Monday, August 11, 2008

Yule Tube: Christmas DVD Preview

Here's the first of an occasional series looking at this year's new holiday releases on DVD.

The Warner Brothers Holiday Collection Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

We start with a pair of terrific collections of , mostly holiday themed, family flicks from Hollywood's golden age.

Vol 1 contains the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol starring Reginald Owen, the brilliant Barbara Stanwyck vehicle Christmas in Connecticut, Boys Town with Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney and The Singing Nun with Debbie Reynolds.

Vol.2 includes the one film in either set that I haven't seen - 1947's screwball comedy It Happened on 5th Avenue (also available as a stand alone release, as most of the films in these collections will be). I'll really looking forward to checking it out.

Also in Vol. 2 - the heart warming (and tear jerking) All Mine to Give, Robert Mitchum in Holiday Affair and the Greer Garson led bio pic Blossoms in the Dust.

The modern Christmas Comedy Classic A Christmas Story is getting a big re-release push with a pair of Special Edition/Gift Sets. Not only do you get this timeless holiday treat of a film with all the DVD extras found on the previous Special Edition release but there are cookie cutters, a recipe book and even a branded apron. If you've made the leap to blu ray you also get a "leg lamp stand".

And here are a few other releases of note coming up this holiday season...