Money spent on streaming video is set to surpass revenue of DVD purchases and rentals for the first time this year. Still, if you’re determined to give a wrappable gift to the movie-lover in your life, the major studios have plenty of home-video releases available.
This season’s offerings are a mixed bag, ranging from an elaborate box set of Marvel’s recent superhero movies to an amusingly gimmicky edition of the fashion-industry spoof “Zoolander” (headband included). You may not find packaging as grandiose as last year’s $600 collection of Warner Bros. classics, or the cedar cigar humidor that once accompanied an edition of “Scarface.” This year’s set of “Fast and Furious” movies, housed in a hot-rod wheel, may come closest.
With prices ranging from $250 to a mere 20 bucks, you should be able to find something for just about anyone. Here are a few suggestions.
FAST & FURIOUS — THE 7-MOVIE COLLECTION (Universal Home Entertainment)
THE DEAL The hot-rod franchise starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker (who died in 2013) has become one of the most successful in history, earning nearly $4 billion in total with a youth-oriented mix of cool cars, multicultural actors and hip global backdrops from Tokyo to Rio. This collection packages every movie to date in what looks like the wheel of an oversized Matchbox car. A bonus DVD includes featurettes, many from the two most recent films.
LIST PRICE $99.98 for 8 Blu-ray discs; $49.99 for 8 DVD discs
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL 40TH ANNIVERSARY (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
THE DEAL Celebrating its 40th year, this classic spoof of the Middle Ages has itself hit middle age, but its surreal brand of comedy remains as sharp as ever. In a nod to one of the film’s famous scenes, this edition comes packaged with a castle, a working catapult and a few rubber farm animals for launching. Also included are new artwork from director Terry Gilliam and a 30-minute recording of the group’s live appearance at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival with host John Oliver.
LIST PRICE $55.99 for 1 Blu-ray disc
CANNON FILMS COLLECTION (Warner Home Video)
THE DEAL If trash cinema were Champagne, then Cannon Films produced vintage Dom Pérignon. This collection rounds up 10 of the studio’s titles from the 1980s and ‘90s, including the Sylvester Stallone vehicle “Cobra,” the Jean-Claude Van Damme classic “Bloodsport” and the Chuck Norris cop-flick “Hellbound.” The set also contains Mark Hartley’s recent documentary on the proudly lowbrow studio, “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films.”
LIST PRICE $49.92 for 10 DVD discs
SPECIAL EFFECTS COLLECTION (Warner Home Video)
THE DEAL A sampler of early fantasy and science-fiction films with innovative effects from the pre-computer age. “Son of Kong” (1933) and “Mighty Joe Young” (1949) feature stop-motion wizardry from Willis O’Brien, whose assistant, Ray Harryhausen, later took the lead on “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” (1953), also included here. The fourth film is 1954’s insect-apocalypse movie “Them!,” one of the first and best of the era’s nuclear monster movies.
LIST PRICE $54.9 for 4 Blu-ray discs
THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION COLLECTION (Shout!)
THE DEAL Penelope Spheeris’ 1981 documentary on punk rock, “The Decline of Western Civilization” — featuring such seminal bands as The Germs, Black Flag and X — arguably did as much to create the movement as capture it. That film, along with the jaw-dropping “Part II: The Metal Years” (1988) and the little-seen “Part III” (1998), about homeless punks in Los Angeles, are collected here in their first official Blu-ray or DVD release. The package includes a 40-page book by Dominic Priore and a disc of bonus features.
LIST PRICE $59.98 for 4 Blu-ray discs; $39.98 for 4 DVD discs
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE — THE 5-MOVIE COLLECTION (Paramount Home Media)
THE DEAL The espionage franchise starring Tom Cruise as Agent Ethan Hunt has evolved over time, from Brian DePalma’s slick-and-savvy original (1996) to the more fanciful recent entries by Brad Bird (2011) and Christopher McQuarrie (2015). They always give the James Bond films a run for their money, and there’s no arguing with the charisma of Cruise. All five films are in this collection, each with bonus features and/or audio commentaries.
LIST PRICE $64.99 for 5 Blu-ray discs
BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES (Universal Home Entertainment)
THE DEAL Robert Zemeckis’ enduring time-travel trilogy, starring Michael J. Fox as American everyteen Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as the madcap scientist Doc Brown, celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. This home-video collection is housed in a Flux Capacitor case and includes all three films, all 26 episodes of the animated television series, a 64-page book and a bonus disc with new shorts and documentaries.
LIST PRICE $99.98 for 9 Blu-ray discs; $88.99 for 8 DVD discs.
MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE: PHASE 2 COLLECTION (Walt Disney Studios)
THE DEAL If you know someone who follows Marvel-Disney’s strategic release schedule, here’s a set of all six movies from what’s known as Phase 2. It includes the sequels “Iron Man 3,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and the new franchise pilot “Ant-Man.” The films are accompanied by bonus features, commentaries, mini-documentaries, a slew of Marvel memorabilia and an orb containing an Infinity Stone.
LIST PRICE $249.99 for 13 Blu-ray discs
ZOOLANDER GIFT SET (Paramount Home Media)
THE DEAL Whetting fans’ appetites for next year’s sequel, Ben Stiller’s “Zoolander” comes to Blu-ray for the first time in a fittingly ridiculous package that includes a headband with moussed-up hair. The single disc also includes commentary by Stiller and the screenwriters, new footage of rehearsals for the movie’s beloved break dancing battle, and several outtakes and skits. You also get an $8 voucher toward a ticket for “Zoolander 2.”
LIST PRICE $24.99 for 1 Blu-ray disc
THE COLLECTED WORKS OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI (Walt Disney Studios)
THE DEAL Often called the Walt Disney of Japan, Miyazaki remained little-known to Americans until Disney itself dubbed his animated fantasy “Spirited Away” into English and released it here to widespread acclaim (and a 2003 Oscar). This collection features all 11 of Miyazaki’s feature films as a director, from 1979’s “Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro” to his swan song, “The Wind Rises” (2013). Also included is a collector’s edition book on the recently retired filmmaker.
LIST PRICE $215 for 12 Blu-ray discs; available exclusively through Amazon