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Christmas Gift Guide: HBO DVD boxsets

We take a look at the HBO releases perfect for Christmas stocking fillers.

True Blood

We know that we’ve already given you lots of Christmas gift ideas when it comes to TV DVD boxsets but we thought one dedicated purely to HBO releases was a must.

HBO is one of the leading entertainment channels and produces some of the best, if not the best, TV in the world. Over the years they have been responsible for hit shows such as The Sopranos, True Blood and The Wire.

We’ve put together a little guide to help you pick the right present for your loved one this Christmas. We guarantee you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers

Based on the best-seller by Stephen E. Ambrose, Band of Brothers features a star-studded cast including Michael Fassbender, Damian Lewis and Scott Grimes. The 10-part series tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Division U.S. Army. Captivating and gripping, this is one your Dad will love.

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First, Second and Third Seasons

Boardwalk Empire

Few shows have packed as much action into them as Boardwalk Empire. Set in Atlantic City in the 1920s, the show explores the glamour, decadence and corrupt gangsters of the decade. Starring Steve Buscemi the show has garned a lot of critical acclaim and is dark yet gripping.

Game of Thrones: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Game of Thrones

It’s fair to say that Game of Thrones is one of the most talked about shows in recent years. The epic fantasy drama features a stellar cast including Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Iain Glen. Full of violence, sex and drama, the show has had viewers hooked as seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.

Girls: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Girls

The show that everyone is talking about, Girls has been a smash-hit across the world and has brought the genius of Lena Dunham to TV. Focusing on the lives of Hannah (Dunham) and her friends Marnie (Allison Williams), Shoshanna (Sosia Mamet) and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and their exploits in Brooklyn the show is a daring and hilarious look at the lives of modern young women. This is perfect for your sister!

The Pacific

The Pacific

10-part epic mini-series The Pacific tells the real-life stories of three US marines whose lives are intertwined during World War II. Starring James badge Dale, Joe Mazzello and Jon Seda, the show cost an incredible $200 million to create. It looks and feels like a movie blockbuster and is more than your average TV show.

The Sopranos: The Complete Collection

The Sopranos

What do we really need to say about The Sopranos? It’s one of the most iconic TV shows ever made and even more cherished since the untimely death of James Gandolfini who played lead character Tony Soprano. You can rewatch all the action from the very start and if you’ve never seen it before you really should invest and spend some time with the mob.

True Blood: Season 1 -5

True Blood

Hit vampire series True Blood is based on the novels by Charlaine Harris and features Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard amongst its cast. Paquin plays heroine Sookie Stackhouse who is dragged into the middle of vampire politics when she falls for vampire neighbour Bill Compton (Moyer). Set in a world where vampires and humans co-exist, True Blood is sexy, scary and surprising.

The Wire: The Complete Series

The Wire

The classic TV show ran for 60 episodes and explored the seedy side of Baltimore featuring sex, drugs and of course murder. Hailed as one of the best TV shows ever made, The Wire focuses on a different aspect of Baltimore with every season. It also made huge stars of Dominic West and Idris Elba. If you like your drama gritty then this is for you.

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