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Ever since Ben Affleck took the stage with fellow Bostonian Matt Damon to accept the Screenplay Oscar for Good Will Hunting, the world's been waiting on a repeat appearance, and The Town ($23) is it. Set in the Charlestown area of Boston, this bank heist masterpiece features Affleck as co-writer, director, and lead, helped along by terrific turns from Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, and Jon Hamm, and a story — based on Chuck Hogan's Prince of Thieves — that provides much more than crime and car chases.
Another year, another mega-collection of films from one of Hollywood's biggest studios. The Fox 75th Anniversary Collection ($360) is a 76 disc tour de force packing 75 films dating back to 1933, including 46 Oscar-winning films and seven Best Picture winners from every genre, from The Sound of Music to Star Wars. Oh, and enjoy replacing all of those when the inevitable Blu-ray re-release rolls around.
Just in case you missed it on HBO, The Pacific ($45-$60) is coming to DVD and Blu-ray. This 10-part miniseries follows a group of Marines during WWII, from their first meeting with Japanese adversaries at Guadalcanal to the return home after V-J Day. Produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, it won eight Primetime Emmys, is filled with terrific performances and cinematography throughout, and will make a great gift for the history/war buff on your holiday shopping list.
hate love the smell of a double-dip in the morning. In a move sure to piss off buyers of past sets, Apocalypse Now ($45) is finally headed to Blu-ray in a definitive "Full Disclosure" version that brings with it the original 1979 cut, the 2001 Apocalypse Now Redux extended cut, and the making-of documentary Hearts of Darkness, all restored and presented in their original 2.35:1 aspect for the first time on a home theater-friendly format, along with a slew of special features that's enough to make any lesser release blush.
Celebrate your favorite films — and the famous quotes they contain — with 37 Posters ($25-$35). Each poster features quotes from the movie, Giclée printed, and layed out in typography that matches the shape of an iconic symbol related to the film — whether it be a bowling ball, the Millennium Falcon, or a pack of smokes.
Dropping the price by a third and cutting the size by even more, the new Apple TV ($99) should be in everyone's living room before long. (And no, it's still not an actual TV. Just an add-on.) They're ditching movie and TV show purchasing altogether, instead going with a streaming rental model — $5 for HD movies and 99-cents for TV shows. The all-black-everything Apple TV also streams Netflix, YouTube, and Flickr, in addition to your music, photos and videos from your computer. It's got built-in HDMI, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an internal power supply.
Adorn your cubicle or home office walls with pop culture goodness from 52 Bad Dudes ($13-$28). Started as an illustration-a-week project by Adam Sidwell, these poster-sized prints feature all things bad(ass) and dude or dudette alike, including works inspired by LOST, Fight Club, The Goonies, and even Mega Man.
Hey, you guys! Everyone's favorite teenage treasure hunt is turning 25, and getting a definitive new DVD/Blu-ray release to celebrate. The Goonies 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition ($28) features special packaging, an included board game, original storyboard reproductions, a 1985 souvenir magazine reprint, a reprint of a 2009 Empire magazine article with cast photos and updates, and cast commentary with Richard Donner and all seven principle actors.
Perfect your popcorn popping with the Cuisinart EasyPop Popcorn Maker ($56). By allowing you to add your own oil and salt — might we recommend some of the bacon variety? — the EasyPop opens up a whole new universe of flavors, letting you go as healthy, or unhealthy, as you'd like. The built-in ventilation of the popping bowl, the motorized stirring mechanism, and aluminum in the base of the popping plate all work together to crank out crisp, tasty 'corn, while the brushed stainless steel base and subtle color accents keep your kitchen from looking like a movie theater concession stand.
Enjoy one of Sci-Fi's greatest tales in high-definition with Alien Anthology ($100). This comprehensive Blu-ray set includes both theatrical and special updated versions of Alien, Aliens, Alien3, and Alien Resurrection, as well as tons of bonus material including four hours of previously unreleased exclusive material, adding up to 17 hours of content spread across six discs, or more than enough to satisfy even the most rabid fan.
It seems a little hard to believe, but everyone's favorite 1980s time traveling adventure was released 25 years ago, and now it's coming back... to the future on Blu-ray. The Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy ($35-$56) features all three of Marty and Doc's adventures spread across multiple discs, restored for the Silver Jubilee, along with tons of bonus content — over two hours of it — including an all-new, six-part retrospective documentary with never-before-seen interviews with the cast, crew and filmmakers. [Thanks, Brad]
Longevity and success in both acting and directing of the type Clint Eastwood has enjoyed is quite unusual, as is the film icon's long-standing relationship with Warner Bros. Thankfully, it's this relationship that makes Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, 35 Years ($135) possible. This encyclopedic box set packs every WB Eastwood film since 1968's Where Eagles Dare, including the full Dirty Harry series, 1992's Oscar-winning Unforgiven, recent standouts Million Dollar Baby and Gran Turino, and many, many more, as well as the all-new documentary The Eastwood Factor, which offers a rare look at Eastwood as both an actor and director.
Nothing burns the movie lover's wallet quite like having to pony up the cash for a second copy of a movie they already own, but if there's any holiday classic we deem worth the double-dip, it's this one. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Ultimate Edition ($25/DVD, $32/Blu-ray) includes the Griswold's holiday adventure in glorious anamorphic widescreen, along with a theatrical trailer, an unfortunately Chevy Chase-less but otherwise solid commentary track, instant snow powder, a set of coasters with favorite quotes from the film, an "I survived a Griswold family Christmas" button, a santa hat, and, for those picking up the Blu-ray edition, a miniature mug replica.
Getting ready for movie night at home? You may not be able to beat the local cineplex's huge screen or THX-certified sound system, but you can best them on drinks and snacks, starting with Bacon Pop ($12/3 boxes). From the same great minds that brought you Baconnaise and Bacon Salt comes this microwaveable bacon-flavored popcorn, with just the right hint of butter and outstanding real bacon taste. Grab your favorite beer, sit down in your own recliner, and enjoy.
Weighing in at 10 pounds and updated for the first time in ten years, The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia ($75) is the closest you'll come to the Jedi Temple's Holocron. This fully illustrated, three-volume hardcover set features detailed information and minutia that even the most dedicated Star Wars fan would be hard pressed to know, covering everything from Episodes I-VI to the universe of comics, video games, novels, and cartoons.
Pick yourself up a major award with the Ultimate Collector's Edition of A Christmas Story ($30 DVD; $35 Blu-ray). Along with the standard Ralphtastic movie, you get tons of extras along with a bunch of goodies, including: a collectible retro Christmas cookie tin, a strand of leg-lamp Christmas lights, a 48-page cookbook with recipes inspired by the movie, a red chef's apron with an A Christmas Story logo, and 5 collectible cookie cutters.
The first two speck-laden Godfather films finally get cleaned up in the The Godfather - The Coppola Restoration Set (Sept. 23). Both The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II have been "meticulously restored" by Paramount (overseen by Coppola himself), and are packaged together with a newly remastered version of The Godfather, Part III. The DVD version ($63) includes several previously released special features, along with four new featurettes and four short films on the The Godfather. The Blu-ray version ($80) includes the same new extras (in HD), along with the entire collection of extras found on the 2001 DVD set.
Logitech has yet again added to its super-popular line of advanced universal remotes. In addition to the standard activity-based control ("Watch a DVD," "Listen to Music," etc.), the Harmony One ($250) sports a 2.2-inch color touch screen, an intuitive button layout and a comfortable ergonomic design. The sleek remote, which sports a piano-black top and a silver base, also has the same easy set up as other Harmony remotes, letting you quickly add settings from over 225,000 devices from more than 5,000 manufacturers (updated almost daily) in Logitech's online database.
Not much to say about this one. Starting next Tuesday, you'll be able to buy all 21 Bond films in one box. The James Bond Ultimate Collector's Set ($200) includes 42 discs of pure 007 — 21 movies and 21 discs packed with bonus features. [Thanks, Jim]