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Old 11-02-05, 11:34 PM
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Christmas gift ideas for older folks

I am trying to help a friend of mine, who is working on an article of good classic movies and television which have recently or will be released for the holiday season, find some good gift ideas for older folks. She wants movies maybe from the 30s, 40s, or 50s, as well as older tv stuff. I figured the new King Kong release would be great, but I need some good ideas, especially for the television stuff, as I don't know much about classic tv. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 11-02-05, 11:53 PM
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As for upcoming classic television, I know that I'll be picking up Leave it to Beaver: The Complete First Season (November 22). There is even a cool limited editon version that comes in a lunchbox!
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Kong is hands down the best thing coming... might try

Wizard of Oz
Orchestra Wives
The War of the Worlds: Special Collector's Edition (1953)
Shirley Temple Collection, Volume 2: Baby Takes a Bow, Bright Eyes, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Looney Tunes collections
Fox Film Noir Series
Walt Disney Treasures (some good tv titles in this batch as well)

adventures of superman
bewitched season 2 (in glorious black and white of course)
Andy Griffith Show Season 4
Combat! - The Battle Box (Complete Series)
The Twilight Zone-the Definitive Collection box sets
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TV stuff...

Murder She Wrote
McMillan & Wife
Have Gun will Travel
Wanted Dead or Alive
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VHS. Old people don't have DVD players. Those newfangled 45s scare them!
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Dick Van Dyke Show
The Outer Limits
The Twilight Zone
The Yule Log DVD
The upcoming Mr. Peepers Season One DVD set
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Originally Posted by GizmoDVD
VHS. Old people don't have DVD players. Those newfangled 45s scare them!
I'm sure this is some form of sarcasm, but my grandparents got a DVD player last CHristmas, and they love it. They enjoy watching older westerns and war movies if that helps any.
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The Film Noir series would be a great buy.
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Combat! - The Battle Box (Complete Series)
Planning on getting this for my dad. He grew up with it and flies a lot for work, watching things on his laptop. Seems like a perfect fit.
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I'm thinking about getting one of the Alfred Hitchcock boxsets for my mom.
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thought this was obvious, but didn't see it mentioned...
The Golden Girls Season sets...
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Old 11-03-05, 11:50 AM
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How about BBC mysteries, like Rumpole of the Baily, Prime Suspect, Inspector Morse, or Hetty Wainthropp?
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Old 11-03-05, 12:19 PM
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Val Lewton Collection
Or maybe, Warner's Astaire & Rogers Collection (release a couple of months back)
John Wayne's The High & the Mighty and Island in the Sky

Released earlier in the year, but the Errol Flynn Collection would be nice.
Some I Love Lucy on TV DVD might go over well too.
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Old 11-03-05, 03:35 PM
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Some of the old musicals should be on the list. There are a lot from the 50's-60's like Singing in the Rain, Hello Dolly, etc.
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Another thought:

The 4th and final volume of The Best of Abbott and Costello was recently released. The first 3 Volumes have had price drops. A gift of all 4 Volumes would be nice. As a bonus, you could add the MGM releases of their films: "Dance With Me Henry" and "Noose Hangs High".
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Originally Posted by reubs82
They enjoy watching older westerns and war movies if that helps any.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (if that is an old enough Western)
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Warner Holiday Collection:

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the absolute BEST thing to get would be the Honeymooners

Also try:
Dick Van Dyke
Mary Tyler Moore
Abbott & Costello
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King Kong or Wizard of Oz sets
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I highly recommend the Thin Man box set
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