Holiday DVDs: Stocking Stuffers and Lumps of Coal

Cinderella Man: A winner KO'd by bad marketing. Otherwise it'd be a contender for half a dozen Oscars. Note to Russell Crowe: Hold the phone!!!

Airplane: It's the new "Don't Call Me Shirley" widescreen edition. Just one of the silliest movies ever.

Bad News Bears: The Walter Matthau version: Si! The Billy Bob Thornton version: No!

Classic TV Collections

Some of the hottest selling DVDs are TV series, and from mid-November to Dec. 20, you'll see collections of hit shows -- some old, some new -- hitting the shelves. They include:

"Cheers" (Season Seven); "Frasier" (Season Seven): "Friends" (Season 10); "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (Season Five); "M*A*S*H" (Collector's Edition); "Murder She Wrote" (Season Two); "The Rockford Files" (Season One); "The West Wing" (Season Five); "The Dukes of Hazzard" (Season Five); "Miami Vice" (Season Two); and "The Simpsons" (Season Two).

Also available is "Barbra Streisand: The Television Specials." Catch her with Ray Charles, among other special guests. It's worth the price of admission all by itself.

And for the sci-fi fan, "The Ultimate Star Trek Collection," a 212-disc set that boldly goes where no Trekkie DVD collection has gone before, assembling 10 feature films and every episode from all five broadcast series, plus hours of interviews and rare footage. A bargain priced at under $2,499. And when I checked, Amazon.com was sold out.

More Bargains

In addition to the great DVDs on sale for $7.50 that I mentioned above, here are other bargains. They're all on sale for $10 or less. They're highly recommended as gifts or for personal viewing. In fact, these are all DVDs I have or would like to have in my personal collection:

"Airplane"; "Almost Famous"; "Anger Management"; "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery"; "Bend It Like Beckham"; "The Big Chill"; "Black Hawk Down"; "Caddyshack"; "Catch Me If You Can"; "Cheaper by the Dozen"; "Crash"; "Dirty Dancing"; "Erin Brockovich"; "Field of Dreams"; "Ghostbusters"; "Gladiator"; "The Godfather: Part II;" "The Hurricane"; "The Incredibles"; "Platoon"; "The Princess Bride"; "Saving Private Ryan"; "The School of Rock"; "Shakespeare in Love"; "Shrek 2"; "Sideways"; "Young Frankenstein"; and "You've Got Mail."

Here are bargains I found at Circuit City and Best Buy: "A Clockwork Orange"; "The Aviator"; "Beverly Hills Cop II"; "Bullitt"; "Blazing Saddles"; "Caddyshack"; "The Color Purple"; "Cheaper by Dozen" (Steve Martin); "Dirty Dancing"; "Full Metal Jacket"; "Forrest Gump"; "Gladiator"; "The Godfather"; "Ghostbusters"; "Green Mile"; "Hitch"; "Jerry Seinfeld: Live on Broadway"; "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; "The Passion of the Christ"; "Saving Private Ryan"; "Scarface"; "Sideways"; and "The Silence of the Lambs"; "Superman"; "Troy" and "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory."

And from Amazon.com: "8 Mile"; "A Beautiful Mind"; "About a Boy"; "Almost Famous"; "AI: Artificial Intelligence"; "American Beauty"; "Amistad"; "Animal House"; "Antz"; "Brewster's Millions"; "Cape Fear" (De Niro); "Catch Me If You Can"; "Chicken Run"; "The Day of the Jackal"; "Dazed and Confused"; "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"; "Elizabeth"; "Erin Brockovich"; "Field of Dreams" "Fried Green Tomatoes"; "Going My Way"; "Havana" (Redford); "Kindergarten Cop"; "Love Actually"; "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"; "Lost in Translation"; "Mo' Better Blues"; "Monsoon Wedding"; "Monty Python: The Meaning of Life"; "Notting Hill"; "October Sky"; "Out of Africa"; "Road to Perdition"; "Scent of a Woman"; "Traffic"; and "Twins."

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