5 insane box sets you can actually buy for Christmas 2012

Getting a film, album or video game under the Christmas tree isn't enough any more – you need a pile of stuff to go with it. These box sets are overloaded with goodies

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Care Package

£220, amazon.co.uk

5 insane box sets you can actually buy for Christmas 2012 - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Care Package 2

Call of Duty is a blockbuster series, and this is an appropriately over-the-top box set – it comes complete with a two-sided SteelBook, the official soundtrack, challenge coins, props and a special Nuketown map. Oh, and there was something else, what was it… ah yes, a working quadrotor drone.

The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness Deluxe Edition

£160, hmv.com

5 insane box sets you can actually buy for Christmas 2012 - The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness Deluxe Edition 2

Double albums are already a byword for bloated excess – but that's not going to stop alt-rockers The Smashing Pumpkins. This reissue of their 1995 album comes with a whopping five CDs containing 64 bonus tracks from the Mellon Collie recording sessions, two concerts on DVD and a velvet-lined disc holder. Oh, and two books full of artwork and lyrics, plus a "decoupage kit for creating your own scenes from the Mellon Collie universe."

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Hitman: Absolution Deluxe Professional Edition

£60, zavvi.com

5 insane box sets you can actually buy for Christmas 2012 - Hitman: Absolution Deluxe Professional Edition 2

This box set's relatively cheap – at least compared to some of the others on the list – but it doesn't skimp on the content. You get the Agency Gun Pack DLC, a making-of DVD and an art book to immerse you in Agent 47's world – and an adorable bobblehead of the baldy antihero.

Harry Potter Wizard's Collection

£175, play.com

5 insane box sets you can actually buy for Christmas 2012 - Harry Potter Wizard's Collection 2

Correct us if we're wrong, but the Harry Potter film series consisted of eight movies. Yet somehow, Warner Bros has managed to cram 31 discs into this box set – including Blu-rays, DVDs, extended cuts of the first two films, and (in the case of the Deathly Hallows films) 3D Blu-rays. You also get three bonus discs crammed with documentaries, concept art prints, catalogues of props and posters, and a map of Hogwarts.

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial – Limited Edition Spaceship with Digibook

£90, amazon.co.uk

5 insane box sets you can actually buy for Christmas 2012 - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial – Limited Edition Spaceship with Digibook 2

Okay, this box set only contains the original film on Blu-ray and digital formats – though mercifully, not the re-edited version with walkie-talkies in place of guns. So why does it cost £90? Because it comes packaged in E.T.'s spaceship – which lights up and opens mechanically to the strains of the John Williams theme. Perfect for getting you in the mood for some classic Spielberg.

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