Well gang, it’s that time of year again: holiday shopping season is upon us, and you have no earthly idea what to get the movie/book/music/etc. geek on your list. Luckily for you, Flavorwire is here to help; we’ve perused the coolest offerings in Blu-ray box sets, coffee table books, deluxe CD reissues and more, to offer up this season’s must-have pop culture items, organized by their target recipient. Or, you know, pick something out for yourself. No one’s judging.
FOR FOREIGN FILM FANS
It’s borderline impossible to overstate the magnificence of the Criterion Collection’s new box set, either in terms of aesthetics or content. Collecting 39 of the maestro’s features and television mini-series over 30 sparkling Blu-rays, the set is ingeniously organized not as a chronology but as a film festival, with key films as opening night, closing night, and centerpiece selections, and other titles organized by both rough timeframes and concurrent themes. And on top of all that, the accompanying book is a hefty, 250-page affair, full of striking photographs and astute essays by the likes of Peter Cowie, Molly Haskell, Michael Sragow, and Farran Smith Nehme. It is, quite simply, a must-have.