Although physical media has taken a hit in the streaming age, it’s still nice to have a few collectible Blu-Rays on your shelf, especially when the internet goes out. Sometimes, movie studios really knock it out of the park by greenlighting excellent box sets that stand the test of time.
These amazing box sets crammed in as much content as possible, from multiple cuts of the same film to hours upon hours of behind-the-scenes documentaries and materials. Today we’re going to salute 10 of the best Blu-Ray box sets ever released. We’re ranking them in order, from good to great!
Updated on May 20th, 2021 by Melody MacReady: As the years go by and more collections are re-released for more modern and updated systems. As such, companies and studios have found more ways to appeal to fans of each franchise. From stylized boxes to collectibles that are exquisitely designed and perfect for a collector’s shelf. As a result, franchises that were already on this list prior have gotten bigger and have been given new Blu-ray/4K box sets for everyone to enjoy. Also, more franchises have come out with their box set collections that could not be denied their chance in the spotlight. These can range from nostalgic classics to modern smash hits that took the world by storm or a bit of both.
15 Friday The 13th Deluxe Collection
Due to the legal issues with the entire Friday The 13th series, it became difficult for fans to get all twelve films in one pack. That changed with the Deluxe collection by Scream Factory. It contains all twelve Friday The 13th movies including the reboot.
There is a thirteenth disc dedicated to only bonus features. Wrapped around all that content is an absolutely gorgeously designed box with art straight out of a Drew Struzan poster. For any fan of the many versions of Jason Voorhees, the many gory kills, and crazy adventures: the Deluxe Collection is a must-have.
14 Batman: The Complete Animated Series – Deluxe Limited Edition
Fans were thrilled when Warner announced that the classic Batman: The Animated Series would swoop onto the Blu-Ray scene! Every episode was meticulously remastered for HD and spread across 10 Blu-Ray discs for the ultimate Batman experience.
The Limited Edition box set features twenty-five featurettes and a full documentary, a deluxe art book, plus Funko Pop figures of Batman, the Joker, and Harley Quinn. If that weren’t enough, Warner saw fit to pack in the excellent tie-in feature film Mask Of The Phantasm, and Batman And Mister Freeze: Sub Zero to round out the collection.
13 Indiana Jones: 40th Anniversary Collection
It was nice to see Indiana Jones get the Blu-Ray treatment, especially went the series celebrated its fortieth anniversary. It resulted in a Blu-ray/4K release of the Indiana Jones quadrilogy in nice stylish packaging. There are two boxes that come with the collection for the viewer to choose from.
This box set might seem a bit light, but it’s actually quite well stocked in terms of extras, with tons of special features that dive into the making of all four films, plus cast interviews and behind-the-scenes extras.
12 Universal Monsters: The Essential Coffin Box Collection
The Coffin Box collection narrows down the collection to eight essential films with excellent picture and audio clarity, packed into a case that any fans of classic monsters will love. This includes The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, Dracula, and so much more.
The coffin box design motif houses the fold-out collection, and each film is given a special presentation treatment that bursts with classic movie poster colors. It also includes poster cards, a booklet, and a ton of bonus features that dive into these iconic classics!
11 Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman – Criterion Box Set
Everyone knows how much attention to detail Criterion puts into their releases, but few are as dazzling as the Zatoichi Blu-Ray box set. This nine-disc collection serves up no less than twenty-five Zatoichi films from 1962 to 1973, brought up to HD quality thanks to Criterion’s rigorous restoration process.
The set itself is a work of art, laid out with excellent graphics and a fully colored informative guidebook. This is one box set that pays ultimate respect to its source material.
10 The James Bond Collection
Typically to coincide with the release of a new film, the 007 franchise tries to capitalize by releasing a pack with all films on it. This is the case of The James Bond Collection from 2020 which was originally meant to coincide with No Time To Die before its many delays.
From the Sean Connery era to the Daniel Craig era, all twenty-four previous films of the James Bond series are featured along with many bonus features to enjoy. It’s Bond, James Bond, what else is there to say about it?
9 The Dark Knight Trilogy
Often considered one of the best trilogies of all time, it only makes sense that Warner Bros. would go all out with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. There are several versions to get out there: the all-white box with the shattering Batman logo is a good one.
The best is a pack in which all three movies come in a book which unfolds into a Batman symbol styled after the threat in all three movies. This pack also contains a book that features art and behind-the-scenes facts about the whole series. It’s not the box set that fans need, it’s the one they deserve.
8 Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
The Star Wars Blu-Ray set brings the original trilogy, prequel trilogy, and sequel trilogy into one high-quality collection. In addition to HD quality versions of all six films, there’s also a ton of behind-the-scenes documentaries and content to explore. It’s perfect for those that want to be immersed in a galaxy far, far away.
On top of that, the nine films all come in a beautiful and sleekly designed black box set featuring the Death Star. The discs themselves are stored in an artbook. Not only are there nine films but there are over twenty-five hours of bonus features. The only issue with this collection is that it does not feature either Rogue One: A Star Wars Story or Solo: A Star Wars Story.
7 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Collection
This box set is perhaps the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, to this day. It’s a sprawling 31-disc compilation of every Harry Potter film in Blu-Ray, as well as DVD format and digital copy. Nothing was left to chance!
The most amazing aspect of this box set, however, is the extras, which clock in at 37 hours. They feature an HD documentary making-of series, behind-the-scenes interviews, and bonus extras. The entire thing comes in a large book-style design with artwork galore, making it one of the most glorious Blu-Ray boxes sets ever to hit the market.
6 Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Complete Series
Some fans will be gobsmacked by how excellent the Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-ray box set is. It amalgamates every standalone Blu-Ray seasonal release of the show into a single package that’s 4″ wide and filled to the brim with special features.
Every episode has been lifted into HD territory, bringing out details never seen when the series first ran on TV. In addition, the team went back to update and enhance existing visual effects, without ruining the look and feel. It also cleaned up that horrid red hue that permeated the first season of the show and brought it in line visually with the rest of the series. And finally, the hours upon hours of behind-the-scenes content is magic for Star Trek fans.
5 Alien: 6-Film Collection
Those who already enjoyed the original release of the Alien Anthology pack will likely enjoy this one. Instead of just the first four, the Alien 6-Film collection features every Alien film thus far. Starting with Alien all the way to Alien: Covenant.
Each film features extended special editions remastered for Blu-Ray quality except for the two prequels, which remain the theatrical cuts. All the extensive behind-the-scenes extras for the Alien movies are also included along with beautifully drawn poster cards for each film.
4 The Best Of Warner Bros. – 50 Film Collection
Warner Bros. decided to go full a la carte for their 50-film Blu-Ray collection, and it is quite the spectacle to behold. The collection includes sixteen movies that ended up winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards, so there’s a lot to love here.
Classic icons like Ben-Hur, Grand Hotel, Citizen Kane, and 2001: A Space Odyssey are just the tip of the iceberg. This is one of the most definitive movie collections around if one is willing to pay the price! In return, it provides a bevy of movies that stand the test of time.
3 Nakatomi Plaza Die Hard Collection
Die Hard is one of the most revolutionary action franchises of all time. The five films got the collector’s edition treatment by including a miniature replica of the Nakatomi Plaza from the first film. On top of that, all five movies’ unrated cuts have been restored and remastered to the best quality possible.
There are five collectible cards based on the villain of each film, a behind-the-scenes booklet, and the replica of the Nakatomi Plaza is meticulously reconstructed with impressive craftsmanship. Is it unnecessary? Yes, but is it worth it? Every single cent.
2 Middle Earth: 6-Film Extended Edition Set
There are several versions of the entire Middle Earth collection to grab including an $800 edition designed to look like books straight out of the lore. A beautiful set but there is a much more affordable set for a fraction of that price. It comes with the different versions of each film and plenty of bonus content.
The box itself is nice despite being much more simplistic. It’s a case where if one is willing to pay for that extra fancy set or just want to pay for the movies. Either way, what awaits inside is twenty-four hours of pure high fantasy epicness along with tons of extras and commentaries.
1 Marvel Cinematic Universe: Infinity Saga Set
Of course, with the first saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe closed and another one beginning, it makes sense that Disney would want to further capitalize on the highest-grossing franchise of all time. Together, all twenty-three movies of the Infinity Saga form a decorative banner featuring Marvel heroes in front of Thanos.
Even if there is the odd Marvel movie that one does not care for, having every film in perfect order of release from Jon Favreau’s Iron Man to Spider-Man: Far From Home is worth the price alone. Add the many bonus features and beautifully designed set and it becomes a must-have for any collector.
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