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Top 10 Best Blu-Ray Movies to Give as Gifts this Christmas - 2017 Edition
Essentially, we are talking about those Blu-Ray movies that are worth the money that cost to purchase. Netflix is a physical movie copy killer, and this is why our list works around all of those online streaming services, such as Amazon Prime, Wuaki TV, Sky Cinema, and of course, Netflix.
All of these movies are not planning on being on any of these online streaming sites for some time, and even if they were to, these movies are sure to be worth the space that they take up to store.
Another key reason for buying Blu-Ray movies as gifts at Christmas is their sentimentality to movie goers throughout the year who can bring back a few memories, and these memories will start with the joy on their faces when they are handling the soft plastic that is the Blu-Ray movie case. Cannot beat this magical experience on Christmas morning.
Plus, Blu-Ray movies look like gold on the entertainment unit, given that yours is geared up for open space storage, and the Blu-Ray movies sit ever so comfortably in plain sight. A movie fanatic simply cannot help but want it all, and this means that the physical copies of Blu-Ray movies that stand out as your must-haves are sure to keep a smile on your face from time to time as you gaze over at the centrepiece TV unit.
Personally, around Christmas time I buy Blu-Rays in bulk, as what could the rest of my family possibly want for the holiday season time. They have little to no choice where I am concerned, as I will go ahead and buy 7 copies of Alien: Covenant. 7 different homes, 7 different Alien: Covenant locations.
Alien: Covenant Official Trailer
No.10 - Alien: Covenant
Alien: Covenant is the sequel to the Alien prequel, Prometheus. It had a fair few surprises instal, but the only thing that truly mattered was that they would actually be showing the alien creatures in this movie. They did. That is more or less all of my expectations boxes ticked.
Ridley Scott returned to direct Prometheus, and he stuck around to direct the sequel, Alien: Covenant. A lot of people have thrown accusations at Ridley Scott for not offering a better sequel to Prometheus, another movie that received a lot of mixed responses from movie goers.
One thing that is for sure is that Ridley Scott started the Alien franchise, and it is a godsend for many fans of the franchise that it is him who has returned to add to the prequel series to show how the aliens came to exist within the movies origin settings.
The reality for Alien: Covenant was that for many movie theatre goers it was a shame that it did not carry on from where Alien: Resurrection left off. However, Alien 4 was based during the franchises original running series, and Prometheus chose to take the story into a whole different time era way before the character, Ripley (from the original Alien movies) was ever even born.
Alien: Covenant is the sequel to the Prometheus prequel, but is still essentially a part of the prequel series. This is only disappointing for many fans of the Alien franchise because they grew up watching the character Ripley take on the alien creatures, and in the light of Covenant it felt as though there was not a prominent lead to guide us through an emotional roller-coaster.
The positives for Alien: Covenant is that they brought the aliens back into the action, but the downside is that we have more of a feeling for the robot human (played by Michael Fassbender) than we do for any of the other characters in the movie.
What a conundrum. It seems that Ridley Scott has a new job on his hands in finding a character that can take the predominant lead within the movie as they move forward with the prequel series.
Covenant gave us back Michael Fassbender, and even brought with them James Franco, but the truth of the tale is that they simply need a strong leading actor/actress who can guide us through the stories progression comfortably and with some emotion. They got it right with Ripley. But, in Prometheus and Alien: Covenant it just feels too lifeless when thinking about the human characters. This is a problem.
Not a bad movie, overall. Ridley Scott did a good job at bringing to the table a viable sequel to Prometheus, which is what he set out to do.
No.9 - John Wick: Chapter 2
If you liked the first John Wick movie, you know that speedy action flick that starred Keanu Reeves as the retired hit-man for an underworld Russian mafia crime organisation, turned household family man. Of course, John Wick had no family since his wife recently passed away, and the only thing she left behind was a letter and a beagle puppy for John. That is until coincidentally John runs into some sly-mouthed trouble at the gas pumps causing a gang of thugs to break into John's home in the middle of the night, and taken off guard John Wick takes a beating and is knocked out. Only to wake up in the next morning to find that his puppy has been killed, his car has been stollen, and his wife's car has had a bat thrown through the windscreen.
Exactly what prompted the revenge in John's mind still remains a mystery, and many have said that it is the puppy that was given as a dying gift from his wife. This is clearly what it was, but you have got to be ticked off when you see a bat through a cars windscreen. John is a hard man, and nobody messes with a hard mans life. That pretty much wraps up the sentimental side of the John Wick movie, as shortly after John gets to work hunting down the son of the Russian mafia boss that he had once worked for. He set out on his own mission to bring down the mafia criminal organisation in order to take out the bosses son, the person responsible for taking away the last life in John's cosy retiree world.
The first John Wick was great, and if everything about the first amazed you in entertainment even in the slightest, then the sequel is going to blow your socks off. The action is in greater demand, and John's retiree life gets sidetracked once again, but luckily this is not another revenge flick, but instead a job that goes sour when he his betrayed by the man who hired him.
Transformers: The Last Knight Official Trailer
No.8 - Transformers: The Last Knight
Michael Bay returns for another run at the Transformers series, and is the second Transformers instalment to have Mark Wahlberg lead the way. Not a struggle for fans of the franchise to adapt to as Wahlberg pretty much stars in every actionable movie, putting him at a similar calibre to Dwayne Johnson in the movie business, in 2017.
Why would Transformers: The Last Knight be on this list? Yep, Transformers: The Last Knight is one of our top picks for Blu-Ray disc movies worth buying as gifts for 2017. Reason, because every child/teenager can immediately get drawn into the savage explosions and alien robot fights that will take place throughout the entire movie.
We have all seen Michael Bay's movies from the past broadening the scopes aside from the Transformers franchise that he has been at the helm of now for almost a decade. Bay directed The Rock, Bad Boys, and Bad Boys 2 and the thing that becomes clear in all of his movies is that there is a lot of wit and chemistry between the leading characters, he pushes boundaries where gun fights and car chases are concerned. Plus, Bay always gets the best pick of the bunch to play his leads, as they are almost always the personalities that steal away the entire show.
Essentially, family movies sell when the youngest of the bunch are entertainment satisfied, and Transformers is the franchise that even has the toys to match the movie. A win, win for the movie studio behind the ever adapting franchise.
In 2017, Christmas is going to be filled with sounds of iconic explosions that could only have been made possible through the movie making efforts of Michael Bay. Transformers: The Last Knight may not be the biggest critical buzz, but it will be sure to outsell any and all Oscar winning movies for 2017, that is for sure.
Adult viewers who take pride in the level of quality that they look for in movies, you know that genius cannibal character that everyone fell into shock and awe over known as Hannibal Lecter. Now that was an Oscar performance, and although Hannibal Lecter is nowhere to be found in The Last Knight, it does just so happen to star the actor behind the genius character, Anthony Hopkins.
Mother! Official Trailer
No.7 - Mother!
Starring Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games series and Silver Linings Playbook) and Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men and Skyfall), this is sure to be the horror movie of choice for many people on Christmas evening when the kids have all wound-down and gone to bed.
Although, not the complete horror experience, this is a psychological thriller that really has a lot of anticipation due to its highly talented director and cast members.
Will this be the greatest movie we have ever seen on the silver screen? Probably not. But it will be a crowd pleaser, because of all the above.
Plus, for those tracking Jennifer Lawrence's career, the last and only horror movie that she has starred in was 2012's The Last House on the Left, and many would argue that the movie slipped by under the radar that year. A good movie. Perhaps even one that could be bought on Blu-Ray in addition to Mother!, later at its release Christmas time.
Kong: Skull Island Official Trailer
No.6 - Kong: Skull Island
Tom Hiddleston stars as the lead in this adaptation of the Kong character on the mysterious skull island, and this time around Kong is taking no prisoners. Damn, as Peter Jackson did such a good job mixing a love tie-in between the Kong beast and the blonde haired actress, played by Naomi Watts.
Not that you should be getting confused, as Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of King Kong has absolutely nothing to do with the 2017 Kong: Skull Island movie, it is just interesting to compare the two movies.
One thing is sure however, and that is of the studios ambitions in where they see King Kong the next movie around, as it has been widely rumoured that there is to be a Godzilla vs. Kong movie. This may be a good enough reason to think about purchasing this movie, as the CGI for Kong within this movie should replicate further Kong movie instalments later down the line.
Annabelle: Creation Official Trailer
No.5 - Annabelle: Creation
The story of Annabelle has long been capitalised on since The Conjuring movie nudged audiences in the direction of the possessed doll. In long-been we pretty much mean through the first encounter with the Annabelle doll which was in The Conjuring, then again in Annabelle, the spin-off from The Conjuring, and now Annabelle returns again in an origin story called Annabelle: Creation.
We previously noted Mother! (starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) as being the horror of choice for Christmas night, when in truth it should really be Annabelle: Creation for the horror choice, and Mother! for the psychological thriller choice.
War for the Planet of the Apes Official Trailer
No.4 - War for the Planet of the Apes
Perhaps you have already seen War for the Planet of the Apes this year, in which case there would need be no introduction for the movies premise, not that this should be too difficult to get a grasp on.
For those who are yet to see War for the Planet of the Apes, my advice is simple; watch the first, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, then the sequel- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and leave war for last. This way you will get the ultimate experience in seeing exactly how the apes and humans landed in such a predicament.
Logan Official Trailer
No.3 - Logan
Who could have expected that 2017 would bring X-Men fans a movie title that in no way relates back to the X-Men franchise. This is a marketing statement, that is for sure. The big-budget production has set out with Logan to bring fans of the Wolverine character a movie that throws everything that X-Men have been, and will be working on right out of the window.
Every mutant on planet earth has been disposed of in order of bringing to the table an X-Men movie spin-off that could do right by the Wolverine character in giving him a true send off that lives up the reputation of Hugh Jackman's acting abilities in portraying the un-killable Wolverine character.
Only, in Logan, the Wolverine has been worn down due to some kind of chemical in the air that poisons mutants, and through this the once un-killable Wolverine becomes the tough-to-kill Logan. He still has his Wolverine blades, but without his ability to properly heal the poison in the air keeps him weak enough to remain sick.
It (2017) Official Trailer
No.2 - It
- 2017 Remake
The It movie had such a large amount of support via the internet on social media, forum sites, movie trailer video clips, and had the entire entertainment media going into a frenzy over the movie being the best movie since movies became better known as movies, and lesser known as films (even though they both mean the same thing).
On release onto the silver screen there have been no complaints, and honestly, a movie that gets hyped up three months in advance is typically a movie that is going to disappoint or at least hurt the more obsessed of pre-fans to actually seeing the final cut for the movie.
Strong feedback from critics and movie-goers alike, and this is why this is one of the must-pre-orders for the Blu-Ray disc format this Christmas. Everyone is going to want to get together on Christmas morning to watch It, as the movie making industry came to a full-stop for this Stephen King adaptation onto the big screen for 2017.
Would be a shame to miss out on the family get-together experience on Christmas morning to see this legendary title brought up to standards for the big-budget movie industry.
Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" (2017) Official Trailer
No.1 - Dunkirk
War is a scary place to find yourself amongst, as the fear and courage that goes through the life of a soldier is difficult to capture cinematically, and over the years we have seen too fewer movies pull off the realities of war, and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is up there with being one of the best in doing just that.
Historically accurate, based around true events, this is a war movie that will stick with you for some time to come. It takes me back to the realism of Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, an epic WW2 movie made back in 2000. So few directors have the talents required to pull off a movie like Dunkirk, and it is such an exciting time to see Christopher Nolan join this most prestigious short-list.