If you’ve got a film buff on your gift list, check out the roundup of the year’s best DVD releases by the Reader‘s esteemed former critic Dave Kehr in the New York Times. The weekly video beat at the Times has been a good assignment for Kehr; his columns are exceptional for their crisp judgments and their grasp of cinema technology and DVD aesthetics.

Among the packages Kehr chose are the two-disc set of Warren Beatty’s Reds, Peter Lorre in the Mr. Moto Collection, F.W. Murnau’s Phantom, the recovered Rudolph Valentino feature Beyond the Rocks, the John Wayne-John Ford Collection (with Stagecoach, The Searchers, Fort Apache, and They Were Expendable) and Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales (including Suzanne’s Career, My Night at Maud’s, Claire’s Knee, and Chloe in the Afternoon).