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Category Archives: Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Books for music fans

So many music books, so little time. Depending on what the sounds that person in your life loves, there’s a ton of great books out there to choose from this Holiday Season. Here are a few of our favourite selections:

Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jan Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine – Writer Joe Hagan had unprecedented access to the founder and publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine, and the end result didn’t please Jann Wenner at all. Lots of sex, drugs and rock and roll, and comments from the rock stars that Wenner himself loved to hang around with. It’s all happening in this book.

Bon

Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC’s Back in Black – With the passing of AC/DC founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young just a few weeks ago, reading about the band’s original lead singer Bon Scott has become even more fitting. Jesse Fink delves deep into the lore of the Thunder from Down Under, Bon’s influence on the band, and his tragic passing at the age of 33. Read the rest of this entry

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017 – Twin Peaks: The Limited Event Series, The Final Dossier, Wrapped in Plastic + Funko Toys

For fans of Twin Peaks, 2017 has been an incredible, defining year. First, the long-talked about third season made its way to Showtime as an 18-part film, written by series co-creators Mark Frost and David Lynch, with every hour directed by Lynch himself. Familiar faces mingled with new ones, though nobody would disagree that the new series was a tour de force delivered by Kyle MacLachlan, who not only returned as Special Agent Dale Cooper, along with two brand new characters. The series picked up 25 years after Cooper became trapped in the Black Lodge with his doppelgänger roaming free. While the ratings weren’t outstanding, the quality of the series was incredible, and its making many a Best of 2017 lists.

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This week sees the release of Twin Peaks: The Limited Event Series on Blu-ray and DVD, featuring hours of incredible behind the scenes footage that take you up close and personal into David Lynch’s creative process. The Blu-ray is the version to pick up, as it contains a bonus disc of footage that absolutely is a must-experience for fans. The packaging is a gorgeous slipcase that features Cooper’s various guises. For anyone looking to delve deeper into the world of Twin Peaks, this is 100% a must have. Read the rest of this entry

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Ed Wood’s ‘The Violent Years’ Gets a 4k Restoration

“These Aren’t Kids. They’re Morons!”

Alamo Drafthouse’s The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA), the world’s largest non-profit film archive, have teamed with Something Weird Video to bring us a lost film from the so-called world’s worst director. You either know writer/producer/actor/director Ed Wood from the Tim Burton film or from his magnum opus Plan 9 From Outer Space. You may have even seen his films skewered on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Comics For Everyone On Your List

The hardest part about putting together a gift guided for me is not starting it off in a way I consider “hack-y.” That is to say, I don’t want to launch into a tirade along the lines of “Boy, the malls are SO crowded! Shopping is the WORST. Guess the holidays are here again, right guys?”

Amazon just had their biggest Cyber Week in their history. I’ve been to the mall twice since Black Friday and one of those times I saw an actual tumbleweed. During both of those trips I desperately wanted to do all my shopping at my local comic shop. Graphic novels, not Isotoners.

What if I told you it was possible? That you could indeed find something for almost everyone at your comic shop. Well, you can find out after the jump!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: TV Shows on Blu-ray + Digital

There’s always an abundance of DVD and Blu-ray offerings for the holiday season, many of them in box set form. Complete series, various season collections, and standalone seasons – whatever you’re looking to grab for someone, there’s something waiting. Here’s a rundown of some recent releases that should be solid gifting for the pop culture tv geek in your life:

Buffy The Vampire Slayer The Complete Series: Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Buffy The Vampire Slayer has once again been compiled into a complete collection. I say once again, as there have been a few different sets over the years (I know, as I had at least one of them). While hardcore fans can probably skip out on this one, it is definitely a beautifully put together package for anyone you want to introduce the world Buffy and the Scoobies to. This set features the extras from previous separate individual season collections, along with a reprint of the Dark Horse Season 8 Issue 1 comic book and a page to colour, illustrated by Season 8 artist George Jannety.

The Strain The Complete Series: Speaking of vampires, the recently completed FX series The Strain is now available in a no frills, nice boxed set of its four seasons. Created by Guillermo Del Toro, Carlton Cuse and Chuck Hogan, the series lasted for four successful seasons. The DVDs feature a variety of extras, and also some attractive slipcases for each individual season. For fans of episodic gore, The Strain is your choice this holiday season. Read the rest of this entry

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Pre-order Arrow’s ‘Basket Case’ Blu-ray


When the Museum of Modern Art announced they would be doing a 4k restoration of Frank Henenlotter’s 1982 Basket Case, my reaction was “it’s about fucking time.” I relayed this news to someone nearby and they rolled their eyes hard. Fine. Basket Case is that kind of movie, I guess.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Snap a Pic with FujiFilm’s Instax Mini 9 and Share SP 2

It’s the first installment in this year’s edition of Biff Bam Pop!’s Holiday Gift Guide, and we’re kicking it off with a flash, and some help from BBP’s Princess.

Andy Burns: So, my little Princess, what are we going to talk about first?

Princess: Fujifim Instax Mini Camera and printer!

Andy Burns: Now, where did you and I first try this out?

Princess: At a Holiday Toy Showcase put on by our friend.

AB: That’s right, put on by our friends at Swerve PR! It was early, though.

Princess: The end of October, I think. And we saw some cool things.

AB: I think the coolest thing we saw was the camera, the Instax Mini 9 from Fujifilm.

Princess: And the printer!

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