Sunday, December 9, 2012

2012 Gift Guides: Top DVD’s for tech geeks

People can be very specific in their wants and needs when it comes to electronics. I know -- I’m one of them.

The next best thing to getting someone the latest piece of technology is getting them something to use their their technology with. Purchasing a DVD is the perfect way to do that, as new combo packs offer a variety of ways to view each movie, whether it’s in 3D, Bluray or a regular old DVD player, or even as a digital copy now available on many mobile devices. There is nothing better to get someone that has everything than some of the latest and greatest films.

Here are the 10 movies (in no particular order) that will be released between Nov. 20 and Christmas that will have just about any pop-culture savvy person salivating.

M.I.B. III — Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. Available Nov. 30.

The Dark Knight Rises — Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy concludes with this Warner Brothers release that finds the Dark Knight pitted against Bane, an unstoppable foe with tremendous physical and intellectual strength. Nearly a decade after taking the fall for Harvey Dent's death and disappearing into the darkness, a fugitive Batman (Christian Bale) watches from the shadows as the Dent Act keeps the streets of Gotham City free of crime. Meanwhile, an elusive cat burglar seizes the chance to strike, and a masked anarchist plots a devastating series of attacks designed to lure Bruce Wayne out of the shadows. Available Dec. 4.

Ice Age: Continental Drift — Scrat's acorn obsession sparks a continental catastrophe that sends Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary), and Sid (John Leguizamo) on an epic adventure involving a shipful of fearsome pirates, and an unexpected reunion. Available Dec. 11.

The Expendables 2 — When things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time. But that's nothing compared to the justice they serve the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother. Available Nov. 20.

Resident Evil: Retribution — Awakening in a top-secret Umbrella facility as the T-virus threatens to wipe out the last remnants of humanity, Alice (Milla Jovovich) must battle her way through virtual simulations to break out of the complex and save Earth. Available Dec. 21.

Premium Rush — A crooked cop (Michael Shannon) pursues a New York City bike messenger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) carrying a mysterious package in this urban thriller from director/co-writer David Koepp. Available Dec. 21.

Arbitrage — When we first meet New York hedge fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) on the eve of his 60th birthday, he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed. Available Dec. 21.

Total Recall — The planet has been decimated by nuclear war in the late 21st century, leaving only two nations -- the United Federation of Britain and the Colony. Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) is a factory worker with a stable job and a loving wife (Kate Beckinsale), but upon learning that a company named Rekall could grant him the memory of the ultimate espionage adventure, he decides that a virtual vacation is better than no vacation at all. Available Dec. 18.

Ted —  The story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish ... and has refused to leave his side ever since. Available Dec. 11.

The Bourne Legacy — The fourth installment in the highly successful Bourne series sees the return of the franchise's screenwriter, Tony Gilroy, stepping into the director's seat for an entry that sidelines main character Jason Bourne to focus on a fellow estranged assassin (Jeremy Renner). Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz costar, with Joan Allen and Albert Finney reprising their roles from previous films. Available Dec. 21.

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