Christmas 2023 – Gift Guides – Home Entertainment Highlights! 📀

With festive events now launching across the country, pantomimes preparing to open and Christmas adverts starting to roll out, the lead up to the Holidays is well and truly underway. In the lead up to Christmas, we will be publishing a series of different themed Gift Guides to help you with your Christmas present shopping and provide some last minute inspiration.

For this latest guide, we’ve rounded up a selection of the top Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Home Entertainment Highlights that are sure to be among the most wished for and most gifted titles this Christmas!



Oppenheimer

It was one half of one of the biggest movie events we’ve seen in years and it is now set to be one of the hottest selling titles for Christmas 2023 as Christopher Nolan‘s epic biographical thriller Oppenheimer arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD from Universal Pictures.

An unprecedented cinematic event featuring an all-star cast, Oppenheimer thrusts audiences into the mind of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), whose landmark work on the Manhattan Project created the first atomic bomb.

Experience the breathtaking global phenomenon that has captivated audiences around the world from the comfort of your own home this Christmas.




Barbie

The other half of one of the biggest movie events we’ve seen in years, Greta Gerwig‘s global box office phenomenon, Barbienow the highest grossing film in Warner Bros.’ 100-year history having earned more than $1.4 billion worldwide, is sure to be another huge seller this Christmas and is now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.

Barbie (Margot Robbie) and Ken (Ryan Gosling) are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans.

Bursting with effortless fun, bold, vivid colours and palpable ken-ergy throughout, Barbie is the ultimate empowering, feel-good movie to enjoy this Christmas!




Marvel Studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3

The Guardians of the Galaxy are back for another thrilling solo outing in this epic third volume in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and the the 32nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) overall!

The MCU now expands to the far reaches of the galaxy as Peter Quill once again rallies his unlikely team to embark on a dicey, action-packed mission to protect one of their own. This time, however, a new force threatens to bring the Guardians down for Good.

It is a significantly more emotionally-charged film than previously instalments with some rather distressing scenes involving animal cruelty and experimentation as Rocket’s early life is explored, though there is plenty of warmth and comedy to balance out the more moving sequences.

With outstanding action sequences and the signature blend of sharp humour and epic music, albeit here with a much darker tone, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 marks a significant step up from some of the recent MCU films and a fitting conclusion to the epic Guardians story… for now at least!




Indiana Jones & The Dial Of Destiny

Harrison Ford returns as the legendary hero archaeologist in Indiana Jones & The Dial Of Destiny, the rip-roaring fifth and final chapter in the saga of one of cinema’s greatest heroes, which is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD with never-before-seen bonus content including five chapters that chart the making of the film.

The film sees the daredevil archeologist racing against time to retrieve a legendary dial that is said to have the power to change the course of history. Accompanied by his estranged goddaughter (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), he soon finds himself squaring off against Jürgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen), a former Nazi adversary now working as a NASA scientist.

Join the adventure at home in this epic, globe-trotting adventure and bid a fond farewell to one of cinema’s greatest heroes.




A Haunting In Venice

Kenneth Branagh returns as famed detective Hercule Poirot for this spooky third instalment in his Poirot film series, based on the novel “Hallowe’en Party” by Agatha Christie.

The story has now been transported to eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve for this elegantly shot supernatural mystery thriller that unfolds in and around the mist-shrouded canals of the world’s most glamorous city.

Now retired and living in self-imposed exile in Venice, Poirot reluctantly attends a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo. When one of the guests is murdered, the detective is thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets.

A suitably spooky murder mystery perfect for the dark winter nights!




Gran Turismo

Experience the exhilarating true story of a team of unlikely underdogs – a struggling working-class gamer (Archie Madekwe), a failed former race-car driver (David Harbour), and an idealistic motorsport executive (Orlando Bloom) – in the action-packed biographical sports drama, Gran Turismo, proving that nothing is impossible when you’re fueled from within.

Based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough, the film is the ultimate wish fulfillment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo player whose gaming skills won a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional race-car driver. Together, they risk it all to take on the most elite sport in the world.

Full of meteoric twists and turns, Gran Turismo is sure to deliver the ultimate adrenaline rush this Christmas!




Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

Looking for epic, high stakes action this Christmas? Look no further, as the thrilling seventh instalment in the blockbuster Mission: Impossible film series, is available to own now on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, and DVD from Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team embark on their most dangerous mission yet: To track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands. With the fate of the world at stake, a deadly race around the globe begins. Confronted by a mysterious, all-powerful enemy, Ethan is forced to consider that nothing can matter more than his mission – not even the lives of those he cares about most.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is another high stakes, high pressure espionage thriller in the consistently brilliant film series that ramps up the stunts, the dazzling tech and the breakneck action sequences to an exhilarating new level.




The Equalizer 3

Director Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington once again team up for this third and final instalment of the ultra-slick The Equalizer trilogy, rounding out the story of the exhilarating story of retired U.S. Marine and DIA officer Robert McCall.

Since giving up his life as a government assassin, Robert McCall finds solace in serving justice on behalf of the oppressed. Finding himself surprisingly at home in Southern Italy, he soon discovers his new friends are under the control of local crime bosses. As events turn deadly, McCall knows what he has to do: become his friends’ protector by taking on the mafia.

Polished, slick and expertly constructed, The Equalizer 3 is a fitting finale to this hugely entertaining vigilante action-thriller trilogy.



Prey

A prequel to the celebrated Predator film franchise and the fifth film in the mainline series, Prey is an inspired new addition to the story and a real return to top form in what proves a thrilling sci-fi action thriller set in the Northern Great Plains of North America in 1719.

Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, “Prey” is the story of Naru (Amber Midthunder), a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to prove herself a worthy hunter. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien Predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.

Discover the origins of the iconic sci-fi movie villain in this edge-of-your-seat new prequel featuring outstanding cinematography and thrilling action sequences.




Expend4bles

In EXPEND4BLES, a new generation joins the world’s top action stars for an adrenaline-fueled adventure and the biggest film in the series to date.

Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) and Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) are back, leading the irreverent and indestructible team of elite mercenaries who laugh in the face of death. The Expend4bles are the world’s last line of defense and the team that gets called when all other options are off the table. But new team members with new styles and tactics are going to give “new blood” a whole new meaning.

They’re new mission finds them headed to a secret base adjacent to Libya’s nuclear weapon program. They’re on the hunt for a pitiless arms dealer, Rahmat (Iko Uwais), and his private army, which has stolen detonators to a nuclear device that could start World War III. When Christmas goes off mission to help a comrade, Rahmat makes a narrow escape, taking the detonators with him. As the team regroups, they set off on their most fateful journey to stop Rahmat and uncover the high-level operative he’s serving.

Watch some of the world’s biggest action stars come together to create an explosive mix of thrills, camaraderie, loyalty, and teamwork in this must see action thriller!




Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Halle Bailey stars as the iconic mermaid Ariel in director Rob Marshall’s live-action reimagining of Disney’s beloved animated musical classic, available now on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra and Digital, as well as streaming on Disney+.

The Little Mermaid is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s (Javier Bardem) daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King). While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula (Melissa McCarthy), which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy.

Featuring the treasured music and songs from multiple Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”) and Howard Ashman, along with new lyrics by three-time Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, fans can add now the film to their collection and access exclusive bonus features including a sing-along version of the film, song breakdowns, bloopers, and exclusive featurettes.




Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), the Academy Award-winning box-office smash and one of the most striking animated films in years, now gets a hotly-anticipated sequel as Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse now swings onto Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, just in time for Christmas!

After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters the Spider Society, a team of Spider-People charged with protecting the Multiverse’s very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders and must redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most.

Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar®-winning Spider-Verse saga in this must-see family film perfect for a Christmas movie night!




Disney Pixar’s Elemental

Venture to Element City this Christmas for Disney and Pixar’s beautiful original feature film, Elemental, where residents of Fire, Water, Earth and Air live together.

The story introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted and fiery young woman, whose friendship with a fun, sappy, go-with-the-flow guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in.

Exploring the timely theme of cultural diversity, Elemental may not be peak Disney/Pixar but it’s a beautifully told romantic comedy bursting with vivid colours, bold animation and typically loveable characters. Perfect family entertainment for Christmas!




The Crown – The Complete Fifth Season

With the sixth and final season of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama coming to a close later this month, catch up with the most recent Royal events with The Crown – The Complete Fifth Season, available to own now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Imelda Staunton stars as Queen Elizabeth II alongside Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip and Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in this searing and controversial fifth season spanning the years 1991 to 1997, during the premiership of John Major.

The 10-episode season opens as Elizabeth meets the new Prime Minister and Charles and Diana jet off to Italy on their second honeymoon and covers some of the most notable events in modern British history including Elizabeth’s annus horribilis in 1992, Diana’s infamous Panorama interview, the separation and divorce of Prince Charles and Diana, Elizabeth’s state visit to Russia, the decommissioning of Britannia, the handover of Hong Kong, and the beginning of Tony Blair’s premiership.

Royalist or not, The Crown remains one of the most polished and immaculately produced dramas in recent years and delivers episode after episode of absorbing and thrilling drama.

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