The 20 Greatest Gifts for Movie Buffs
“We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.”
― Walt Disney
Shopping for a movie buff is a complicated task. You’re dealing with people whose extensive libraries exhibit a particular taste. Their collections have a personality and are a point of pride. Not sure what will pass muster? Here are 20 surefire ways to demonstrate your appreciation for the movie buff in your life.
20. Wireless Headphones
Perhaps the movie buff’s biggest frustration is that he can’t enjoy his home-entertainment system in peace, without people telling him to turn down the volume. Perhaps he’s a nuisance to his roommates or the neighbours are complaining because his subwoofer is causing earthquake-style rumblings. Get that man a pair of wireless headphones, like the Sennheiser RS 180s. This sexy, black ergonomic headset with its svelte transmitter will look great alongside any man’s entertainment system while delivering uncompressed, high-fidelity sound. If the movie buff is your roommate, it’s like giving yourself a gift as well. Buy it here.
19. Lawrence of Arabia 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
The Lawrence of Arabia 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition contains oodles of extras and a restored director’s cut of David Lean’s masterpiece, as well as a coffee-table book and an actual film frame. That’s a lot of material for your movie buff to pore over, all on top of the movie itself, which is already almost four hours long. But the real selling point of this package is the 4K restoration. Lawrence of Arabia was one of the last films to be shot on 70mm (the format resurrected for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master). Previous home-video formats just couldn’t do justice to this movie’s majestic scope. The epic, true story of author T.E. Lawrence and his role in the Arab revolt deserves to be seen on the big screen, if only for Lean’s breathtaking vistas. However, that option is a rare and fleeting one, so the next best thing is this Blu-ray and the biggest television you can find. Buy it here.
18. Universal Remote
The movie buff likely juggles three or more remote controls for his home entertainment system, constantly switching between audio channels and HDMI inputs to configure the settings for whatever he’s about to play next. You can make his life a helluva lot easier with a Universal Remote, allowing him to navigate between his Xbox and Blu-ray player with just a tap on a touchscreen. You could go with the tried-and-true Logitech Harmony One Advanced. However, if your movie buff has his entertainment system components hidden behind walls or cabinets, we recommend the sleek Logitech Harmony Ultimate One IR Remote. This model uses radio frequencies so that it can communicate with your devices without a direct line of sight. That way the movie buff can keep a clean entertainment space with all his components hidden and not have to worry about aiming his remote. Buy it here.
17. Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection
There’s a new movie in theaters that calls itself Hitchcock, and it’s a far cry from a real Hitchcock movie. It is, in fact, an insult to any Hitchcock fan, depicting the most revered auteur and the making of his most successful film, Psycho, as fodder for a soap opera. The movie buff will be better off revisiting some old Hitch with The Masterpiece Collection, which assembles 15 titles together on Blu-ray for the first time, including such classics as Rear Window, Psycho and Vertigo — the latter of which topped Citizen Kane as the best film of all time according to an infamous Sight and Sound poll. Frequently dubbed the “Master of Suspense,” Hitchcock was actually a master of cinema whose films on voyeurism frequently turned the lens on the audience and their insatiable impulses. No movie buff’s life is complete without a Hitchcock collection or two, so indulge him. He’ll be so grateful you might even be able to get him to dress up in his mommy’s clothes in return. That would make for a very jolly Christmas. Buy it here.
16. The Princess Bride Playing Cards
Gorgeously illustrated with all the characters from the film – from the Dread Pirate Roberts to Princess Buttercup – these cards will add a dash of fairytale magic to your poker nights. Face each other as God intended. Sportsmanlike. No tricks, no weapons, skill against skill alone. But remember: never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line. Buy it here.
15. Taxi Driver: Photographs by Steve Schapiro
Martin Scorsese’s tale of urban alienation may not be the most festive story, but this photo book will sit nicely alongside Sight & Sound on the coffee table of any cineaste. Steve Schapiro’s on-set photographs capture New York in all its gritty post-Vietnam splendour; taking in iconic images from the film, interesting new angles on familiar shots, and behind-the-scenes snaps. Buy it here.
14. Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design
Saul Bass’ bold graphic style is instantly recognizable to any film aficionado – he created the iconic posters and title sequences for Anatomy of a Murder, Vertigo and The Man With The Golden Arm, among countless others. This book goes beyond Bass’ best-known film work, digging out gems from the archive including logos, advertisements and short films. Buy it here.
13. Gourmet Gadgetry Popcorn Maker
You’ve got your 4K screen and your sweet Dolby Atmos surround sound setup, but there’s something missing from your home cinema experience: popcorn. This gadget converts corn kernels into pillowy puffs of delight using only the power of hot air – so it’s healthy, too. Until you slather your snack with butter and salt, of course. Buy it here.
12. Roku Streaming Stick
Roku’s dinky little media streamer turns your tellybox into a smart TV, with an array of channels in full HD. You can pick from pay-as-you-go blockbusters with Now TV, subscription services like Netflix, and free channels including the BBC iPlayer. For film buffs, there are weird and wonderful film collections on obscure channels like Moonlight Movies. Buy it here.
11. Moleskine Film Journal
Every film fanatic has their own personal top 10, and will be only too pleased to tell you why your choice of favourite movie is wrong (They’re mistaken; it should, of course, be Withnail & I). Join their ranks with this “Passion Journal,” which lets you chart your cinematic odyssey over the course of the year. There are even sticky labels for ordering your choices; the mark of a true geek. Buy it here.
10. Vintage Hollywood Movie Projector Table Decor
Exhibits special liking for wall art; Classic handmade decoration; Designed for elite class decor enthusiasts, Well balance. With the right amount of love, it will make your room stand out like never before. So go ahead and give your hall the aesthetic look it deserves. It will be hard to miss and will definitely attract attention of your guests.
The design is very elegant and has been artistically carved to suit your needs. It has a unique finish tone. Balances all the designs beautifully. This enchanting and fine looking design will surely enhance the beauty of your home with its finish. Buy it here.
9. Movie Quotes Vinyl Stairs or Wall Decal
There are a ton of cool movies and you could do impressions of famous movie lines all day and not get bored. Why not let your stairs do the talking for you? This decal features all the most awesome quotes from blockbuster films- even the classics. Bear your movie-going love, right on your staircase. You know you want to. Buy it here.
8. Marilyn Monroe Life-Size Cardboard Standup
This life-size cardbord standup of Marilyn Monroe in a burgundy swimsuit stands at a size of 71″ x 20″. Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson, was an American actress and model. Marilyn is an icon and a large part of America’s popular culture and history. So many people love Marilyn Monroe. Share in the love, and buy a cardboard cutout of Marilyn today!
7. Pulp Fiction Throw Pillow
Mia Wallace – Pulp Fiction Throw Pillow made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric, a stylish statement that will liven up any room. Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper for ease of care. Buy it here.
6. Spinner 360 Degree Camera
Take the Lomography Spinner 360° in one hand, pull the cord with the other and release it. In a split second the camera spins 360° around its own axis and records everything that’s around you on a frame more than 4 times longer than a conventional landscape picture.
Go beyond the confines of standard panoramic landscapes and capture everything around you in one 360-degree photo with this 360° 35mm camera. The result is a extra-super-wide angled breathtaking image, 4x longer than the standard landscape picture that you know. This camera allows you to experiment with various techniques for multitudes of shooting fun! Buy it here.
5. Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection
Tarantino XX contains eight films chosen by Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career, featuring the films that helped define his early success, including Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds.
To complete the stunning high definition 10-disc set, the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection also features two discs with five hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by a critics’ retrospective on Tarantino’s groundbreaking catalog of films and “20 Years of Filmmaking” that contains interviews with critics, stars and other masters of cinema. Buy it here.
4. Film Festival in a Box
Film Festival in a Box is the new interactive movie game that brings award-winning independent films into your living room! The game is easy to play, an intriguing conversation starter, and a fun way to entertain family and friends. Not for the faint of heart, these short films are sure to keep you looking over your shoulder while you try to decide which sent the most chills down your spine. Buy it here.
3. Pulp Fiction 3D-Poster (framed)
Stunning Large 3D poster featuring the iconic artwork for the Tarantino classic Pulp Fiction. This 3D poster is printed using revolutionary 3D technology making the images really move as you walk past! Buy it here.
2. Movie Posters 2015 Wall Calendar
From classic satire to lavish musicals, animated family favourites to gritty ’70s masterpieces, the Movie Posters 2015 Wall Calendar is everything you love about the movies. The 12 films featured in this movie lover’s essential calendar celebrate singular achievements in American movie making and include the films Groundhog Day, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Star Wars Buy it here.
1. Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide
Summer blockbusters and independent sleepers; masterworks of Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, and Martin Scorsese; the timeless comedy of the Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton; animated classics from Walt Disney and Pixar; the finest foreign films ever made. This 2015 edition covers the modern era, from 1965 to the present, while including all the great older films you can’t afford to miss—and those you can—from box-office smashes to cult classics to forgotten gems to forgettable bombs, listed alphabetically, and complete with all the essential information you could ask for. Buy it here.