holiday gift guide 2005: DVD Gift Set Edition
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For those who completely stress out about buying gifts, WTG will be running a gift guide feature over the next month. Each entry will focus on a different category of gift. This week's edition features DVD's that go above and beyond the usual "special features," turning a simple movie into a unique gift.
  • Office Space Extra Special Edition Exclusive - This item is only available at Best Buy and includes, in addition to the special edition disc, a red stapler, mousepad, coffee mug, picture frame, TPS report notepad, pen, and pencil. All for $3-5 more than the edition without all the goodies. Note: make sure to grab the widescreen edition.
  • Spider-Man 2 Gift Set - This one costs more than twice as much as the disc-only version, but includes enough goodies make a worthy gift, given the right recipient. The package includes a portfolio of Spiderman artwork by 25 different comic book artists that is only available in this package. The set also includes postcards, a "concept to screen" portfolio, and a reprint of The Amazing Spider-Man #50 comic book.
  • Frank Miller's Sin City (Recut & Extended Edition) - This two disc set contains a new version of the film as well as an additional two hours of special features. In addition to the discs, it comes with the complete reprinted first issue of Frank Miller's Sin City graphic novel The Hard Goodbye.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Collector's Edition Boxed Set) - In addition to video content that manages to blow away the numerous other releases of the film, this set includes a paperback copy of the script, an exclusive film cel senitype
  • The Polar Express Gift Set - This set comes with a snowglobe and a toy train to suplament the additional songs and featurettes found on the two discs.
  • Lord of the Rings Ultimate Gift Set Collection - This is essentially just a package containing all three ultra-mega-overkill gift sets for one price. You'll get books, figurines, keepsake boxes, magazines, trading cards and more.
  • Director's Label Series Boxed Set - The Works of Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry - This mindblowing crowdpleaser goes beyond the full-color books that accompanied the individual discs by including bonus disc not available outside of the set and an exclusive double-sided poster featuring an original "exquisite corpse" illustration by all three directors on one side and an exclusive design by Chris Cunningham on the other. A second set of DVD's is available as well.
  • Seinfeld Limited Edition Gift Set (Seasons 1-3) - This set includes seasons 1 -3 of the show as well as a hard copy of a script with Larry David's handwritten notes, "Monk's Diner" salt & pepper shakers and a set of playing cards. A second gift set is also available with a handwritten script and a miniature puffy shirt.
  • The Ultimate Matrix Collection Limited Edition Collector's Set - This gigantic 10-disc set includes every second of Matrix-related film ever created and a Neo mini-bust figurine and a 80-page Collector's Book.
The following offer no extra items, just great multi-disc sets at a great price.
  • Christopher Guest Collection - There are very few people who wouldn't enjoy receiving this set of three hilarious improvised films: A Mighty Wind / Best in Show / Waiting for Guffman. And at $19.97, it's a steal of a deal.
  • The Muppet Show - Season One - Get all 24 episodes of the first season as well as the original pilot episode for $27.99
  • Beavis & Butt-head, Vol. 1 - The Mike Judge Collection - Mr. Judge finally got around to securing the rights to the music and music video segments that made B&B so funny to begin with. This set includes 40 episodes, many of which feature the director's cut. $25.34.
Full disclosure: most of these links incorporate my Amazon associate account. If you take free shipping into account, these are usually the best prices. Check here for sales, coupons, and competitor pricing.

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