Next in this impressive lineup of goodies is the Universal 100th Anniversary Collection (MSRP $349.98), which is available on Blu-ray as well as SD-DVD. This massive set is not as theme-oriented as the previously-mentioned titles; instead, this anthology offers up a varied 25 (!) hits from the Universal library, beginning with classics like the original All Quiet On the Western Front and Abbott & Costello's Buck Privates to contemporary favorites like Despicable Me, The Fast and the Furious, and Jurassic Park. Of course, there are a number of fantastic items to be found in the middle of the set, including Jaws, Spartacus, The Sting, The Breakfast Club, and more — each with its own assortment of special features. A review for this item, too, is available from yours truly to peruse at your leisure, and can be found here.
Moving onto Standard Definition DVD titles available this holiday season, we have one of my absolute favorite shows — Universal's House: The Complete Series (MSRP $199.98). All eight seasons of this memorable medical drama starring Hugh Laurie (as the brilliant Vicodine-addicted titular diagnostician), Omar Epps, Robert Sean Wilson, Lisa Edelstein, Jesse Spencer, Olivia Wilde, Peter Jacobson, and Jennifer Morrison are presented here on 41-discs in a handsome box set, with an exclusive full-colored 24-page booklet also on-hand for you diehard fans to dive into.
Finally, we have another box set of a television icon. Universal's release of Columbo: The Complete Series (MSRP $149.98) presents us with another beautiful box set containing every episode and TV-movie starring the legendary Peter Falk as the seemingly-absentminded but completely cunning police detective, Lt. Columbo. This 34 single-sided disc set brings all 69-episodes from the show's original seven seasons, as well as 24 television movies produced over an impressive 35-year period (1968-2003), with an equally-esteemed list of guest stars including Leslie Nielsen, Louis Jourdan, Roddy McDowall, Anne Francis, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, George Wendt, and Matthew Rhys.
All of these great releases (and more) are available now.