Christmas Gift Guide 2013: Best TV and Film Blu-ray box sets

Whether you're looking for a present, or just something to play on the snazzy Blu-ray player that's wrapped up under the tree, we've got you covered

As the season of Yule hoves into view, Hollywood gathers up its cinematic output and stuffs it into bulging Blu-ray box sets, to be wrapped up and crammed beneath your Christmas tree.

Whether you're looking for restored classics, bang-up-to-date new releases or special editions crammed with extras, we've got you covered.

Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (£20)

Geek heroes Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright reunited this year for The World's End, the finale to their "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy. This time around, Pegg and Frost's everyman heroes take on alien robots while attempting to complete a pub crawl they started twenty years earlier.

Now, with metronome inevitability, you can pick up a box set of the three films – though let's be honest, if you're buying for a Stuff reader they'll probably have Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz already.

Read our interview with Nick Frost

Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Deluxe Barrel Edition (£250)

The Best TV Series Ever™ reached the end of its fifth and final season this year, and it's been sent off in style with this spectacular box set. You get Blu-rays of all five seasons packaged in a replica money barrel, a two-hour documentary on the making of the final series, a Los Pollos Hermanos apron, a 16-page booklet written by series creator Vince Gilligan and a "challenge coin," whatever that is.

Sadly the deluxe edition is officially sold out, so you'll have to take your chances with resellers – or pick up the less-ostentatious complete series boxset for £76 from Amazon.

More after the break...

Doctor Who: The Complete Box Set (£145)

With Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor bowing out in this year's Christmas Special, it's the perfect time to get up to speed with the show. This box set, collects the entire run of episodes from the new series (less the recent Day of the Doctor 50th anniversary special).

Among its many extras, the box set features the first four series on Blu-ray, "remastered at full 1080p high definition." That's a bit of a stretch, considering that they were shot in standard-def – but marketing fluff aside, it's a nicely-packaged way of catching up with the Doctor's adventures.

The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition (£59)

This Batman box set charts Christopher Nolan's reimagining of the Caped Crusader as Christian Bale's brooding Dark Knight, over the course of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

As well as the films, you get 90 minutes of new special features plus a photo book, villain prints by film art gurus Mondo, and reproductions of Batman's vehicles from the films. "Where does he get those wonderful toys?" indeed.

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