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DVD Gurus: The Gift Of Movies



If you're still looking for that perfect gift, it may not be too late.  Sure, you could buy some clothing, jewelry, or (men - don't do this), blender, but why not pick something meaningful for your friend or loved one - something that matches their personal taste?  Here's an idea: the gift of movies.

Friday on Up to Date the DVD Gurus, Mitch Brian and Jason Heck, give each other some gifts of film - and spring a few surprise gifts on Steve Kraske.

Are you looking for a good match? Contact us with details about your gift recipient's taste, and we'll do our best to match you up with the right film.  Give us a call at 816 235 2888 or email us at You can also post comments on KCUR's Facebook page , the DVD Gurus' Facebook page, or Tweet us at @KCURUpToDate.

Their Picks:

Mitch gave Jason Looker and A Matter of Life and Death (also known as Stairway to Heaven)

Jason gave Mitch Batman (1966) and Day of the Jackal

Jason gave Steve Kraske Time Bandits

Mitch gave Steve Kraske A Face In The Crowd

Mitch Brian has written screenplays and teleplays for major Hollywood studios, television networks and independent producers. He co-created and wrote episodes for Batman: The Animated Series and co-wrote the NBC miniseries The '70s. He has written screenplays for directors Chris Columbus, Oliver Stone and Robert Schwentke, as well as producers Geena Davis, Mike Medavoy and Dino De Laurentiis. Brian directed the award-winning short film James Ellroy's Stay Clean as well as Hang Ups and Rhubarb Pie. He contributed essays to Harper Collins' The Book of Lists: Horror, and teaches screen writing and film studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. When not commenting on cinema with Steve Kraske and Mitch Brian,Jason Heck is a film critic for the Kansas City Star as well as a part-time clerk at Hollywood at Home, Kansas City's oldest movie store. He enjoys windsurfing, backgammon, women who aren't afraid to cry, and finds traveling a breeze, as he's a licensed airplane pilot. His fantasy crushes include Famke Janssen, TV's Wonder Woman and Cate Blanchett. His favorite films include Lawrence of Arabia, Black Belt Jones, The Big Combo and Pee-wee's Big Adventure.  

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.