Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the entertainment maven in your life
Whether they like to read, watch movies, listen to music or mash buttons, our guide has everything you need to find your loved ones the perfect entertainment gift.
'Assassin's Creed III'
In the fifth installment of the "Assassin's Creed" series (yes, I know it says 3 above), you'll be questing in the years 1753 and 1783, and you'll take control of an assassin who fought during the American Revolutionary War. Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, $59.99; PC, $49.99
Pixar continues its trend of releasing amazing movies, but amps it up by embracing the Disney tradition of strong, young female protagonists for this excellent adventure about a princess looking to escape her royal heritage. DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray/DVD combo, $39.99; Blu-ray 3-D/Blu-ray/DVD combo, $49.99
'Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two'
Mickey Mouse is back, and this time, he's teaming up with Oswald, his foil from the first "Epic Mickey." This new Disney video game takes you through the worlds of classic animation with an emphasis of cooperative play. Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, $59.99; Wii, $49.99
'Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version'
Philip Pullman, author of the "His Dark Materials" books, digs through the 210 Grimm fairy tales and retells 50 of them - both well known and not - in his own unique fashion. $27.95
'Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy'
Maybe you've seen all of his films and checked out all of his Broadway productions, but if you're really a Mel Brooks completist - and you really should be - then this six-disc set of rare footage is a must. $89.93
'Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season' Collector's Edition
Winter is not just coming; it's here with this new collector's edition set of HBO's blockbuster fantasy series. This set expands on the regular edition with the inclusion of a dragon egg paperweight. Blu-ray/DVD combo, $99.97
'Friends: The Complete Series'
Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry and the rest of the "Friends" crew will be there for you 236 times in this box set with tons of bonus content and a 32-page episode guide. Blu-ray, $279.98
Kelly Clarkson - 'Greatest Hits - Chapter One'
Can you believe that the first "American Idol" winner has been around long enough to have a greatest-hits album? Well, 17 of "Miss Independent's" top hits are here, including the holiday-friendly track "I'll Be Home For Christmas." $11.99
'Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal'
Take a dip into the archives of the Jim Henson Company for this look at some rare and unusual items from the brilliant creator of "The Muppets," including photos, sketches, doodles and other unique treasures. $29.95
Biographer Peter Ames Carlin, with the help of the Boss himself, chronicles the life of the New Jersey rock icon. $28
'Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection'
Good evening. Alfred Hitchcock is a master filmmaker and this set proves it with 15 of his classic films, including "North by Northwest," "Vertigo" and "Psycho." Blu-ray, $299.98
'Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet'
Get the "Project Runway' fan in your life the latest tome from the always dapper Tim Gunn. Here, he dives into the history of fashion with his perspective peppered into the text. $28.
New York City Opera subscription
One of the benefits of living in New York City is your access to every type of cultural activity you can imagine. Give the gift of opera with a subscription to the NYC Opera, with tickets for upcoming shows including "Powder Her Face," "The Turn of the Screw," "Moses in Egypt" and "La Perichole." Price varies, 75 Broad St., Suite 1010, 212-870-5600, nycopera.com/subscribe
'Lego Lord of the Rings'
After you check out "The Hobbit," build your way over to the latest Lego video game, set in the world of Middle Earth. Take control of your favorite characters, from Frodo to Gimli, as you work your way to Mount Doom - a mount doom made of bricks. Xbox 360, PS3, $49.99; Wii, 3DS, Vita, $39.99; DS, PC, $29.99
'Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection'
Before his latest film comes out, check out the entire oeuvre of director Quentin Tarantino from "Reservoir Dogs" to "Inglourious Basterds." DVD, $119.99