New on DVD: Nostalgic picks for holiday gifts

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As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, nostalgia continues to be essential pop culture comfort food. Consider these DVD picks, all out Dec. 1, for anyone on your gift-giving list (or yourself).

“Beverly Hills Cop”: 1984 comedy starring Eddie Murphy as a police officer avenging his best friend’s murder has been remastered in 4K.

“Blade”: The 1998 action/horror film starring Wesley Snipes as a vampire hunter out to seek justice for his mother’s death is being rereleased with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack.

“Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection”: Collection includes 60 theatrical shorts and interviews with stars, animators and historians centering on Looney Toons’ lovable stinker.

“Coming to America”: 1988 comedy starring Eddie Murphy as an African prince seeking a bride in the U.S. has been remastered in 4K.

“The Curse of Frankenstein”: In this 1957 horror film, Dr. Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) faces the consequences of bringing a deadly creature back to life (Christopher Lee).

“The Golden Child”: 1986 film starring Eddie Murphy as a social worker sent to find a humanity-saving kid has been remastered and available on Blu-ray for the first time.

“Green Eggs and Ham: The Complete First Season”: Animated series loosely based on the Dr. Seuss story follows the adventures of Sam-I-Am (Adam DeVine).

“The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogies: Both sets of epic J.R.R. Tolkien tales directed by Peter Jackson are being released on 4K UHD.

“Holiday Affair”: A store clerk (Robert Mitchum) falls for a young mother (Janet Leigh) attempting a Christmas shopping scheme in this 1949 rom-com.

“Perry Mason: The Complete First Season”: HBO reboot of the 1957-66 legal drama stars Matthew Rhys as the broody defense lawyer.

“Popeye”: Robin Williams’ 1980 take on the sailor man is being released on Blu-ray for the first time with new content in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

“Top Gun”: The 1986 action/adventure film starring Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer and Kelly McGillis as pilots with the need for speed is being released in a limited-edition 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Steelbook.

“Trading Places”: The 1983 prince-and-pauper tale starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd has been remastered.

ALSO NEW ON DVD DEC. 1

“Chernobyl”: Emmy-winning HBO miniseries follows the tragic 1986 nuclear explosion and aftermath in Ukraine. Stars Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, Emily Watson, Jessie Buckley and Paul Ritter.

“Dune Drifter”: A pilot (Phoebe Sparrow) fights to survive on a bleak new planet.

“Evergreen”: A couple (Tanner Kalina and Amanda Maddox) face relationship challenges while on a winter holiday vacation in a remote cabin.

“Made in Italy”: A father (Liam Neeson) and son (Micheál Richardson) attempt to reconnect while fixing up a run-down house.

“The Neighborhood: Season Two”: The hit CBS series starring Cedric the Entertainer as a skeptical neighbor of a white Midwestern transplant (Max Greenfield) in a rough area of Los Angeles returns.

“The Rental”: Vacationing couples begin to suspect they’re being watched. Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, Dan Stevens, Jeremy Allen White and Anthony Molinari.

OUT ON DIGITAL HD DEC. 1

“Alt Space”: A New York couple grapple with a fear of leaving their apartment and a devolving sense of reality.

“Disco”: An award-winning dancer (Josefine Frida Pettersen) clashes with her evangelical family. In Norwegian and English.

“18 to Party”: A group of ‘80s latchkey teenagers struggle with relationships, addictions and recent suicides against the backdrop of a small-town venue.

“Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound of Thunder”: The legendary group’s 1988 Grammy-nominated concert at Nassau Coliseum has been restored and remixed.

“Thirst”: After being falsely accused of murdering her brother, a woman (Hulda Lind Kristinsdóttir) joins forces with a gay vampire (Hjörtur Sævar Steinason) to face a cult. In Icelandic.

OUT ON DIGITAL HD DEC. 4

“Dear Santa”: Documentary explores the U.S. Postal Service’s holiday operation that allows families to send letters to the big guy in red.

“Free Lunch Express”: A satirical look at the life of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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