Christmas Gift Guide: Blu-Ray Box sets and new releases

By ·November 29, 2016 4:14 pm

Movies and the festive period go hand in hand in my household. We love crowding around the TV as a family, full of turkey and mince pies, to lazily re-watch the Harry Potter films once again, and I’m not really sure why it’s always Harry Potter, but it is and it’s always on one of the channels and yet for the umpteenth time we continue to watch the boy wizard and his antics nevertheless. But I digress, movies and box sets make for some excellent gifts, they’re always watched, cherished and money well spent and if buying a loved one a new Blu-Ray means I don’t have to watch that damned bespectacled nuisance and his ginger friend again, it’s all the better for it.

I’ve put together a list of Blu-Ray new releases and box sets from this year that will make for great gifts for your loved ones. As long as the person you’re buying for is a fan of superhero, science-fiction and animated films, you’ll be onto a winner with these suggestions. Most of the films listed here are easily affordable in the £10 to £30 range, but I have included some outrageous outliers towards the end of this list just because I can.

Disclosure: Some of the items presented in this gift guide were sent to us by brands and publicists to review for the sole purpose of inclusion in our guides. However all of views are our own and we have only included the products that we believe in and would’ve bought for ourselves or loved to receive as gifts. Being sent a review sample was and is in no way a guaranteed entry into our gift guides and suggestions.

All of the items in this gift guide are ordered from cheapest to most expensive and then alphabetized should there be any duplicate prices. All prices listed in the guide are correct at time of publishing, we have shown the current prices for each item from Amazon.  We honestly recommend that you shop around for your gifts as some of the items listed in this guide had substantial discounts on various sites at the time of publication.

Batman: The Killing Joke

Animated adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s graphic novel featuring the voice talents of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill.

To prove that one bad day can make any man as insane as he is, the Joker wages a psychological war on Batman that catches Commissioner Gordon and his daughter in the crippling crossfire and leaves scars on the Dark Knight that even time won’t heal.

Read our review of Batman: The Killing Joke here.

Jurassic Park Collection

Experience one of the biggest movie sagas of all time with the Jurassic Park Collection. From Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park), Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III) and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), dinosaurs once again roam the Earth in an amazing theme park on a remote island. The action-packed adventures find man up against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival. Featuring visually stunning imagery and groundbreaking filmmaking, these epic films are sheer movie-making magic which were 65 million years in the making.

Welcome to Jurassic Park.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Twenty years after mysterious aliens nearly wiped out humankind, they’re back with a vengeance in the explosive sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence!

Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth developed a vast defence program to protect the planet. But nothing could prepare us for the next invasion—and only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can save our world from extinction!

Read our review of Independence Day: Resurgence here.

Star Trek Beyond

From producer J.J. Abrams come the third instalment to the new Star Trek films, with all of the main crew returning (Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin) with the additions of Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella.

The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

Read our review of Star Trek Beyond here.

Star Trek: The Original Series - The Roddenberry Vault

This three-disc Blu-ray gives fans unprecedented access to never-before-seen footage that was previously left on the cutting room floor, from the production of Star Trek: The Original Series.

The Roddenberry Vault also includes twelve classic episodes chosen for their relevance to the never-before-seen footage, and presented in 1080p High Definition with both DTS 7.1 Master Audio as well as newly restored original Mono.

This title is not released until December 5th, 2016.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Big Sleeve Edition

Visionary director J.J. Abrams brings to life the motion picture event of a generation. As Kylo Ren and the sinister First Order rise from the ashes of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is missing when the galaxy needs him most. It’s up to Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, a defecting stormtrooper, to join forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca in a desperate search for the one hope of restoring peace to the galaxy.

Packaged in a large format vinyl display sleeve, this edition of The Force Awakens comes packages with four art prints and loaded with bonus content.

Akira: The Collector's Edition

Akira isn’t just a movie it’s the genesis of a genre. Katsuhiro Otomo s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like the The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. Without Kaneda and Tetsuo, without espers and psionic assassins, without that badass motorcycle our world would be a far less exciting place to exist.

This collector’s Edition features both the original 1988 Streamline English dub and the 2001 Pioneer/Animaze English dub. It is also packaged with Art cards, reversible inlay and classic movie poster and bonus DVD and Digital Copy.

The Transformers: The Movie - Limited Edition, 30th Anniversary Steelbook

For the ultimate fans and collector’s, The Transformers: The Movie Limited Edition, 30th Anniversary Steelbook comes with highly collectible Steelbook packaging, 2 Blu-ray set of the newly remastered movie (Both aspect ratios), immersive bonus content including brand-new featurettes, plus many more. This is a must-own collection to every fan’s library!

This title is not released until December 12th, 2016.

Pokemon Movie 1-3 Collection - Limited Edition Steelbook

For the first time ever you can own all three of the original Pokemon movies in one Blu-Ray boxset.

This boxset includes Pokemon: The First Movie, Pokemon: The Movie 2000 and Pokemon 3: The Movie, all of which are presented in widescreen 1080p for the first time ever in this collector’s edition.

X-Men: Apocalypse - Book Pack Edition

Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-Men: Apocalypse. Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization, the immortal Apocalypse becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X and Raven lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind.

This edition of X-Men: Apocalypse is beautifully packaged in a book pack featuring information about the X-Men of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.

Captain America 3-Movie Collection

Triple bill of superhero action adventures based on the 1940s Marvel Comics series.

Contains ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ (2011), ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (2014) and ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016).

Read our review of Captain America: Civil War here.

Preacher: Season 1 - Graphic Novel Collector's Edition

Based on the hit comic book series, Preacher is the edgy story of Jesse Custer, a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. With his fearless sidekicks, Tulip and Cassidy, he embarks on a wild, dark journey that is unlike any other.

This special limited edition release includes Preacher: Book One Hardback Graphic Novel, Preacher: The Complete Season 1 on 3 Blu-ray discs and an exclusive Bonus Disc.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Batman Statue Ultimate Edition

In this no-holds-barred Ultimate Edition, with 30 minutes of additional footage not seen in cinemas, titans of justice Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Superman/ Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) face off in the most anticipated showdown of our time. But while Gotham City’s formidable vigilante takes on Metropolis’ revered saviour, the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs… and a new danger arises to threaten all of humanity.

There is also a Superman Statue version of this item.

Suicide Squad - Deadshot Statue Edition

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. However, when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Includes limited edition Deadshot statue. A Harley Quinn version of this edition is also available.

This title is not released until December 5th, 2016.

Star Trek: 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Box Set

Celebrate 50 years of the original ‘five-year mission’ that changed the world with the biggest, most comprehensive Star Trek collection ever released – encompassing every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series and all six movies featuring the original Enterprise crew.

Spanning across 30 Blu-ray discs, boldly go deeper with a brand new, multi-part documentary chronicling Star Trek’s 50-year journey, as well as over 20 hours of additional bonus content! The final frontier awaits…

Middle-Earth Limited Collector's Edition

For the first time ever, Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson’s epic adventure is available in one spectacular limited collector’s edition box set.

  • Includes 30 discs featuring all six Middle-earth films in their extended edition forms with all bonus content, housed in six stunning faux leather books and a collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf.
  • Also includes a spectacular 100-page sketch-style book filled with original film sketches and artwork and reproductions of exquisite watercolor paintings by acclaimed conceptual artists Alan Lee and John Howe, framable and wall-ready

That wraps up our Christmas gift guide for Blu-Ray box sets and new releases, did any of these items appeal to you? Would they make a good present for someone you know? Do let us know in the comments below (especially if you purchase the Middle-Earth set) and if you need any more gift suggestions just hit the “Christmas Gift Guide 2016” link below to view our other guides. Peace out and happy holidays!

Written by Michael James Ilett


Michael James is the nerd that recites! He founded this site with the intention of building a one stop entertainment site for all of the nerdy things he loves in life.

Michael can often be found building LEGO, playing Civilization V and World of Warcraft, watching Sci-Fi and continuing to wait for “The Winds of Winter” to be released.

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