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On Deck: Eclectic Gift Ideas

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1. INGMAR BERGMAN: FOUR MASTERWORKS (Criterion)
To honor the ultimate unsentimental auteur, Criterion compiles this essential set with Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring.
Build a Bergman Library, Step Two: Scenes From a Marriage, Fanny & Alexander.


2. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: RAZOR (Universal)
When the Sci-Fi network began remaking this feathered-hair series, we were skeptical. But this fast, brutal, and ethically complex two-hour special is more proof of TV’s new golden age for space nerds.
More TV Sci-Fi: Lost: The Complete Third Season.


3. FORD AT FOX (Fox)
A 24-film John Ford retrospective, beginning with 1920’s corny-cowboy comedy Just Pals and stampeding into the classics My Darling Clementine, Grapes of Wrath, and Drums Along the Mohawk.
Where’s Stagecoach and the Searchers? John Wayne John Ford Film Collection.


4. SUPERBAD (Sony)
The Knocked Up DVD was terrific—but this packs in even funnier extras, including Jonah Hill’s voice mail and the hysterical “Everybody Hates Michael Cera,” in which cast and crew dish about how the baby-faced Cera is really a jackass.
More Hormones: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


5. THE WIRE: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON (HBO)
Prep for the January 6 return of David Simon’s crime epic with the last season. As street crime collides headlong with local politics, Baltimore’s mayoral race heats up—and Simon delivers his most startling season finale yet.
More HBO: Big Love: The Complete Second Season.

…and the rest…

6. Blade Runner: The Final Cut The finalest cut ever.
7. The Bourne Ultimatum Damon, nice and deadly.
8. Eastern Promises Mortensen, mean and nude.
9. Interview Steve Buscemi versus Sienna Miller.
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
11. New York, New York Scorsese conducts and Liza Minnelli sings, with De Niro on sax.
12. SNL: The Complete Second Season Introducing Bill Murray.
13. The Nanny Diaries.
14. The Hottest State.
15. The Simpsons Movie Funny—just not as funny as the Simpsons video game.
16. High School Musical 2 Fun—just not as fun as the new HSM karaoke video game.


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