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Gift Guide: For the entertainment lover

Updated 9:02 PM ET, Tue November 25, 2014
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For the Boss lover: Though other artists have had their work remastered and remastered again since the introduction of the CD, all but two of Bruce Springsteen's first seven albums remain in their original late-'80s editions. With "The Album Collection, Vol. 1," Bruce and his colleagues have finally gotten around to cleaning up the other five. Even "Nebraska" has never sounded better. ($99.99 retail) amazon
For the Bey fan: Last year, Beyonce issued a surprise album straight to iTunes. This year, her "secret" release is a "Platinum Edition" box set containing the 2013 CD, a six-song addition, a DVD of performances and a calendar. ($41.99) amazon
For the Beatles completist: George Harrison made six albums for Apple Records -- including two experimental discs during his Beatle days -- but most people are familiar with only "All Things Must Pass." This collection puts everything together and adds a DVD of video material. ($59.99) amazon
For the jazz aficionado: All year long, Blue Note Records -- one of jazz's most important labels -- has been celebrating its 75th birthday. "Uncompromising Expression" collects five CDs' worth of diamonds, including singles by Sidney Bechet, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Cassandra Wilson. ($74.48) amazon
For the love of Snoop: The former Snoop Dogg -- now Snoop Lion -- went through a metamorphosis when his friend Nate Dogg died. "Reincarnated," a coffee table book (which goes along with an album and film of the same name) captures the process. ($39.95) amazon
For Princess Buttercup fans: Actor Cary Elwes takes fans behind-the-scenes book on "The Princess Bride" called "As You Wish." The tome, co-written with Joe Layden and containing a foreword from director Rob Reiner, delves into all those "inconceivable tales" from the making of the 1987 classic. If you really want to win hearts, pair it with the 25th-anniversary DVD of "The Princess Bride." (Book, $15.60; DVD, $11.78) Touchstone
For the Roots-oriented fashionista: What are the ingredients to the Roots? This tie-dyed shirt tells all, and with "no additives, no preservatives." Nothing but good, clean clothing. ($36) okayplayer.com
For the would-be bookworm: Know someone who wants to read more but doesn't know where to start? Hand them this suspenseful debut novel from Celeste Ng, "Everything I Never Told You." Amazon picked it as its best book of 2014, calling the story of a young Asian-American girl's disappearance "beautifully written" and "pitch-perfect." ($16.17) Penguin Group
For Basement dwellers: In 1967, Bob Dylan recovered from a motorcycle accident (and unwanted celebrity) by making a loose collection of originals and covers with The Band. The complete "Basement Tapes" have now been released ($119.99) and offer a look at the artist's process. Dylan also wrote a number of lyrics never set to music, which have been fleshed out by Elvis Costello and others on "Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes" ($13.99). amazon
For the sitcom fan: Baby, did you ever wonder whatever became of "WKRP in Cincinnati" with the original musical soundtrack? Wonder no longer; the complete run of the series is finally available on DVD. The show was renowned in its late-'70s prime, especially for the "Turkeys Away" episode. As God is my witness, you'll just have to watch. ($139.99) amazon
For the Force: While we count down the days until "Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens" opens in December 2015, this toaster will supply a breakfast that's been to the Dark Side and back. The Darth Vader toaster will crisp the edges of each bread slice and imprint the "Star Wars" logo on both sides. ($49.95) hammacher.com
For the TV subversive: It looked like a children's show -- it even aired on Saturday mornings -- but "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" was full of colorful characters and clever scripts that parents and older siblings could enjoy. Now the adventures of Chairry, Globey, Miss Yvonne, Magic Screen and all the rest are in full HD. Watch out for the secret word! (Yahhhhhh!) ($149.99) amazon
For the comix fan: Zap Comix, born in the late '60s, was unlike any comic book that had ever appeared: equal parts Mad, Archie, fever dreams and drug hallucinations. Fantagraphics has put together the influential comic's entire run and added a new issue. The retail price is steep -- $500 -- but how much is having your mind blown worth? amazon
For the Bat-fan: Modern superhero watchers much prefer the Frank Miller "Dark Knight" version of Batman, but there's something to be said about the campy color of the 1966 TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. It was a phenomenon while it lasted -- which wasn't long -- and is finally available in a deluxe DVD package. ($269.97) amazon
For the Marvel Universe dweller: If the recent Marvel movies are more your thing, you may want to brush up on "Civil War," which is where the movie series is heading. The 2006-07 series, by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, chronicles the events following the passage of the Superhero Registration Act. ($14.49) amazon
For fans of "monster movies": They're called "horror movies" now, but in the movies' Golden Age, Universal was the home studio of the monsters and freaks: Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy -- and Abbott & Costello's meetings with many of the above. This 30-disc collection will satisfy your late-night movie cravings, if not cravings of other sorts. ($199.98) amazon
For slasher movie fans: You can argue about when the modern slasher movie debuted, but there's no arguing with the success of one of the early ones, 1974's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," Tobe Hooper's low-budget film about a butcher and his family of cannibals. The "40th Anniversary Black Maria" edition comes complete with truck packaging. Are you curious about what's inside? ($99.98) amazon
For zombie-eyed travelers: Want to see the land of "The Walking Dead" in person? If you're around Atlanta, where the series is filmed, you're in luck: Big Zombie Tours has three-hour jaunts available from $65, and Thrillist has mapped out a DIY version. Put your brains to the test. Frank Ockenfels/AMC
For the Zep fan: Like Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin has been poorly served in the digital age. The group's albums haven't been upgraded since first being released on CD in the late '80s and early '90s. Now, the first five albums have been remastered and feature extra material. "Rock and Roll" never sounded so good. ($14.99 for basic CD editions; $104.99 and up for "Super Deluxe" boxes.) amazon
For the "Twin Peaks" obsessive: If watching (and rewatching) every episode of David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" isn't enough, the collection "Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery" promises to delve deeper into the mysterious death of Laura Palmer. The 10-disc box set includes the complete series in addition to international versions of the pilot; Lynch's follow-up movie, "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me"; and 90 minutes of deleted scenes from the film. ($84.96) Paramount Pictures
For the hi-fi enthusiast: When stereo was introduced on LP records in the 1950s, RCA's "Living Stereo" was a benchmark for classical, with a number of renditions that are, well, classics. Dozens of the works have been gathered in two 60-CD boxes. Reiner, Rubenstein and Munch have rarely sounded better. ($100 and up per box) amazon
For the sports fan: ESPN's "30 for 30" series has earned justifiable acclaim for its well-told stories about Steve Bartman's catch, the Miami Hurricanes and "The Two Escobars," among many others. In a special packaging, the network has gathered 100 titles -- including short films -- on 32 DVDs, complete with T-shirt, hat, book and poster. It comes in an actual metal locker. Dig in. ($249.99) groupon
For the risk-taking Neil Patrick Harris fan: Even better than reading a Neil Patrick Harris memoir is reading a Neil Patrick Harris memoir written like a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book. If you've always wanted to step into the actor's shoes, here's your chance. ($15.60) Crown Archetype
For the Time Lord: Who do you want to watch over your entertainment media? Perhaps the 12th Doctor can take care of things. He takes care of so much else. The Doctor Who Action Figure contains a Doctor who suspiciously resembles Peter Capaldi -- though, in a flash, he can change his head to look like Matt Smith. Sonic screwdriver included. ($59.99) For you DIY types, feel free to create a TARDIS cat fort to accompany your action figure. Fluffy will love you for it. amazon