Here are some of the best box sets of the season, which are perfect last-minute Christmas gifts.
DVD or Blu-ray box sets can be great gifts for film and television fans, and they’re easy to find last-minute.
Here’s a look at some of the best box sets of the season. All prices are based on Amazon.com listings and are available for Prime two-day shipping.
Get acquainted with the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy with Marvel’s latest collector’s set, “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two” ($185), which packs seven films and nearly three hours of bonus content inside a box shaped like a Morag orb that holds an infinity stone.
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Pythons with the “Monty Python and the Holy Grail Castle Catapult Gift Set” ($35), a limited-edition collection whose packaging features a working catapult and rubber farm animals to launch as needed. The set includes outtakes, extended scenes, commentary and a 2015 Q&A with the cast conducted by John Oliver.
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Take a master class in movie comedy with the “W.C. Fields: Comedy Essentials Collection” ($60), issued in honor of Fields’ 100th anniversary in film. The five-DVD set includes 18 films, featuring such stars as Bob Hope, Mae West, Bing Crosby and more.
“The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki” ($215) is another master class in Blu-ray form. This Amazon exclusive comprises all 11 of Miyazaki’s feature films, including the Oscar-winning “Spirited Away,” along with hours of bonus features, a commemorative booklet and the 1972 TV pilot the famous animator directed.
“Mad Men: The Complete Collection” ($137) is the first complete set of one of the defining shows of the new golden age of television, which ended its seven-season run in May. The collection includes two vintage-style cocktail glasses and a set of four coasters featuring some of the show’s ubiquitous red, black and white promotional images.
Another first-time complete collection, “Justified: The Complete Series” ($74–$100), covers the six seasons of the FX drama. Set in the hills, hollows and towns of eastern Kentucky, “Justified,” which ended in April, was the most entertaining and richly textured crime show of the last few years.
It took seven years to restore the three revered films in Satyajit Ray’s “The Apu Trilogy, The Criterion Collection” ($66–$85) after they were severely damaged in a London fire. But here they are in all their festival-award-winning, black-and-white, great-Indian-cinema glory.