SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) -- Sometime in my early teens I decided that all I really wanted from life was to run away to London and immerse myself in all the British art I could consume. When I finally made it there, I was introduced to a melting pot of cultures and more artistic nooks and crannies than I could ever possibly explore. Cinema, theatre, music, modern and classical art (and everything between). This section is for the dreamers, time travelers and culture archaeologists.
Game of Thrones
- The Folio Society's illustrated edition of George R. R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones" from the A Song of Ice and Fire series that inspired HBO's "Game of Thrones" is one of the most beautiful editions of any book I've ever owned.
- HBO's "Game of Thrones" wrapped up its eighth and final season earlier this year. Along with a 4K UHD release for the final season, HBO has released a standard "Complete Series" collection and a limited edition version that comes housed in a wooden shadow box.
- If you're looking for Game of Thrones collectibles Funko has Daenerys riding Drogon and the HBO Shop has just about anything and everything you could ever want from sweaters to fanny packs.
Game of Thrones
- There are a lot of Game of Thrones related books out there. Three that are essential come from publisher Insight Editions: "Game of Thrones: The Costumes," "The Art of Game of Thrones" and "The Photography of Game of Thrones." While you're there, you might want to take a look at their Star Wars and Harry Potter books as well.
Television and Streaming Series
- "A Place to Call Home: The Complete Collection" is an Australia television period drama set against the backdrop of post-World War II New South Wales. The popular melodrama ran for six seasons,
- "Murdoch Mysteries: The Christmas Cases Limited Edition" brings together the three feature-length Christmas programs from the Canadian period mystery drama.
- "Midsomer Murders: John Barnaby's Top 10, Limited Edition" is the perfect introduction to the murder mystery's original cast with ten feature-length episodes personally picked by actor Neil Dudgeon.
- "Good Omens" is a devious adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel featuring Michael Sheen and David Tennant as an angel and a demon who look to save the world from the Antichrist.
- Based on the mystery novels of Ann Cleeves, "Vera: Set 9" features the most recent cases of DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn). If you enjoy Agatha Christie films, you'll enjoy this as well.
- John Thaw stars as Morse, a playboy detective with a taste for high society in this series that ran for seven series between 1995-2000. "Inspector Morse: The Complete Case Files" includes all 33 feature-length episodes.
- "Line of Duty" is an acclaimed contemporary police procedural that has been celebrated as one of the best shows ever to air on the BBC. "Line of Duty Seasons 1-5 Collection" includes all 29 hour-long episodes with more to come in the near future.
- "Ms. Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries" is a spin-off the Australian series "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries." It focuses on Phryne Fisher's niece Peregrine Fisher who looks to follow in her aunt's footsteps to become a detective with a little help from The Adventuresses' Club.
- Based on Deborah Harkness' "All Souls" trilogy, "A Discovery of Witches" is centered on historian Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer), a witch who denies her heritage who forced to accept her family's past when she discovers a magical manuscript.
- I grew up watching Tom Baker era reruns of "Doctor Who" on PBS. It wasn't until later on that I discovered the Doctors that came before and after. The BBC has released numerous archival collects, only recently have they started to release the older material on Blu-ray. The most recent releases being John Pertwee's fourth season and Colin Baker's second season .
- Those who prefer the modern reiteration of the franchise can visit their favorite era be it the newest Doctor Jodie Whittaker or past incarnations from Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith, David Tennant or Christopher Eccleston.
- If you're looking for collectibles, the BBC Shop has everything from Loungefly mini backpacks and wallets to Christmas ornaments.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Art House releases
- My taste in movies is fairly eclectic. I'm as likely to enjoy the high-brow science fiction of Michael Radford's "1984" or Robert Pattinson in the newest Claire Denis film "High Life" as I am to sit down with the Criterion Collection's massive 15-film Godzilla collection. My favorite foreign films released on Blu-ray this year include 1986's French film "Betty Blue," the romantic drama "Un Coeur en Hiver (A Heart in Winter)" starring Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuelle Béart; Pawe Pawlikowski's Polish masterpiece "Cold War;" Lulu Wang's phenomenal Chinese dramedy "The Farewell;" the absurd 1922 history of witchcraft in "Haxan;" Bi Gan's gorgeous "Long Day's Journey into Night;" 's classic action film "Police Story;" "Shadow" a masterful wuxia film from Zhang Yimou or the stop-motion animated "This Magnificent Cake!"
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Art House releases
- I don't usually connect with contemporary comedies, but I loved the coming-of-age story "Booksmart," the directorial debut from Olivia Wilde; the magical realism of Joe Talbot's "The Last Black Man in San Francisco;" the insane horror of "Midsommar;"the pure heart of "The Peanut Butter Falcon;" the thrills of the animated psychological drama "Perfect Blue;" the strange behind-the-scenes journey of artist Tom Sachs's "A Space Program" and the pure camp of "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar."
Studio Ghibli Collection
- The release of The Folio Society's illustrated's version of the wondrous Diana Wynne Jones novel "Howl's Moving Castle," the source material for the animated Japanese film of the same name, also gives me the chance to mention the Collector's Editions of two other Studio Ghibli films "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away."
Classics from Yesteryear
- "Abbott & Costello : The Complete Universal Pictures Collection" features 28 films released between 1940 - 1955 on Blu-ray. The set includes "Buck Privates," "In The Navy," and the Abbot & Costello Monster movies.
- Released in 1965, Jean-Luc Godard's "Alphaville" combines science fiction with film noir as an American secret agent sets out to a space city to locate a missing person and stop a fascist computer.
- Warner Archive's "Bogart & Bacall: The Complete Collection" brings the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall films "To Have and Have Not," "The Big Sleep," "Dark Passage" and "Key Largo" together in this fantastic Blu-ray set.
- Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus," the last silent film that the actor/director made, is a tribute to the acrobats and pantomimists that influenced his work as the classic Tramp character.
- The Cohen Film Collection is home to new 4K restorations of some of Buster Keaton's most-beloved films. To date they have released three volumes featuring double feature pairings of "The General" and "Steamboat Bill, Jr,;" "Sherlock Jr." and "The Navigator" and "Seven Chances" and "Battling Butler."
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