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Seasons Greetings our faithful MovieWebbers!Just in time for the holidays is our grab-bag pick of the 25 DVDs you need in your collection. It is an eclectic mix to be sure but one that will get you thinking (if nothing else!). Some of these movies are germane to Thanksgiving and Christmas, while others just evoke feelings that bespeak the holidays. So enjoy our list and have a safe and happy Holiday Season!

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Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition

Related: MovieWeb's 2010 DVD Holiday Gift Guide

Okay, Superman fans, this is the release you have been waiting for! The Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition is the definitive Superman release of this year. Not only does it contain all the movies in the series, not only does it have a slew of extras, but it contains the long sought after, never before seen Richard Donner Cut of Superman II! You cannot celebrate the holidays without owning this.

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Friends: The Complete Seasons 1-10

Can you think of a better way to get through the holidays with your in-laws? Friends: The Complete Seasons 1-10 gives you every episode with Rachel, Ross, Phoebe, Chandler, Monica, and Joey. If that wasn't enough to make run out and purchase this set, it also contains 19 hours of bonus features. Tell your in-laws to top that!

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West Wing: The Complete Series Collection

The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection contains 45 discs spanning all 7 seasons of this groundbreaking show. Considering the times we are living in and how much this show captured the cultural zeitgeist, I can think of few TV on DVD offerings that are as important as this one.

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The Sopranos: Season Six - Part 1

What are the holidays without "The Family"? Zip. Zilch. That's why you gotta dive right into the first part of thee end of one of the greatest television series to ever grace your TV set. It may not be over yet, but The Sopranos: Season Six - Part 1 packs plenty of punches and is the perfect gift for Dad or your young angst-filled teen!

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Roseanne: The Complete Sixth Season

Speaking of family, it's time to go back to your roots and visit the Connor family this holiday season! Out on DVD December 5th, this fun-filled season hits store shelves just in time to make that 90's retrospective couch party you were planning during your winter break. Grab Roseanne: The Complete Sixth Season to make those dreams come true!

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Rome: The Complete First Season

Conquer the 2006 holiday season with one of the most ambitious televsion series to ever exist. Beautiful sets, great actors and storyline you won't find anywhere else, Rome: The Complete First Season is going to make you drool. Oh yes, and did I mention the special features? Let's just say your gonna need to log some serious TV time to get through this epic adventure.

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24: Season 5

Honestly, I can't even formulate the words on how fantastic 24: Season 5 is. Let's just say that I sat down 3 days ago to begin my journey into the show's latest arrival on DVD, and in this small chunk of time I have actually been so hooked I'm already through 18 of the 24 hour-long episodes. How's that for addiction! Give this set to ANYONE. I promise you, they will not be disappointed. Don't miss out...grab your copy today..."There's NO TIME!"

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James Bond Ultimate Edition, Vol. 1

Things in the world come and go and just like we need the holidays... we needJames Bond This set sees our fearless hero in some of his most amazing adventures, and what better way to celebrate them than during the holidays? Think about it, you've just eaten your turkey feast, grab some dessert and watch James Bond Ultimate Edition, Vol. 1! It sounds good just thinking about it.

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Home Alone: Family Fun Edition

What better way to bring in the holidays than with this modern holiday classic? Anyone who has ever fought with their parents cannot resist owning this new DVD that promises hours of family fun. Also, who doesn't enjoy an action/comedy film that also works as a piece of light family entertainment. Home Alone: Family Fun Edition gets it's right on all levels.

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Monster House

While not a holiday film per se, Monster House speaks to anyone who has ever experienced the Fall season. This tale of friends outgrowing and growing back into Halloween, all while they do battle with a nasty house across the street, is not only a thrilling viewing experience, but yet another seminal entry into this warmhearted time of year.

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A Christmas Story

Who hasn't seen this movie? If you haven't than your holiday season isn't complete without A Christmas Story. This film captures the climate of Christmas, the friendships forged among youth, the desire to have a gift that seems unattainable and the joy of seeing what happens when a child accidentally utters the "F" word.

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Cars

Complete with cute characters and slapstick situations, Cars would be be easily forgettable if wasn't a personal statement about family. The fact that the DVD transfer of this film is nothing short of pristine, this is an movie that you not only need in your collection, you need it playing during both Christmas and Thanksgiving.

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Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

While Captain Jack Sparrow may not elicit holiday cheer, this CGI extravaganza is meant to be watched Thanksgiving Morning, Christmas Day, and anytime you have a hankering for a good adventure. Filled to the brim with a variety of extras, your collection will certainly be missing something if Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest isn't a part of it.

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Seinfeld: The Complete Seventh Season

Can you think of a better way to spend the holiday season than serving your nostalgic appetite for great 1990s TV? Seinfeld: The Complete Seventh Season is an honest to goodness comprehensive look at the inner workings of this show. Packed with commentary tracks, deleted scenes, featurettes, and just about everything else, you'll remember why this show was so great as you share it with the people you love.

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Scarface

Again, another title that you probably don't thnk would be on anybody's list of "Holiday Must Owns," but if you check the film's history it was in fact released theatrically in December 1983. Presenting a viewer with everything they could ever want to know about this film, Scarfaceis a must own for all serious DVD collectors.

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King Kong

King Kong is a film that has the holidays written all over it. How you might ask? Well every year Santa Claus descends from the North Pole to bring love upon the world. In this film, King Kong is taken from Skull Island but still manages to bring his version of love to New York City. Featuring effects unlike any other films before it, this movie was meant to be screened in big groups during this cozy time of year.

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Miami Vice

Amidst all the wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukah, a Joyous Quanza we sometimes forget just what it is we are thankful for. Watching a movie like Miami Vice is certain to make us respect and give thanks to those who do the jobs we don't (or can't)do, and keep us safe in the process. On top of that this DVD is loaded with top of the line bonus features.

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Saturday Night Live: The Complete First Season

Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase... do we have to say anymore? Saturday Night Live: The Complete First Season is filled with 24 episodes from this show's zenith. It even comes with a 32 page photo book and screen tests of certain cast members. Amidst giving thanks and giving gifts there should be plenty of laughter, and this 8 disc set is bound to give consumers an ample supply.

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The Andy Griffith Show

Certain shows are made for the holiday season and The Andy Griffith Show is one of them. Loved today because of the simple time it depicts, I can think of few shows that espoused the correct treatment of others as much as this one did. It seems people's generosity kicks in around the Holidays, but in Mayberry it was like that every day. For one low price, you can own every episode from this landmark show on 39 discs.

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Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection, Vol. 2

You might think you need to be a film buff in order to appreciate The Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection, Vol. 2, but the beauty of the collection is all you need to do is sit down and this 7 disc set does all the work for you. With an amazingly comprehensive, 3 disc offering of The Maltese Falcon, I can think of few better ways to relax after a turkey dinner.

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It's a Wonderful Life

How can you bring in the holiday season and not include this film? Would it even be a holiday season without Frank Capra's wonderful classic? Aside from all the reasons why you should own It's a Wonderful Life, this 60th Anniversary comes complete with a documentary hosted by America's Dad, Tom Bosley!

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles

For a film about two men sleeping in the same bed and driving each other crazy as they try and get to Chicago for Thanksgiving, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is all heart. This is one of those rare movies you can watch at any time, no matter where you come in, and instantly be engaged by John Candy and Steve Martin's performances. This is truly a movie for all seasons.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Clocking in at 25 minutes, A Charlie Brown Christmas is that rare film that is perfect. Watching these kids work together to put on a Christmas play, as Charlie Brown continues to say that the meaning of the Holiday has been forgotten, is an almost bittersweet elegy to the fleetingness of youth. The most amazing thing about this film is the range of human emotions it elicits in such a short time. A must own.

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Rocky Anthology

When I think of the holidays I can't help but think of the Rocky Anthology. What better way to celebrate the season of giving than to see the American dream lived out through 5 boxing films?! On top of that these movies provide a time capsule of American Holiday culture from the 1970s to the 1990s.

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Miracle on 34th Street

Some of you no doubt think that this title should be at the top of the list. It is certainly a film that works for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it's themes are always relevant. However, this new version of Miracle on 34th Street has some great extras, in addition to a stunning DVD transfer. The holiday season just isn't the same without this movie.

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Trading Places

Filled with laughs and a lot of Yuletide spirit Trading Places is a warmhearted spin on American capitalism in the 1980s. Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd were never better as two men pitted against one another, who ended up turning the tables on the people trying to do them in. This film works any time of the year, but it spans the holidays in a highly comprehensive way. You need to own this.

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

With so much animation being thrown at children at a breakneck pace today, it's nice to see something like A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving that celebrates the simplicity of the medium. Filled with those small lessons that Charles Schulz was wonderful at providing, this DVD also comes with a timely bonus feature titled "The Mayflower Voyagers." Great stuff all around.

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Accepted

It's rare that a "teen comedy" would be on a Holiday shopping list but Accepted is that special film that belongs almost anywhere. While it has humor and jokes that might not scream "family movie," this film has a wild spirit to it that is in very much the same vein as the season in question. The extras on this disc are as funny and insightful as the film itself.

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Frank Capra Collection

What would the holidays be without at least one Frank Capra film? How about 5?!! Featuring such works as "It Happened One Night" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," the set is loaded with extras featuring such directors as Martin Scorsese and the late Robert Altman offering their praise of the director. Great stuff all around and even better for your collection!

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Evan Jacobs