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There are worse things to collect than art you enjoy — especially when it means you won’t have to fall victim to the complex contractual issues surrounding streaming rights for TV and movies. That’s why, despite the fact that plenty of us have taken the opportunity to pare down our collections amid the streaming wars, we’re also still continually adding to our DVD and Blu-ray collections.
And studios are making it even more appealing to purchase physical media with stunning collector’s edition box sets featuring our favorite films and shows. Below, find a selection of some of the most impressive box sets on the market, from stunning packaging to surprising amounts of goodies and everything in between. The price tags vary as well, so you’ll be able to find something to fit your budget if you’re looking to spend less than $20 or more than $200.
You can’t beat the price of this collection of 20 different Best Picture winners currently in the Warner Bros. library, which came out between 1929 and 2006. Split into three different eras — 1929 to 1942 (“Gone With the Wind” and “Casablanca”); 1946 to 1959 (“An American in Paris,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Ben-Hur”); and 1975-2006 (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Amadeus,” “The Departed”) — the films appear on 23 different discs and are accompanied by a 24-page booklet. (You can also get a 50-film collection on Blu-ray for $299, if you’re looking to expand your collection and the price tag doesn’t scare you off.)
Regardless of how the series ended, the HBO drama is the most awarded series in television history and this collector’s set includes all 73 episodes of the fantasy epic, plus 15 hours of bonus content and never-before-seen footage. The wooden packaging is especially gorgeous, with leather binding and individual disc sleeves that form a multi-layered collage, notes user CrazyLarry42, who also warns that the large size means it won’t really fit on a normal DVD shelf — but will make a great centerpiece in a display of its own.
Not only will you get all three “Back to the Future” films on Blu-ray (the original, plus sequels “Back to the Future Part II” and “Back to the Future Part III”), you’ll also get the complete animated TV series featuring Marty McFly and Doc Brown’s time-traveling exploits (on DVD), a 64-page visual history book, and bonus content — all packaged in a light-up flux capacitor case.
It’s not quite the deal available on Black Friday, but just $150 for this massive, region-free Blu-ray set featuring Criterion’s comprehensive collection of Ingmar Bergman’s films is still a steal. You’ll get 39 of the Swedish director’s films, from rare early outings to essential classics (“The Seventh Seal,” “Persona,” “Fanny and Alexander”) and 18 never before released by Criterion, arranged as a curated film festival with “opening” and “closing” nights. You’ll also get 11 introductions, six audio commentaries, and two rarely seen documentary shorts by Bergman; more than five hours of interviews with Bergman and his key collaborators; behind-the-scenes footage; trailers; featurettes; and a 250-page book.
This epic gift set is perfect for the Trekkie in your life — it includes 30 Blu-ray Discs featuring every feature film and television show made with the original crew, plus a multi-part 50th-anniversary documentary; the first-ever remastered version of the animated series; more than 20 hours of bonus content; a Starfleet pin; mini-posters for the first six feature films; and more.
Sure, you can probably buy the digital versions of Julian Fellowes’ award-winning series for much cheaper. But if you do that, will you get a collectible hardcover book, a “Downton Abbey” pull bell, and a collectible set of cork-backed coasters featuring the official “Downton Abbey” crest? The answer is no, no you won’t. Instead, snag this 22-disc set (featuring all seasons, Christmas specials, video extras, and more).
“Dracula,” “Frankenstein,” “The Mummy,” “The Invisible Man,” “The Bride of Frankenstein,” “The Wolf Man,” “Phantom of the Opera,” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon” are just a few of the most memorable classic movie monsters you’ll get in this 30-film set, starring legendary actors like Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and more in the roles that made them famous. In addition to all the classic films, the box set includes hours of bonus features (behind-the-scenes documentaries, archival footage, expert commentaries, theatrical trailers), and production photos and more in a 48-page collectible book.
This critically acclaimed Canadian gem follows the darkly funny travails of a dysfunctional Shakespearean theatre troupe. Paul Gross leads a stellar ensemble that also includes Martha Burns, Mark McKinney, Susan Coyne, Sarah Polley, Luke Kirby, and a young Rachel McAdams. It ran for just three short, six-episode seasons from 2003-06, with the players tackling “Hamlet” in season 1, “Macbeth” in season 2, and “King Lear” in season 3. The award-winning series is available to stream in full on Acorn TV, but get the Shakespeare lover in your life a physical backup with this affordable box set.
Catch Akira Kurosawa’s first four films — “Sanshiro Sugata”; “The Most Beautiful”; “Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two”; and “The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail” — with these high-quality film transfers that provide insight into how the director’s style evolved from martial arts action adventure and World War II propaganda films to bring the world classics “Roshomon,” “Seven Samiurai,” and more.
Hardcore fans of the ’80s classic probably already own the film, but this 30th anniversary Blu-ray version is the best-quality transfer available on the market — plus it comes with a slew of goodies. You’ll get the film and special features (cut scenes, featurettes, screen tests, commentary, music videos), plus a Kellerman’s cottage room key chain for Baby’s room, an “I carried a watermelon” wristlet wallet, compact mirror, the 108-page shooting script with written notes and a letter signed by writer Eleanor Bergstein, vintage Kellerman resort postcards, a Kellerman resort brochure and map, “Do Not Disturb” door sign, dance step cards, and original theatrical mini one-sheet all in limited and numbered collectible packaging.
Steven Spielberg’s remake won’t hit theaters until 2021, but you can still relive the “West Side Story” glory with this 50th anniversary box set, which includes Blu-ray and DVD copies of the classic musical, special features, a tribute CD featuring covers of iconic songs, and ten international movie poster reproductions fit for framing.
Set in 1920s Melbourne, this sexy period mystery that airs on Acorn TV in the U.S. stars Essie Davis (“The Babadook”) as Phryne Fisher, a glamorous amateur detective whose investigations take her through dangerous places including back alleys, jazz clubs, and shady neighborhoods — and she is haunted by ghosts from her past. This Complete Collection includes three seasons on DVD or Blu-Ray, the acclaimed film “Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears”, and an exclusive “Miss Fisher” magnetic doll set.