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A few ideas for holiday gift giving. DVDs are easy to give and everybody likes them. Here are a few sets you may not easily find at home or know about.
For Her    For Him    For the Whole Family    For Kids    Music and Dance

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For Her
Barbra Streisand on DVD
Barbra Streisand
The Television Specials
5 discs

I'm a fan so this set appeals to me. Also, I'm old enough to remember these specials and how darn good they were. She was young, enthusiatic and in the peak of her form.

The five DVDs are: My Name is Barbra, Color Me Barbra, and Belle of 14th Street, Barbra Streisand: Happening in Central Park, and Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments.

Webmaster's Pick
Oprah Winfrey on DVD
Oprah!
20th Anniversary DVD Collection
6 discs, loaded with extras

The best of her first 20 years on television. 1034 minutes of America's favorite lady. Wit and wisdom, celebrity interviews and Oprah's private thoughts on her show. A six-disc celebration of 20 years, dozens of stars, and hundreds of memorable moments from the one and only Oprah Winfrey Show.

Martha Stewart on DVD
Martha's Holidays 2005 [TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK]
3 discs

You don't have to like Martha to respect her knowledge or value the great ideas she offers.



For Him
Combat on DVD
Combat!
Season 1, Campaign 2
(1962)

Sixteen episodes from the first season--including "I Swear by Apollo," "Survival," "Off Limits," "The Sniper," and "No Trumpets, No Drums"--are featured in a four-disc set. 12 1/2 hrs. total

Visit Combat pages on this site!

Webmaster Pick!
Band of Brothers DVD
Band of Brothers
All 10 episodes - 6 discs.

The story of Easy Company Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division and their mission in WWII France during Operation Overlord.

I've watched this about a dozen times and never tire of the story, the characters or the camaraderie. Band of Brothers is the finest illustration of why they were called the "Greastest Generation" and the best World War II DVD you can buy.

Combat on DVD
John Wayne The Signature Collection
4 Discs!

Four-disc set includes "Stagecoach" (1939), "The Searchers," "Rio Bravo," and "The Cowboys."

There's only one John Wayne. Here he is in his heyday. Rough, tough and fair. You gotta love the guy.



For the Whole Family
Alfred Hitchcock on DVD
Alfred Hitchcock - The Masterpiece Collection
14 films, digitally re-mastered
36-page collectible book
15 discs, velvet packaging

With 14 films, each digitally re-mastered, each supplemented with numerous documentaries, commentaries, and other bonus materials this is THE Hitchcock collection to own.

The films included in the collection are Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, The Trouble with Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo , Psycho, The Birds, Marnie Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy and Family Plot.

Webmaster's Pick
Horatio Hornblower on DVD
Horatio Hornblower Collector's Edition
8 DVD Set

I love Hornblower. I've been a fan since this A&E miniseries first began. Ioan Gruffud is perfect as Horatio and I have followed him from midshipman to commander, experiencing the thrilling escapades of the ultimate high-seas hero.

For those who may be unaware, Hornblower is in the British Royal Navy at the outset of the Napoleonic Wars. Gorgeously filmed and richly produced, Hornblower is adapted from the C.S. Forester novels.

Literary Classics Collection [DVD]Romance collection
From A&E
A&E Literary Classics 2
14 DVDs, 8 films

This set is a real beauty. Every film from a literary classic and executed lavishly with A&E style. From such authors as Dickens, Thackeray, Forester, Hardy and Fitzgerald and starring such actors as Catherine Zeta Jones, Mira Sorvino, Paul Rudd, Ciaran Hinds and Iaon Gruffud, this is a must have collection.

Films are: Horatio Hornblower, Nicholas Nickleby, Vanity Fair, The Flame Trees of Thika, The Mayor of Casterbridge,Tess of the D'Urbervilles, The Great Gatsby, Catherine the Great.



For Kids and Family
PEanuts Christmas DVD
Peanuts Classic Holiday Collection

Three-disc set includes "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," "It's Magic, Charlie Brown," "The Mayflower Voyagers," and "It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown."

I grew up with Charlie Brown and these shows are as much as part of the holidays as turkey and egg nog.

Webmaster Pick!
Faerie Tale Theater DVD
Faerie Tale Theatre -The Complete Collection Gift Set
26 episodes - 4 discs.

Hosted by Shelley Duvall, this set has all 26 high quality fairy tales of the series. Watch Robin Williams as the "Frog Prince" or Billy Crystal as "Little Pig" with Jeff Goldblum as the wolf. Directors include Tim Burton, Francis Ford Coppola and Nicholas Meyer.

This is a bargain for so much big league talent telling great classic tales.

Blue Planet on DVD
The Blue Planet - Seas of Life Collector's Set (Parts 1-4)
4 Discs

Extraordinary footage and eloquent narration by David Attenborough highlight the BBC's remarkable wildlife series The Blue Planet: Seas of Life.

Packed with extras, this is a beautiful examination of the seas.

Webmaster's note: This set is not for every small children as it authentically shows a seal being captured by a great white shark. Other than that scene, it is superlative for all ages.



Song and Dance
Fred Astaire and ginger Rogers DVD
Astaire & Rogers Collection, Vol. 1

Five films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the quintessential dancing duo. The two gems of the set are Top Hat (1935), generally considered their definitive movie, and Swing Time (1936), which many consider their most enjoyable. Follow the Fleet (1936), Shall We Dance (1937), and The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) fill out the set, each with its own charms.

Rogers and hammerstein on DVD
The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection
Collector's Edition
6 feature-length films

The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Carousel, Oklahoma, The King and I, State Fair.

Those 6 titles represent the best of Rodgers and Hammerstein. All the music, the dancing, the stars. The songs you can still rememberthe words to and sing.

Gene Kelly DVD
That's Entertainment, Part II

Let your TV be the stage for this musical-comedy treat.
More magical MGM moments with "more stars than there are in heaven," including hosts Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, the Marx Brothers, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Greer Garson, Clark Gable, Leslie Caron, Doris Day, and many more.

A great value for the money.

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