The 2013 ScreenCrush Holiday Gift Guide!
The months are getting colder. The days are getting colder. Every store is playing Christmas music. Everyone is counting their pennies and trying to figure out how they're going to afford to buy gifts for their loved ones. Yes, it's the holiday season, the happiest and most stressful time of the year. Happy because everyone is giving and receiving wonderful gifts that were picked up with good intentions and bought with hard-earned money, but stressful because of, well, everything else.
Here's one thing you don't have to stress over: figuring out what you're going to buy everyone. We've already done the hard work for you! Welcome to the 2013 ScreenCrush Holiday Gift Guide, where we're letting you know what you have to pick up this holiday season. If you're shopping for a geek or a movie fan, fret not -- you can't go wrong with anything on this list!
If you sat through the end credits of 'Thor: The Dark World' and wondered what the heck was going on, it may be time to put a copy of 'Infinity Gauntlet' on your holiday wish list. Written by Jim Starlin and drawn by George Perez, this classic Marvel comics miniseries tells the story of Thanos, a mad space god who obtains the infinity gems, constructs the titular weapon and declares himself lord of the universe. Naturally, it's up to the Avengers, the X-Men and the rest of the Marvel superheroes to put a stop to him. We first caught a glimpse of Thanos during the closing credits of 'The Avengers' and we're going to see more of him in the upcoming 'Guardians of the Galaxy' before this storyline becomes the basis for 'The Avengers 3,' so do yourself a favor and get a leg-up on everyone else by picking up this comic masterpiece for yourself or the Marvel fan in your life.
Listen, you're never going to be Tony Stark. You don't have his money, his genius IQ or his fancy iron suit that he uses to fly around, saving the day. But, at least you can sorta look like Tony Stark with this LED t-shirt from ThinkGeek.
This battery-powered shirt glows just like Tony's arc reactor and you don't even need shrapnel in your chest, just three AAA batteries. It's an exact replica of the shirt worn by Tony in 'Iron Man 3' and is officially licensed by Marvel. Best part? It's machine washable, even with all the fancy parts.
For half a century, 'Star Trek' has always had the coolest collectibles and Vinport's new line of 'Trek'-themed wine only solidifies this reputation. For the oenophiles in your life, the official website describes this line as a "...blend [that] comes together to create a medium-bodied, easy drinking red wine that is full of depth and character." But for the Trekkie in your life, it'll be all about the labels. Three editions are available, with each label representing a classic episode of the original series. There's "The City on the Edge of Tomorrow," "Mirror Mirror" and "The Trouble With Tribbles," with each available to be purchased individually or as part of a package. You won't find a nerdier way to get drunk this Christmas than this!
Chances are you may already own the Indiana Jones Blu-ray box set from awhile back. However, chances are equally strong that you held off on buying it because you didn't want 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' in your home. We get it. But, now everyone can be happy. Just in time for the holidays, individual editions of Steven Spielberg's mostly wonderful adventure series are hitting Blu-ray, letting you pick and choose which Indy flicks line your shelves. If nothing else, make the 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Blu-ray a priority for yourself of a loved one -- the high-def transfer is miraculous to behold.
Los Angeles' Gallery 1988 is one of the coolest art galleries in the world, frequently showcasing movie-themed shows that bring together some of the best and most striking art you'll ever see. Their first book is a must-own, but their second collection, 'Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art 2,' is just as essential. Reasonably priced for a glossy hardcover art book, this is the kind of thing you leave on your coffee table to glance through whenever you have a moment (or to show how cool you are at parties). Make someone in your life a little cooler and pick it up for them this holiday season.
If you have a true cinephile in your life (or if YOU are the true cinephile in your life), there's only one book you truly need to own right now and that's Matt Zoller Seitz's 'The Wes Anderson Collection.' This a beautifully designed, exhaustive overlook at the quirky filmmaker's work so far; a book filled with photos, art, essays and reviews that will make any Anderson fan swoon. Few movie-themed books feel this personal or handcrafted, with Seitz's enthusiasm for his subject seeping into every single page.
You already know whether or not you're going to want to own Zach Snyder's 'Man of Steel,' the surprisingly controversial Superman epic that has just hit Blu-ray and DVD amidst all kinds of geeky debate. However, if you were going to buy it for yourself or a loved one, why don't you drop a few extra bucks and pick up the fancy limited edition box set? In addition to the film on Blu-ray (which is one of the best looking and sounding discs of the year), you'll get two collectible Superman and Zod statuettes to call your own. Look, if you're going to give someone a Blu-ray for Christmas, you might as well go all out and get them the fanciest version possible. Because you care!
You may think your library of fascinating 'Star Wars' books is complete, but think again. 'Star Wars: Frames' is one of the most fascinating and artistically driven projects to bear the 'Star Wars' name in quite some time, a coffee table book that wants the beloved sci-fi saga to be truly examined as art. This two volume set takes all six films and millions of frames of film and breaks them down into 1,416 images selected by George Lucas himself. The result is a book that will allow you to consider the power and detail that goes into every frame of a movie, even when the movie is one you've seen a couple dozen times.
The 'X-Men' movie franchise was the seed of the current superhero movie boom and in that regard, this series is one of the most influential of all time. With 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' only a few months away, the first six films have been repackaged together into a snazzy box set called X-Men: The Adamantium Collection, a boon for completionists and high-def latecomers alike. The films range from good ('X2' and 'The Wolverine') to deplorable ('X-Men Origins: Wolverine'), but it's tough to argue against having every film at your fingertips, complete with a seventh disc loaded with special features. It's even harder to argue with that sweet Wolverine claw packaging.
How much do you really love your friends and family? If you really love them, you won't skimp this holiday season and you'll lay down the big bucks to pick up the greatest TV show ever made in one glorious package. Yep, that's all five seasons of 'Breaking Bad' stored in a single barrel, an image that should send chills (of excitement) down the spines of anyone who has already seen the morally dubious story of Walter White. In addition to the show itself and the badass packaging, this set includes a whole bunch of new special features, a commemorative coin and a, uh, Los Pollos Hermanos apron. This is probably the item to get people you love this December, especially if the person you love is yourself.