Our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

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It's that gift-giving time of year again as 2019 enters its last few weeks. For those that need help shopping this holiday season on what to get the pop-culture aficinado in their life, here are some suggestions from the Sentries gang.  Click on their names to read their full reviews.  Please consider buying through our Amazon link to support the site.  It would be appreciated.  

Scarface: 'The World Is Yours' Limited Edition

Both versions of Scarface tell a fascinating story about the rise and fall of an ambitious criminal willing to do anything to get to the top and then failing spectacularly.  That they tell that story so wildly differently is a testament to the power and vision of both Howard Hawks and Brian De Palma.  This is a magnificent set with a wonderful 4K transfer of the De Palma film and a very nice upgrade for the Hawks version.  It will make a perfect gift for any cinephile’s collection. - Mat Brewster

The Circus

cc The Circus.jpgMade between his classic films The Gold Rush and City Lights, Charlie Chaplin's The Circus presents an entertaining outing for the Tramp who once again finds himself in funny predicaments while saving a young woman from her cruel stepfather. The story behind the scenes is more interesting than the one on screen and is illuminated in the extras Criterion has included. - Gordon S. Miller

The Kid Brother

cc Kid Brother.jpgThose who have yet to experience silent cinema may want to first check out a film like The Kid Brother. It is one of the greatest examples of films that came out during that time. Not only is it wildly funny, but it has some terrific cinematography and a great orchestra track. It’s definitely worth seeking out. - David Wangberg

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

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The third installment of the John Wick franchise finds our hero on the run with a $14 million contract placed upon his head after having broken the one rule that should never be broken when he killed someone on the neutral grounds of New York City's Continental.  The story opens up the mythology of the Wick universe further as John travels around the world seeking salvation. - Gordon S. Miller

Kind Hearts and Coronets / The Lavender Hill Mob / The Man in the White Suit

kind hearts and coronets blu.jpgThe Lavender Hill Mob is a delight from start to finish. The Man in the White Suit has a much more cynical edge, making it not nearly as fun to watch, but it has a lot going for it and is a fascinating capsule of the time. - Mat Brewster

Director Robert Hamer's 1949 celebrated satrical classic, Kind Hearts and Coronets, just may be the best of them all, and also the greatest that Ealing Studios produced during the golden age of British cinema. - Davey Hollingsworth

Dreamworks Ultimate Holiday Collection

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After seeing all of them, there is only one that I won’t watch again and that’s pretty good that eight out of nine are winners. Not only can the kids enjoy watching but the adults will too. It’s nice to see all these new holiday shows that both generations can share. - Todd Karella

Godzilla: The Showa Era Films (1954-1975)

cc_godzilla_showa_spread.jpgThe collection contains 15 films from the King of Monsters (including Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the Americanized version of the original Godzilla with added in scenes starring Raymond Burr).  It is a lovely eight-disk set filled with some truly beautiful new art and all the extras and special features we’ve come to expect from Criterion. - Mat Brewster

Be advised, the oversized book that houses the discs is large like Godzilla, so might be tough finding a shelf it will fit. - Gordon S. Miller

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion

Scooby-Doo-50TH-MYSTERY-MANSION-GLAM.jpgThe monsters are fun, the stories might lack the depth you would want as an adult but they are enjoyable and the animation is wonderful.  The solid colors are brilliant on the Blu-ray release and help set the mood across the series.  I fell in love with horror and monsters and mysteries in my youth and this was certainly the gateway.  This is a fabulous package and a celebration of 50 years of Mystery Inc.  I can't recommend it highly enough. - Shawn Bourdo

Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection

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Shout! Factory is releasing a big, beautiful boxed set this week full of a whole bunch of their films and loads of extras including audio commentaries, and a collectible book. I watched a lot of their movies but my favorites were the ones where they met classic horror icons like Frankenstein and The Invisible Man. - Mat Brewster

The Cure: 40 Live - Curætion-25 + Anniversary

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The Cure: 40 Live is a must-own set for fans, and Anniversary, in particular, is a perfect introduction to the band's great talents. These two concerts make clear why they have been such an influential force for so long. The high-def elements deliver a marvelous presentation that will satisfy one's eyes and ears. - Gordon S. Miller

The Wizard of Oz 4K Ultra HD

Wizard of Oz 80th 4k.jpgDorothy and the gang are back in a sparkling new 80th anniversary edition of the classic film, released in 4K Ultra HD for the first time. The legendary tale is just as great as you remember it, and now looks better than ever thanks to a totally spotless, newly restored 8K 16-bit scan of the original Technicolor camera negative. Ensuring the best possible home presentation, the 4K disc includes Dolby Vision HDR, as well as HDR10+ to optimize brightness levels and contrast for each scene. Although the original soundtrack was mono, it has been enhanced to DTS-HD MA 5.1 on both the 4K and Blu-ray discs, providing a bit greater immersion. - Steve Geise

Apocalypse Now Final Cut 4K Ultra HD

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The restored 4-disc Apocalypse Now Final Cut anniversary set also includes the film’s Theatrical Cut and Extended Cut (Redux), as well as the acclaimed Hearts of Darkness documentary. Loaded with hours of in-depth special features, the set will also feature the fascinating 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Q&A with Coppola and the prolific Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies, and Videotape), which has not been seen or heard outside of the festival until now, and newly discovered behind-the-scenes footage. The Apocalypse Now Final Cut 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features new, collectable Mondo artwork.

The Making of Alien


A fantastic in-depth look behind the scenes at Ridley Scott's horror/sci-fi masterpiece and a must-own for fans of the Alien franchise. - Gordon S. Miller

Good Omens

good omens blu-ray.jpgIt takes good and evil to save the world in this adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s cult novel, starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant. Aziraphale is a fussy angel. Crowley is a loose-living demon. They’ve both been on Earth for over 6,000 years. During that time they’ve grown quite fond of it, and, against all odds, each other. But there’s a problem - the Antichrist has arrived here on Earth, which means the world they have become too fond of will end in flames, if they don’t manage to save it. This wildly imaginative and screamingly funny drama follows Aziraphale and Crowley as they join forces in an attempt to find an 11-year-old Antichrist (and his dog) and avert the Apocalypse. Armageddon is coming - but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world.

Three Colors

three colors.jpg I loved getting the Three Colors Trilogy Criterion Blu-ray Box Set. It was definitely a worthwhile purchase, not just for the three amazing films included, but for the even richer supplements. Criterion is understandably famous for their box sets, and in my opinion, this is one of their best ones. - Davey Hollingsworth

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