A Space Odyssey / A Clockwork Orange / Eyes Wide Shut unrated / Full Metal Jacket / The Shining / A Life in Pictures).
The Ingmar Bergman Archives provides a similar visceral experience as the Kubrick Arvhives book, a lovely companion to the recently released Seventh Seal (Special Edition) (also available in Blu-Ray) which features a beautiful new transfer of the film, plus the documentary Bergman Island, an intimate portrait of the director. Starting Point will give Miyazaki fans insights into the private figure: from the The Ghibli Blog, "This really is the first anthology to seriously explore the man and his art, to really dig deep into his insights, his worldview, his history." Digging deep into the psyche of auetuer Frederico Fellini is The Book of Dreams, featuring over 500 sketches and notes documenting his comic, grotesque and vivid dream life. The GreenCine DVD favorite from Miyazaki is Spirited Awayand 8 1/2 from Fellini.
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