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Nothing says happy holidays like a DVD copy of the horror film "The Conjuring." OK, maybe not.
To prevent you from going on autopilot and simply snatching up the latest DVD or Blu-ray release, here are five gift recommendations for that movie buff in your life. Prices may vary.
"The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made" • With the able assist of Tom Bissell, actor/ model Greg Sestero shows a breezy flair for writing with this hysterical, rollickingly entertaining account of making one of the most rotten movies of all time: "The Room." Sestero, who starred in the bomb, makes for a likable and engaging narrator as he recounts the Ed Wood-like antics of friend and filmmaker Tommy Wiseau. It's a joy to read and refreshingly absent of any meanness, and it is loaded with laughs. ($19.88, amazon.com)
Mix and match Miyazaki • Turn an unhappy event the retirement of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki from feature filmmaking after the release of "The Wind Rises" into a celebration of one brilliant career by packaging up individual titles. The DVD collections are insanely overpriced. So bypass those and purchase three of your favorites. My recommendations: "Spirited Away,""Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Howl's Moving Castle." (Most retail for under $20 each.)
"Room 237" • If you need to shop for that cerebral movie fan the person who loves to study film as much as watch it this documentary on those scarily obsessed with Stanley Kubrick's creepy "The Shining" makes for a perfect gift. This little-seen 2012 gem is flat-out fascinating as it gives voice to some ultra-bizarre hidden meanings in Kubrick's 1980 version of Stephen King's horror classic. ($20.34, amazon.com)
"The Lord of the Rings" map of Middle-Earth • Should three films out of J.R.R. Tolkien's trim fantasy novel "The Hobbit" not do the trick, here is a "direct scan" of an original Middle-earth map drawn by Daniel Reeve, who worked on the "Lord of the Rings" movies. And if that doesn't sate a "Ring" appetite, Weta has all sorts of other Tolkien-inspired items. ($34.99, wetanz.com/lotr/)
"The Bruce Lee Legacy Collection" • This massive 11-disc set from Shout! Factory honors the legendary, highly influential "Fist of Fury" star. The San Francisco native remains a martial-arts icon today even 40 years after his death at age 32. This collection features "The Big Boss," "Fist of Fury," "Way of the Dragon" and "Game of Death," along with three documentaries. Stuffed with commentaries and more. ($92.10, amazon.com)