It’s time to go shopping for your favorite movie buff. Our movie critic, Paul McGuire has the perfect ideas ranging in price depending on who happens to be on your list and how naughty or nice they have been.
Christmas 2011 for the Movie Lover
“Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to.”- Miracle on 34th Street
New Movies Available on DVD or Blu-Ray
- Super 8– This sc-fi/fantasy collaboration from J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg is one of the best movies of 2011
- Bridesmaids– One of the funniest movies of the summer written by “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kristen Wiig
- The Help– The popular book about African-American maids in Mississippi was faithfully adapted into one of the biggest movies of the summer starring Emma Stone and Viola Davis.
Big Must-Haves for Blu-Ray Lovers
- Star Wars: The Complete Saga– This brand new 9 Disc box set is available for the first time in high definition picture and sound. Contains all six movies plus three discs of special features
- Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy– All three movies are on Blu-Ray for the first time with high definition picture, 7.1 audio, new documentaries, and archival featurettes.
- The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition– 15 discs of Tolkien glory. All three extended editions are now on Blu-Ray while the supplemental discs of special features are DVDs and digital copies of each movie.
- Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection– For any Harry Potter fan that was waiting for a complete box set, this is the one to get. All eight movies are now available together with numerous special features.
- West Side Story 50th Anniversary Edition– One of the best musicals of all time is remastered for the 50th Anniversary with high-definition
picture and sound. The box set includes two blu-rays, one DVD, and one tribute CD.
- Then Again by Diane Keaton-I cannot wait to read Ms. Keaton’s first memoir. The star of Annie Hall, The Godfather, Reds, and Something’s Gotta
Give writes about her relationship with her mother and her many movie lovers like Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, and Al Pacino.
- Life Itself: A Memoir by Roger Ebert- One of most accomplished film critics is back with another book chronicling his entire life from his upbringing, his collaboration with Gene Siskel, and his battle with cancer that has forever changed his life.
- Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey– A massive coffee table book for anyone obsessed with the Harry Potter legacy.
- Gift Cards to Movie Theaters
- Total Film
“I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.” – A Charlie Brown Christmas
This should give you some idea of what to give that movie lover in your life. Here’s hoping they don’t already own every item on this list. If all else
fails, get a gift card to their favorite theater. Going to the movies is pretty expensive lately especially if you see a movie in IMAX or 3D. Happy shopping and don’t let the crowds turn you into Scrooge.
Paul McGuire; Movie Critic, Professional Actor and life-Long Movie Lover. Check out Paul’s blog at http://elblogdepmcg.blogspot.com/