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Quint's 2010 Holiday Gift Guide Part 2: DVDs, Blu-Rays, Video Games and Toys!!!


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DVDS/BLU-RAYS


This year you might see some semi-off kilter choices in the DVD/Blu-Ray column. There are the new super special current genre stuff in here, just like in years past, but I've also gone out of my way to include some more obscure older titles in the hopes that you, my fellow movie lovers, might finally have a gift for the movie geek in your circle that has seen everything. Thanks in large part to Warner Archive there are a few titles are older movies, but great cinema. Obscure, but not homework, if you catch my drift. Every single vintage title I've included this year comes with my highest recommendation. As usual, you gotta get on the Netflix bandwagon if you haven't already if only for their Watch Instantly feature that streams to your gaming console, most newer Blu-Ray players and computer. Thousands of movies available at the click of a button. I've found it's not quite a replacement for my DVD/Blu collection, but a great add on, filling in holes to my collection and also guiding me in experimenting on different movies. So, join us on Netflix! Let's get down to it! CHEAP ($24.99 and Under)

Ignore that mediocre cover and just click through and buy this film. Gambit marks Michael Caine's first American film and is quite a brilliant take on a caper comedy. If you don't know anything about the movie keep it that way. About 20 minutes in you'll think you know what you're in for and then a rope-a-dope is pulled and you start to realize how genius this film is. If you need any other reason to blind buy this flick how about the fact that The Coen Bros have been circling a remake for years now. That film may never happen, but when you hear those guys are interested in this story you have to know the film in question is worth a view. $17.99.

Brewster McCloud is another obscure movies for those of you out there that like your comedy dark. Directed by Robert Altman this flick is at once a murder mystery, a love story and a tale of obsession about a young man (Harold & Maude's Bud Cort) who lives in Houston's Astrodome and is building a set of wings for himself to strap on. Altman directed this movie between MASH and McCabe and Mrs. Miller if that gives you an idea of where he was creatively. Shelley Duvall, Sally Kellerman, Margaret Hamilton and Stacey Keach (in old age make-up, by the way) co-star. You'll be your movie circle's MVP if you show up with this flick in tow. $24.95.

Pretty Maids All In A Row is a flat-out bizarre flick that is both a coming of age tale and murder mystery. Telly Savalas investigates the murders of high school girls in the most Telly Savalas way possible, Rock Hudson is a '70stached gym teacher that spends more time fucking cheerleaders than coaching the team and Angie Dickinson is a sexy substitute teacher that becomes an object of lust for the young lead, John David Carson. Barbarella's Roger Vadim directs from a screenplay by Gene Roddenberry. Yes, that Gene Roddenberry. $24.49.

From the director of Battle Royale comes this '60s space schlocker that couldn't be any cheesier if the monster was a giant wedge of brie. The Green Slime has to be seen to be believed. If you have a ridiculous movie night you will be King WTF of Did You Just See That Mountain if you show up with this bad boy. $24.95.

The Outfit is a great '70s crime flick starring Robert Duvall, Robert Ryan, Joe Don Baker and Karen Black. If you're familiar with the Parker series of crime novels by Richard Stark, this is one of 'em. That character was played by Mel Gibson in Payback, Lee Marvin in Point Blank and now Robert Duvall. On the surface it's a good cop vs. the mob story, but like all the best '70s crime movies there's a grit and grimy reality to this flick that is unique to that decade. Super awesome. $19.95.

Michael Winterbottem's The Killer Inside Me is also based on pulp fiction and was one of my favorite flicks from Sundance this year. Casey Affleck is fantastic in the lead, a psychotic small town cop and even Jessica Alba turns in a good performance. It's a brutal flick, crazy enough to cause controversy at the Sundance premiere when an audience member took the director and Sundance programmers to task for playing it at the fest, but once you look past the brutality you'll see an incredibly complex and fascinatingly bleak tale. $19.99 for Blu, $14.99 for Stardard Def.

Now here's a film that's the exact opposite end of the spectrum from the quiet, heavy brutality of The Killer Inside Me. Scott Pilgrim has its detractors and it's die-hard fans. I'm one of the latter, but I'm kinda the target audience for this flick. I grew up on Nintendo and I also beat people until they explode into coins on a regular basis. Super fun, super nuts, super Edgar Wright! $24.99 on Blu and $19.99 for Standard Def.

Toy Story 3 made me cry. I am a giant baby, I'll give you that, but I think I'm in the majority in my opinion that Toy Story 3 was a worthy sequel (and potential series closer) to one of the best runs of family films in film history. If you don't have the previous two films on Blu-Ray yet, you may want to skip down to the "Expensive" section for a nice box set. For just Toy Story 3 and all the bells and whistles it's $24.99 on Blu and $19.49 Standard Def.

Beauty and the Beast marks the first of the second Golden Age of Disney flicks to get the high def treatment. I'm more partial to The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and The Lion King myself, but that's because I'm a boy. I wanted Ariel to be my girlfriend, not so much Belle. What can I say, I'm in to redheaded fish. But the music in this film is catchy as all hell, the animation is top notch and this set is overflowing with extras. $19.99.

If you're going for Beauty and the Beast you should absolutely include this DVD in your spending-spree. Waking Sleeping Beauty is a documentary focusing on the change of regime in Disney that led to Michael Eisner running the company, the in-fighting between Roy Disney and the board and a rocky environment that somehow produced Disney's strongest run in decades. I saw this at Telluride last year and loved it to death. It's now finally coming to DVD and I can't recommend it enough for Disney fans and those curious about the business side of the entertainment industry. The film hits next Tuesday, but you can pre-order it for $19.99.

Yes, I'm segueing from Disney to The Exorcist. That's how I roll. The film has never looked better than this Blu-Ray release. Add on to that the ability to own both the original cut and the expanded (and slower) director's cut in as pristine a way as you can get outside of a theater and you get an easy recommend. You don't need me to tell you how great this film is, not only one of the best horror films, but one of the best any films of all time. But I went ahead and said it anyway. Sue me. $19.99.

If you were thinking of passing up this Grindhouse set DON'T. This Blu-Ray presents the double feature as it was meant to be seen, fake trailers and all, as one big film-viewing experience. Sure, you can get the extended cut of Death Proof on Blu-Ray and you can get Planet Terror separately... but this is the whole package. Judging by the box office take, it was me and about three friends that saw this film theatrically as it was meant to be seen, so now all you late-comers can join the fun. $22.49.

Speaking of bad box office, let's go to another of my favorite under-performers: Kick-Ass. I don't know if I've had more fun with a theatrical audience in the last 12 month than I did with the BNAT screening of the rough cut of Kick-Ass. The Blu seems to be on sale, so it's not even a decision if like the movie. If you haven't seen the movie yet, you have to watch it if only for Chloe Moretz's iconic Hit-Girl and Nicolas Cage getting to do his best Adam West. $12.99.

I haven't revisited Avatar since the theater, but I bought this set just last week. Sometime over the holidays I'll throw it in and start to devour the huge amount of special features, including an almost entire feature worth of cut scenes. I was lukewarm on the film theatrically, but at this price, with this many features, it wasn't a hard decision to pick it up and give the film another shot. $24.99

There's no great sell to this one. It's a trade-up from the DVD. This Blu-Ray of The Rocky Horror Picture Show comes with a nifty book packaging and a few small BR exclusive extras, but for the most part it's the same amount of extras as the DVDs. The real reason for the upgrade is in picture and sound quality. And because the movie is awesome. And now I can watch it without some jackass behind me screaming at the screen and spilling rice all over himself. $18.49.

I don't have the Blu-Ray of The Maltese Falcon yet, but I wants it! Classic Bogie in one of his best roles as Sam Spade searching for the schtuff dreams are made of. Brilliant film and I'm a sucker for black and white in high def. I think it's one of the biggest advantages of the format, to see a brilliant high contrast transfer of a vintage black and white film. This is an automatic click and buy if you've never seen this movie. Rectify that before you go out in public again, okay? $18.49.

Double Bogie! What I said about The Maltese Falcon stays true for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Both films are brilliant, both feature fantastic "for the history books" performances from one of cinema's most distinct personalities and both are directed by the great John Huston. $18.49.

Not only one of the most iconic horror movies of all time, Psycho stands the test of time thanks a quite subtle and sympathetic performance from Anthony Perkins in the role that would come to define him as an actor, for good or ill. I bought this Blu-Ray and watched it, so I can vouch for how great a transfer it is. I haven't dove into the extras yet, but for the price the picture itself is worth it. Everything else is gravy. $17.99.

The Psycho Legacy is a feature length documentary on Psycho and its sequels, getting new interviews with tons of people involved in all the films. This is not unlike the recent Nightmare on Elm Street doc NEVER SLEEP AGAIN or the still unreleased Jaws doc THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING. In other words, Psycho fans NEED this and movie nerds would love it. $14.99.

On the surface this looks just like a giant hook aimed at Beatles fans wallets... that it may well be, but what makes this set interesting is that you get the four complete Ed Sullivan shows which features the Fab Four, including their famous first US gig. It's not the Beatle's numbers that get me, but seeing them in context with the entire show. For instance, their debut show also included the new cast of Oliver! doing a few numbers from the play, future Riddler, Frank Gorshin, doing a series of impressions including The Rat Pack, Brando and Kirk Douglas. Oh, and you get the commercials, too. Ladies, you gotta hear about this revolutionary liquid laundry detergent that lets you do your womanly duty, washing your man's clothes, with cold water! It's a fantastic moment in time framed around the legendary British Invasion. $16.99.

The Bridge on the River Kwai has been ordered, but hasn't arrived yet. However word from reviewers (both professional and amateur) is this is the best the movie has ever looked outside of a 70mm screen. Technicolor really pops in high def (my import Zulu Blu is a testament to that) and David Lean's film is one of the best examples of the technology. Not only do you get the fantastic movie, but you get goodies like lobby card reprints, a DVD copy if you want to downgrade yourself and a little book with behind the scenes pics from the production. A bargain at $19.99.

The Red Riding Trilogy is the best crime film you didn't see this year. I understand why theater owners are scared of it. People talk funny in it. It's like something's wrong with their American or something. Seriously, this UK produced set of films have been compared to The Godfather. I don't quite agree they're on that level, but the fact that they're close enough to garner that comparison is testament to the quality. You saw him in a supporting role in Fincher's The Social Network, but you can see future Spider-Man Andrew Garfield really shine here. $24.99 for Blu and $19.99 for Standard Def.

If you're a fan of random humor, look no further than Series 1 of this bizarre comedy show starring Peter and James Serafinowicz. Well, starring might be a wrong term. Each episode plays like some lost, and usually completely misinformed, '80s instructional video where we see scientists at work fucking up different experiments. You'll recognize Serafinowicz's chin, that's about it. Look Around You is a great off-kilter choice this holiday season. $19.49.

You're going to see a run of Roger Corman titles starting here with Humanoids From the Deep. I love Roger Corman films, especially from the era I'm featuring here. I snatched up these Blu-Rays as they were released because I dragged my feet on some of the DVDs a few years ago and they quickly went out of print and I kicked myself for missing out. Not this time, damn it! Humanoids From the Deep is schlock, for sure, but perfectly executed schlock. Funner than it should be! $19.99 for Blu and $14.99 for Standard Def.

Directed by Joe Dante, the 1978 Piranha is one of the most fun Jaws rip-offs ever. And it has a lot of Dick Miller, which adds an automatic 4 stars to its rating. I quite enjoyed the ridiculous remake this year, but the original struck a different chord. It's a goofy movie, for sure, but there was something slightly more threatening about it. Whatever it is, it's awesome. Buy it! $20.99 for Blu and $17.99 for Standard Def.

Oh, 1979 PJ Soles, can you be my girlfriend? Goddamn she was smokin' and for my money she's never been more adorable than in Rock N Roll High School. Tons of Corman regulars join The Ramones in this story about an uptight principal trying to kick The Ramones out of the city. Like the best of Corman's films this one is just fun (and slightly anarchist) from beginning to end. $24.99 for Blu and $17.99 for Standard Def.

While Paul WS Anderson's remake was one of the least offensive movies he's made, it's still not a hair on the ass of Death Race 2000. From a crazy young Sly Stallone to a great central performance from the late, great David Carradine to one of the most fucked up satirical premises ever (gaining points by mowing down children, sick and elderly with your death cars) and you get one of the best cult films ever made. A must own. $20.99 for Blu and $14.99 for Standard Def.

Winner of the best cover is this release of 1981's Galaxy of Terror, a particularly disturbing piece of sci-fi horror starring a pre-Freddy Robert Englund, Sid Haig, Edward Albert and everybody's favorite Martian Ray Walston. Oh, and a little known guy by the name of James Cameron did the production design, so you can see little bits of what would later become some of the tonal set pieces for Aliens. Fitting, because this is a big Alien rip-off. Cheap? Absolutely. Entertaining. You betcha. Where else can you watch a giant maggot rip the clothes off a hot blonde with a laser gun? Nowhere, that's where. $20.99 for Blu and $14.99 for Standard Def.

This is an upcoming double bill of Corman's Crazy Mama and Lady In Red. If you just know Cloris Leachman as that dirty old broad in Beerfest and Bad Santa you owe it to yourself to give this crazy flick a spin. An early outing from director Jonathan Demme this women-on-a-crime-spree movie is pretty awesome. The other movie in the package is quite good, too. It's a Dillinger story about the woman inside the red dress that marked the outlaw's demise. You get good, early performances from Louise Fletcher and Christopher Lloyd here with Robert Conrad playing Dillinger and Pamela Sue Martin as Polly Franklin, the woman in the red dress. Released December 7th, you can pick up this double feature for $14.99.

Shutter Island would make a great double feature with Scorsese's Cape Fear remake. I could do without the crazy amount of explain-the-twist exposition, but the other 98% of the movie I love unconditionally. This is a "Don't forget about this movie" addition to the Guide. Beautiful photography, fantastic acting, brilliant pacing and tone... Despite some vocal haters, I think this one will be studied in future film classes. $24.99 for Blu and a low $9.99 for Standard Def.

Speaking of vocal haters for Leonardo DiCaprio movies, here's Inception! I saw the movie twice theatrically and think it's pretty great. (SPOILER) I love that in both viewings the audience was so involved that people were reaching out, waving their arms and trying to influence what happened in that final shot, with a vocal "Aaahhhh!" when the credits start (END SPOILER) Love that. DiCaprio's great, the photography is stunning, the writing is smart, the caper is exciting. What more could you want from Christopher Nolan, one of the best filmmakers working right now? The flick hits Blu December 7th and is $24.99 for the Blu/DVD combo.

Best Worst Movie is a fantastic documentary that, on the surface, is about one of the worst movies ever made: Troll 2. Director Michael Stephenson was the young boy in Troll 2 and started getting wind of a strange cult of fans surrounding the film and decided to make a documentary about it. You get the expected focus on the fans, but the real meat of the doc focuses on a small town dentist who happened to star in this low budget schlocker, Mr. (Sorry, Dr.) George Hardy. He's all smiles and warmth, but you start to see the newly found fame go to his head and he gets frustrated, colder. It's an examination of the fleeting quality of fame, a fun exploration of a horrible movie and a good time. This doc works much like The King of Kong in that at a certain point you forget you're watching a documentary and you get caught up in the drama of what you're seeing. Highly, highly recommended. $14.99.

You can't watch Best Worst Movie without watching Troll 2 before or after. If you watch it before you could be a part of the cult you see documented in the film, but if you don't that's fine... but you'll want to watch it after Best Worst Movie finishes. It truly is a horrible movie. Like God awful. But there's a reason there's a cult surrounding it. The movie's so bad it circles around again to good, just in a completely unintended comedy way. $14.99.

Winnebego Man could be the most entertaining movie on this list and it's another one that not a lot of people know about. Jack Rebney gained notoriety after his foul-mouthed outtakes from a Winnebago sales pitch video hit youtube. Keep in mind this is decades after he recorded it. The documentary is about filmmakers wanting to track him down. When they do they find this f-bomb dropping guy hasn't mellowed in old age. If anything he's gotten more cantankerous, which means a lot of laughing from us. Like most great docs you'll find yourself strangely touched by this old, mean bastard. Great flick, truly an enjoyable watch. This is something a friend or family member will thank you for if gifted. $21.99.

Henson's Place is a short documentary, under an hour long, but a must see if you're a Henson, Muppets or Sesame Street fan at all. In that hour you get an incredibly detailed look at the man and his origins. Recorded before his death, there are many direct on-camera interviews with the man himself and rare early skits recorded for school programs that would later evolve into The Muppets. Warning, this doc is full of light and happiness, but you'll be one depressed mo-fo when you're done with it because you'll be reminded of the giant void left after Henson's early and tragic death. But it's worth it, promise.$11.99.
MODERATE ($25.00-$70.99)


Yes, this is a UK Blu-Ray of Battle Royale. Yes, it is region free, so it'll play on your US Blu-Ray Player. Yes, it's a monster 3 disc set complete with all the bells and whistles a movie of this caliber deserves. And it is a limited run, so if you dig the movie, hope to ever own it on Blu-Ray, this is your best bet! Going through Amazon.co.uk is cheaper than buying it through a DVD import site. £16.99 (or roughly $27 US) plus shipping.

This isn't a new release, so you longtime Preston Sturges fans probably already have this set. Since this list is also in some small way a reflection of my own personal interests, I had to include this set since this past year I've fallen head over heels in love with Preston Sturges movies. I dabbled over the years, but this year I dove into the deep end loved every minute. There are more laughs in any one of these movies than there were in the top five funniest movies this year combined. This Sturges box set comes with 7 films, including Sullivan's Travels, The Lady Eve, The Palm Beach Story, Hail the Conquering Hero (one of my favorites), The Great McGinty, Christmas in July and The Great Moment. Of those, I've seen all but The Great Moment and highly recommend every one I've seen. If you like to laugh and haven't yet been exposed to Preston Sturges' dark and rapid-fire humor you owe it to yourself to get you some learnin'! Think of Sturges as The Coen Bros' cinematic father and you're on the right track. Brilliant stuff. $45.99.

If you're not awed by the sheer spectacle of these Busby Berkeley musicals then you've either never seen one or a damn dirty liar. If you're not familiar with the man, he was a choreographer that gave us some of the most spectacular numbers in history of dance. The opening to Temple of Doom is an homage to Busby Berkeley if that gives you any idea. Not only are the musical bits in these movies grand, the movies themselves are damn enjoyable. Very funny, very sweet, just a light-hearted good time. If you bought any of the previous Berkeley box sets this one isn't for you, but if you were on the fence you get all 9 movies packaged together. That's 42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933, Footlight Parade, Gold Diggers of 1935, Gold Diggers of 1937, Varsity Show, Gold Diggers in Paris and Hollywood Hotel. That's a lot of old Hollywood happiness for you! $50.99.

Apocalypse Now super duper blu-ray is what the standard should be for all classic films that have been tinkered with over the years by their creators. Francis Ford Coppola would earn the gratitude of the geek nation if he would patiently sit George Lucas down, show him how you can service every single fan at once by including cleaned up, high def transfers of every version of a particular movie in one set and not be a huge dillhill flipping me the bird with one hand and attempting to lift my wallet with the other. The horror. The horror. You get the theatrical Apocalypse Now flick, you get the Redux version, you get the crazy documentary Hearts of Darkness, you get a booklet with rare behind the scenes photos, you get an excerpt of John Millius' script, you get Blu-Ray exclusive extras like Coppola interviewing Martin Sheen and a Coppola interview with Milius plus everything that was in the big SE of the DVD. All in one place, nice and tidy. All the bells and whistles plus a great film. What more can you want? $43.99.

Goonies never say die and also love rich stuff, so naturally the big Blu-Ray release of The Goonies features a bunch of extras, including a full on Goonies board game that comes in the package, storyboard reproductions, a vintage souvenir magazine repro and an Empire Magazine feature article with all the cast reprinted. Then you get one of the defining kid's films of my generation in high def with all the extras of the DVD release. What, no Baby Ruth? Still not a bad deal at $34.99.

There are two franchise compilations new to the high def revolution this holiday season and I'm starting with Back to the Future because... well, it's Back to the Future. It makes me miss non-cartoon Robert Zemeckis. Come back to us, Bobby Z! I know shooting real life actors and building stages is a pain in the ass, but you do it so well! The only thing this set is missing is a working hoverboard and every scrap of Eric Stoltz's work as Marty McFly before he got canned. If you can live without those two things, this is a monster set. And I mean that literally because whoever designed the snap in place Blu-Ray holder is a fucking monster and deserves to be killed with fire. Not really, but almost really. It's worth the struggle to get the discs out, though. Fantastic set! $34.49 for Blu and $23.49 for Standard Def.

I know people don't like having to pay for Alien 3 and Resurrection, but the way I look at it is you get two of the best sci-fi horror films of all time, Alien and Aliens, looking better than anything but a newly struck film print, with a shit-ton of extras for $35 each. That's Criterion pricing, a deal sweetened if you just tell yourself Alien 3 and Resurrection are just bonus features. As much as I hate what Alien 3 did to the series, it's still a fascinating film in its own right. I'd love to see what David Fincher of today would do with an Aliens follow-up. We can dream, right? If you were thinking of picking this set up this holiday season now's the time. I've never seen Aliens look so good (even on 35mm) and Amazon has it discounted to $69.99 until November 27th, then it goes back up.

Being Human is a British series that is currently being redone all Office style for American audiences. I'm flying on recommendations on this one. I recently was sent the first two seasons to check out, but I haven't had the time to dive into them yet, so consider this me passing on others' recommendations... backed up by super high ratings on Amazon and IMDB. It's got the right set-up... a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf share an apartment, but from what I understand this is more of a drama than a comedy. Very curious. I'll definitely be throwing this on during the Holidays. $28.99 for Season 1 Blu and $42.99 for Season 2 Blu.

Of the Animated Disney stuff out this holiday season this set is tops. Fantasia was made for Blu-Ray, with the popping animation and booming classical score. I even quite like a lot of Fantasia 2000 and love having both in one set. The only major drawback (and it is a big one) is that Disney's releasing the censored version of Fantasia, taking out the Black Centaurs. This is getting ridiculous. Some day we'll get the uncensored original film (more than likely with an explanation of the culture of the time) and we'll also get a shiny Blu-Ray Holodisk eyeball implant 3D version of Song of the South, too. Some day... $28.99 for Blu and $22.99 for Standard Def.

You guys just missed out on Barnes & Noble's big 50% off of Criterion titles, I'm sorry to say. If you don't want to wait another year to take advantage of their yearly sales, I highly recommend picking up Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory this holiday season. It feels like this is Kubrick's forgotten masterpiece. It's never talked about like his more culty titles, like A Clockwork Orange, The Shining or 2001, but it's certainly as good Kubrick gets. It's at once a WW1 combat movie and a courtroom drama as the French try the surviving members of a regiment who failed a suicide mission to take a German stronghold. Kubrick reteams with Kirk Douglas for this fantastic drama. $29.99 for Blu and $23.99 for Standard Def.

Hausu is the craziest haunted house movie you've ever seen. Those nutty Japanese... you have to see it to believe just how far out this thing gets. Seriously.$34.99 for Blu and $23.49 for Standard Def.

The only disappointment with Criterion's The Thin Red Line release is that we still don't get the mythic 6 hour cut of Terrence Malick's poetic WW2 masterpiece. What you do get is the Criterion standard of high def transfer, an audio commentary by John Toll, Jack Fisk and Grant Hill, original WW2 newsreels about Guadalcanal, outtakes and the standard usual extras. But it's the picture quality you want this Criterion Blu for. I list the Standard Def price below for non-Blu people, but I honestly see no point in opting for 480p on this particular title. $29.99 for Blu and $23.99 for Standard Def.

If you've been wondering what the hell that Harry Animation in the upper left corner of him tied up, long hair floating in water then look no further. Night of the Hunter is quite a brilliant suspense noir starring Robert Mitchum as one of the creepiest screen villains of all time. Criterion has compiled over 2 hours of outtakes plus commentaries, interviews and vintage publicity for the flick. Great title, not an arty-farty one that'll feel like homework, just a straight up fantastic suspense film with great performances and brilliant black and white photography. $36.49 for Blu and $29.99 for Standard Def.

Here's where it all started, a dramatic vampire film from Guillermo del Toro called Cronos. All of del Toro's trademarks are here... a young girl, a sympathetic monster, a touch of fantasy, a touch of horror, Ron Pearlman... you know, everything that makes a Guillermo del Toro movie a Guillermo del Toro movie. Complete with a Guillermo audio commentary and a feature of Guillermo showing off his crazy awesome geek man cave/office. Fantastic film, great director, great features. If you haven't seen the flick or know a GDT fan who hasn't, this is the item for you. Cronos is released December 7th, but you can pre-order it for $29.49 for Blu and $21.99 for Standard Def.

I'm sorry, but I can't have a holiday guide without some David Cronenberg weirdness somewhere. That weirdness comes in the form of Cronenberg's uber bizarre Videodrome which features a young James Woods, a young Debbie Harry, a pulsating fleshy TV and so much sexual atmosphere that if you breath too deep you'll probably catch herpes. But it's the good kind, so don't be afraid. This one also sees release December 7th and is on pre-order - $29.99 for Blu and $22.49 for Standard Def.

I could be mistaken, but I don't think Seven Samurai Blu has any more extras than the big special edition that Criterion released Standard Def last year, but you know what? I think I paid almost $50 for that and you can get the high def 1080p version for 2/3rds that price right now. So, if you held out good for you! Buy this! If you consider yourself a film fan and don't own this film then you and me are gonna have words. Those words will be like "You'd totally like this movie, dude. Seriously, it's, like, great and stuff. Can I borrow $5?" I'm no pushover. Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai is considered one of the best films ever made for a reason. $35.99.

As a Harry Potter fan, I'm quite enamored with these giant special edition sets. Sure, most of these bonuses should have been on the original DVD releases, but they weren't, so now we get to enjoy them after marinating in the series for a while. Alfonso Cuaron's HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN is a highlight of the series, a turning point in tone and from a sheer filmmaking standpoint the best the series has been. No Cuaron commentary, sadly, and no extended version, but still more packed of a release than ever before. $33.99 for Blu and $27.99 for Standard Def.

And then there's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in it's new super Ultimate Edition. Like Azkaban, tons of nifty packaged goodies and special features. $33.99 for Blu and $29.99 for Standard Def.

Here's another bit of nostalgic goodness from the Warner Archive. I'm sure many of people around my age have very fond memories of The Pirates of Dark Water, a kind of swashbuckler meets Star Wars animated series from Hanna-Barbera that was long unavailable. Now you can get the whole series for a low $29.95.

Complete Metropolis is the film super nerd new release of the season. Thought lost forever, a complete print was unearthed and this restored version is as close as we're likely to get of the full original Fritz Lang silent sci-fi masterpiece. You not only get a high def transfer of the newly complete film, but also a doc on the restoration process. $29.49 for Blu and $20.99 for Standard Def.

Sound of Music Collector's Set is probably the safest bet as a gift, especially to the parents who just got their HD TV and Blu-Ray player. Provided you have a heart and a fairly high sweet tolerance there's nobody that can hate this movie. Except for Christopher Plummer (who called it "The Sound of Mucus" for years), but he's that cranky Captain von Trapp after all. This is a super nice set, very much like last year's Wizard of Oz Collector's Set. $59.99 for the collector's set or $19.99 for just the Blu-Rays.

Rut-Roh! Well, Jeez Scoob, this seems to be every episode of Scooby-Doo packaged in its very own Mystery Machine. I'm not positive, but I'm sure there's some creepy old guy in a mask that's going to try to steal this set away from you and he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those darn meddling kids! $60.99.

Although it's not quite on the same level as Batman: The Animated Series, I'm quite fond of Batman Beyond and now you can own the entire series in one complete set! 52 episodes, creator commentary and more! $70.99.

The Twilight Zone Season 1 Blu-Ray set is filled quite brilliant transfers and some nice extra features. I've seen Season 1 (not 2) and can vouch for the quality, but if you're wanting to dive into the series and are willing to trade a little image quality for more you should skip down to see the complete definitive set. For those wanting an upgrade and with a little spending cash you pick up season 1 of one of the most influential shows to ever be broken into billions of pieces and flown to your living room on a weekly basis. Season 1 is $71.99 and Season 2 starts at $66.44 new on the Amazon Marketplace.
EXPENSIVE ($71.00-$499.99)


I'm a cheap man, so I totally get not upgrading to the Blu-Rays when you can get all five seasons in The Complete Definitive Collection of The Twilight Zone for the price of the first two seasons on Blu. The show is just as brilliant in either format and you get more for you money with this set at $144.99.

Yes, another Criterion addition this year. But this is actually really cheap for Criterion. I've seen sets of 4 movies for more at this price. In this box set you get 7 films in high def, all representing the American Culture. Everything from The Last Picture Show to the trippy Monkee's movie, Head, to Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Drive, He Said, The King of Marvin Gardens and A Safe Place. These aren't movie-only releases, either. There are commentaries on all but two of them (Drive, He said and The King of Marvin Gardens miss out). Great titles, fine price, good buy! $87.49.

Elia Kazan Box contains some of the best films ever made. That's not hyperbole. Put aside the real life politics of Kazan and watch his work and you will be blown away. Most people know his big films, like On the Waterfront, East of Eden and A Streetcar Named Desire, but even his not as famous films will devastate you with Kazan's amazing storytelling. My particular favorite is Panic in the Streets, a race against time movie as a public health worker has to track down a murderer (Jack Palance) who also happens to be carrying the plague. He goes contagious in less than two days, so if the cops can't find him New Orleans will be overrun. You get every movie I've mentioned plus Best Picture winner Gentleman's Agreement, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Boomerang!, Pinky, Viva Zapata!, Man on a Tightrope, Baby Doll, A Face In The Crowd, Wild River, Splendor in the Grass, America, America and Scorsese's documentary on Kazan called A Letter Elia. For sheer amount of powerful filmmaking all in one package, this set can't be beat. $137.99.

If you haven't collected the first two Toy Story movies on Blu-Ray and want them, then your best value is buying this Trilogy box set. It's cheaper, you get DVD copies of each film for portable viewing (for the chillins) and a nifty little collector's box. Nothing more, just a good value and a pretty case. $64.99.

The Toy Story 3 Trilogy is a good value, but nothing spectacular, no bells and whistles... however, the Lost Complete Collection box set is both. You get a crazy awesome package, every episode in high def, prop reproductions, a hidden bonus disc, that weird Jacob and The Man In Black game and all sorts of crazy crap. Sure, the series didn't exactly stick the landing, but I love so much of this show that I'll end up owning this some day. If you're more obsessive (or richer) than I am, this is a pretty massive collector's set. $194.99 for Blu and $148.99 for Standard Def. Or if you just want the final season in Blu it'll run you $47.99.

Hands down the best Sit-Com ever aired. Al Bundy is a goddamn folk hero. The Married with Children Complete Series package is a little pricey, but it does contain 11 seasons of the show on 32 discs. That's a lot of Psycho Dad and Biguns! The set is released December 12th and looks to run you $225.99.

To celebrate their 75th Anniversary, Fox has issued this 75 film set that showcases the studio's output from 1935 to today. There are fantastic titles here, but I think it's a bit nuts to put them all together like this. Your target buyer has got to be a film nut with money... that doesn't own any of these titles and wants the vast majority of them. Not sure that fits any of you reading this Guide, but if it does, good on 'ya! Click the price to see a list of all 75 movies... You'll find everything from Shirley Temple to Darth Vader. Oh, and Cavalcade, which can only be obtained on DVD through this massive box set.

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  • Nov. 26, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Love these

    by darksith

    Gotta love these gift guides

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Look Around You

    by LordPorkington

    Please go out and buy this dvd if you haven't seen it. You won't regret it. Unless you're fucking stupid and have no sense of humour, in which case, don't bother.

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    I like the cover for Thin Red line

    by hallmitchell

    Great toys.

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    The Green Slime scared the SHIT out of me as a kid

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Of course, the fact that my brother was sitting on me and suffocating me as I screamed my six or seven-year-old head off probably had something to do with it...

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    X Box sucks

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    The PS3 is vastly superior

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Actually all of the SNES Donkey Kong were co-op too.

    by Johnny_w

    You just both couldn't play at the same time. Tag in tag out.

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    CoD Black Ops is much better than MW2

    by Stalkeye

    Especially when it comes to multiplayer.With all the play mode options like wager, demolition just to name a few and most importantly, the cusotmization of your weapons and logos. Oh, and the campaign mode is great as well. it's one not to be passed over.And yes, HALO Reach is another excellent FPS.

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Best PS3 exclusive

    by darksith

    Personally, I feel Uncharted 2 is the best PS3 exclusive.

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Blu-Ray DVD covers: Worst PhotoShop artwork EVER!!!

    by Nosferatu Jones

    I mean, what the fuck... how is it that the PhotoShop artwork on Blu-Ray DVD covers actually manages to be WORSE than that on standard DVD's??? What a bunch of motherfuckin' eyesores. (With the exception of the vintage Corman artwork, of course.)

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    ALL DVD artwork these days is shit

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Not just Blu-Ray. Criterion does some good covers, but that's about it.

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    About the games

    by Stormshadow4life

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST

    About the games

    by Stormshadow4life

    I really don't understand ANYONE getting passed the HORRIBLE the controls of Red Dead Redemption I wanted to love the game, I really did, but it plays like SHIT. TERRIBLE. As for Heavy Rain...that game has some of the worst writing/acting I've seen in a game in years! If you want a decent game and GREAT acting/story, go for Mass Effect 2 or Enslaved. And just to agree with you on one game, God of War 3 is pretty awesome!

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Battle Royale.

    by Bvc79

    Wow! I must get that set! If the bluray has no region and can be played on an American bluray player, a PS3 should be ok, right?

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Spy vs Spy

    by hallmitchell

    I had that on c64. Good game. The AI was pretty dumb though.

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Found it hard to stay awake during Maltese Falcon.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Death Race 2000 sucked. But Cronos is awesome.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST

    No Peter Cushing doctor?

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Well Fuck...there goes Fantasia...

    by Jobacca

    I was gonna geek out and buy it till I heard it was the censored version-I refuse to buy any censored Disney stuff.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Look Around You -- Save yourself the $20

    by Quadrillionaire

    (which is only for Season 1 anyway) and watch all the episodes for free on youtube. Each episode is less than 10 minutes long, so the whole package seems like a rip. But overall the series was fun, while extremely brief.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Uh...considering the Single Season Bullwinkle sets...

    by CatVutt

    Are like 13 bucks a season, how is 99 bucks for the whole fucking series a good deal? Okay, Season 5 isn't available separately yet, but either it will be or the Whole Series set will be marked WAY the fuck down by June. Anybody who blows 99 bucks on that is a fucking chump.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 12:50 a.m. CST

    @Stalkeye & @Stormshadow4life

    by KGB3317

    That's what I've heard, but I just spent a year (a year!) memorizing all the multi-player maps on MW2, and I don't have the time to learn all the new ones. That, and I'm kind of a puss when it comes to playing video games against 12 year olds that obviously have spent WAY more time than me on it. Red Dead Redemption's controls did kind of suck, but what do you expect when there's that much visual detail in it. The Dead-Eye was freaking awesome though. The multiplayer is also pretty sweet, me & my buddy spent two days trying to get 'The Wild Bunch' title for both of our characters. I was pretty pissed when you got to the mountains on the borders of the map & you couldn't go up them. Just Cause 2 puts RDR's world to shame, just in sheer size & go-anywhere mentality.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    but..

    by KGB3317

    where else can you kill a hooker, raccoon, and skin a horse?

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Curse Criterion and their region locking

    by SoupDragon

    They've come out with some wonderful BluRays that won't play outside of the US. Unless you own a, prohibitively expensive, multiregion BluRay player. So, for most of us it will have to be standard def Thin Red Line.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Speaking of games, if you want to win Call of duty Black Ops...

    by sardonia

    I'll pull up to $70 out of my own pocket to purchase Call of Duty Black Ops for one lucky gaming bastard. All he or she has to do is complete my very simple, easy research survey (totally legit). http://www.console-research.com I only have a couple more days to gather data. Almost have enough for critical mass. Your odds of winning a game are actually quite high. You just need to fill the fuckin' thing out for my poor old Irish ass.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 1:46 a.m. CST

    My respect for Quint just plummeted...

    by Somerichs

    Clearly you have much better taste in movies than you do in television. Married with Children best network sitcom ever? Jesus Christo, Quint, is this some kind of Christmas joke? You never watched Cheers? Taxi? All in the Family? Roseanne? A short-lived program called The Simpsons, maybe? Hell, I'd put Frasier ahead of Married with Children...

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    BrainDrain

    by kwisatzhaderach

    No, you were the only person that saw it who didn't like it. <p> Cool list again Quint.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Aint it cool gifts

    by Thorden

    This is nice.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    That Galactus is horseshit

    by Star Hump

    The government wants Annabelle to have some sort of Thanksgiving dinner so I made some “Thanksgiving” like food. She already eats Sweet Potatoes (which I’ll be making more of today) and Butternut Squash is also a Thanksgiving like food especially served hot. I just need a little more variety. I made Cranberries and Green Beans. I’m concerned that the Cranberries may be too fucking tart. I did add Apple Juice and a bit of sugar to sweeten it up so the little twat wouldn't cry. We’ll see. I was afraid that the Green Beans may freeze weird but they were just fine. I’ve perfected the art of releasing the Green Bean cubes from the tray. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I’m happy with how this is all turning out. So today I’m making Sweet Potatoes as well as Pears for the dog, Fuckster. I might even do Apples. We’ll see. I don’t want to make too much since these foods only last a month and the undead walk the earth. I can also make carrots. So many choices. So little time.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 4:35 a.m. CST

    COD does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Am really enjoying CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS multiplayer (when it's playable and not a laggy slideshow, which does happen about 25% of the time).<p> I agree with Quint the single-player isnt as good as MODERN WARFARE tho. Every cut-scene throughout the entire story consists of a mongoloid computer voice saying "TELL ME ABOUT THE NUMBERS MASON", and then an aussie american voice yelling "I DONT KNOW ABOUT ANY FUCKIN NUMBERS!". Repeat x100.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 5:40 a.m. CST

    KGB33

    by Stalkeye

    Don't let the lil' snots intimidate ya in multiplayer.But I agree that it takes a bit of practice and getting a bit familiar with the maps. the worst thing about multiplayer are those same 12 year olds yelling obcenities and racist remarks online.(some fuckers even go out their way to design swatikas and other offensive icons when creating logos.)but all in all the game is highly addictive.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai

    by Stalkeye

    If your conection is laggy due to a NAT problem, i suggest you forward your ports. (assuming you have an XB360 or PS3.)Check out portforward.com<p>As for the campaign mode, I somewhat digress especially when the plot further unravels during the 3rd arc. (And not to mention ties to the previous COD game World @ War.)It reminded me of Fight Club and The manchurian Candidate.Each level is vastly different from the other from the variety of the enviornments to scenarios.Which I can't really say the same for MW2's Story mode.but yes, the Jack Baueresque "Tell me about the numbers..." can be somewhat grating.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 6:21 a.m. CST

    I want

    by Lain Of The Net

    ...the sonic screw driver, the Tron Controller, Metropolis and 7 Samurai. Don't get on my case ...it was that or a sandwich a few years back. Been playing Undead Nightmare for 2 days straight. Some of his verbal reactions are really funny ...think Zombie horse. Loved original Red Dead too. Went all over Toronto on release day complaining at clerks (and my wife) cuz no one seemed to have it. Went out to get cold meds for Karah yesterday and I get back and guess who's playing it??? Women!! Love 'em. Karah ...oh Karah notice my want list???? Gotta go work now.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Pilgrim

    by cocolopez

    I'll repost my thoughts on this here since the Harry DVD column thread where I just posted it is about to slip off the main page. This movie somehow made Mary Winstead appear unsexy. Pretty amazing since I've been nuts about her for a bit now (the wife even refers to her as my girl- e.g. "oh your girl's in this")- it's just the fact that her character was flat and bland (I know this was adapted from the books by the way) and that she looked ridiculous under that candy colored mop of hair. I DID enjoy the movie- for even though I found it to be mostly hollow hipster/geek trash starring a one note nebbish (Cera) - it was still an Edgar Wright movie- which typically is livened up with hyper kinetic editing- AND most importantly- it had Alison Pill. Alison Pill. This is the only thing I've noticed her in other than Milk and goddamn if she isn't one of the world's most adorable creatures. Really other than those two things there wasn't much holding me here. I didn't feel much real heart in this movie (and you know the heart is lacking if I'm nuts about Winstead and yet I can't see what Scott sees in Ramona Flowers), just tricked up visuals and flashy hipster classic video game lore (and I happen to still play my Turbo Grafx- I have over 250 games with American and Japanese titles). And Jason Schwartzman. Seriously- am I the only who can't stand this guy's face anymore? I had to bail out on Bored to Death midseason this year because his face alone conjurs deep revulsion. I don't know exactly when Schwartzman became the quintessential hipster actor or if he always was- but I guess it's pretty fitting. Did I mention that I despise hipsters? Spend a few minutes in the hipsterville parts of Brooklyn and you'll feel me. Hipsters A) try way too hard B) are actually way more self conscious than cool C) are responsible for the men's skinny jeans fad D) mistake rattling off all the obscure shitty bands they listen to in a nervous attempt to impress you as communication E) wouldn't know how to party if they were in a basement with ten strippers, their friends and a mountain of coke F) are mostly small city trash who come to places like New York thinking that their frail emo destiny calls for it and G) dress like there's a contest for the most unmatched metro/homosexual... except for SOME of the chicks- some of them look like raven haired partially gothed out bisexual whores- and that's certainly a good thing. On another note- Quint- you're actually not the target audience for this. Yeah- you grew up on NES- as did I- but it's really young hipsters who like to pretend that the NES or any other retro video game system is old hat to them that is really the target audience here. Why do you think this did so fucking poorly in theaters? I'll tell you. Because hipsters either pretend they're too cool for movie theatres or because they've wasted all their money on skinny jeans and cockroach infested apartments in the hip part of town.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Not including Just Cause 2

    by ballyhoo

    is a crime.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Sam Worthington can't even act in a videogame

    by UGG

    Ed Harris was pretty shit too. But I hate to admit the single player was pretty good for a CoD game. back to the over the top cinematic feel, I enjoyed it. Give me Battlefield online any day though.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    AICN should review video games more...

    by brocknroll

    I'm a die hard video gamer and would like to see AICN review video games more. That was a good selection of video games Quint, I like the ones you listed.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Fallout: New Vegas is the best game of the year.

    by UGG

    The Mod's alone mean you'll be playing it long after you think your done, I recently got a Rick Astley gun.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    married..with children a tad overpriced

    by Bouncy X

    i mean its simply the individual sets put together. no new extras, no fancy packaging just that big box. i loooove the show and will own this eventually but not at that price. i mean the Scrubs collection is 120$ and it has 9 seasons. so Sony is asking 100 dollars more for 2 extra season? hopefully amazon lowers its price by release date. Scrubs was barely over 100 for its release.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Married With Children?

    by bluebottle

    Best sitcom ever? Seriously? "Hands down"? Yikes.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Fallout:NV = overrated

    by Flip63Hole

    Terrible dated graphics, mediocre story, very tedious "combat". Not much different than Fallout 3, but there are some buildings with neon signs on them. I just don't remember the real Vegas being so small and unimpressive. Seems like a game that came out a decade ago. Not worth the money. Wait until it's on sale via Steam in a year or two...

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Fallout New Vegas..glitchy? How about buggy as hell?

    by skimn

    I've never stopped playing and traded a game after 40+ hours of play because of bugs, but F3NV is the exception. I was unable to complete a quest because game characters froze, stopping the quest from continuing. And a pivotal meeting with key members that disappeared after a game save? Thats it. I traded it for CoD, and damn glad I did.<p>Too bad because I loved Fallout 3, even with the glitches in that game. At least it didn't affect gameplay as New Vegas did.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Nice to see Phantom Of The Paradise in the Fox set

    by skimn

    But where is the US BluRay of it? The audio alone would be worth the Blu upgrade.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Best PS exclusive? Yes, God Of War upped the ante

    by skimn

    from game to game, but as a series? Gotta love Ratchet & Clank. And I hear Insomniac's Resistance 3 is su-fuckin-perb.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Goblet of fire is one big pile of shit

    by disfigurehead

    Worst movie of the HP series.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Fallout New Vegas

    by UGG

    I play on PC dunno about you guy's. I've had one game bug and that was a corrupt save. All crashes for me were due to conflicting mod's. The graphic's on mine are amazing admittedly with another couple of lighting and weather mod's. Maybe without the mod's adding a fixing I would agree with you guy's but as it stand's I'll take Fallout over the umpteenth CoD, Ratchet and Clank and God of War clone's.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Just for the record

    by UGG

    I work in the games industry and after playing dozens of games constantly trying to emulate the one's I listed above with slight disdane, (although they are among the best of their respected genre) when a game like Fallout comes along, bug's fault's and all, it's like a breath of fresh air. <p> Force Unleashed 2 is a culprit of trying to copy God of War's awesome titan fights, with the LoTR Ballrog scene rip off fight with the Gorog. Although I admit that was the best part of a mediocre game.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    UGG

    by skimn

    I agree. I wouldn't have played New Vegas for more than 40 hours if it wasn't an epic masterpiece, but I couldn't handle the fact that the bugs I encountered, on a PS3, stopped me cold in my gameplaying tracks. I'm not usually a fan of RPGs, but if all were like Fallout, I'd change my mind in an instant.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Last good Fallout was 2

    by NotEnoughBiehn

    and Demon's Souls is the best PS3 exclusive

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    And UGG, I don't know your occupation in gaming

    by skimn

    but why has no developer ever created a "little person" game ala Land Of The Giants, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Fantastic Voyage, etc.? It would seem a quest/sandbox type game with miniaturized players in a world of gigantic everyday objects (get from point B to point B) would be a no-brainer.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Alison Pill

    by ReportAbuse

    She also had a big part in "Dear Wendy," a vaguely Dogme-esque piece of weirdness about a group of small town kids who play with guns. Though it is set in the midwest U.S. it was shot in Denmark or someplace which makes for more strangeness.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    meant

    by skimn

    A to B. And NotEnoughBiehn, Empire magazine did LOVE Demon's Souls. I may have to check it out.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    skimn

    by UGG

    Totaly understandable dude. My save bug was 37 hours in and was being caused by which door I exited after completing a mission. Terrible. If I hadn't have found the fix online I would have left it myself.<p> Interesting idea there too. There have been games kind of like that, I remember something on the classic Dreamcast about Toy's that set it's levels in the real world, that was quite good. But are you picturing something abit like Lemmings but in a "real world enviroment?" Like say using Ants, and having the level a bathroom?

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Something akin to Incredible Shrinking Man

    by skimn

    where you have to traverse a landscape, or a room, to get an object and there are various paths (and dangers) to take to get there. You may have a safety pin and thread as a grappling tool, a needle as a weapon and such.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Yea I can picture that,

    by UGG

    and seem's it should have been made by now. The Dreamcast game I mentioned was a little like that, but more vehical based, and I'm sure I can remember an old Army Men 3D game that was kind of like that. But I don't think there's one exactly like you've described, I'll mention that one to my programmer bud's.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Toy Commander

    by UGG

    Was the Dreamcast game.<p> http://tinyurl.com/3yfkxza

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Sarge's Heroes

    by UGG

    Was the Army Men game<p> http://tinyurl.com/235neh3 <p>Updated graphics and gameplay something like Pitfall, Bionic Commando or the Spiderman "swinging" gametype, would work.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Fallout had me

    by DioxholsterImperium

    never was into the neo western thing

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Fantastic Voyage game

    by NotEnoughBiehn

    I believe there actually was a FV game or some such similar concept in the Atari/Colecovision days.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    24 should have ended with a different protagonist

    by Tigger Tales

    All throughout the series I wanted Jack Bauer to get killed off so that someone really rad could take his place. <P>It started off as a great show, but they couldn't find a level of tongue-in-cheek that worked for the show. My thing is, if you're going to make an action show and you're going to have over-the-top sequences, then you sure as hell better have catch phrases and tongue-in-cheek action scenes. 24 seemed to guarded in protecting its integrity to go all-out, and that severely held it back from its full potential IMHO. I stopped watching during season 6 but I should have quit after Season 2.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Any ways, great guide, QLIiNT

    by Tigger Tales

    My favorite part about your and Harry's DVD guides is reading the little write-ups and mini reviews on each film. It's like getting force fed one-paragraph love letters to different staples of the art form.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Really enjoying BORDERLANDS at the moment

    by Jarek

    It's a lot of fun, and the DLCs add a ton to the experience.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    GIIIIIFTS

    by RowKseat25

    goooooood.... giiiifts... but.... errrr... where's the news AIC?

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Quint....

    by Horgy

    You've got some really interesting choices in there, and I appreciate that, but I think I'd be pissed if I got some of them. "Oh, 'Humanoids from the Deep.' You spent 20 bucks on this, wow thanks. You know I don't have Toy Story 3 yet, right?"

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Im playing Starcraft 2 now, and its depriving me from

    by DioxholsterImperium

    playing other games. And i also play Battlefield Bad company 2, all PC. my name in all these games is Dioxholster so you could find me.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    real gamers dont play call of duty anymore

    by DioxholsterImperium

    Activision did too much to harm the community.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I'M NOT CLICKING ON A SINGLE LINK

    by MelvintheMopBoy

    This 'article' is spam, pure and simple. AICN is a joke.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Battlefield has always rocked.

    by NotEnoughBiehn

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Battlefield has always rocked.

    by NotEnoughBiehn

    I signed up for the Battlefield Play4Free beta. It's BF2 maps and interface with the points system from Bad Company 2. Doesn't get much better than free Battlefield.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    signed up for bf play4free too

    by DioxholsterImperium

    My best video game experiences was with Battlefield 2 so yeah.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Awesome list, but one major suggestion

    by Kammich

    Another great list, Quint, tremendous job. But I have one major recommendation for Quint and anyone else here who hasn't played it: "Mass Effect 2" for Xbox360. Great, easy controls in a gameplay structure that perfectly straddles the line between combat-heavy 3rd person shooter and accessible RPG, and easily the most cinematic game I've ever played. If you're a fan of films like "Blade Runner" or even Soderbergh's "Solaris," you will fucking BATHE in Mass Effect 2's greatness. Again, great list Quint... but get yourself some ME2, boy

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Mass Effect 2 is coming out for PS3

    by clupula

    in January, actually. In fact, it's coming with all of the current 360 DLC already on the disc, so I think it would work as a recommendation for either system.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    You should note Dead Space 2 for PS3

    by clupula

    comes with an extra game, an updated HD-version of the light-gun shooter, Dead Space Extraction, which was previously a Wii-exclusive. It does not come included on the 360 version. It also does not appear there will be a 360 version of it, either. It's all part of a deal EA struck with Sony, since their games tend to sell more on the PS3 than the 360. You can't go wrong with either version, BUT if you get the PS3 one, you're getting two games for the price of one.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    No, the Fox set does NOT contain the 1977 version of Star Wars

    by JediTray

    Fucking Lucas.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    PS3 fans need to jump on it, too

    by Kammich

    Because not only is Mass Effect 2 a great game out of the box, but the DLC is some of the most fleshed-out, enjoyable DLC that I've played. the only downside is that PS3 folks won't get the opportunity to import their Mass Effect 1 saves into Mass Effect 2, but thats honestly more of just a nice touch than anything.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    RED DEAD REDEMPTION & UNDEAD NIGHTMARE

    by Shermdawg

    So fucking good.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Whoa! ME2 on PS3 is news to me!!

    by Shermdawg

    I gotta check that out.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    BAD MOJO

    by frank cotton

    for PC - you get turned into a roach and have to navigate thru a house. some of it was pretty cool, but the levels were static backgrounds (low-rez photo-real), and there wasn't a lot of interactivity, or stuff going on around you. mid '90s

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    RED DEAD REDEMPTION & UNDEAD NIGHTMARE SOUNDTRACK

    by Shermdawg

    Also so fucking good.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Mass Effect 2 PS3

    by clupula

    Yeah, it's coming out on January 11th or 18th, I believe. One of the two. And it's also coming with a several hour motion comic that'll let PS3 owners make most of the decisions from part 1 for their saves. Not as good as getting the original game too, but Microsoft owns the rights to that one. ME3 will most likely come out on PS3 and 360 the same day.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST

    The motion comic idea is pretty sweet

    by Kammich

    PS3 owners deserve every right to enjoy such a great game, too. I absolutely hate console elitism. I'm a cash-strapped college student that only owns a 360, but trust me, if I could afford it I would own every console possible. Exclusive titles blow. PS3 people... trust me, get Mass Effect 2 (and 3) when they hit your console.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 1:44 a.m. CST

    I second the Uncharted 2 mention

    by lv_426

    The current version is also a game of the year edition.<P>And how can you forget about Starcraft 2? What about Mass Effect 2? It seems that those should be on the list in place of Dead Space 2, which won't even be released until about a month after Christmas.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Twilight Zone Blurays Defective?

    by j_difool

    Amazon customer reviews warn against purchasing these. Many people are saying they are totally defective and will not play. Caveat.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Pissed

    by dukeroberts

    I am really pissed about the Rocky and Bullwinkle DVDs. It's a really crappy thing to do to the fans that have been clamoring for season 4 for 5 years, and then to get screwed out of season 5 being released as a single season? Stone cold dick move.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 3:09 a.m. CST

    I don't like video games

    by dukeroberts

    I couldn't care less about them. And to Jobacca- Chances are you and I have never seen the black centaurs in Fantasia. They were originally excised in 1969 when it was re-released in theatres. It would be great if Disney would stop catering to the PC police, but it's Fantasia, so I will be getting the Blu of it, if not only to finally have Destino.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    how is Mass effect 2 not on the list

    by Phategod2

    GOTY

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Mass Effect

    by Quint

    I'm actually a big Mass Effect fan... I just realized I can't play the "game is too old" card since I put a 2 year old game on there, but honestly that was the thought that kept it off the initial list and then after I started coding, linking and writing it just slipped my mind. But you guys are right, I'll add it in... maybe a day late and a dollar short, but better than nothing.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Dioxholster who'd have thought,

    by UGG

    you'd talk some sense when it come's to game's!<p>Battlefield was always the ultimate gaming experience and prefered choice for me, why run and gun when I can run, fly, drive, parachute, swim and gun. I haven't been on Bad Company 2 for a while but I may add you, I've always wanted to shoot you in the face ;)<p> Also I couldn't get into the first Mass Effect, but was determined to give 2 a try, glad I did. Great soundtrack especially the Suicide Mission.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Fallout 3? did you play the others?

    by TheHumanBurrito

    Quint, did you play the previous ones, notably Fallout 2? FO3 is entertaining, but the writing makes no sense, the engine is buggy, and it completely contradicts previous installments (when it isn't busy contradicting itself). I mean, damn, it isn't godawful, but I've never met a Fallout fan who thinks 3 is the greatest after also having played the first two. Fallout 3 is the Phantom Menace of the series.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    also:

    by TheHumanBurrito

    It doesn't have any bullshit "Plot Armor" characters. Lemme tell you, nothing helped immersion like *having* to be a slave to whiny kids to progress the flimsy plot because I couldn't kill them (or steal from them) to get a key to a gate that was just 4 or 5 feet tall and made of plywood....all so I could "fix" a water purifier that already works, but simply needs an engineer to build it to work on a different scale. My hotel room had a robot that made water from air, there were tons of those around, why does everyone in the game think purified water is a new invention? Sloppy sloppy sloppy.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    GoldenEye 007 for the Wii...

    by JaguarWong

    ...is a helluva lot of fun. (Only the wife ever used the Wii -- for her fitness crap -- until this came out.) The changes to the N64 game plot/levels & replacing Brosnan's likeless with Daniel Craig add some freshness. In multiplayer "combat" mode you can play as Christopher Lee (Scaramanga), Charles Gray (Blofeld), Red Grant (Robert Shaw) and other Bond Universe characters (Oddjob, Jaws, Baron Samedi, etc.) Using a Classic Controller -- fuck that nunchuck thingee -- with the View controls set to "Inverse" made all the difference for me, an old fart who hasn't touched a videogame in nearly 15 years... Since the original N64 GoldenEye, in fact. Graphics look pretty snazzy on my 56-inch TV, too (for a Wii game, that is.)

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Don't worry, dukeroberts...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...if that Rocky & Bullwinkle set is anything like the complete Fraggle Rock set, the final season will be exclusive to it for about a year, then the'll finally sell it seperately.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Please tell me a non-Special Edition of Battle Royale is coming

    by gruntybear

    I don't want a boxful of tiny prints and silly extras. I just want the damned film on Blu-Ray. Is there a non-special edition in the works? Or am I going to have to buy this eyesore/dustcatcher in order to just own the damned film?

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    My Twilight Zone season 1 on blu-ray works fine

    by Rebel Scumb

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Re: Apocalypse Now

    by StarWarsRedux

    "Francis Ford Coppola would earn the gratitude of the geek nation if he would patiently sit George Lucas down, show him how you can service every single fan at once by including cleaned up, high def transfers of every version of a particular movie in one set and not be a huge dillhill flipping me the bird with one hand and attempting to lift my wallet with the other. The horror. The horror." <p>Right. So we should forget about how Coppola and Storaro originally refused to release these films in their original 2:35.1 aspect ratio for years, and only finally relented for blu-ray? I've bought this movie more fucking times than any other film-- both versions on DVD, and the "Complete Dossier" version with the commentary tracks. That's four damn purchases before you even factor the VHS copies and the separate DVD release of "Heart of Darkness". <p>Coppola should teach Lucas a thing or two about superfluous re-releases? Sheeyit, man. At least Lucas has only done it once, and got the damn aspect-ratios right.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Fallout 1 & 2

    by clupula

    Most console gamers have never played them. I know I haven't. If they'd make some sort of compilation or make them downloadable titles on the PSN and XBL (like was done for Monkey Island, Wolfenstein 3D, and a lot of other older PC games), then that'd be different. If anything, I'm surprised they haven't done that, but maybe there's a problem with the rights to the voices.<BR><BR>Otherwise, unless you're a PC gamer, Fallout 3 was your first Fallout.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Quint, some more info on Dead Space 2

    by clupula

    First, there's the Dead Space: Extraction thing you should really add to the article, since it's a full-length light gun shooter, included for free only in the PS3 Limited Edition. The Limited Edition is actually all first-run copies of the PS3 version.<BR><BR>Second, for both systems, if you pre-order the game, you get free access to Dead Space: Ignition, which is an interactive comic/puzzle game that acts as a gap between Dead Space and Dead Space 2. It's available on the PSN and XBL for $5 right now, but you might as well use that $5 towards Dead Space 2, instead, and get it for free. It's not that great, but it's still a bonus for pre-ordering and it unlocks stuff for the main character of Dead Space 2.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Dicaprio is the man

    by double_l88

    Both those movies are well worth getting, not sure about Scott Pilgrim though.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    re:consoles, true

    by TheHumanBurrito

    True, and the likelyhood of making a game like that work for console control is unlikely... But it doesn't excuse the game from it's broken engine and broken plot. As objectively as one can look at it, nothing in Fallout 3 excels.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST

    StarWarsRedux

    by mrbong

    solidarity bro. i have purchased three DVDs of Apocalypse Now, "obtained" the workprint too. i will be fucked if i am spunking up any more money for this film, no matter how brilliant it is.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Props, Quint

    by Kammich

    good lookin' out by adding Mass Effect 2... you da man. I'm not a huge gamer(most of my gaming goes to EA's NHL, Madden and NCAA yearly installments, honestly), but the "Mass Effect" series has completely owned my soul since it hit the shelves. I just want as many people as possible to enjoy the experience like I have.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    MrBunk

    by StarWarsRedux

    I forgot to mention the workprint-- I got that too. Of course, I did get the blu-ray, and don't regret the purchase itself. It's great to finally have the film in its proper 2:35.1 aspect-ratio. I just don't get why all the whining fanboys never called Coppola and Storaro out on it. It's why I refuse to purchase "The Last Emperor" until Bertolucci or Criterion convinces Storaro that his whole "let's retroactively present all my movies in 2:1" bullshit. Lucas gets bashed for Greedo shooting first, but Storaro doesn't get called out for making all the movies he shot PAN AND FUCKING SCAN? Christ.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    JUST CAUSE 2

    by KGB3317

    The game where you can do anything & go anywhere. With over 100 square kilometers encompassing cities, villages, mountains, desert, tropical islands, military bases, monastaries, etc. You can fly around in jet fighters, drive in tanks, and parachute & base-dive off anything using your bad-ass grappling hook. The beauty of the island that your character( a hispanic CIA operative) is running around on, is what makes the game stand out. The dialouge can get cheesy at times, along with the story, but the action makes up for it. Your currency in the game is earned by causing chaos, which you get by attacking any of the 100+ military installions across the map. There's over 350+ locations on the biggest map video games have seen. This game also has a feature in which you can directly upload your game footage to Youtube from your console. Watch some videos on Youtube to see how crazy this game can get. Some kid even won $10,000 for the best stunt in a contest held by the makers, Eidos Interactive. 4/5 Stars. Really good bang for your buck. Have fun discovering this game, including the 'Lost' island.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Kinekt

    by BERSERKR

    may be more "innovative" but move is the better product, it has one to one which Kinekt clearly does not i have heard many times that it is not very responsive, and the games suck now and i foresee them sucking in the future without an actual controller you cant really play anything but stupid family and kids party type crap games, Nove will have Killzone 3! That being said, Quint i have emailed you in the past maybe 2 years ago expressing y love for the PS3 and my disdain for the 360, i now have a 360 and i can tell you i was wrong, i am really enjoying my time with it you should add me :P VIKINGRBERSERKR