We all have DVD collections nowadays, and isn’t it funny to think back to the days when bulky, low-quality VHS tapes were de rigueur instead? But nowadays, with the sleek and modern feel of the DVD, box sets needn’t take up a lot of space. This is a list of box sets you really ought to own…
Band of Brothers is based on a book by Stephen E. Ambrose, and the characters you get to know are in fact based on actual American soldiers who fought in World War II. With commentary before or after some of the episodes by the actual men portrayed in the mini series, it is a touching and deeply affecting experience. Absolutely invaluable for anyone with even a passing interest in World War II, it is highly character-driven and transforms WWII from a historic event into a deeply personal situation. You’ll not just get to know the characters, you’ll get attached to them, too, and when they get hurt or fall afoul of trouble your heart will be in your mouth. In all sincerity, it is a triumph of modern cinematography that will leave you slightly scarred and seriously enriched as a person.
John Hughes’ name is pretty much synonymous with the eighties, and for us who are now adults but grew up on Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller and The Breakfast Club, having these films in our homes to watch whenever we like is a huge achievement. A variety of John Hughes box sets is available, and you can pick and choose to make sure you have the films you most adore for a fraction of the cost of buying them separately.
I don’t usually watch the bonus features, but the Spaced box set comes with a third DVD (in addition to Seasons 1 and 2 which come on a DVD each) that is thoroughly entertaining and immerses the viewer in the madcap world Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes (née Stephenson) and Nick Frost created with this cult classic. It’s laugh out loud funny and continues the warm sense of belonging the series evoked in those geeky enough to get the references. Absolutely worth a watch – or maybe more than one.
Finally, the full Harry Potter DVD collection is coming out at the beginning of December, just in time for the Christmas rush. For just over £25, this collection is definitely worth the money as it provides hours and hours of incomparable entertainment. If you like the boy who lived and don’t own all the DVDs yet, make a Christmas list now and put it right at the top. It’s not only great for adults, it’s also a wonderful way to keep kids occupied on rainy days, and especially around the Christmas days it’s the perfect accompaniment to a warm night around the fire with hot chocolate and a turkey sandwich.
So there you have it. No matter how many DVDs you already own, box sets are always a fun way to own a full series. Don’t give these a miss!