Forget family functions and forget lounging on a tropical beach: bingeing, in so many ways, is what Christmas is all about. When it comes to home entertainment, streaming services aren’t the only place to get your fill, with a cornucopia of epic boxsets available on DVD or Blu-ray this year. We’ve curated a list of 11 gems sure to entertain these holidays — and we’ve got copies of each set to give away!
1. Prisoner The Complete Season 1
Modern re-do Wentworth may be doing great numbers on Foxtel but for many nothing will ever better the original Australian women-in-jail TV classic, Prisoner. Featuring a who’s who of local acting talent including; Elspeth Ballantyne (Meg Jackson), Sheila Florance (Lizzie Birdsworth), Val Lehman (Bea Smith) and Colette Mann (Doreen Anderson), Prisoner shocked and broke TV taboos across a massive eight years and 692 episodes. Finally, the complete first season is back on shelves with 79 episodes across 20 discs. You’d better get cracking – as seasons two and three are due for release in January and February – that’s another 41 discs of Prisoner to come.
2. Air Crash Investigations – Seasons 1-14 Collection
Both terrifying and strangely reassuring at the same time, Air Crash Investigations has been deconstructing the causes of air disasters now for a staggering 14 seasons. The gripping non-fiction series (known overseas as MAYDAY) follows survivors, family members of victims and investigators while also shedding light on the many improvements to airline safety that have resulted from these incidents. This comprehensive set also includes an episode on one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time – the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
3. Remington Steele – The Complete Collection
Before he was James Bond, Pierce Brosnan was Remington Steele. This ’80s American TV series tells the story of a struggling female private-eye, Laura Holt, who creates a fictional male identity ‘Remington Steele’ to help drum-up business. When a charming con-artist (Brosnan) assumes Steele’s identity, Holt plays along, keeping the secret and teaching him the tricks of the trade, while learning things from his shady past. The stylishly romantic series was a favorite with audiences due to the on-screen chemistry of its stars and its blend of action and comedy. This 26 disc Collector’s Edition includes all 92 digitally remastered episodes plus new special features including; making-of featurettes, interviews and commentaries with the cast and crew.
4. Mad Max High-Octane Collection
Rev heads rejoice! All four Mad Max films plus a new version of George Miller’s critically acclaimed latest instalment, Fury Road, are included in this set! The High-Octane Collection includes; the original Mad Max, its amazing post-apocalyptic follow up (the one with the feral razer-boomerang kid), Mel Gibson’s last stand as Max alongside a be-mulleted Tina Turner in Beyond Thunderdome and Fury Road in both its original theatrical version and a new black and chrome (black and white) version. If that wasn’t enough to get your engines firing, this six disc collection also has two documentaries; The Madness Of Max (Behind The Scenes Documentary) and another called Road War. As far as adrenaline-filled-action-fests go – this collection takes it to the max!
5. The David Attenborough 90th Birthday Collection
90-year-old British nature documentarian, David Attenborough, is a living legend and this eight disc collection serves to remind you why. Featuring seven beautifully shot BBC nature documentaries; Galapagos, Kingdom of Plants, Rise of Animals, Natural History Museum Alive, Micro Monsters, Conquest of the Skies, and Great Barrier Reef, this set is both informative and beautifully narrated nature porn for the whole family. The eighth disc sets about dissecting the legend himself, with presenter Kirsty Young interviewing Attenborough in front of a live audience about his amazing life, career and some of his most unforgettable moments.
6. Batman The Complete Television Series Collection
After this year’s dire Batman vs Superman, step back to a time when Batman didn’t take itself quite so seriously. Featuring all 120 original TV broadcast episodes, ‘BAM’, ‘Kapow’ and ‘Zap’ away with the Dynamic Duo as they battle iconic villains; Cat Woman, The Penguin, The Joker and more. This collection features more than three hours of bonus features including; Hangin with Batman, Inventing Batman in the words of Adam West and Na Na Na Batman! Interestingly, this release was locked up in licensing purgatory for many years (which you can read about here ), so we should be thankful it ever got released and undoubtedly even more thankful if you find this campy TV classic under your Xmas tree.
7. Stanley Kubrick Limited Edition Collection
Kubrick’s films have been a boxset staple in different configurations almost annually for many years now. And why not? Kubrick is a critically acclaimed visionary director and his works are considered essential viewing for any movie buff. Rather than the all you can eat approach, the Stanley Kubrick Limited Edition Collection focusses on three of his early feature films; Fear & Desire (1953), Spartacus (1960) and the black-comedy Dr Strangelove (1964). If you’ve only seen 2001, The Shining and A Clockwork Orange – here’s your chance to experience early Kubrick in a tidy collection that won’t break the bank.
8. Here’s Lucy The Complete Collection
Hot off the heals of The Lucy Show, American TV legend Lucille Ball created Here’s Lucy as a vehicle to launch the showbiz careers of her real-life children, Lucie and Desi Arnaz, Jr. The show was a hit across its six season 144 episode run with it’s unique brand of zany antics, scheming and slapstick comedy. Here’s Lucy was Ball’s last major sitcom and featured a cavalcade of guest stars from the era including; Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Benny, Jackie Gleason, Ann-Margret, Milton Berle, Carol Burnett, George Burns, Johnny Carson, Liberace, Petula Clark, Eva Gabor, Helen Hayes, Dean Martin, Eve McVeagh, Vincent Price, Tony Randall, Buddy Rich, Joan Rivers, Ginger Rogers, Dinah Shore, Danny Thomas, Shelley Winters, Donny Osmond and more. They don’t make shows like this anymore!
9. Star Trek: 50th Anniversary TV & Movie Collection
It’s hard to believe that 50 years has passed since Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek first hit TV screens, but it has, and the sci-fi franchise hasn’t really left the cultural consciousness ever since. To celebrate this landmark, Universal has put together a great set collecting all three seasons of the original television series, the animated series and also the six films featuring the original cast; William Shatner (Captain James T Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Spock), DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, Eddie Paskey, George Takei and Walter Koenig. And if that weren’t enough, this package comes with over 20 hours of special features including a new 50th Anniversary multi-part documentary. This set is a must for Trekkies.
10. Transformers Generation One Complete Collection
Transformers may be better known today as a box-office smashing series of Michael Bay films, but it started life as a popular ’80s cartoon series. Like many cartoons in this period Transformers was a vehicle to sell toys (which is did in droves) but there’s much to love for kids of all ages, beyond its purely commercial underpinnings. Transformers Generation One introduces us to the epic battles of Optimus Prime and the Autobots versus the evil Megatron and the Decepticons as they struggle for control of the universe. For the first time, every episode from all four gen one seasons is included, alongside a brilliant selection of special features. For many, this is the defining iteration of this much-loved franchise and now you can experience it for yourself.
11. Bonus: Dynasty The Complete Collection
We promised you catfights, so as our bonus Xmas pick, we’ve dipped into the archives for another TV gem. Released on DVD locally in 2014, the mammoth 58 disc Dynasty Complete Collection includes all nine seasons of this classic Aaron Spelling ’80s soap. In many ways Dynasty was the flashier and trashier cousin to Dallas – telling a similar story of warring oil tycoons the Carringtons – their illicit affairs, dirty business deals and hair-pulling catfights. Starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins and Heather Locklear amongst the cast, Dynasty turned the drama, plot twists and flamboyant fashion up to 11 – so it’s appropriate this is our 11th pick. It’s all here, plus the infamous Moldavian wedding massacre, in a collection classic TV soap fans will drool over.
WIN TO BINGE THIS XMAS
Daily Review has copies of every collection featured in this article to giveaway! Just click here and tell us which title/s you are most interested in and you will go in the draw to binge with the best box sets this Christmas.
Competition Terms & Conditions
This competition is promoted by dailyreview.com.au and will be drawn on 15/12/2016. The competition is open to residents of Australia unless stated otherwise. Information on the method(s) by which the competition can be entered are found here. Daily Review does not endorse, take responsibility for, or provide a warranty of any kind for the prize(s) offered in this promotion. By entering this competition, you allow Daily Review to share your contact information with the company/companies providing the prize(s) to enable delivery of the prize(s).