Looking for DVD releases that would make the perfect Christmas gifts for the family? From sorcerers to sparkly vampires and villains, here are five upcoming DVD releases of December 2010 coming your way just in time for the holidays:
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Well, this one is technically going to be released on November 30, 2010, but that’s close enough to consider it with the upcoming DVD releases for December. Plus, with Potter fever at a high pitch, kids might enjoy a different take on the world of magic. Adults may find it predictable and full of clichés, but it’s got plenty of action sequences and CGI eye candy, so it could still make the perfect Christmas gift for parents; just give it to your kids as an early present to keep them preoccupied for two hours while you get a little more sleep.
Eclipse – This is one of the upcoming DVD releases of December 2010 that’s definitely not for everyone in the family, but it’s going to be on the top of many daughters’ (and some moms’) Christmas lists. So while the guys in the family might not like the take on werewolves and vampires here, it will be one of the most beloved Christmas gifts of female family members as they spend their holidays watching that infamous tent scene over and over again. So be sure to pick up your copy of the next chapter in the world’s greatest romance on December 4, 2010.
Shrek Forever After – And here’s one of the upcoming DVD releases of December 2010 that the whole family actually might enjoy watching together, as we bid farewell to our favorite ogre from Far Far Away. It might not be one of the best movies in the Shrek series, but seeing very different versions of the characters that your family has fallen in love with (including a pudgy Puss in Boots) could offer up a little Christmas fun (think of it as the fairytale version of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’). Be sure to pick up Shrek’s final story on December 7, 2010.
Despicable Me – And here’s one of the best upcoming DVD releases for kids who have been naughty this year, as the star in this animated movie is a master of mayhem (with an army of minions). Staying in the ‘It’s Wonderful Life’ theme here, the evil Gru wants the moon. Of course he doesn’t want to steal it to give it to someone as a gift; he simply wants to become the greatest villain in the world by pulling off the biggest heist in history. Kids will love the wacky storyline, but this one has also (almost) managed to capture that Pixar quality of being appealing enough for adults to watch on their own, making this December 14 release a must-see Christmas DVD for the whole family.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole – And here’s another of the upcoming DVD releases of December for Harry Potter fans, as the wizards’ pets go on an adventure of their own. The story follows a young owl who is kidnapped and learns that his only hope to stop to an uprising of evil owls is by getting help from the legendary Guardians of Ga’Hoole. It’s a bit darker than some of the animated movies aimed at families of 2010 (characters actually die in it), but the CGI animation here is breathtaking, and it’s fun to see these beautiful birds in action. Look for it on DVD on December 17, 2010.
So if you’re looking for a fun way for the family to spend the holiday, be sure to add some of the upcoming DVD releases of 2010 on this list to your Christmas list.