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2012 Movie, Blu-Ray and DVD Gift Guide for College Kids


You've probably already figured out the most obvious DVD and Blu-Ray gift possibilities - hello, "True Blood" and "Game of Thrones." But here are even more ideas, featuring superheroes, Snow White and a bow-and-arrow-wielding tribute. (Find the 2013 Blu-Ray Gift Guide here.)

1. Hunger Games

Courtesy Lionsgate
Fans of Suzanne Collins' bestselling dystopian novel filled theaters this spring when "Hunger Games" splashed across the silver screen. With Jennifer Lawrence starring as Katniss Everdeen, the bow-and-arrow-wielding hero, the movie was a critical darling and box office smash. The Blu-Ray and DVD versions include an entire disc of special features, including a making-of featurette, interviews with Collins and with the director, and the full-length version of the Capitol's propaganda flick.
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2. Snow White and the Huntsman

Courtesy of Universal
Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson drama aside, "Snow White and the Huntsman" made waves at the box office this year for its decidedly un-Disneylike adaptation of the famous Grimm Brothers tale. Charlize Theron was terrifying and awesome as the evil Queen, while Stewart and Chris Hemsworth took the title roles. Critics may not have loved every aspect, but college-aged kids and 20somethings hit the cineplex again and again to see it.
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3. The Avengers

Disney Home Entertainment
Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and the best Hulk ever (Mark Ruffalo) teamed up for the 2012 box office hit, "The Avengers." The movie, which combined explosive action and plenty of wit, is that rare breed - an action flick that appeals to both guys and girls, and the DVD and Blu-Ray versions land on store shelves Sept. 25.

4. Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures

Courtesy Paramount
This brand new set includes all four of the glorious Indiana Jones adventures - OK, three glorious movies and one that's not so glorious - plus a fifth disc of special features that include deleted scenes, backstage footage and interviews. Oh and the iconic scene with Indy and the sword-wielding assassin? The one where Indy pulls a gun? It almost didn't happen. You'll find the alternate scene on that fifth disc too.

5. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Paramount Pictures
Ethan Hunt - played by Tom Cruise, of course - and the rest of the Mission Impossible gang are back in the latest entry in the MI franchise, but this time around, they've gone rogue, in the wake of a Kremlin bombing. It's big, frothy, explosive fun - and it's available on both Blu-Ray and DVD.
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6. Doctor Who, Season 6

Courtesy BBC Worldwide
England's sci-fi cult favorite, "Doctor Who," has built a passionate fan following in other countries as well, and season six of the BBC series kicks the action and emotion up a sizable notch as the Doctor, Amy Pond, her husband Rory and the inimitable River Song, pop up in various timelines to battle Daleks, Nazis and weird melty people. (And if your 20something is a "Doctor Who" fan, you might want to check out some of the Tardis-related suggestions on the Gifts for Geeks, Science Majors and Sci-Fi Fans list too.)
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7. Community, Season 3

Courtesy Sony
This hilarious, quirky and very meta series takes viewers to Greendale Community College, where Joel McHale, Chevy Chase and their fellow study group misfits build pillow forts, fight over foosball and battle the rival community college. John Goodman guest stars in a story arc about the mysteriously powerful air conditioning department and its sacred, secret rituals.

8. Archer, Seasons 1-3

20th Century Fox
This hilarious, profane, animated spy series is clearly not for kids - and not for straight-laced parents, either. But college kids and 20somethings will get a major kick out of this James Bond-esque series starring H. Jon Benjamin as Sterling Archer, wealthy playboy and erstwhile spy, and "Arrested Development"'s Jessica Walter as Malory, his randy mother and head of the spy organization.
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9. Once Upon a Time, Season 1

Snow White, the Evil Queen, Rumpelstiltskin and all your favorite fairy tales characters star in ABC-TV's "Once Upon a Time," occupying a dual-timeline in 21st century Storybrooke and a medieval-era, literary world. Audiences loved the first season - and the five-disc Blu-Ray set, complete with special features, is due out in late August.

10. True Blood, Season 4

Sookie Stackhouse, Bill Compton and the rest of the Bontemps contingent of sexy vampires, werewolves and blonde waitresses are back for more in the fourth season of HBO's popular series, "True Blood" - and the Blu-Ray collection came out last spring.

11. More Ideas?

Looking for more ideas? Check out the 2011 Blu-Ray and DVD gift list for more suggestions, including movies about semi-deranged bridesmaids, famous wizards and villainous pirates. Plus, gifts for vampire fans, whether they're of the "Twilight" or "True Blood" persuasion, and Harry Potter devotees.

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