2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Game of Thrones, anglophiles and art house

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Movies for those who love art house cinema, all things British or movies made in the increasingly-distant past. (Photo: Insight Editions, Criterion Collection, Lionsgate, Acorn TV, Well Go USA, BBC, HBO, Cohen Film Collection, Universal, Funko){ }

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.

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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.

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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.

Doctor Who

  • 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

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Art House releases

Studio Ghibli Collection

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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