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Scarecrow's Staff Gift Guide--Part One

Seasons Greetings from all of us here at Scarecrow! As the big gift-giving holidays approach, we've been thinking a lot about not only what DVDs we'd like to get, but also what would make excellent gifts for fellow film fans. We've compiled a list of the presents we're hoping to get and what we'd suggest for the cinemaphile on your list and made it into this handy gift guide. We'll be rolling out our choices as December races on. To get any of these fine items, just head into Scarecrow or click on the images below to purchase them using Internet technology. So without further ado, here are our first five picks: Paige recommends the groundbreaking BBC nature series PLANET EARTH, saying, "Beautifully photographed, excellently narrated, good for families and folks interested in our natural world." We've found that it's a good all purpose gift for almost anyone. If you saw the Disney released nature documentary Earth last year, this is the full length series that footage came from. [caption id="attachment_2004" align="aligncenter" width="208" caption="Narrated by David Attenborough"]planet-earth[/caption]

Switching to a completely different mode Paige also suggests Quentin Tarantino's third film, the excellent Elmore Leonard adaptation JACKIE BROWN. She points out that it's often overlooked even by Tarantino fans and that it would make a good pairing with Tarantino's new one, Inglourious Basterds, arriving on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 15th. [caption id="attachment_2006" align="aligncenter" width="276" caption="Pam Grier is...Jackie Brown"]jackiebrown[/caption] Kevin C. really wishes someone would give him Criterion's spectacular AKIRA KUROSAWA BOX SET which contains no less than 25 Kurosawa films. "It's like every Kurosawa movie," says Kevin, "and he's never made any bad ones." [caption id="attachment_2008" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Includes four rare films previously unavailable on DVD"]kurosawa[/caption]

Bryan would be happy just to get Criterion's double pack of YOJIMBO and SANJURO, both directed by Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune as one of the all time great icons of tough guy cinema. Not even the combined powers of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood could top the badass perfection of YOJIMBO, so that means it's a must own. [caption id="attachment_2010" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Their powers combined, they are the definition of badass"]yojimbo[/caption] Jason feels pretty strongly about FREAKS AND GEEKS: "If you don't like this show, you are a nerd. And I suppose you are a nerd if you do. A win-win proposition." This one-season wonder is of the truest and funniest depictions of adolescence ever made, as well as a brilliant time capsule of 1980's America and stars future famous people Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jason Segel. [caption id="attachment_2011" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Haverchuck for President!"]freaksandgeeksset[/caption]

Keep refreshing this blog, for more staff gift-giving suggestions are coming soon. crowandpresent