While people seem to have moved on from physical formats of video, you can’t wrap a stream, so today The 2022 PopCult Gift Guide will recommend five boxed sets of Blu Ray or DVD collections for you to wrap and put under the tree for the luddite on your holiday shopping list.
Links below the titles will take you to the online retailer who had the best price as I write this.
The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection: Uncensored
From his groundbreaking stand-up to television appearances, blockbuster films and beyond, Richard Pryor always told the whole, hilarious truth. A once-in-a-generation innovator, changing the game and inspiring everyone who came after him, Richard’s intimate storytelling made the world feel like we knew him and loved him.
Richard Pryor lived his life out loud, sharing the pain of the lowest lows and dazzling us from the highest heights. There’s simply never been a comedian like Richard: totally genius, outrageously funny and perfectly human.
This six-DVD boxed set includes Richard’s full-length concert films—Live & Smokin’ and Live in Concert, plus his groundbreaking 1977 NBC TV special including guests John Belushi and Maya Angelou and all four innovative and controversial episodes of The Richard Pryor Show, featuring Robin Williams,Sandra Bernhard, Tim Reid, Marsha Warfield, and more.
You’ll also get rare footage from Richard’s final shows at the Comedy Store and the hilarious documentary short I Ain’t Dead Yet, #*%$#@! as well as never-before-released footage from Richard’s infamous first film, Uncle Tom’s Fairy Tales.
Perfect for the fan of edgy comedy on your shopping list.
I’m pretty sure I’ve recommended this before, but in the wake of the death of Kevin Conroy (Batman’s voice), and since this is now available in a much less-expensive package, I’m going to recommend it again.
Batman: The Complete Animated Series includes all 109 episodes (Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures) of the critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning series that redefined the Dark Knight with its thematic sophistication, aesthetics, voice acting, and orchestral score.
All of the episodes feature the 2018 remastering and are now all here in this stunning Blu-ray or DVD boxed set that’s spread over 10 discs, which also includes Also includes 2 Bonus Discs of Animated Films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero.
Any fan of Batman of any age will appreciate this collection, considered by many to be the definitive version of The Caped Crusader. And in honor of Mr. Conroy, it just might bring a tear to their eye, too.
The Outer Limits Season One
This seven-disc set collects the first season of The Outer Limits. While The Twilight Zone gets all the love (and revivals), this 1963 science fiction anthology series had just as many memorable moments, and some amazing names that turned up in its cast. Plus it had just as iconic an opening as Rod Serling’s show did.
“There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.” Here are the classic tales of awe and mystery from the first season of ABC’s sci-fi anthology series that aired from 1963-65.
You’ll see guest stars as Cliff Robertson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Culp, Sally Kellerman, Donald Pleasence, Martin Sheen, Chita Rivera, and many others.
This collection includes 32 episodes on 7 discs, for a total 27 1/4 hrs running time. You’ll also get subtitles and commentary tracks.
This is perfect for the fan of classic science fiction on your shopping list.
Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection
Originally released two years ago, this collection of classic Bugs Bunny cartoons is perfect for the fan of classic animation on your holiday shopping list. This deluxe collection, which has three BD discs and a glittering Funko Pop of Bugs that doesn’t reall look like him is now under fifty bucks, and wrapped, it makes a nice gift to put under the tree.
Bugs Bunny first hopped onto the screen in 1940 and he’s been a pop-culture icon ever since. More than eight generations have enjoyed the timeless antics of the carrot-munching wise guy who always outsmarts his rivals. Cartoons, movies, TV, comics, music, sports and more – this wascally wabbit has done it all. Clever pranks and one-liners are here, along with interviews with today’s most renowned animators, historians and superstars. Enjoy the full range of his silly and smart-alecky personality with 60 theatrical shorts restored and remastered to their original 4×3 aspect ratio on Blu-ray for the first time.
Over a third of these cartoons have never been on DVD or Blu Ray ever before. Another 10 of them were on sets before but were never fully restored like they are here. The rest have the formatting fixed to the correct original aspect ratio of the original theatricalreleases.
It’s a great set, and there’s no guarantee that HBOMax will continue to include these once they get merged with Discovery + next year, so this set might be your best bet for Bugs.
Ultraman Nexus: Complete Series & Ultraman: Next
This 6 DVD set is the perfect gift for the fan of Kaiju-battling superheroes. In Japanese, with English subtitles, this set includes 37 episodes of the 2004 reboot of this beloved franchise, Ultraman: Nexus, and also the theatrical movie, Ultraman: Next, which acted as a prequel to the series.
In an era of global instability, how would people react to a mysterious alien that battles deadly monsters on Earth? Would a suspicious human race be capable of viewing Ultraman as a friend or foe?
Kazuki Komon joins the Night Raiders, a secret group that fight murderous monsters called Space Beasts. Komon’s life is changed after Ultraman saves his life, but is shocked to find that the Night Raiders view Ultraman as a threat. Ultraman the Next: Will Maki prevail or will the reptilian beast destroy him? And even if Maki does win, can he retain his humanity and avoid ending up becoming a dangerous monster just like the reptilian creature?
This collection includes over 900 minutes of primo Ultraman Content on 6 discs.
And we are now at the halfway point of The 2022 PopCult Gift Guide. We will resume on Monday, but I haven’t decided what our theme will be that day, so you’ll just have to check back and see. And don’t forget PopCult‘s regular weekend features, either.