First published on 11 Nov 2013. Updated on 3 Mar 2014.
It’s Christmastime, which means the fish market’s busier, the children are brattier and the DVD and Blu-ray box sets ever more elaborate and gift-ier. Here are our picks of the most beautifully packaged and OTT special editions for the gift-giving season.
The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collectors’ Edition
This six-disc collection of broody bat films includes the trilogy plus two featurettes and exclusive memorabilia including a 48-page hardcover photo book, collectible art cards and three diecast collectibles of the bat car, bat bike and the hovercrafty thing. RRP$139.95.
Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection
You have time on your hands right? Hope so, because as well as the eight films, there are 37 hours of special features in this beautifully packaged gift box that opens up into an intricate set of draws revealing exclusive memorabilia including art prints, maps, books, a Horcrux locket replica and a certificate of authenticity. Your best option for tracking down the limited-edition set is eBay.
The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Edition (3D)
The film marks the big seven-five with an anniversary boxset that includes the film in 3D – watch out for that broomstick – as well as a 48-page photo book, snow globe (with ruby slippers on top), red journal and badges. It also contains a new documentary: The Making of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. RRP$99.95.
Evil Dead Book of the Dead Edition
From the halcyon days of DVD collection (circa 2002), this limited-edition came in a literal Book of the Dead – grungy, scary face and all – and was sold in a sealed box, presumably to prevent the summoning of demons/zombies at your local EzyDVD. Find it on eBay.
Big Lebowski Tenth Anniversary Edition
Look, the extras aren’t great in this 2008 re-release of the Coen Brothers’ cult hit, and it’s a region 1 DVD, so you’ll need to be able to play discs from the US, but it’s the Big Lebowski... in a freaking bowling ball... and dude, that’s just pretty awesome. Find it on eBay.