Gallery: Holiday DVD and Blu-ray releases
It's the holiday season, also known as the time when massive DVD box sets and high-profile Blu-ray releases dominate the home entertainment marketplace. With so many choices -- each one touting its own robust and unmissable set of extras -- it can be a challenge to decide which two-disc special edition would look best wrapped up in a bow.
This guide is designed to help make the process easier by narrowing that focus to the best DVD and Blu-ray options, broken down into five categories. So read on, go forth to the mall and make that movie buff and/or TV junkie as happy as ... well, a kid on Christmas. (Or Hanukkah. Or Kwanzaa.)
FOR THE BLOCKBUSTER FAN
Available Dec. 7 on DVD ($29.98) and in DVD/Blu-ray combo pack ($35.00)
The summer's big brain-bending blockbuster comes to DVD and Blu-ray with a handful of feaurettes and, on Blu-ray, a picture-in-picture commentary. But since multiple viewings of this Christopher Nolan thriller are practically a necessity, "Inception" is still a film worth owning. (Sadly, the special gift edition -- which comes in a snazzy silver briefcase and was available exclusively via Wbshop.com, has alread sold out.)
More Blockbuster Choices
Available now on DVD ($34.98) and Blu-ray ($54.99)
The most profitable film of all time finally gets a properly robust release, complete with an extended cut of the film, numerous deleted scenes, a feature-length, behind-the-scenes documentary and much more.
Available Dec. 4 on DVD ($32.99) and DVD/Blu-ray combo ($40.98)
The most recent chapter in the vampire romance comes to DVD and Blu-ray, complete with a six-part making-of documentary, commentary by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and more. Yes, your niece who constantly wears that Team Edward T-shirt will want a copy.
Available now on DVD ($29.99), Blu-ray ($39.99) and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack ($45.99)
One of the finest movies of the year is also the top-grossing animated film of all time and one of the most appealing gift options for kids eager to travel to infinity and beyond, repeatedly. The third entry in the Pixar franchise comes with a full slate of extras that includes featurettes and more.
More Kid-friendly Choices
Available Dec. 14 in two-disc DVD edition ($34.98), Blu-ray/DVD combo ($39.98) and 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD combo ($49.98)
The year's second most lucrative animated film -- arrives with games, featurettes and a commentary track -- makes an ideal gift for all your little minions.
Super Why: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and Other Fairytale Adventures
Available now on DVD ($14.99)
Who's got the power, the power to read? Any pre-schooler who receives this DVD, which contains four episodes of PBS's language-enriching superhero show.
FOR TV JUNKIES
The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Collection
Available Nov. 23 on DVD ($239.95) exclusively from Time Life and on 6mdm.com
Until now, anyone who missed superhuman former astronaut Steve Austin could only get a small taste of his TV show on DVD. But Time-Life rectifies this bionic error by releasing this box set -- containing 40 DVDs and hours of special features -- just in time for the holidays.
More for TV junkies
The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series
Available now on DVD ($114.98)
This 17-disc box set allows you to enjoy every talk show-satirizing moment of this acclaimed Garry Shandling series, along with a suite of extras.
Sherlock: Season One
Available now on DVD ($34.98) and Blu-ray ($39.98)
Detective fans will relish the episodes -- and the extras -- on this release of this excellent Masterpiece miniseries.
FOR FILM BUFFS
The Bridge on the River Kwai: Collector's Edition
Available now in Blu-ray box set that includes DVD copy ($34.95)
David Lean's World War II film looks sharper -- and its signature, whistling tune may even sound clearer to discerning audiophiles -- as it gets remastered in its debut in the Blu-ray format. The box set includes a 32-page book that pays tribute to this 1957 favorite.
More for film buffs
Modern Times & The Complete Metropolis
Modern Times available now on DVD ($29.95) and Blu-ray ($39.95); Metropolis also available now on DVD ($29.95) and Blu-ray ($39.95)
Criterion's release of the Charlie Chaplin Depression-era masterpiece and Kino International's extended edition of Fritz Lang's classic make the perfect anti-industrialization double feature.
The Elia Kazan Collection
Available now on DVD ($199.98)
Fifteen of the celebrated filmmaker's works -- from never-before-on-DVD movies like "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" to "On the Waterfront" -- come in this mammoth, 18-disc box set, which also includes a documentary about the director from another acclaimed director: Martin Scorsese.
FOR SEEKERS OF THE OFFBEAT
Best Worst Movie
Available now on DVD ($19.95)
For that special someone on your list who delights in cult classics and the generally weird, this documentary about the fascination with the epically awful "Troll 2" might make the perfect stocking stuffer.
More offbeat options
Available Dec. 7 on DVD ($29.95) and Blu-ray ($39.95)
Horror gets the high-brow treatment in this Criterion Collection release of Guillermo del Toro's first film, which focuses on an antique scarab that turns people into pseudo-vampires.
The Venture Brothers: Season 4, Vol. 1
Available now on DVD ($23.98)
Enjoy the first half of the split-up fourth season of Adult Swim's nutty, animated riff on "Johnny Quest."