Just picture the scene. It’s snowing outside, Santa has been, the chocolates and mulled wine are flowing, and all you need now is something great to watch. You turn on the TV to find…the You’ve Been Framed Christmas special! Or, if you’re lucky, another James Bond film, the one with the bald guy and the cat.
There’s only one thing for it, it’s time to kick back and watch something you really want to, and with a whole host of great DVDs and films to get our mitts on this Festive Season, this Christmas promises to be the winter of our disc contents.
Everyone has gone Marvel crazy recently with more superheroes being transposed from the comic book pages to celluloid than you can shake Thor’s hammer at, and the latest offering is a mix of comedy and adventure that’s got Christmas day written all over it.
An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.
Adventure, laughs, madcap interstellar escapades, this film has got it all.
Okay it might not be a new release, but when it comes to box sets it doesn’t get much better than this. We’ve all heard of Breaking Bad, chances are we’re sick of hearing about it. When we take a trip to the water cooler Jimmy the office junior is stood there in his half masts and needs to break the ice, so he asks if you’ve seen it. Your hairdresser isn’t going on holiday this year so she doesn’t want to ask about yours, her solution? Ask you if you’ve seen Breaking Bad. Well, have you? Because everyone talks about Breaking Bad for a reason – it’s quite simply one of the greatest pieces of entertainment ever made.
It tells the story of Walter White, a school teacher whose life is as mundane as his name, who is given the nightmare news that he’s dying of cancer. He needs to raise some money so his family can live comfortably when he’s gone, so what does he do? He decides to use his chemistry skills to start producing the highly addictive drug crystal meth. With the help of his erstwhile student and all around ne’er do well Jessie, he must plough a lone furrow in a dangerous (but often hilariously funny) world between drug dealers on the one side, and his brother in law and DEA agent Hank (imagine a cross between Dirty Harry and Tigger from Winnie the Pooh), played with gusto by Dean Norris.
If it’s addictive viewing you want, then this box set will keep you watching well into the New Year.
In the Amazonian jungle there are rumoured to be tribes of people who’ve never had contact with the outside world, but chances are at least three of them can be heard blasting out tunes from the Frozen soundtrack.
The music from this Disney masterpiece is as famous as pretty much any of the company’s characters in recent years.
When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell.
Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
If it’s something for the kids and good old fashioned family fun you’re after, then look no further – but be warned, you’ll be hearing a lot of renditions of the song around your home for at least the next few months.
Gone are the days of Charlton Heston crying and shouting angrily at a half buried Statue of Liberty, now we have CGI simian high-jinks aplenty and it’s headed our way.
The reimagined film series sees the rise of Caesar, not the Megalomaniac Roman general, but a genetically engineered smart monkey with a nose for revolution.
When these dastardly apes swap their bananas for guns the people of earth know they’re about to become embroiled in some belligerent monkey business. All hail Caesar!
Eyebrows were raised all over hardcore fandom when it was revealed HBO were making a live action version of George R.R Martin’s epic book series. It already had a cult following and those fans wondered how any show could do it justice? Well few would argue now that HBO managed to do just that.
Every episode of this immensely popular show has the production values of a Hollywood blockbuster. Inspired partly by the War of the Roses (the principal antagonists the Lannisters sound a lot like the Lancasters, don’t they?) with a whole lot of magic, mystery and deceit thrown in, this show is truly epic.
It also boasts more than a few scenes that will raise the blood pressure, the already infamous Red Wedding scene (no spoilers in the name!) was so shocking that YouTube videos actually exist of viewers reacting to it with horror!
Festive cheer might be lacking in Westeros, but when it comes to sheer drama, incredibly rich characters and beautiful locations, Game of Thrones has it all.