A Colbert Christmas NR CC

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HARK! THE HERALD PUNDIT SINGS! America's favorite Christmas tradition is now on DVD! Families have gathered around the TV to enjoy Stephen Colbert's Christmas specials every year since 2008. Now, you can experience the joy over and over! Join Stephen and his friends; Toby Keith, Elvis Costello, John Legend, Feist, Willie Nelson, and Jon Stewart for a yuletide evening of song, dance and nog-induced dementia. (Parental discretion is advised.) Remember, every time you buy a copy of Stephen Colbert's Christmas Special, an angel gets his wings.

Starring:
Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello
Runtime:
44 minutes

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A Colbert Christmas

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Jim Hoskinson
Starring Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello
Supporting actors Rich Dahm, Leslie Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend, Willie Nelson, Jon Stewart, George Wendt
Studio Comedy Central
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Ashen™
Loved this when it first aired and wanted to be able to watch it every year during the holidays.
Teresa A.
Each song in the special has a great tune, along with very clever and funny lyrics.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By kojak on December 1, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Watched this on Comedy Central and can't wait to get the DVD. We loved the old variety show format (much like the Bing Crosby and Andy Williams Christmas specials from the '70s), right down to the canned applause every time a guest is introduced. Good variety of musical guests, too. And how can you not love a show that has the world's filthiest ode to nutmeg (courtesy of John Legend)?
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By The SMART Patrick on December 8, 2008
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A Colbert Christmas is a hilarious parody that harkens back to the good old days when every celebrity under the sun had his or her own Xmas special with the usual parade of popular performers making their guest appearances. The plots of these specials were always convoluted and surreal and Colbert delivers on that with one of the strangest Xmas special plots ever conceived...he is trapped in his cabin in the snow, unable to get to his TV studio in order to tape his Xmas special because there is an angry bear outside of his cabin. While Colbert remains cabin-bound, an array of special guest stars somehow make their way past the man-eating bear and visit him at the cabin, delivering some of the most twisted Christmas Carols ever put to music as means of helping Colbert cope with his dire circumstances. What follows is one of the funniest, bizarre and insane Christmas shows ever to come along since South Park introduced the world to A Woodland Critters Christmas. If there is anything negative to be said on the subject of A Colbert Christmas it is that Amazon.com promised I would get this DVD by December 10, 2008 and have now informed me that I will not be getting it until AFTER Xmas. When I ordered the DVD it was in stock and I opted for 3 day shipping and now the item says 2-3 weeks for delivery which is totally inexcusable since my account order still says it is going to arrive on Dec. 10. My suggestion is to buy this from Best Buy or Target and pass on getting it through Amazon.com if you want it before Xmas.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By miradu on November 27, 2008
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I picked this up as a surprise for my family after Thanksgiving to celebrate the start of christmas. What an incredible joyous time we had watching Stephen Colbert and his struggle with bears. DVD includes many special features including a video advent calendar!

I had a lot of fun watching this, I bet you will to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mallory on March 20, 2009
Format: DVD
Where do I even begin describing how hilarious and just sublimely ridiculous this special is? The songs are hilarious, my favorite being the Channukah song with Jon Stewart. I love that mistletoe bit, especially with the bear. It's sharp and witty, of course- nothing less would ever be expected from Stephen Colbert or accepted by his fans. It's a great alternative to some of the sugary sweet Christmas specials out there. For the more protective parents out there, I'd probably recommend pre-screening it before deciding if you want your older kids/teens watching it, because there are references to drugs and sex and whatnot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Abner Doubleday on December 24, 2008
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It is worth the price alone to see John Legend sing "The Nutmeg Song." You will never drink eggnog again without thinking of the Colbert Christmas special!! You have to see it to believe it.

5 Christmas Stars for Stephen Colbert!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Valentine on December 11, 2009
Format: DVD
A great special if you are a fan of Colbert, and not easily offended! This is a SATIRE comic - what do you expect him to do but Christmas satire? Some religious friends who like Colbert do not like this, but I adored it!!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Goonan on November 24, 2008
Format: DVD
A COLBERT CHRISTMAS: THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL was the first holiday special I watched this year and it did not disappoint. As always, Stephen Colbert presents himself as a jovial over-the-top traditionalist American blissfully unaware of the world around him. Actually though, this Christmas special delves very little into the realm of politics besides a "War on Christmas" song by Toby Keith early on. It mostly focuses on funny and original Christmas music as well as parodies of some of the classics. Musical guests include Toby Keith, John Legend, and Willie Nelson just to name a few.

I'm a loyal viewer of THE COLBERT REPORT, so I set this special to record on my DVR as soon as I heard about it. An interview that Colbert did on NPR last week that included some clips of songs that would appear in the Christmas special got me even more excited for it. I wasn't aware that Jon Stewart would also be joining in to ask Stephen "Can I interest you in Hanukkah?"

The plot is rather simple. Stephen is getting ready to leave his stereotypical winter cabin in the woods to go to New York to film his Christmas special with Elvis Costello. Much to Stephen's dismay, when he opens the door to leave he finds a bear (aka a giant, marauding, godless killing machine) waiting for him. After calling Elvis to explain his dilemma, many celebrities show up at Stephen's cabin for traditional Yuletide merry-making, while Stephen tries to think of a plan to escape his cabin and elude the bear's grasp as he heads to New York to film his Christmas special

Overall, I would highly recommend this Christmas special for anyone who likes a little satirical holiday cheer. It's certainly a must have for fans of THE COLBERT REPORT.

I don't own the DVD yet, I only saw the special on it's TV premiere last night. Thus, I'm not sure what types of special features are on the DVD. I'll update my review if and when I get the DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mothermaven on January 5, 2009
Format: DVD
My appreciation of the Colbert Christmas Special has to do with my age. I remember the variety specials of the 1970s especially at Christmas. It is obvious Colbert and his writers do too. Colbert nails what the genre of Christmas special with an improbable story line, celebrities appearing out of nowhere to sing, goofy humor, and very amateurish graphics. If you remember the 1970s, it brings you back, yet the content pokes fun of timely topics.

The songs are very clever and funny. We had fun speculating whether Toby Keith really understood the satire on the whole "war on Christmas" theme. The whole cast coming together singing, "Peace, Love, and Understanding" is surprisingly good. Of course, Willie Nelson, Feist, John Legend, and Jon Stewart are highly entertaining in their numbers.

This DVD is worth having for future Christmases. Stephan Colbert shows himself to be an able and versatile entertainer.
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