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Carol - The Movie"
This newly released (27.10.03) animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' Christmas classic retains the essence of the timeless tale while introducing some fresh interpretations. A celebrity cast provides voices for the voice of Scrooge (Simon Callow) and Belle (Kate Winslet), yet the beauty of the film flows from its artistic usage of CG technology, such as the "painted" scenery of Scrooge's thoughts during his journey through Christmas Past, Present and Future. The Script honours the original story while proving that it is indeed possible to be moved to tears by a group of animated characters. Dickens purists may argue that few movie versions of "A Christmas Carol" can compete with Alastair Sim's 1951 rendidtion or George C. Scott's 1984 remake, yet this film does not need to supplant, but rather complement such predecessors. It is an especially good choice for young viewers who may find the black and white version too scary. (Ages 5 and older). Reviewer: Lynn Gibson.
Magical Christmas - Snowed in at the House of Mouse"
Though promoted as a "full-length holiday movie", Mickey's Magical Christmas is more of a Christmas special spin-off from Disney's House of Mouse TV series. The premise is something like an animated Muppet Show: Mickey, Goofy and Donald run a nightclub for an audience of Disney characters, with plenty of songs, skits and cartoons. There's not much story to this holiday special--Mickey whips up an impromptu party for stranded guests and instills a "Humbug" quacking Donald with the holiday spirit--but it's full of sight gags and comic bits with dozens of Disney characters, from Ludwig von Duck to Pumba and Timmon. The special begins with the short Pluto's Christmas Tree and ends with the entire 1983 short film Mickey's Christmas Carol. However, the highlight is a comic retelling of The Nutcracker with Donald as a reluctant Mouse King (complete with phony Mickey Mouse ears) and John Cleese as the exasperated narrator. Reviewer: Sean Axmaker.
The Pooh - A Very Merry Pooh Year"
DVD has only just been released (17.11.03) so we haven't received an
independent review from any of our visitors, as yet. However, I can tell
you that it's an excellent movie that celebrates the Christmas season with Winnie the Pooh, in a brand new
adventure. Share the joy and magic of the holidays as Pooh and his
lovable friends enjoy Christmas and the New Year in a delightful tale
about spending special moments with those you care about most. Al'
The Builder - "A Christmas To Remember"
Bob the Builder's first full-length adventure, "A Christmas to Remember", is a festive extravaganza boasting an all-star cast, including Elton John and Noddy Holder. Bob's twin brother Tom, a zoologist, (voiced by Stephen Tompkinson) is coming home from the Artic for the festivities and Bob's planning the perfect Christmas. But there are so many things to do first and Bob will have to work his little yellow hardhat off if he's to get everything done in time: there's the tree to fetch, the lights to put up in the town square, not to mention the stage to build for Lennie and the Lazers' free concert on Christmas Eve. Fortunately, Bob has all his usual friends to help as well as an extra pair of hands in the form of the loveable Banger (Noddy Holder), roadie to the band--unfortunately, he also has Spud--but when news comes that Tom has been unavoidably delayed, it begins to look as though Bob won't be having a perfect Christmas after all...
Meanwhile all is not well within the band: Lennie (Chris Evans) is losing his voice and John (Elton John) is having trouble finishing his new song. Luckily, Roley is on hand to help the creative process along and even suggests a jazzier stage name when it seems that John will have to sing in Lennie's place at the gig.
to Remember" is priceless festive entertainment for adults and
children alike: Noddy Holder, whose stage characteristics are perfectly
transferred to his diminutive screen persona, complete with Doc Martens
and a stovepipe hat, puts in a bravura performance as Banger--while
Elton John underplays beautifully right up to, but certainly not
including, the rousing grand finale. With this successful transfer to
feature length adventures, it seems that no job's too big for this
particular builder. Reviewer: Helen Baker.
- Christmas in the Snow"
One day, sparkly clouds appear over Tellytubby land. Soon, everything is
covered in fluffy, white snow--including the Tubbies' favourite
things--their ball, bag, hat and scooter. The chubby foursome are at
first afraid, but soon get stuck into some serious snow games, including
rolling snowballs, sliding down hillsides, making footprints and making
a snow Tellytubby--even their goggle-eyed vacuum-cleaner, Noo-noo, gets
covered from brush to wheels in it. Teletubbies and the Snow will
particularly delight pre-schoolers just getting their first taste of a
real winter, but children who have never seen snow will love the four
short films of real-life children singing winter songs and celebrating
the year-end, as well as the antics of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-laa and
Po, giggly Sun Baby and a cast of hundreds of fluffy bunnies hopping
around. Reviewer: Alison Jardine.
Nightmare Before Christmas"
For those who never thought Disney would release a film in which Santa Claus is kidnapped and tortured, well, here it is. The full title is "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, which should give you an idea of the tone of this stop-action animated musical/fantasy/horror/comedy. It is based on characters created by Burton, the former Disney animator best known as the director of "Pee-wee's Big Adventure", "Beetlejuice", "Edward Scissorhands" and the first two Batman movies. His benignly scary-funny sensibility dominates the story of Halloweentown resident Jack Skellington (voice by Danny Elfman, who also wrote the songs), who stumbles on a bizarre and fascinating alternative universe called ... Christmastown! Directed by Henry Selick (who later made the delightful James and the Giant Peach), this PG-rated picture has a reassuringly light touch. As Roger Ebert noted in his review, "some of the Halloween creatures might be a tad scary for smaller children, but this is the kind of movie older kids will eat up; it has the kind of offbeat, subversive energy that tells them wonderful things are likely to happen." --Jim Emerson.
George C. Scott makes an outstanding Scrooge in this 1984 TV production of the Christmas classic. The story is once again told of a miser, miserable and alone. He shuns Christmas and helping others, only doing things that will increase his personal wealth. But then one fateful Christmas Eve, he's visited by four spirits who try to show him another way. Will it be enough to redeem him?
I love this story, usually enjoying it in a couple forms over the course of December. This particular film version is my favorite. Probably helps that I've watched it almost every year since it came out. The acting is superb, especially from Scott. The costumes, scenery, and effects are wonderful as well, and they stick very close to the original story. Just watching a few minutes, I get... in and want to watch the whole thing all over again.
This DVD is the perfect way to watch the film. The picture and sound are remarkably clear for an almost 20 year old made for TV film. Definitely better then my old recorded from TV tape. The film is presented in its original ratio - full frame. While it would have been nice to have an extra or two, the quality of the movie makes up for this absence in my opinion.
If you're looking for a film version of this classic story for the holidays, look no further. This movie is sure to become a tradition in your family. Reviewer: Mark Baker from NC.
Snowman" & "Father Christmas"
animations are lovely, "The Snowman" is the real masterpiece
of the two. The Briggs book is brought to life, and the story is
actually enhanced by the lack of narration.
Muppet Family Christmas"
In the 50-minute Christmas TV Special, The Christmas Toy, Rugby the Tiger is Jamie's favourite Christmas toy from last year. Rugby is convinced that he will be wrapped up and placed under the tree again this year. When it's Christmas Eve and all the other toys try to explain to him that that is not going to happen, Rugby decides to take matters into his own paws and place himself under the tree. He makes the dangerous trip from the playroom to the living room trying not to be seen, for if a toy's secret of being able to move when humans aren't around is discovered, it becomes frozen forever. Now all his friends from the toy room must get him back before it's too late. This sweet story about friendship and loyalty is delightful, as are the songs, including "Try the Impossible" and "Old Friends". Think Toy Story with Muppetts. Reviewer: Peggy Maltby-Etra
The Grinch Stole Christmas"
Under a thick carpet of green-dyed yak fur and wonderfully expressive Rick Baker makeup, Jim Carrey is up to all of his old tricks (and some nifty new ones) in this live-action movie of Dr. Seuss's holiday classic. He commands the title role with equal parts madness, mayhem, pathos, and improvisational genius, channeling Grinchness through his own screen persona so smoothly that fans of both Carrey and Dr. Seuss will be thoroughly satisfied. Adding to the fun is a perfectly pitched back-story sequence (accompanied by Anthony Hopkins's narration) that explains how the Grinch came to hate Christmas, with a heart "two sizes too small." Ron Howard proves a fine choice for the director's chair with a keen balance of comedy, sentiment, and light-hearted Seussian whimsy. Production designer Michael Corenblith gloriously realizes the wackiness of Whoville architecture, and his rendition of the Grinch's Mt. Crumpit lair is a marvel of cartoonish, subterranean grime. Then there's Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen), the thoughtful imp who rallies her village to recapture the pure spirit of Christmas and melts the gift-stealing Grinch's cold, cold heart. You've even got a dog (the Grinch's good-natured mongrel, Max) who's been perfectly cast. (Ages 5 and older.) Reviewed by Jeff Shannon.
on 34th Street"
How can words
describe one third of this films goodness? It is a remake of the classic
film but with brilliant actors such as Richard Attenborough as Kris
Kringle. When Dorey Walker (Elizabeth Perkins) hires a seemingly
insignificant elderly gentleman (Kris Kringle) to be their Cole's Santa
she has no idea of the success it would bring Cole's. Just as every
thing in life is peachy, Cole's rivals decide to discredit Santa by
framing him. When it goes to court to decide weather Kris Kringle is a
nut case as he believes he is Santa it is up to the judge to decide if
Santa Clause is real, Challenging all that is good and pure about
Christmas. It's time to ask your-self "Do you believe in
With The Simpsons"
If you wanna
start your Simpsons collection (frankly you should have started years
ago - Smithers get this customer out of my office), then this is a great
place to start.
This semi-remake of Holiday Inn (the first movie in which Irving Berlin's perennial, Oscar-winning holiday anthem was featured) doesn't have much of a story, but what it does have is choice: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, an all-Irving Berlin song score, classy direction by Hollywood vet Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood), VistaVision (the very first feature ever shot in that widescreen format), and ultrafestive Technicolor! Crosby and Kaye are song-and-dance men who hook up, romantically and professionally, with a "sister" act (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to put on a Big Show to benefit the struggling ski-resort lodge run by the beloved old retired general (Dean Jagger) of their WWII Army outfit. Crosby is cool, Clooney is warm, Kaye is goofy, and Vera-Ellen is leggy. Songs include: "Sisters" (Crosby and Kaye do their own drag version, too), "Snow", "We'll Follow the Old Man", "Mandy", "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" and more. Christmas would be unthinkable without White Christmas. Reviewer : Jim Emerson.
and Jerry's Christmas"
This video was only released on November 3rd, 2003, so no one has got around to doing an independent review for us, as yet. But, absolutely everybody knows Tom and Jerry and it's fair to say that they never let you down in terms of action, amusement and outstanding entertainment value. Al'
Under a thick
carpet of green-dyed yak fur and wonderfully expressive Rick Baker
makeup, Jim Carrey is up to all of his old tricks (and some nifty new
ones) in this live-action movie of Dr. Seuss's holiday classic. He
commands the title role with equal parts madness, mayhem, pathos, and
improvisational genius, channeling Grinchness through his own screen
persona so smoothly that fans of both Carrey and Dr. Seuss will be
thoroughly satisfied. Adding to the fun is a perfectly pitched
back-story sequence (accompanied by Anthony Hopkins's narration) that
explains how the Grinch came to hate Christmas, with a heart "two
sizes too small." Ron Howard proves a fine choice for the
director's chair with a keen balance of comedy, sentiment, and
light-hearted Seussian whimsy. Production designer Michael Corenblith
gloriously realizes the wackiness of Whoville architecture, and his
rendition of the Grinch's Mt. Crumpit lair is a marvel of cartoonish,
subterranean grime. Then there's Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen), the
thoughtful imp who rallies her village to recapture the pure spirit of
Christmas and melts the gift-stealing Grinch's cold, cold heart. You've
even got a dog (the Grinch's good-natured mongrel, Max) who's been
perfectly cast. (Ages 5 and older.)
Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
Chevy Chase is back again, to keep us laughing through the holidays! I have never seen this movie, wasn't always a fan of Chevy Chase, but during the holidays i ended up seeing it with my family. I absolutely loved it! Everything in this movie you can laugh about! Chevy Chase is a typical man in the movie, needs to have everything perfect, but with his luck, everything goes bad...and its hysterical! This is the best movie to watch around the holidays with your family. I HIGHLY recommend this movie!!!! Now, its tradition to watch this movie every year. Reviewer: Lisa from Long Island, NY.