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Old 03-23-05, 12:49 AM
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Dad's Birthday is coming up...need some DVD suggestions

O.K. well I plan on getting my dad a nice Box Set this year for his birthday. He has many different tastes. He loves Sci-Fi(Star Wars, Star Trek) Fantasy(Lord of the Rings) Drama shows(a HUGE FAN of TV series 24) and Loves things that are very cerebral(i.e. shows that make you think).

So I am contemplating on what to get him. I thought about "The Twilight Zone: The Definitive Collection-Season 1" as an option. AS I know that is something he told me on the phone a few times. I thought about "Deadwood", but I just think it might be too much language for the big guy.


So since I have broken down what my dad likes. THis is what I am thinking about. Suggestions would be most appreciated.

1) "The Twilight Zone- Season 1"- The Safe bet. Something I know he would like!

2) Carnivale-Season1- He also likes trying things blind(hence "24", which is now his favorite show on television), so I thought this might be a good one for him. He loves religious symbolism and I heard this film has lost of that.

3) Warner Musicals Collection- He is a musician, and loves all of those musicals in that set. I am also considering this.



Any help from these 3 would be great. What sure I get for him

1) Safe Bet

2) Potential Great Blind Buy ('24')

3) Something I think he would like
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Old 03-23-05, 01:20 AM
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Twilight Zone all the way....It's the best of the three sets in content, and a sure fire way to make his day.
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yeah i know, but "carnivale'' looks so good, and something that is surprising.
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I don't know, but that "Twilight Zone" set sure sounds great. My dad doesn't ever watch movies, so you're lucky to even have this problem. Me, I'd be shopping for new tools or maybe a lawnmower. A good, practical gift!

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that's not what he wants. Why would he need a lawnmower when he has Miguel to do that for him.H wants Dvd's. It will come down to Carnivale or The Twilight Zone.
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Carnivale is probably too risky for an expensive blind buy. Go to Fry's Electronics and get Twilight Zone for 59.99.
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yeah i know, but "carnivale'' looks so good, and something that is surprising.
But it is not good.

You didn't mention your Dad's age, but if he is an adult male living in the US, the language in Deadwood isn't going to be any thing he hasn't heard and said before (unless he's a minister or something like that) and Deadwood is great, and Carnivale is... not.

Warner Musicals Collection
What's this?
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What's this?
It's a boxed set with Easter Parade, The Band Wagon, Bells Are Ringing, Finian's Rainbow, and Brigadoon.
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just get him those 2 Disney Treasures tins that your cousin stole from him...he'll be happy that he has those again.
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If you want to get him an HBO series as a blind buy, Carnivale may be risky for a blind buy for some, as has already been mentioned... but Deadwood is great.
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Old 03-23-05, 08:04 AM
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consider this for a box set of musicals

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...792053-5724751
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Based on what you've written about your Dad's interests - and if you want to be a little adventurous in your gift-giving - The Fritz Lang Epic Collection jumped out at me as something that might make a nice gift. It's a bit pricey at around $70, but we are talking about your Dad. I don't own it yet myself but it is on my must-buy list.

Judging from the DVDTalk review, the set contains quite a bit that might make it appealing as a gift in your particular case:

-a couple of sci-fi films
-an epic fantasy film
-a spy thriller
-interesting musical scores
-a fair assumption that there will be some religious symbolism in the films
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Thanks, I'm leaning more towards "The Twilight Zone". How long does Fry's have ir for $59.99?
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Thanks, I'm leaning more towards "The Twilight Zone". How long does Fry's have ir for $59.99?
The in-store pricing ended Tuesday, but the online www.outpost.com under their advertised bargains (right-hand side) is still on. It is 2 or 3 times a week that they change these specials online and I do not remember the timing - I think Sunday is one and then later in the week.
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My offerings for your dad's day:

1) Safe Bet - Harryhausen Collection Box Set, Outer Limits Original Series, X-Files, Alien Quadrilogy

2) Potential Great Blind Buy ('24') - Band of Brothers, CSI, Sopranos,

3) Something I think he would like - Hitchcock Warner Collection, Warner Legends Collection (Sierra Madre, Robin Hood), Warner Classic Comedies (Bringing Up Baby)West Side Story boxset
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It's a cliche dad gift, but Band of Brothers is very likely to please.
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Originally Posted by Tigger
My offerings for your dad's day:

1) Safe Bet - Harryhausen Collection Box Set, Outer Limits Original Series, X-Files, Alien Quadrilogy

2) Potential Great Blind Buy ('24') - Band of Brothers, CSI, Sopranos,

3) Something I think he would like - Hitchcock Warner Collection, Warner Legends Collection (Sierra Madre, Robin Hood), Warner Classic Comedies (Bringing Up Baby)West Side Story boxset


Let me break it down for you

Owns all of the Outer Limits(the old school series) all of the X-Files and the Alien Quadrilogy.

In terms of the Potential Blind Buys- Already owns Band of Brothers(and is one of his favorites), he wasn't a fan of CSI, and has never seen the Sopranos.

In terms of the "Something he would like"- Your right, as he owns all of those as well.

He';s tought to buy for.
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Why not the new Collector's Edition of "Star Trek: First Contact"?

Is your dad a fan of The Godfather or GoodFellas? If so, he should love The Sopranos.

What about the box set of "The Prisoner"? One of the best sci-fi shows ever.
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how bout the Taken mini-series
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how bout the Taken mini-series
Given the choice between Taken or Twilight Zone: Season 1... Taken wouldn't even be on the radar.
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Maybe I'm biased here, but if he likes shows like the X-Files and religious symbolism, Carnivale is a sure winner. Yeah it's expensive, yeah it's slow at times. But it is brilliant. Especially the last half of the 2nd season which will wrap up on Sunday in a seemingly explosive finale. Wild ride, lots of big payoffs. I really hope it gets at least a 3rd.
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And on April 6th, 7th, and 8th HBO will replay season 2 back-to-back 4 episodes a night starting at 8pm EST. Great way to capture those shows to watch after you finish season 1. Trust me, by the end you'll be craving more.
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This might seem like an off-the-wall recommendation, but after reading all the things you've said your Dad already owns and likes, it struck me that ALIAS Season One would be something he would definitely like and that would be a surprise.

I think the best gifts are when you get something you wanted, but you didn't know you wanted it yet.
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