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Father’s Day Gift Guide

posted by Nell Minow

After breakfast in bed and hand-made Father’s Day cards, let Dad settle back into his favorite chair with a great new DVD. My suggestions:

Foyle’s War The 6th set of this superb British miniseries has just been released, with Michael Kitchen (“Enchanted April” and “To Play the King”) as Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Foyle, a police investigator in the British coastal community of Hastings. Set just after World War II, Foyle had hoped to retire. But he finds himself once again caught up in superbly crafted mysteries and intrigue involving a Russian POW, racism faced by African-American soldiers, and a young traitor whose biggest mystery is his resolve not to defend himself.


My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story Utterly simple and utterly compelling, this is a documentary about people who love their dogs. Former poet laureate Billy Collins, actors Richard Gere, Glenn Close, Edie Falco, Lynn Redgrave, Richard Belzer, and Christopher Meloni, designer Isaac Mizrahi, columnist Cindy Adams, playwright Edward Albee and more introduce us to their canine best friends and tell us why they love them.


Life Oprah Winfrey narrates this stunning documentary from the same people who did the sensational Planet Earth. Once again, this is filled with “how did they get that?” intimate footage of our planet’s life forms, from tiny insects to powerful top-of-the-food-chain predators. Filmed over four years, with more than 100 stories of struggle, triumph, devotion, and, yes, love, this is one Dad and the whole family will enjoy together.


  • Dustin Putman

    For anyone interested in purchasing “Life” on DVD and Blu-Ray, please AVOID the dumbed-down, overly cute Oprah Winfrey-narrated version and purchase the real thing–the BBC version narrated by the master David Attenborough. In addition to being better scripted, better narrated, and longer (yes, the Winfrey version cuts out footage from the original cut), the blu-ray is in 1080p picture quality, which is superior to the Oprah Blu-Ray, which is in 1080i.

  • Dustin Putman

    Oh–here is a link to purchase the David Attenborough version of “Life,” a gift Dads everywhere will likely enjoy better than the U.S. Oprahfied version.

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks, Dustin!

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