DVD Gift Ideas For You & Yours

By Chris Narloch

If you have Amazon Prime, it’s not too late to get free delivery on these dynamite DVDs before December 25, just in time for gift giving.

Or, if you are all done shopping for others this Christmas, you can purchase all four movies for yourself.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Arguably the greatest sci-fi masterpiece ever made, Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 stunner celebrated its 50-year anniversary with an “unrestored” 70mm print (shown in theaters this past year) that was overseen by director Chris Nolan and a team at Warner Bros. Pictures.

I had forgotten what a fabulous, mind-fuck freak-out “2001” is, but watching the film again in 2018 -- after all these years -- at Sacramento’s Tower Theatre, I was reminded how influential this game-changing movie was, and still is to this day.

“2001: A Space Odyssey” is now available as a re-mastered Blu-ray and also in 4K Ultra High Def.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

If you can get past the ridiculously sexist storyline, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is a very entertaining movie musical from the “golden age” of Hollywood that is now available for the first time as a re-mastered Blu-ray.

Howard Keel and Jane Powell, two of musical film’s greatest performers, ably command a cast of actors, dancers and tumblers in this tale of questionable courting in mid-19th century Oregon.

This special, two-disc presentation is buoyed by Stanley Donen’s rollicking direction and the stunning choreography of Michael Kidd.

Big Wednesday

Sexy surfer-guy movies are an entire genre unto themselves, and this hunk-filled drama from 1978 has a loyal cult following. The film recently received a splashy Blu-ray release in honor of its 40th anniversary.

“Big Wednesday” stars William Katt, Jan-Michael Vincent, and Gary Busey (long before he took up permanent residence in Crazy Town) as three California beach buddies who begin to realize there is more to life than waxing their surfboards and getting drunk.

Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, “Big Wednesday” was directed by John Milius, who co-wrote “Apocalypse Now” and directed “Conan the Barbarian.”

Generation Wealth

If the movie-lover on your list is partial to documentaries, this hard-hitting movie from last summer should do the trick. Lauren Greenfield’s postcard from the edge of the American Empire captures a portrait of a materialistic, image-obsessed culture.

Simultaneously a personal journey and historical essay, “Generation Wealth” bears witness to the global boom-bust economy, the corrupted American Dream, and the human costs of late-stage capitalism, narcissism, and greed in the era of Donald Trump.

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