Is there someone in your life who simply cannot be peeled from that huge flatscreen you bought as a gift last year? Instead of weaning your loved one from suckling on the boob tube, give something that will yield hours of viewing together. Here are a few collections that entertain, educate, and scintillate. — E.D.
Little Britain: The Complete Collection
Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the strange inhabitants of the lesser-known crevices of Britain. Also, in their farewell special, the bizarre characters played by openly gay David Walliams and openly straight Matt Lucas travel the globe. But the real adventure here is the documentary following the Little Brits through their Australian tour, wherein they meet their idol Dame Edna. (When Matt Lucas tells her he has a civil union with someone named Kevin, the Dame’s response is classic.) Also in the extras is their hysterical live contribution to Comic Relief. • From BBC Worldwide Americas (www.BBCamericashop.com).
Wine Made Simple
Openly gay culinary expert Ted Allen (Queer Eye) takes us on a tastefully tasty tour of wine and the wine country. In his six-part series designed for both the oenophile and neophyte alike, Allen starts off with a basic explanation of the world of viniculture, then takes us through Napa Valley, Sonoma, the Central Coast, and France. After that, you’re ready for the extra features including cooking demos and pairing info. • From Adirondack Pictures (www.adirondackpics.com).
Dante’s Cove: Guilty Pleasure Collection
As if the first two seasons weren’t enough of a fix of this sexy, campy, supernatural gay series, there’s more. Take the soap opera horror and mystery and add the never-before-seen pilot episode. The mystery and treachery on this seemingly peaceful island resort just got more deliciously devious. • From Genius Products, Inc. (www.geniusproducts.com).
Queer as Folk: The Complete Series
This 28-disc holds every episode from all five seasons, a cast reunion shot in ’07, and the first two episodes of The Tudors to yield a total running time of over 70 hours, enough to literally fill a three-day weekend. The groundbreaking series about the lives of a group of gay friends in Pittsburgh presents an honest depiction of gay life and tackles critical social and political issues with a style that is both sexy and endearing. • From Paramount Home Entertainment (www.paramount.com).