S-C 2019 Movie & TV Gift Guide

Welcome to the first edition of the Screen-Connections Holiday Gift Guide. Offering some noteworthy suggestions from the home entertainment world of movies and television for those who may be struggling to find that perfect gift for someone close, or simply wouldn’t mind a few fresh suggestions. The year of 2019 certainly saw its share of great releases in both categories and while we aren’t able to include them all here, we’ve featured many that we were personally able to check out and truly loved (and/or believe many others will love) including the Blu-ray debuts of some fan-favorite cartoon series and new, popular films fans won’t want to miss out on, as well as some gorgeous new releases of old favorites.

For each title listed below you’ll find a summary of the release as well as an Amazon pre-order link to help make purchasing your copy that much more convenient. In many circumstances, you’ll also find a link to our full review of the release providing some additional information for those titles we already reviewed in full at some point during the year.

So, why don’t we get started with some of this year’s fantastic releases that should also make great gift ideas for others (as well as yourself)!

Television Box Sets:

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] {Warner Bros}

Full Review: =Coming Soon=

Fans of the massively popular sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’ which recently concluded its run after an impressive 279 episodes and 12 seasons should go wild for this beautifully detailed and sturdy Limited Edition Blu-ray release of ‘The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series’. Compiling every single episode from all 12 seasons along with hours of great extras into this deluxe 25-disc Blu-ray gift-set featuring a full color episode guide book within, plus an unfolding digipack packaging showcasing popup images of its stars followed by large, full-color images from each season within and the discs for each accessible above. Diehard fans of this beloved long-running sitcom will surely be ecstatic to receive a copy of this outstanding and jam-packed collector’s Blu-ray set crafted specifically for fans like them and forever allowing them the opportunity to revisit any or all episodes from its lengthy run in stunning high definition, whenever they might desire!

Batman Beyond: The Complete Series (Deluxe Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]{Warner Bros}

Full Review: Read It HERE!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s ‘Batman Beyond: The Complete Series’ Limited Edition Blu-ray set finally brings home the beloved animated series in its entirety on Blu, featuring magnificent new high definition video and audio presentations on all 52 episodes (with the majority fully remastered from original elements) that should thrill fans of this beloved animated series (and a great follow-up/sequel to ‘Batman: The Animated Series). This limited edition giftset release also features the show’s animated feature film ‘Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker’ in its original Uncut Version, along with gorgeous packaging and tons of noteworthy extras, not to mention a few fun physical bonus goodies. All coming together into a stellar and quite impressive 6-disc Blu-ray set that should have fans cheering for the long-awaited Blu-ray debut of ‘Batman Beyond’ which definitely does not disappoint.

Scooby-Doo, Where are You!: The Complete Series – Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion) [Blu-ray]{Warner Bros}

Full Review: Read It HERE!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s new ‘Scooby-Doo, Where are You!: The Complete Series – Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion’ 4-disc Blu-ray Gift Set collection brings home every episode of the classic cartoon series that started it all, finally available in high definition and on Blu-ray for the first time; and perfectly timed for Scooby’s golden anniversary! This limited edition ‘Scooby-Doo, Where are You!: The Complete Series – 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion’ Blu-ray box set delivers all of the episodes in quite gorgeous high definition presentations, combined with plenty of fun extras and physical goodies, not to mention a collectible and wonderfully crafted Mystery Mansion packaging that is sure to make this one release that many hardcore Scooby fans will want to make certain is part of their collection and they should be overjoyed to receive it as a gift this Holiday season!

The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection [Blu-ray]{Warner Bros}

Full Review: Read It HERE!

Warner’s 2-disc Blu-ray release of ‘The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection’ is a tremendously welcome release and a perfect treat to help celebrate Scooby’s fiftieth anniversary, featuring fairly impressive high definition video presentations on all 23 included episodes, and a couple of fun extras on top of it. Altogether, this 2-disc Blu-ray collection is highly recommended for fellow hardcore Scooby-Doo fans. It may be somewhat lacking in a couple areas, but fortunately the good still definitely manages to outweigh the negative and this new set featuring all but one episode of the fan favorite animated series from the 70’s in glorious high definition on Blu-ray for the very first time probably isn’t something fans will want to pass on and should make a spectacular gift idea if they don’t already own it!

Bojack Horseman: Seasons One & Two (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]{Shout! Factory}

Full Review: Read It HERE!

Shout! Factory’s ‘Bojack Horseman: Seasons One & Two’ 4-disc Blu-ray set brings the popular Netflix Animated Series home on Blu-ray (and DVD) for the first time ever, collecting its first 25 episodes (the complete first and second season’s and the Christmas Special) with fantastic high definition video and audio presentations on each, along with some notable new bonus content including brand new commentaries on every episode. The diehard fans that have hoping to finally have the opportunity to physically own this hilarious show should be thrilled to receive a copy as a gift this holiday season.

The Jetsons: The Complete Original Series [Blu-ray]{Warner Archive}

Full Review: =Not Yet Available=

Warner Archive Collection’s 3-disc Blu-ray set of ‘The Jetsons: The Complete Original Series’ brings home the entire, initial 24 episode run of your favorite space-age family from the 60’s for the first time ever on Blu-ray, and with each episode featuring sharp and gorgeously detailed high definition video presentations and lossless audio presentations, not to mention old school animated advertisements that haven’t been featured in some time, in addition to some enjoyable bonus content. So, for any loved one you’re struggling to buy a gift for this year that also loves the golden age of animated television and ‘The Jetsons’ in particular, consider this solid 3-disc Blu-ray collection from Warner Archive which should be a gift they’re almost certain to love; bringing the original run of this timeless animated series home looking and sounding better than ever before!

The Haunting of Hill House Blu-ray cover

The Haunting Of Hill House (Extended Director’s Cut) [Blu-ray]{Paramount}

Paramount Home Entertainment brings home the complete collection of the first season (or installment) in Mike Flanagan’s Netflix horror series in a wonderful 3-disc Blu-ray release featuring spectacular high definition video and audio presentations on every episode, in addition to Extended Director’s Cut versions of three episodes, plus audio commentary on key episodes. A truly monumental horror event that manages to hit all of the right marks and deliver a beautiful, emotional and downright terrifying haunted house tale that’s one of the more impressive genre events in some time. Horror fans who haven’t already secured their copy should be truly thrilled to receive this solid Blu-ray collection of this remarkable horror series as a gift!

The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season [Blu-ray]{Warner Bros}

Full Review: Read It HERE!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s 4-disc Blu-ray collection for ‘The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season’ provides great high definition video and audio presentations on each and every episode of the action-packed fifth season of the popular DC series, plus hours of enjoyable extras. It should make a perfect gift for fans of the Arrow-verse and ‘The Flash’ series in particular who collect the season releases each year, yet haven’t had a chance to pick up the season five set! Or just for you if you’re looking to treat yourself while doing your holiday shopping!

Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series [Blu-ray]{Warner Archive}

Full Review: Read It HERE!

Warner Archive Collection’s 3-disc ‘Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series’ Blu-ray set brings home all 26 episodes from the show’s iconic original series, and with every episode remastered from the original broadcast editions and uncensored for the first time in ages. If all of that wasn’t enough, the series’ Blu-ray debut also brings every episode home with magnificent high definition video and audio presentations that do justice to the source broadcasts, complete with grain, pops and other welcome artifacts representative of the source material. This 3-disc ‘Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series’ Blu-ray release from Warner Archive should make a truly perfect gift for any diehard Quest fanatics that haven’t already secured their copy.

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Movie Releases:

Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame [Blu-ray]{Marvel Studios/Disney}

Full Review: Read It HERE!

‘Avengers: Endgame’ is a powerful, stunning and incredibly entertaining conclusion to the last decade of MCU films that comes loaded with plenty of stunning action, surprises and unforgettable moments, combining into a magnificent and rewarding final chapter from the capable hands of directors Anthony and Joe Russo. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is definitely highly recommended for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe who won’t even want to consider missing out on this spectacular finale that delivers a more fitting and heartfelt climax to the massive saga than fans could have hoped for. For dedicated fans of the Marvel films who don’t yet own this unforgettable final chapter in the saga, it should be an absolutely perfect gift!

Toy Story 4 [Blu-ray]{Disney-Pixar}

Full Review: Read It HERE!

Everybody’s favorite toys are back in another unforgettable adventure that should also make a perfect gift this Holiday season for fans of all ages who enjoy this touching animated series from Disney and Pixar. ‘Toy Story 4’ is nothing short of magnificent. Another beautifully crafted installment in the beloved film series that’s brimming with warmth, humor and another fitting tale that yet again finds new places and levels to take these fan favorite characters without things ever becoming the slightest bit stale.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum [Blu-ray]{Lionsgate}

Full Review: Read It HERE!

‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ is another impressive installment in the ongoing action series that serves up plenty of visually breathtaking fun and excitement around every turn. Finding smart new ways to keep the action clever and fresh and still increasing the insanity level; always crafting new styles and wild ideas to incorporate such as Dog Fu and high speed motorcycle swordfights this time to name a few, and never relying on the action alone as it simultaneously expands upon the engaging details of the world within. Fans of this continually fantastic Keanu Reeves led action series that don’t yet own the latest chapter should be thrilled to receive it as a gift.

RoboCop (1987) (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]{Arrow Video}

Full Review: Read It HERE!

Arrow’s new 2-disc Limited Edition Blu-ray release of the 1987 cult classic ‘RoboCop’ is nothing short of outstanding and should make a memorable gift for fans this holiday season! It features both the Unrated Director’s Cut and Theatrical Cut of the film on separate discs with stellar high definition video and audio presentations, along with the edited-for-TV cut of the movie and more than enough bonus goodies to satisfy even the pickiest of fans and collectors. I can’t possibly recommend this new Limited Edition Blu-ray of ‘RoboCop’ from Arrow Video highly enough to fans of the film (and of filmmaker Paul Verhoeven’s work in general) who are sure to be blown away by this carefully crafted and thoroughly loaded 2-disc release that doesn’t lack in any way shape or form. The release is without a doubt the definitive edition of ‘RoboCop’ on Blu-ray!

The Death And Return Of Superman: The Complete Film Collection (Limited Edition Gift-Set) [Blu-ray]{Warner Bros}

Full Review: Read It HERE!

‘The Death and Return of Superman: The Complete Film Collection’ Limited Edition Blu-ray gift-set release will make a perfect gift for hardcore DC Comics and/or Superman fans who should be thrilled to receive this nice collectible and numbered release that brings the epic tale home in a single, seamless film that’s accompanied by plenty of nice extras. Complete with impressive high definition video and audio presentations on the film itself and some notable extras both new and old, not to mention a bonus disc featuring ‘Superman: Doomsday’ (and in 4K UHD if you’re picking up the 4K gift set release) as well making for a pretty noteworthy and complete release that definitely doesn’t disappoint.

Crawl [Blu-ray]{Paramount}

Full Review: Read It HERE!

‘Crawl’ is an outstanding thriller and creature flick that will promptly grab hold and send you on a wildly intense, terrifying and often quite bloody ride that moves along at a remarkably swift pace while still somehow managing to increase the tension every step of the way. It’s a magnificent and almost uncomfortably intense thriller filled with surprises, terror and quite a bit of heart that genre fans and followers of Aja’s career should be thrilled to receive a copy of this Holiday season!

Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw Blu ray Cover

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw [Blu-ray]{Universal}

Full Review: Read It HERE!

‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ is a hilarious, action-packed and over the top good time from start to finish that fans of the high-octane franchise should be thrilled to receive this Holiday season if they don’t already own a copy. Almost intentionally goofy at times, while always delivering the wildly amusing fun and stunning action in a top notch manner and benefitting immensely from the perfectly paired duo of Johnson and Statham who are nothing short of magnificent together; this is one remarkably fun ride that fans will almost sure want to revisit again and again!

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World [Blu-ray]{Universal}

Full Review: Read It HERE!

‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ is a marvelous animated adventure and a truly perfect conclusion to the trilogy that should have fans enthralled from start to finish with this powerful final entry. Offering up plenty of action, thrills and danger combined with no shortage of heart and humor, while taking things to a perfectly satisfying overall outcome that fans will probably want to relive time and again. For any fan of this spectacular animated movie series young or old who doesn’t already own the final film, it should make for a perfect gift!

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