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"The Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition Collection" DVD set (Credit: Warner Bros.)

"The Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition Collection" DVD set features seven movies based on Sparks' stories including "The Notebook," "Message in a Bottle" and "The Lucky One."

DVD gift sets for TV and movie buffs

TV gift sets this season tip toward Blu-ray biggies. But that doesn’t mean DVD is forgotten. Along with eagerly awaited high-def upgrades, we’re finally getting whole-series sets of long-sought “holy grail” faves from the ’60s and ’80s. And if you’re looking to make that big-box impression or collect thematic swag, you’ll find those on shelves, too. It’s definitely binge time. (Dollar amounts reflect list price. Deep discounts are widely offered.)

For movie buffs, it’s beginning to look like a classic Christmas in the world of home-video, where the year’s best box sets tend to hark back to Hollywood’s golden years. Here’s a handful of suggestions.

"Steven Spielberg Director's Collection"

The "Steven Spielberg Director's Collection" (Universal) features eight
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The "Steven Spielberg Director's Collection" (Universal) features eight of the filmmaker's movies on Blu-ray, from rarities like "Duel" (1971) to blockbusters like "Jaws" (1975), "E.T." (1982) and "Jurassic Park" (1993). Each disc also comes with tons of bonus features from documentaries to commentaries; $199.98.

"Universal Classic Monsters"

Frankenstein, Dracula, the Invisible Man and all of
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Frankenstein, Dracula, the Invisible Man and all of your other horror movie monster favorites are all together in the "Universal Classic Monsters" collection of 30 films on DVD; $199.98.

"Herzog: The Collection"

"Herzog: The Collection" (Shout) features 16 of director
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"Herzog: The Collection" (Shout) features 16 of director Werner Herzog's films on Blu-ray, including "Fitzcarraldo" and "Aguirre, the Wrath of God." Bonus features also abound including a documentary on Herzog and "The Making of Nosferatu the Vampyr"; $159.99.

"Steven Spielberg Director's Collection"

The "Steven Spielberg Director's Collection" (Universal) features eight
(Credit: Universal)

The "Steven Spielberg Director's Collection" (Universal) features eight of the filmmaker's movies on Blu-ray, from rarities like "Duel" (1971) to blockbusters like "Jaws" (1975), "E.T." (1982) and "Jurassic Park" (1993). Each disc also comes with tons of bonus features from documentaries to commentaries; $199.98.

"The Wonder Years"

The "Wonder" of it all: All six seasons
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The "Wonder" of it all: All six seasons of the series "The Wonder Years" are now available on DVD and are packaged in a foot-tall mini metal school locker; $250 for 26 DVDs, timelife.com.

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"The Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition Collection"

Isn't it romantic? "The Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition
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Isn't it romantic? "The Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition Collection" DVD set (Warner Bros.) features seven movies based on Sparks' stories including "The Notebook," "Message in a Bottle" and "The Lucky One"; $69.97.

"Halloween: The Complete Collection"

There are plenty of scary tricks and treats
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There are plenty of scary tricks and treats to be found in "Halloween: The Complete Collection" (Anchor Bay), a 15-disc Blu-ray set featuring all of the "Halloween" movies, behind-the-scenes documentaries and the never-released producer's cut of "Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers"; $169.99.

"Pee-wee's Playhouse"

Get ready for a good time at "Pee-wee's
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Get ready for a good time at "Pee-wee's Playhouse" with this Blu-ray box set. In addition to all of the series' episodes, there are tons of bonus features including four hours of behind-the-scenes interviews; $150 for eight Blu-ray discs, shoutfactory.com.

"The Sopranos: The Complete Series"

"The Sopranos: The Complete Series" (HBO) features all
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"The Sopranos: The Complete Series" (HBO) features all six seasons of the show in high definition on 28 Blu-ray discs. There's also a bonus disc, containing not just previous complete sets' cast supper chat and David Chase interview, but adding the new documentary "Defining a Television Landmark"; $280.

"Sherlock: The Complete Seasons 1-3"

"Sherlock: The Complete Seasons 1-3" (BBC) is a
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"Sherlock: The Complete Seasons 1-3" (BBC) is a Blu-ray+DVD combo of 14 discs, not to mention a swank double-wide white box also holding half-foot busts of Benedict Cumberbatch's Holmes and Martin Freeman's Watson (weighty enough for use as bookends); $200.

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"Spartacus: The Complete Series"

"Spartacus: The Complete Series" (Anchor Bay) features every
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"Spartacus: The Complete Series" (Anchor Bay) features every episode of the Starz sword-and-sandals series starring both the late Andy Whitfield and replacement Liam McIntrye in the title role. The 13-disc set features a bonus disc with discussions by cast members and featurettes on the show's score, prosthetic effects and second-unit action; $200.

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