2018 Home Video Holiday Gift Guide

Christopher Robin puts Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roos, Rabbit, and Owl in the live-action world as Ewan McGregor stars in the lead role as viewers can enjoy the pleasant family drama directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland) that also stars Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Agent Carter).

The streaming service Netflix offers the 10-part Terrorism Close Calls series featuring never before known terrorist plots that were foiled by courageous agents, counter-terrorism experts and everyday citizens.

 

Netflix also has blockbusters like Black Panther and A Quiet Place. Avengers: Infinity War, Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Solo: A Star Wars Story also provide high-level entertainment options.

The home video set of the original stage production Moses features massive sets, special effects, and live animals.

Inspiring home video choices include I Can Only Imagine and Paul, Apostle of Christ, which stars Jim Caviezel and James Faulkner and includes exclusive deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes stories about Luke and Paul’s friendship, and Saul’s conversion story.

The Rebound will also inspire with the feel-good story about the Miami Heat Wheels and their quest for their first-ever NWBA Championship on Digital HD (Nov. 20). In community supported wheelchair basketball programs across the nation, players push their way physically, mentally and emotionally through each season without the recognition or the resources of mainstream sports. The cameras don’t stop when the players leave the court: the film follows them through the trials of daily life with a disability.

The Lion King gets the high-definition treatment for the holidays on Digital HD & 4K Ultra HD.

The Meg, Equalizer 2, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom offer more adventure while Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 3, The Steam Engines of Oz, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and Teen Titans Go! To The Movies give all-age animation fun.

The 50th anniversary restoration of the classic western The Great Silence, features the work of director Sergio Corbucci, composer Ennio Morricone and stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski. Bonus features include the rarely seen alternate endings, both original Italian and English language versions, the 1968 documentary “Western, Italian Style” and more.

Leave it to Time Life to provide amazing home video sets time after time including the 50th Anniversary Special set of The Carol Burnett Show, The Jackie Gleason Show in Color: Deluxe Edition, and complete fourth, fifth and sixth seasons of Laugh-In.

Keep the laughs coming with Overboard and Welcome to the Men’s Group and the collector’s Editions of City Slickers, Get Shorty, and Dragnet.

Special comedy home video sets include the 22-DVD set Robin Williams: Comic Genius and 9-DVD set Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition.

Enjoy music/concert home video sets like Sting: Live at the Olympia Paris, Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams documentary film/concert film/live album (now free on Amazon Prime; on home video Dec. 7) set The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert and In Concert: Encore that showcases HOF induction ceremonies from 2010 to 2017.

Quality documentaries include Conduct! Every Move Counts, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? about the life of Fred Rogers, and Virgil Films’ I Am Paul Walker, the chronicles the life and legacy of the actor Paul Walker (video-on-demand on Nov. 30; home video Dec. 4), which is approximately 30 minutes longer than the version broadcast on television earlier this year.

Quality thrillers include Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and Searching where David Kim seeks his 16-year-old daughter Margot. This gripping 102-minute mystery-drama thrills using only computer screens. Searching addresses the joys, usefulness, pitfalls, and dangers of digital communication and technology including Crowd Chase, Facebook, Facetime, Reddit, Tumblr, and Google Maps.

Mature dramas include Ocean’s 8, Crazy Rich Asians, Oh Lucy!, Midaq Alley starring Salma Hayek, Leave No Trace, Alpha, and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman

Baseball fans can relive the 2018 World Series with the 2-Disc set and 8-Disc collector’s edition featuring the winning Boston Red Sox team.

The Film Movement Plus OTT platform was recently launched at $5.99 per month with a free 14-day trial, the SVOD subscription service, currently available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, mobile (iOS and Android), and Chromecast. Users immediate access to 250 festival favorite feature films and 100 short films.

The Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano is featured in the  TKO collection: Violent Cop, Boiling Point, and Hana-Bi, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. All digitally remastered for optimal viewing and includes exclusive booklets for each release, featuring essays from leading experts on Japanese cinema, as well as bonuses including featurettes, and audio commentary.

Enjoy your holiday season!

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