Best Box Sets: What to watch over Christmas 2017

You’ll struggle to find a better stocking filler than a good ol’ box set. But with so many up for grabs, it can be tough to filter the good from the, well, not so good – so we’ve put together a list of box sets that are guaranteed to put a smile on your loved one’s face this Christmas.

Back to the Future: The Trilogy

Ah, the tale of Californian teen Marty McFly, sent back in time in a modified DeLorean. MyFly must ensure his parents fall in love – or he’ll cease to exist, disrupting the future as we know it. Then he has to go forward in time, and then back again, and… Anyway, the whole trilogy is classic, so make like a tree and get outta here to buy this amazing box set.

Breaking Bad: The Complete Season 1-5

When high school chemistry teacher Walter White is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, he and his former student, Jessie Pinkman, turn an old RV into a meth lab. Well, he has to secure his family’s financial future somehow, before his inevitable passing… What could possibly go wrong, eh?

Dexter: The Complete Season 1-8

Dexter Morgan is a blood-splatter expert with a horrifying secret: he doesn’t just solve murders – he commits them, too. You see, Morgan is a vigilante serial killer, hunting down murderers who slipped through the justice system. The real twist, though, is that Dexter’s story is told as a black comedy. If you only know Michael C Hall from Six Feet Under, this show will come as a delicious surprise.

Fast & Furious: The 8-Movie Collection

I need NOS! And so do you. We all need nitrous oxide and ridiculous plastic car bodykits in our lives, and this action-packed, adrenaline-fuelled box set delivers. From illegal street-racing in Los Angeles, California and death-defying drifting in Tokyo, Japan to heart-stopping, high-value heists across Asia and Europe, Fast & Furious has it all… and all with the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Vin Diesel coming along for the ride.

Friends: The Complete Season 1-10

Chances are you’ve seen at least one episode of Friends, a sitcom that follows the personal and professional lives of a group of comrades living and loving in New York. If you haven’t, now’s as good a time as any to catch up on some of the most memorable moments in TV history. If you have, you won’t care because you’ll want to watch it all over again.

Home Alone: The 4-Film Collection

Join Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin in his prime), the cheeky young boy who’s left (you got it) home alone one Christmas and constructs booby traps to prevent burglars from robbing his family’s house. The second movie is more of the same, but in a shop. Culkin didn’t make it into the third movie, so lower your expectations accordingly for that one.

Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Collection

Dun-der-dundunnnnn… Dunderdunnnnn… Dun-der-dundunnnnnnnnnnn… Dun-der-dun-dun-dun… Legendary archaeologist Indiana Jones – Harrison Ford in his other most famous role – dons his fedora and grabs his bullwhip (but repeatedly forgets his razor) to track down some of the world’s most illusive treasures. That’s only the half of it, though: Jones has to beat ruthless enemies to the loot, including the Nazis. OK, nearly always the Nazis.

Sons of Anarchy: The Complete Season 1-7

Single father Jax Teller finds his loyalty to his outlaw motorcycle club tested by his unease of the group’s growing lawlessness. While the club patrols the town of Charming, trying not to sweat buckets while wearing half a ton of leather and denim, it also manages a lucrative illegal arms business. Inevitably this brings a whole world of trouble to their door. If only it were easier to get out of the gun-running game…

The James Bond Collection

James Bond is a franchise synonymous with the Christmas period – and with this one-of-a-kind box-set you can watch every Bond star defeat a villain on the MI6’s wanted list during their respective years of operation, starting with Sean Connery in 1962 and heading right up to Daniel Craig’s Spectre.

The Walking Dead: The Complete Season 1-6

Based on the popular comic book series authored by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead shadows the lives of the survivors of a zombie apocalypse as they attempt to locate a secure home, while realising that other survivors are actually more deadly than the blood-thirsty zombies walking among them. Like having Christmas dinner with both your parents and the in-laws, except you can press pause at any time.

 

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