Holiday Gift Guide: Movies, Music & More

We’ve been looking at the best holiday tech gifts all week, and today, we’ll branch out a bit to include movies, music and more, all selected by our tech editor Michael Siebenaler. But Mike knows about more than tech, he’s a huge movie, TV, and game fan.

Let’s check out his picks!

Leave it to Time Life to provide amazing home video sets time after time including the 50th Anniversary Special set of The Carol Burnett Show, The Jackie Gleason Show in Color: Deluxe Edition, and complete fourth, fifth and sixth seasons of Laugh-In.


Keep the laughs coming with Overboard and Welcome to the Men’s Group and the collector’s Editions of City Slickers, Get Shorty, and Dragnet. Special comedy home video sets include the 22-DVD set Robin Williams: Comic Genius and 9-DVD set Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition.


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Enjoy music/concert home video sets like Sting: Live at the Olympia Paris, Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams documentary film/concert film/live album (Dec. 7) set The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert and In Concert: Encore that showcases HOF induction ceremonies from 2010 to 2017. Click here to check it out:



The home video set of the original stage production Moses features massive sets, special effects, and live animals.


Inspiring home video choices include Christopher Robin, I Can Only Imagine, Paul, Apostle of Christ, and the quality documentary on Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 



Quality thrillers include Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and Searching where David Kim seeks his 16-year-old daughter Margot. This gripping 102-minute mystery-drama thrills using only computer screens. Searching addresses the joys, usefulness, pitfalls, and dangers of digital communication and technology including Crowd Chase, Facebook, Facetime, Reddit, Tumblr, and Google Maps.


Mature dramas include Ocean’s 8, Crazy Rich Asians, Oh Lucy!, Midaq Alley starring Salma Hayek, Leave No Trace, the 50th anniversary restoration of the classic western The Great Slience, Alpha, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, and the documentary Conduct! Every Move Counts that follows the lives of five young conductors.


The streaming service Netflix offers the 10-part Terrorism Close Calls series featuring never before known terrorist plots that were foiled by courageous agents, counter-terrorism experts and everyday citizens.

 Netflix also has blockbusters like Black Panther and A Quiet Place. Avengers: Infinity War, Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Solo: A Star Wars Story also provide high-level entertainment options.


The Meg, Equalizer 2, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom offer more adventure while Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 3, The Steam Engines of Oz, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and Teen Titans Go! To The Movies give all-age animation fun.

Listeners looking for a satisfying music experience can enjoy the Pistol Annies’ third album, Interstate Gospel, which showcases country musicianship and stunning harmonies.


Our own Cyn Mackley has an outstanding series of mystery novels. Audible members can enjoy the season even more with a free helping of Twain’s Feast during the month of November. This eight-part original series hosted by Nick Offerman that takes listeners through a historical exploration of Mark Twain’s life through the lens of his favorite foods including maple syrup and even raccoon!

Brainstorm by Robert Wintner is a unique memoir that follows the author’s wife and her experience after a brain aneurysm and the following recovery. Author Heniz Bude’s Society of Fear is a timely title that covers social challenges and outlooks amid today’s climate.


The young adult Afton Morrison 4-book series from author Brent Jones begins with Go Home, Afton as this 26-year-old librarian seeks some small town justice.


Other books include the mystery-drama Birds of Wonder by Cynthia Robinson and Rod Picott’s 12-story collection Out Past the Wires, which was inspired by his accompanying double album music CD.

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