The best stocking-filling boxsets and movies on sale in the UAE this year
Banshee season one HBO’s latest offering is an Amish-themed drama set in the small Pennsylvanian town of Banshee. An ex-con goes under the guise of a murdered sheriff to bring revenge on the man who sent him to prison for 15 years and win back his former squeeze. The plot is embroiled in the seedy underworld of the Amish mafia. From Dhs78 at www.amazon.co.uk.
Grey’s Anatomy season nine The latest season kicks off with the doctors still recovering from the events of a plane crash and is followed by the shock death of a main character in the first episode. Packed with plenty of drama and medical emergencies, other story twists include a pregnancy, lawsuits against the airline over the crash – and a marriage. Dhs139 at www.amazon.co.uk.
Spartacus: War of the Damned For fans of the gory period saga, this series offers the most compelling viewing yet. Spartacus is back and leading an army of liberated slaves against the Republic. He struggles with the cunning Imperator leading the Romans against him and the tensions within his own army as he fights an epic battle for Rome. Dhs106 at www.amazon.co.uk.
Sons of Anarchy season five With season six of the adrenaline-fuelled biker drama premiering in the US last week, Jax fans will want to get up to speed with the plot before diving in. Season five proved to be one of the most gripping yet, with a number of shock deaths in the SAMCRO family and Jax fighting to defend his position. Dhs100 at www.amazon.com.
Hannibal Since Anthony Hopkins’ enigmatic performance in Silence of the Lambs, audiences have been going gaga for Dr Lecter. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, this series takes us back to the beginning, where FBI agent Will Graham assigns Dr Hannibal Lecter to assist with a series of murders. From Dhs110 at www.amazon.com.
How I Met Your Mother Only Friends can draw out the inevitable longer than this stalwart US comedy series. Enter season eight, and there are still no revelations as to the identity of the series’ namesake. But consider yourselves one step closer as season nine is where it ends. In this series, Marshall and Lily’s baby reminds the couple they need better jobs, while Barney uses his playbook to win over Robin and Ted has his eyes on Barney’s half-sister. From Dhs90 at www.amazon.com.
The Returned This powerful French series follows the residents of a small alpine town as they experience a series of haunting supernatural events. At the same time, a series of murders begin to throw more spanners in the works. Unique and compelling (and subtitled in English) this beautifully filmed series is worth a watch. From Dhs110 at www.amazon.co.uk.
American Horror Story: Asylum If the first series didn’t scare you witless, this one might. The second instalment of the daring Emmy-winning series is set at the Briarcliff home for the criminally insane. Jessica Lange leads an exceptional cast as the venomous Sister Jude. From alien abduction to demonic possession, it takes creepy to a whole new level. From Dhs110 at www.amazon.com.
Vikings season one Inspired by tales of the fearsome Norsemen of early medieval Scandinavia, this show is based around the efforts of legendary would-be Viking chieftain Ragnar Lodbrok as he sets to conquer distant lands. But those on his homeland are conspiring against him. Starring Gabriel Byrne and chiselled actor Travis Fimmel. From Dhs73 at www.amazon.com.
Dexter: The Final Season Despite the fact the conclusion of this serial killer drama got under the skin of many die-hard fans, the masterfully written series has earned its place in TV’s hall of fame. In the eighth season, Dexter must deal with the deteoriation of his relationship with his sister Deb. There’s action, but the conclusion will leave many yawning. From Dhs140 at www.amazon.com.