Christmas Gift Guide – Blu-ray movies

Give someone the gift of hi-def moving pictures this Christmas with these Blu-ray gems

The Pacific: Collectors' Tin

£34

The makers of Band of Brothers had a lot to live up to with The Pacific, and while its three-strand story lacks the same momentum as its predecessor, there’s no less emotional punch by the time you get to the end. We’ve heard so many times that war is hell – but The Pacific makes you feel that more than anything we’ve seen since Saving Private Ryan’s opening reel.

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Toy Story 3

£15

Like all the best Disney movies, Toy Story 3 is a kids’ film that parents will enjoy just as much – if not more – than their offspring. Oh, and this one is known to wring a few tears from the most hardened of viewers. Also comes with a DVD edition of the film, which you can give to someone else or, er, use as a coaster.

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

£18

All three epic movies in pristine HD for less than £18. Boom! Okay, so they aren’t the geek-friendly Extended Editions, but even the theatrical versions rack up a good eight hours or so of orcs getting bashed and crying midgets walking around.

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Battle Royale: 3 Disc Box Set

£17

One for any film geeks on your present list, Battle Royale ticks all the cult enthusiast boxes: it’s Japanese, it’s got a subversive message and it’s incredibly, gloriously violent. This triple disc set features two versions of the movie (both from a restored transfer) and a boatload of extra goodies.

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Inception

£15

Dream a little dream with Leo and company as they take take a trip (or ten) into peoples’ subconsciouses to steal information. The plot may be mind-bending, but bagging a Blu-ray means you get the chance to watch it over and over again, unravelling any mysteries that remain.

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Alice in Wonderland 3D

£18

3D Blu-rays are as rare as hen’s teeth, but here’s one you can pop in the stocking of any friend lucky enough to have a 3D setup at home. The movie itself is a bit of a slog for anyone who doesn’t adore forced quirkiness, but there’s little doubt that its 3D scenes are a workout for the eyes.

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