New movie and TV gift sets to look out for this holiday season
Wed, Dec 8, 2010 (6:05 p.m.)
Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years ($179.98) Eastwood’s legendary career at Warner Bros. is documented in this sprawling box set, which includes brand-new feature-length documentary The Eastwood Factor and movies ranging from the 1968 war film Where Eagles Dare to last year’s Eastwood-directed soccer drama Invictus. Also in the set are all the Dirty Harry movies, several classic Westerns and both comedies that Eastwood made co-starring rascally orangutan Clyde.
30 for 30: Volume 1 ($74.95) ESPN has really stepped up its game with this ongoing documentary series about fascinating and sometimes unsung moments in the last 30 years of sports history. The show airs at inconsistent times, and non-sports fans may have missed it, so this set is a chance to catch up with the first 15 installments, including works from filmmakers Peter Berg, Barry Levinson and Albert Maysles.
America Lost and Found: The BBS Story ($99.95) This set, from the always-reliable folks at Criterion, collects seven films made by the iconoclastic BBS Productions from 1969-1972, including era-defining films Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces and The Last Picture Show, plus Jack Nicholson’s directorial debut Drive, He Said and A Safe Place, the first film from indie stalwart Henry Jaglom, neither of which has been on DVD before.
The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series ($149.99) Long unavailable on DVD, Garry Shandling’s brilliant HBO comedy about the goings-on at a late-night talk show finally gets its due in this lavish set, with copious extras and a book detailing the show’s history.