If you want a welcomed gift for dad this or any Father’s Day, it’s hard to miss with DVDs.  And it’s hard to go wrong with classics in the action and sports genre.

I am impressed every year with studios that open their vaults to release these classics or to re-release classics in new collector’s editions that have additional content.

Among best bets this year are gems from MGM Home Entertainment.  Who could forget the action and adventure, the hours and hours of entertainment from Steve McQueen classics including The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Junior Bonner and The Thomas Crown Affair? All are wonderful examples or the charm and screen excellence of this mega-star (and personal favorite).  In commemoration of McQueens’s 75th  birthday and the 25th anniversary of his death, these classics are available in MGM Home Entertainment’s The Steve McQueen Collection for only $50.

Consistently high on any list of best sports movies is Hoosiers, with original footage of the fabled 1954 Indiana high school championship season and deleted scenes from the movie. $30

Also from MGM Home Entertainment for the dad who loves sci-fi is the Stargate Atlantis: Rising, the popular TV series.  $26

More information on these and all the DVDs from MGM Home Entertainment is at www.mgm.com or call 1-877-MGM-4-YOU.

I would be remiss if I did not encourage you to also check the other studios’ Websites for their classic releases.  There’s so much to love at surprisingly low prices!  For best pricing, be sure to check online at sites including www.deepdiscountdvd.com, www.pricegrabber.com and http://www.dvdpricesearch.com.

I also just learned that more Steve McQueen greats, including Bullitt, are now available from Warner Home Video.  McQueen made movies for more than one studio, you know!  The Essential Steve McQueen Collection (6-pack), which includes the aforementioned Bullitt: Special Edition, perhaps THE quintessential auto chase movie, The Cincinnati Kid, The Getaway: Deluxe Edition, Never So Few, Papillon and Tom Horn.  Check out this $60 collection here.

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