Gift ideas for everyone: 'Harry Potter,' Adele, 'Law & Order,' and 'Super Mario 3D'
Your gift list can get long with nieces and nephews, grandparents and friends all needing a present this holiday season. Try a few of these items that are sure to please like 'Winnie the Pooh,' 'Ken Burns: Prohibition,' and the video game 'Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.'
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Tracy & Hepburn: The Definitive Collection ($59.92)Skip to next paragraph
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Like a warm fire on a cold night, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn are a classic combination for a reason. The pair made nine films together, and "Tracy & Hepburn: The Definitive Collection" bundles them – iconic connection and all. Packed with wit and heart, this is a perfect DVD set for both those familiar with the icons and those coming to them for the first time. From their first comedy together, "Woman of Year," and the mysterious drama "Keeper of the Flame" (first time on DVD) to their final film, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," for which Hepburn won an Academy Award, the movies really do stand the test of time, making you laugh, cry, and think deeply. The collection captures that celebrated Tracy-Hepburn screen magic as well as groundbreaking social commentary on fascism, the role of women, and the purpose of marriage. And for those of you who want the inside scoop on the Tracy-Hepburn private relationship, bonus features include a Tracy tribute disc hosted by Hepburn in which she opens up on the subject.
TELEVISION Brideshead Revisited: 30th Anniversary Edition ($59.99)
This elegant, 11-part miniseries based on the evocative novel by Evelyn Waugh revisits the pleasure of leisurely, detailed filmmaking. As the series that introduced the world to acting icon Jeremy Irons, it reminds us of the thrill of the slow reveal. Each episode, backed by some of the best TV theme music of all time, allows us to savor the mood, the characters, and the atmosphere so carefully crafted in the original novel, be it Italy, London, or the country mansion of the book's title. Available for all Anglophiles from Acorn media, a company that specializes in bringing the best of British TV to American audiences.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ($49.99)
The cold-war spy drama starring Alec Guinness as the author's bleak hero, George Smiley, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," returns on DVD just in time to coincide with the feature film release, starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth. It's a treat to revisit a modern classic that many regard as one of the best TV miniseries ever made. The six-part story arc weaves a leisurely web of cold-war intrigue and double-dealing, reminding viewers of what the days before the Internet, social media, and cellphones were like. Secrets somehow seemed deeper, treachery more vile, and deception more ominous in a world under the constant yet shadowy threat of mutual, nuclear destruction.