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FOR THE MOVIE BUFF

It's been a big year for blockbusters, but your movie-loving relatives might already own the Blu-rays of Batman, The Avengers, and Prometheus. If you're going to impress them with a cinematic gift, you should dig a little deeper. There's a rich back catalog of not-quite-classics to comb through, and in some cases you can find B-movies every bit as cool as The Amazing Spider-Man for just pennies on the dollar.

For example, what action fan could resist 1992's Death Ring (about $5 used on amazon.com), which features the big-surname star power of Mike Norris, Chad McQueen, and Don Swayze? Not only will you get a rip-roaring action romp, you'll get a powerful statement about the value of family: even the world's weird-looking brothers (Swayze) and the disappointing sons (McQueen, Norris) can grow up to be weird-looking, disappointing action heroes.

Maybe you've got a creepy brother who's always lived in your shadow; in Don Swayze's beady eyes, he'll see that even a monstrously shitty version of your genes can survive a deadly game on Billy Drago's private man-hunting reserve. Maybe you've always been a letdown to your handsome, successful father; when he sees Chad McQueen in a sleeveless denim shirt, he'll finally understand that your failures are too insignificant to tarnish his legacy.

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