Grab your Blu-ray Disc Remote Control, power up your PlayStation 3 and ready yourself for our essential guide to festive films in 2011.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
If there is one movie you shouldn't be without on Blu-ray Disc this festive season, it's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, starring comedy legend Chevy Chase. Written by the late, great John Hughes (screenwriter of The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off), the film follows the nutty Griswold family on another descent into comical madness, but this time over the holiday season. Cue the horrors of hanging up the Christmas lights, repulsive family members and even exploding reindeer.
The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
Tim Burton's darkly delicious The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D now looks more astonishing and spectacular than ever on Blu-ray 3D disc, making it an essential watch this festive season. The film tells the tale of Pumpkin King Jack Skellington, who, bored with the same old horrifying routine, longs to spread the joy of Christmas in Halloween Town. However, his mission to spread merriment goes awry and puts Santa in jeopardy, while creating a nightmare for good little boys and girls throughout the world.
Writer John Hughes' second entry in our top 10 festive movies, is Home Alone, the movie that put Macaulay Culkin on the map with its brilliant blend of slapstick humour, witty script and an all-star supporting cast that includes the likes of Goodfellas Joe Pesci and Saturday Night Live star, Catherine O'Hara. This Blu-ray Disc is a retro film fan's dream, coming complete with a mansion full of behind the scenes goodies and interviews with the cast and crew. Grab a copy today.
Inject a little action into your holidays by popping a copy of Die Hard into your PlayStation 3. Hailed as one of the finest blockbuster films of all time, Bruce Willis' high-rise masterpiece pits the action man against a team of terrorists inside a New York City building on Christmas Eve. Packed with jaw-dropping gun battles, witty banter and a timeless villain played by Alan Rickman, Die Hard is sure to liven up your seasonal viewing session in 2011.
Comedy superstar Will Ferrell wreaks havoc on the world as Buddy the elf, a man raised as one of Santa's helpers at the North Pole who is sent to the United States in search of his true identity. This family fantasy from the director of Hollywood blockbusters Iron Man and Iron Man 2, is packed full of hysterically funny moments. The Blu-ray Disc comes with the usual blend of deleted scenes and behind the scenes documentaries, you'll definitely have the most fun with the brilliant Elf karaoke extra.
Before you doubt us - yes, Lethal Weapon is a festive movie. Case in point: the opening titles are set to Jingle Bell Rock, followed by an adrenaline-pumping shoot-out in a Christmas tree shop and ends with its two main characters, Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, sharing Christmas dinner. Do you need any more proof? Of course not, so get yourself to your nearest store and pick up the entire collection on Blu-ray Disc.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Seal the chimney, lock the doors and hide your children for our most left-field addition to 2011's 10 of the Best: Christmas Blu-ray Discs because this year the original, vengeful Santa Claus has been freed from his icy tomb in Lapland and unleashed in Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. A rollicking mix of black comedy and horror, this visually stunning film is the ultimate alternative to the usual festive films that have come before it. To say any more would spoil the surprise, so just take our word for it and grab a copy on Blu-ray Disc today.
Terry Zwigoff's Bad Santa stars Billy Bob Thornton as one of the most crooked, corrupted and downright hysterical Kris Kringles ever to grace the screen. The film sees Thornton play a washed-up safe-cracker who robs department stores over the holiday season with his pint-sized partner, Marcus. Throwing a zany security guard, an annoying store manager and a young boy into the mix for good measure, Zwigoff manages to create one of the most twisted Christmas films ever. You have been warned.
Much like The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D, Tim Burton's second film on our list, Edward Scissorhands, is a strange mix of macabre and festive fun. Set against the backdrop of a grandmother telling her grandchild why it always snows at Christmas, the film unfurls in 1950s California and tells the tale of an uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands. At its core, the film is an enchanting holiday season love story that makes it the perfect fit for our 10 of the Best: Christmas Blu-ray Discs.
Get ready for Joe Dante's Christmas creature feature: Gremlins. This brilliant seasonal scare flick is a must if you're looking for a festive film with a twist, and it comes complete with a huge selection of extras including commentaries with the cast, crew and director as well as deleted scenes, trailers and a behind the scenes look. Just remember the rules before viewing: don't get it wet, keep it away from bright lights and never play it in your PlayStation 3 after midnight.
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