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On NPR's 'Fresh Air,' I Reveal My Favorite DVD Gift Recommendations for the Holidays: Here's the List, And Links to Buy Them
December 10, 2010  | By David Bianculli
 
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Sometime Friday afternoon, you'll be able to tune to your local NPR station and hear -- or, by clicking HERE, both hear and read -- my list of the very best new TV boxed sets and gifts for the holidays. But for TV WORTH WATCHING readers, the list follows immediately, along with easy links to go buy them...

Everything I have to say about these DVD offerings, and why I recommend them so highly, is on the Fresh Air with Terry Gross report for Friday, Dec. 10. And, of course, Diane Werts has her own mega-compilation for us here at TV WORTH WATCHING, recommending TV shows on DVD HERE and holiday TV offerings HERE.

But here are my biggies, to give or to receive, at the end of 2010:

The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series, from Shout Factory. Order it HERE.

24: The Complete Series, available Tuesday, Dec. 14, from Fox Home Entertainment. Pre-order it HERE.

Deadwood: The Complete Series, HBO, just out on Blu-Ray. Order it HERE, or in its regular DVD version HERE.

The Pacific, HBO, the Band of Brothers companion miniseries now out on both DVD (order HERE) and Blu-Ray (order HERE).

And, finally, for those on tighter budgets (which, these days, may be all of us), two less expensive options, especially for those who love musicals:

Evening Primrose, the first-time-on-DVD release of Stephen Sondheim's 1966 made-for-TV musical. You can order it HERE, and hear my original review about it HERE.

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, the 1962 holiday special, packaged with both a standard DVD and Blu-Ray for one low price. Order it HERE...

...Razzleberry dressing not included.

 

2 Comments

 

Tausif Khan said:

Your Best Bet pick of My Dinner with Andre reminded me of my favorite television episode of Frasier. It is the season finale of the first season. The episode is called "My Coffee with Niles." The episode follows in the footsteps of My Dinner with Andre. The entire episode takes place at Cafe Nervosa and takes place in real time (22 minutes of action for 22 minutes worth of episode). The whole episode is prompted and spurred by the simple question to Frasier "Are you happy?" It is simply one of the best 22 minutes of television.

Comment posted on December 10, 2010 3:32 PM


Angela said:

I saw My Dinner with Andre so long ago that I couldn't remember what it was about. But I do remember how very much I enjoyed it.

Frasier is one of the few comedies that made me laugh at loud. I dearly loved that show, and assumed I had seen every episode. But I never saw My Coffee With Niles. I hope I can find it somewhere. Thanks for posting about it.

 

Comment posted on December 12, 2010 9:03 PM
 
 
 
 
 
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