Holiday Gifts for the Entertainer
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
November 23 2012 5:00 AM ET
Pillow Talk and Mamma Mia! on the Same DVD?
With Universal Studios' new 100th Anniversary Collection Limited Edition you get 25 films, a 72-page book, a 15-track music CD, and more in Blu-ray and DVD. The films are fun, moving, and eclectic, including Pillow Talk, The Breakfast Club, Scarface, Spartacus, Mamma Mia! and Do the Right Thing. What's more, the set includes vintage cartoons from the 1930s onward. $349, UniversalHomeEntertainment.com
Fable, 50 Years Later
The new installments in the critically acclaimed Fable franchise, Xbox360 Kinect's Fable: the Journey take gamers into the picturesque world of Albion 50 years after the events in Fable III. Users inhabit the life of Gabriel, a young man who has lost his tribe, as he weaves through hair-raising chases and action-packed adventures. Best of all for couch potatoes, a new upper-body skeletal tracking system allows for seated game play. $49.99, xbox360.com
Action Games Perfect for Kids
Got kids? Get them a game that's educational, entertaining, and best of all, not annoying to adults. Kinect Nat Geo America for XBox360 is an interactive version of the wildlife show hosted by Casey Anderson (host of America the Wild) while Kinect Sesame Street Season 1 is an interactive TV experience where kids watch their fave episodes from the show's 42nd season while engaging and learning with their fave characters (hello, Elmo!) And if you want to go old(ish) school, get the kid a Speedster from Worx Toys, an unusual learning tool that lets kids look inside the car and identify each part with kid-friendly code-activated lights and sounds. Nat Geo and Sesame Street both $49.99, Xbox360.com; Worx: $29.99, WorxToys.com
Three Graphic Novels You'll Want
Death: The Deluxe Edition by Neil Gaiman (which includes two miniseries, Death: the High Cost of Living and Death: the Time of Your Life together with The Sound of Her Wings and Facade, the "Death and Venice" chapter from The Sandman: Endless Nights as well as three short stories) is a brilliant intro to the dark and transcendent work of the acclaimed Sandman author. $29.99, VertigoComics.com
Bisexual funny girl Ellen Forney is giving Alison Bechdel a run for her money with Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, her new graphic novel about her struggles with bipolar disorder. $20, Gotham.com
Book 1 of Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Denise Mina, Leonardo Manco, and Andrea Mutt is a lovely graphic novel adaptation of the worldwide smash hit that that made bisexual hacker Lisbeth Salander a heroine that's as smart and thrilling as the original. $ 19.95, VertigoComics.com
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