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2010 Holiday Gift Guide: TV on DVD

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 17th 2010 2:00PM
If TV DVDs are your go-to gift this holiday season, you're in luck, because the crop of 2010 releases includes great season box sets of current TV hits like 'Sons of Anarchy' and 'Modern Family,' as well as a collections of fascinating TV documentaries ('Baseball' and 'Life').

Plus, you can also get thecomplete series box sets for recently-concluded shows like '24,' 'Lost' and 'The Tudors' and classic TV fare like 'The Golden Girls,' 'The Six Million Dollar Man' and 'Leave It to Beaver,' with many sets making their way to Blu-ray for the first time.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: TV on DVD

'Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The Complete Series'

Why buy? It comes in a Mystery Machine! 41 episodes of the classic cartoon ("And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!"), plus a slew of bonus goodies come packaged in a groovy Mystery Machine that opens to reveal the eight discs of Scooby-Doo delights.
Extras: Featurettes on 'Scooby-Doo's Ultimate Fans,' 'Hanna Barbera H to B,' the original voice talent for the show and how to draw Scoob and the gang; interviews with actors, writers and directors from the series; a video on the 'Funky Fashions' of the series (Fred's scarf!); and the music video 'America Loves Scooby-Doo.'
Cost: $79.98


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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: TV on DVD

'America: The Story of Us' on Blu-ray
Why buy? The History Channel miniseries dishes up material that was dry when it came out of your high school textbook, but engrossing here, with 12 "chapters" that unfold the evolution of the U.S. via examinations of major wars, the industrial revolution, racial strife and other political, business and social developments. The series, packed with re-enactments, photos and interviews (including President Obama), is narrated by Liev Schreiber and produced by 'Planet Earth's' Jane Root.
Extras: Additional footage on the Declaration of Independence, Henry Ford and the invention of the automobile, George Washington and the Statue of Liberty.
Cost: $49.95


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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: TV on DVD

'TV Sets: TV Treats'
Why buy? The disc features a collection of eight classic sitcom Christmas episodes (and one segment from 'Love, American Style'), from Richie's determination to meet the Wisconsin Cola girl on a 'Happy Days' holiday ep and Mork's first Christmas on 'Mork & Mindy' to 'Laverne & Shirley's' efforts to raise funds for the Pizza Bowl's holiday party for the less fortunate and 'The Odd Couple' take on 'A Christmas Story' in which Oscar dreams he's Ebenezer Madison.
Cost: $14.98


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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: TV on DVD

'Heroes: The Complete Series'
Why buy? Viewer interest waned after the show's buzz-making first season, but this box set includes all four seasons (77 episodes) and provides fans the chance to watch the drama unfold anew (and back-to-back).
Extras: Alternate endings, behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews with the cast and crew.
Cost: $199.98


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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: TV on DVD

'Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns'
Why buy? The best baseball documentary ever made is updated with 'The Tenth Inning,' Burns' 2010 addition that covers everything from the steroid scandals to the Red Sox much-awaited World Series victory.
Extras: More than two hours of deleted scenes and fresh interviews.
Cost: $99.99


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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: TV on DVD

'Daria: The Complete Animated Series'
Why buy? She may be a cartoon, but queen of sarcasm Daria Morgendorffer was such a cool chick that she had to be spun off into her own series after debuting as part of 'Beavis and Butt-head.' All five seasons of 'Daria,' plus the two Morgendorffer movies, are included in the set.
Extras: Cast and crew interviews, a retrospective with series creator Glenn Eichler and a script for the proposed 'Daria' spin-off that would have revolved around Mystik Spiral, the grunge band fronted by Trent, Daria's crush and the brother of Daria's BFF Jane.
Cost: $72.99


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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: TV on DVD

'Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection'
Why buy? With the beloved Betty White as the only surviving 'Golden Girl,' this fab set is the last time we'll see Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia together. And no matter how many female-centric sitcoms may come and go, 'Golden Girls' will remain the standard.
Extras: Character-themed playing cards, commentary and interviews with the cast, a Joan and Melissa Rivers critique of the Girls' fashions and packaging that's a replica of Sophia's ever-present purse.
Cost: $149.99


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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: TV on DVD

'WWII: The Essential Collection'
Why buy? The set includes three of the best World War II documentaries ever made, including the Laurence Olivier-narrated 'The World at War,' Emmy and Peabody Award-winning 'Victory at Sea' and 'The Century of Warfare,' which covers the entire 20th century and the impact of WWII during it. In short, the perfect gift for the WWII fan.
Extras: More than a dozen hours worth, including making-of featurettes, a series of videos on Adolph Hitler, biographies, photos and interviews from the archives of the Imperial War Museum.
Cost: $159.95


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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: TV on DVD

'Space: 1999' Season One on Blu-ray (release date: Nov. 30)
Why buy? The first 24 eps of this seminal sci-fi series from 'Thunderbirds' producer Gerry Anderson -- starring then real-life couple Martin Landau and Barbara Bain -- have been restored in high-def.
Extras: Audio commentaries, music-only tracks, image galleries for each episode, deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Cost: $99.95


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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: TV on DVD

'Deadwood: The Complete Series' on Blu-ray (release date: Nov. 23)
Why buy? It's brilliant storyteller David Milch's drama about life in the Old West, which, of course, is about a whole more than the Old West, and features unforgettable performances by Timothy Olyphant, Dayton Callie, Paula Malcomson, Molly Parker and Ian McShane as swearin' Al Swearengen.
Extras: A Q+A with the cast, Milch's take on the end of the series, a tour of the set and the Al Swearengen audition reel, performed by cast member Titus Welliver.
Cost: $209.98


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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: TV on DVD

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