A Charlie Brown Christmas Deluxe Edition features the re-mastered Christmas special in an updated look that still maintains the integrity and feel of vintage Peanuts. The Emmy and Peabody Award winning classic features Charlie Brown who has the Yuletide blues. To get into the holiday spirit, Lucy advises Charlie Brown to direct the Christmas play and put up a great tree. Charlie Brown takes the advice, but the tree he finds is short, spindly and not very green, prompting everyone to make fun of him. However, the real meaning of Christmas works its magic on the Peanuts gang and they all end up in the holiday spirit. The Deluxe Edition contains bonus features including:A Charlie Brown Christmas Deluxe Edition will be available as a stand alone DVD as well as being part of the Peanuts Holiday Collection which also includes deluxe editions of It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
- A new featurette: A Christmas Miracle: The Making of A Charlie Brown Christmas - An in-depth look at how the producers brought a newspaper comic strip to animated life in a new medium. Under tense pressure and with many doubters, the show creators were able to create Peanuts in a new medium and make the show a smash success.
- Digital downloads of 2 songs from the popular soundtrack
- A bonus episode: It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown
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Friday, August 29, 2008
Nice to find something I can crosspost here and at my Halloween Blog!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Bingo Saves Christmas : It's Bingo the Wonderdog on a wild adventure to help save Rudolph and Christmas!
The Adventures of Andy Claus: He's the son of Santa and he's got the keys to the sleigh!
...with more to come.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
"There are some great tunes on this one, a little bit of everything from orchestral to country to folk. This album was released in 1968, when Bing was still with us and the name Anita Bryant wasn't spoken with a sneer."
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I wonder how many other kids found Gleason albums, while rummaging through their parents record collections, and expected a comedy album only to be lulled into a state of zen-like relaxation by the soothing sounds of E-Z style Gleason.
According to Wikipedia:
Throughout the 1950s and '60s, Gleason enjoyed a secondary music career, lending his name to a series of best-selling "mood music" albums with jazz overtones for Capitol Records. Gleason felt there was a ready market for romantic instrumentals. He recalled seeing Clark Gable play love scenes in movies, and the romance was, in his words, "magnified a thousand percent" by background music. Gleason reasoned, "If Gable needs music, a guy in Brooklyn must be desperate!"
Gleason could not read or write music in a conventional sense; he was said to have conceived melodies in his head and described them vocally to assistants. These included the well-remembered themes of both The Jackie Gleason Show ("Melancholy Serenade") and The Honeymooners ("You're My Greatest Love"). There has been some controversy over the years as to how much credit Gleason should have received for the finished products; Henry has written that beyond the possible conceptualizing of many of the songs, Gleason had no direct involvement (such as conducting) in the making of these recordings. Red Nichols, a jazz great who had fallen into hard times and led one of the groups recorded, did not even get session-leader pay from Gleason.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Anne Perry's Christmas Mysteries
Two holiday novels provide the perfect combination of mystery and murder mixed with a generous helping of Yuletide cheer.Previous Holiday Shopping Posts
A CHRISTMAS GUEST
When her daughter and son-in-law plan a Christmas vacation to Paris sans hers truly, Grandmama Mariah Ellison travels to the chilly, windswept Romney Marshes to spend the holiday with old friends. But when the body of a fellow guest is found lifeless in bed, Grandmama senses foul play and takes it upon herself to assume the role of amateur detective–uncovering startling truths about the victim . . . and herself as well.
A CHRISTMAS SECRET
Dominic Corde is thrilled to “fill the robe” as substitute vicar in the village of Cottisham while the Reverend Wynter is away on a Christmas holiday. Upon arrival, Dominic and his wife, Clarice, wonder how they will be received by the congregation. But the Cordes soon discover that they have more dire matters to worry about. It turns out that the Reverend Wynter isn’t on holiday at all–and that something very sinister has transpired.
Johhny Cash Christmas Specials
Upcoming Holiday Cookbooks
Christmas DVD Preview
Doris Day Christmas Special
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Visit Twelve Months of Christmas now for all the goodies!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
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The Tone King, from the Twelve Months of Christmas blog, has also been keeping busy with Christmas related stuff including putting together an original charity compilation. Lots more info here!
Monday, August 18, 2008
snowman ornies with watermark (by goodygoodygumdrops)
(Available for purchase from the Artist's Etsy Shop!)
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
You'll be able to buy the two new releases separately or in a box set with last years releases of the 1976 and 1977 specials (which are also still available separately).
Complete press release info, song and guest lists, and box art over at TVshowsonDVD.com.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
* Filk? You may well ask... there are, apparently, loads of slightly competing definitions but here, courtesy of Debbie's Filk FAQ is one I think is pretty good:
Gary McGath: “Filk music is a musical movement among fans of science fiction and fantasy fandom and closely related activities, emphasizing content which is related to the genre or its fans, and promoting broad participation. Filkers are people who participate in this movement.”
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I'm a sucker for the whole Victorian Christmas experience so I've already pre-ordered Charles Dickens - A Christmas Dinner. Elizabeth David's Christmas is a new American edition of food writer David's posthumous collection of Christmas related articles. I highly recommend it.
It goes without saying that I've already got my order in for Christmas Beer!
"The All-American Christmas Cookbook provides a state-by-state tour of America's favorite Christmas recipes from Alabama's Pecan Divinity to New York's Oyster Stew to Utah's Quick Peppermint Stick Cake. With classic regional recipes and beautiful vintage artwork from holidays past this cookbook will put everyone in the Christmas spirit from sea to shining sea."
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
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...
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"For five successful seasons, superstar Doris Day starred in her own CBS-TV series, The Doris Day Show. For the first time, all three Christmas episodes (A Two Family Christmas from 1969, It's Christmas Time In The City from 1970, Whodunnit, Doris? from 1971) from the program are presented together, with the added bonus of a new audio commentary track by Doris herself!...'Extras for the October 28 release will include rare news reel footage, bonus songs and more. Suggested retail is a super reasonable 14.98 !
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Christmas Forever offers "The Christmas Voices Of Walter Schumann"
It's "Auld Lang Syne" time at Ernie's place, plus make sure you check out all the amazing daily poss Ernie made throughout the month!