Fan Sights Gift Guide: Steven Spielberg, Batman, X-Men and Sherlock gather for very important viewing

'Tis the season for binging, and we don’t just mean pie and ham. During the holidays, you can find time to kick back and binge-watch movies and TV shows while you battle the bliss of a food coma. And the best part of binge-watching is that you can do it with the superfans in your life who are the recipients of DVD/Blu-ray boxed sets and collector’s editions. Typically as stuffed as a turkey with extras and glossy booklets or other tchotchkes, home entertainment gift sets are an all-around fun experience to share. With that in mind, we’re dedicating our third gift guide to Fan Sights -- very important viewable suggestions to make everyone on your list feel gratefully gifted.

Don't miss Paper Cuts, our next gift guide dedicated to book recommendations, and check out a link to our prevous installments below:

Gateway Nerd Gift Guide: Gifts to introduce fledgling fans to the stories you love

Get Creative Gift Guide: Fresh finds for fans of Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings

Paper Cuts Gift Guide: Books about Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Doctor Who, The Expanse, Game of Thrones

Game On Gift Guide: Power up with gifts of Halo, Walking Dead, Lord of the Rings, Adventure Time

Playtime Gift Guide: Epic toy picks with Batman, Indiana Jones, Black Widow...and William Shatner?

Live It Up Gift Guide: Geek lifestyle gifts from Firefly, Hellboy, The Hobbit, Star Trek, and more

Freak Out Gift Guide: Cheeky, drinky, scary ideas with DC Bombshells, Game of Thrones, Captain America, and Battlestar Galactica

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    It may have happened a month before Christmas, but the Blu-ray gods granted unto us a little Christmas miracle this year: The complete Batman ’66 TV series, available on DVD and Blu-ray for the very first time. If you know someone who’s been a fan of the show for years, you know they’re positively drooling over this box set. There are less expensive ways to get the series, but this is the Cadillac of Blu-ray sets, complete with three hours of bonus features, vintage trading cards, an Adam West scrapbook and, of course, a Hot Wheels replica of the Batmobile. ($174.99) - Matthew Jackson

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    For a little animated series that only ran for three seasons from 1999-2001, Batman Beyond leaves behind one heck of a legacy. For one thing, the future Batman, Terry McGinnis, is one of the few characters to actually make the jump from animated series to comics, and is currently a headline player in DC’s massive crossover event, Future’s End. The other thing: This animated series is really, really good. To say it was ahead of its time would be a gross understatement. It’s basically Batman meets Blade Runner, and they do a fantastic job of introducing a new rogue’s gallery and telling some truly compelling stories in the medium. So, if you want to know more about that mysterious future Batman making waves in the Future’s End comic, this is where to start. ($65) - Trent Moore

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    If the fan in your life thinks Peter Capaldi is doing a bang up job as the Twelfth Doctor, but still misses Matt Smith’s Eleven, this Blu-ray set is the perfect gift. It features the Complete Matt Smith episodes – Series Five through seven – and includes all the Eleventh Doctor’s timey-wimey specials, including The Time of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor (the 50th Anniversary Special in 3D and 2D), and the moving William Hartnell (the First Doctor) biopic An Adventure in Space and Time. The awesome set also includes the 2013 Doctor Who Proms Concert, Matt Smith’s two Sarah Jane Adventures episodes, "The Five(ish) Doctors" and more. (133.98) – Nathalie Caron

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    It was one of the biggest hits of the year, and also one of the strongest movies in Marvel’s ever-growing canon. James Gunn’s space adventure took the company’s least known franchises and managed to make a foul-mouthed, gun-wielding raccoon one of the most memorable characters in modern sci-fi history. Since it’s a fairly recent release, this hits the shelves just in time for the holiday season. The home release includes 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and digital copies, plus nifty behind the scenes features that are reportedly just as funny as the actual movie...which is a tall order. If you’re looking for a safe sci-fi gift, this is it. Just about everyone loved this movie, and if they didn’t, why are you even getting them a gift? ($20) - Trent Moore

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    While there are other exceptional DVD/Blu-ray sets of his movies, this Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection takes fans on a unique journey with the legendary filmmaker from his early work to most iconic. The eight-film set includes the first Blu-ray versions of Duel (Spielberg’s first TV feature film) and The Sugarland Express (his first theatrical release), 1941 (theatrical and extended versions) and Always. The set also includes Jaws, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Thought it includes similar extras to previous home entertainment releases, and is not meant to be comprehensive of the director’s career (nor could it be, since those films are spread across different studios and this is a Universal release), this is actually a great gift for fans. ($80) – Aaron Sagers

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    Even the most hardcore Stargate fan could be forgiven for scratching their head after seeing this entry on the list. Yes, you know SG-1, Atlantis and Universe — but what is Stargate: Infinity? Honestly, it’s by far the weirdest entry in the varied and long-running franchise, and that’s exactly why every completist should have it. The 26-episode future-set animated series ran from 2002-2003, and is based outside the established canon of the television series. It also takes major liberties with the ideas and concepts from the show, which explains why it stands apart. But, it’s one heck of a fun animated action romp — with all kinds of Stargate elements sprinkled in for good measure. ($29) - Trent Moore

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    This year, Universal Pictures rewarded fans of its classic horror films with this massive 21-disc set collecting 30 iconic monster movies made from 1931 to 1956, including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Creature From The Black Lagoon. The set also includes 13 commentary tracks, behind-the-scenes documentaries, and a collectible booklet. Sadly, a Blu-ray set is not available yet, but if you wanted to go high-def, consider the “Essential Collection” nine-film set ($92). - Matthew Jackson

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    What's the perfect gift for the X-friend in your life? X-Men: Days of Future Past, of course. The Ultimate Edition is fine, but trust us, the Best Buy Sentinel package is spiffier. It also includes such extras a small booklet of fab fan art, plus an hour of extra features for those of us who could always use more mutant love. And for those of us with 3D TV, a second, 3D-only disk will have Wolverine's claws popping out of the screen. Want the director's cut with Rogue (Anna Paquin)'s scenes restored? Alas, your giftee will have to wait until 2015. ($20) - Carol Pinchefsky

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    You don’t need to be a world famous sleuth to know this limited edition set is a sweet gift for fans of Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s Sherlock series. Collecting every episode from the show’s three seasons, the set also includes two original art cards and a bonus disc that with “never-before-seen” outtakes, a deleted scene, BBC archive interviews, and audio commentaries. If that is not enough to clue you in, the Sherlock and John mini-busts make for incredibly cool goodies to warm even the most misanthropic heart. Perfect for all the Smaugs, Khans, Stephen Stranges, Bilbo Baggins, and Arthur Dents on your gift list. ($150) – Aaron Sagers

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    When it comes to anime, the time travel series Steins;Gate mixes intrigue with science. What if your microwave was a time machine? The microwave is a time machine; Okarin proved it. Need I say more? He sent text messages through time to people he knew. To his friends. Some of them female, pretty. He should have been more careful. He should have stopped. Tampering with the time-space continuum attracts unwelcome attention, and clandestine organizations of nefarious origins take notice. ($41) - Robert Prentice,

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    The King of the Monsters is back, and he’s effectively stomped all over the bad taste of the 1998 Matthew Broderick disaster. Humans always take a back seat to Gojira, and they often feel like filler until the big guy shows up. That’s the story here, but the monster stuff in this flick directed by Gareth Edwards is astounding. The extras (“Monarch: The M.U.T.O. File,” “Operation: Lucky Dragon,” “Godzilla: Force of Nature”) actually add to the experience of the film. This isn’t a swanky collector’s set, but it is one you want to pop into a great home entertainment system, crank up the surround sound and let the master of Monster Island roar. ($20)  - Aaron Sagers

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