Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection

Steven Spielberg. Love him or hate him, the guy has a golden touch. More hits than Derek Jeter, Spielberg’s canon goes from Jaws to Schindler’s List. Amazing. The new Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection on Blu-ray collects his films from Universal Studios, including E.T., Jurassic Park and his first ever feature film, Duel, among others. The special commentary on this just might replace film school for some. Support America and buy this now.

The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2oo1: A Space Odyssey’

Truly great movies don’t come along every year. Unless you count Kevin Hart or Kevin James movies. Those guys are classic. We need a buddy movie with those two. 100 to 1 odds they’d do a fish out of water movie. Without those two, we’re left with such movies as Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. 2014 plants fifty candles on the spaceship-shaped cake of his film masterpiece. TASCHEN, who make amazing books, comes out with the very special, The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2oo1: A Space Odyssey’ ($750).

Four volumes of material documenting the amazing set designs, special effects and very unique correspondence between Kubrick and his co-screenwriter, Arthur C. Clarke. In effect, a peek at how talented people collaborated and produced something groundbreaking.

Additional materials include never-before-seen photographs taken straight from the Kubrick Archives. The book comes in a monolith-shaped metallic box and a limited run of 1,500 copies.

Steve Jobs Postage Stamp Due in 2015. Fanboys Already Lining Up

If you didn’t get a chance to kiss Steve Jobs’ butt, you’ll be able to lick it one day. In 2015, the USPS (if it’s still around) will put out a commemorative Steve Jobs stamp. No report on what image they’ll use. How about him in a black turtleneck and jeans. That’s how most of us remember him. A Steve Jobs stamp is rather ironic since Jobs was all about smashing old technologies and systems. Also, will anyone mail letters in 2015?

He’ll join a couple of other big celebrity stamps that year including Johnny Carson, Elvis Presley and Peanuts. Peanuts! Now that’s exciting. Check out the releases in 2014, i.e. this year. Jimi Hendrix, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Wilt Chamberlain. Can they fit Wilt on one stamp? He’s so tall. They might make that one a double-wide.

Kevin and Winnie Return. The Wonder Years Finally Coming to DVD

Fans of the popular mid 80s show, The Wonder Years, this news will make your day ten times more amazing. Maybe 12 times. StarVista Entertainment/Time Life intend to release, The Wonder Years: The Complete Series, uncut, unedited, on DVD later this year. Not only that, the set will include all the original music, including the opening song, “With a Little Help from My Friends”, by Joe Cocker.

TV Guide called it one of the “Top 20 Shows of the ’80s”, but the extensive use of popular music in the series made securing licensing for a rerelease quite hard and expensive. The show ran on ABC from 1988-1993 and told the story of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) through a series of flashbacks from 1968-1973. Imagine each episode as a Viral Nova headline produced for the small screen. Or imagine Modern Family circa 1960s.

Chucky: The Complete Collection: Gruden Approved

Those quick glimpses of ESPN’s Jon Gruden not giving you enough of your Chucky fix? Perhaps it’s time to own the whole kit, and yes, the kaboodle as well. We’re talking Chucky: The Complete Collection ($59) on Blu-ray. That means Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, and Curse of Chucky will all be yours in glorious high def to do whatever you want with—even if it’s just to create more comparison pics between the demonic doll and former football coach.

Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition: Heeeeere’s Batman!

Amazon.com: Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraViolet Combo Pack): Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Grant Heslov, George Clooney, David Klawans, Nina Wolarsky, Chris Brigham, Chay Carter, Graham King, Tim Headington, Chris Terrio: Movies & TV.

If you really use your imagination you can pretend that Argo is a Batman prequel; ya know, what with Ben Affleck and all. Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition ($45) delivers the 129-minute cut of the movie. It also features a boatload of new bonus content, a 64-page photo book, and a handful of replicas from the Academy Award-winning dramatic thriller set during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Spoiler Alert: There’s no Batmobile.

Madden NFL 25 Anniversary Edition With Sunday Ticket: Direc Snap

“Boom!” Remember when John Madden used to say that in the early iterations of his video game? The franchise is now 25 years old, and these days the only thing he says is “Where are my damn royalty checks, Bernice!?” and “This gravy needs more gravy!” This Amazon exclusive Madden NFL 25 Anniversary Edition ($100) brings you EA’s newest version of pixel pigskin, plus a 17-week Madden Ultimate Team pack subscription and exclusive offers for DirecTV and NFL Sunday Ticket for your phone, tablet, or computer. Pick it up for the Xbox 360 or PS3, or do the gaming equivalent of going for it on 4th and 5 by ordering a copy for the Xbox One or PS4.

 

Star Trek Into Darkness Starfleet Phaser Special Edition Blu-ray Set

Set your phasers to fun (oh that’s rich!) with the Star Trek: Into Darkness Starfleet Phaser Gift Set ($80). Of course you get a Blu-ray copy of this spring’s blockbuster — the flick made nearly $450 million worldwide — but more importantly you snag a 1:1 scale replica of the Starfleet phaser, plus a gloss black display stand and brass plaque. This doppelganger features a manual spinner that uses a locking mechanism to position the barrel for “stun” or “kill” modes. No mention of that “fun ” mode though, so um, just disregard that first sentence.