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'Twas the Night Before Christmas (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray] (2011)

Joel Grey , Tammy Grimes , Jr. Arthur Rankin , Jules Bass  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver, George Gobel
  • Directors: Jr. Arthur Rankin, Jules Bass
  • Writers: Jerome Coopersmith
  • Producers: Jr. Arthur Rankin, Jules Bass
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BQQD9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,835 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

For some unexplained reason, letters to Santa Claus are being returned to the children of Junctionville. It seems some sour soul has angered St. Nick, calling Christmas "a fraudulent myth!" The skeptical rodent Albert Mouse has to be brought to his senses "and let up a little on the wonder why." How Albert is persuaded to change his tune paves the way for Santa's jolly return to Junctionville -- and the joyous finale of this charming animated fable inspired by Clement Moore's poem. Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver and George Gobel are featured voices.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD IS OUT! October 25, 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I just want lovers of this show to know that it did indeed get released on DVD...I have been waiting for a long time and never would have known had I not come across it by chance...It is not out on DVD by itself, rather, it is on the DVD "Frosty's Winter Wonderland" (The Rankin Bass Version If you want this DVD, check it out and pick it up, it will not let you down...It is the same version as we all know and love

UPDATE - October 15th 2011
Wow, just looking back at this comment I made 7 years ago...time flies. Back then, Blu Ray was not even a thought, however I just wanted to update this blurb here by saying this has now been exclusively released on Blu Ray for anyone who does not know and might be interested.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Christmas special December 15, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
My fiance and I knew we were meant for each other when we discovered that this Christmas special was a favorite for both of us! I've loved it since I was a kid watching it on TV, and I wish they'd play it more now. It has lovely, catchy songs and a timeless message that's not overly sappy. The story is about a young mouse, Oliver, who doesn't believe in Santa and writes a letter to the editor of his local newspaper saying just that. Santa reads it and gets angry, sending back the letters of all the town's children and refusing to go there at Christmas. The young mouse soon learns the devastating effect of his disbelief when he realizes how much Santa's visit means to them all.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic... December 29, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I knew of this movie from when I was young, when it was occasionally aired before Christmas. The characters, including a family of sweet mice, are adorable. The story is short but heartwarming, and the songs will leave you singing them to yourself long after the holidays. Everything about this cartoon fits together extremely well, and children of all ages will be delighted by it. This video is hard to find in stores, so do yourself a favor and order it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can still sing the songs twenty years later. December 4, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I remember watching this as child, and have been searching for it for a few years now. This was one of my favorite Christmas cartoons, and I used to love when the whole family sat down to watch it: fire going, pajamas with the little feet on them, hot chocolate, and then that fun CBS twisting logo that let you know a cartoon was coming.
The story begins with a town having all their letters to Santa returned. It turns out someone has printed a letter in the newspaper stating that they don't believe in Santa, so he is not coming to the town this year. Everyone is besides themselves until the town clockmaker has an idea - he will build a huge clocktower that, just when Santa is flying over, will play a beautiful song of children singing, asking him to come. But, when they unveil the clock, it is broken. Can they fix the clock in time? Who broke it in the first place? And who wrote the letter? You'll have to watch to find out.
Some of the cutest characters that you will ever see, and some great songs ("You wish, and I'll whittle. You pray, while I plan. We'll do what's necessary 'cause, even a miracle needs a hand!). Plus, at the end there is a reading of the original "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" story.
Definitely worth getting and sharing with the family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars [Bly-ray] Good Show, Decent Treatment December 1, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
(This is a review of the Blu-ray.) While it is nice to see this overlooked show get the Blu-ray treatment don't expect a remastered transfer. While the picture is clear and crisp they did not clean up the print that was used. Lots of dust and scratches are present throughout. Also the audio is center channel only on surround sound.

Having said that, you don't really need surround sound and perfect picture to enjoy the show. We aren't dealing with an HD cineplex blockbuster here. It is a pleasant little Christmas special. It has some touching and funny moments, a few memorable songs, and a nice atmosphere thanks to the voice of Joel Grey. You could quibble a little with the story (Why is Santa prone to holding grudges and being petty in some of these Rankin and Bass stories?)

Anyway, $13 is a little steep for what you get, but you cannot complain too much here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
As a child I used to scan the tv guide every Sunday in December looking for the Christmas specials. I had my favorites, and this was one of them. Its artwork, and the artwork of all of the Rankin/Bass specials, is superb. The songs stay in your heads (and hearts) forever. I still sing along like I did almost 30 years ago when I first learned the words "Christmas time is calling Santa, Santa"...And I especially loved it this past Christmas when my then 16 month old's attention was captured by this cartoon, especially when the music played. I look forward to many more viewings with my son (and his soon to be born sister), and will gladly use them as an excuse to watch a childs show that I consider a classic and fondly remember from simpler times - CHILDHOOD!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Christmas Special August 29, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I used to watch "Twas the Night Before Christmas" every year when I was little. I never missed it. Suddenly it stopped coming on, and I was disappointed. I couldn't believe that they took it off the air. A few years ago I was lucky when I heard it was going to be on Fox Family. I decided to record it off the television, but missed the first part of the show. I wanted the whole special and went to see if I could find it on the internet(you can't find it in stores). I found it ... and could not believe it. This special shows some of the many meanings of Christmas. It showed that there are miracles on earth and that if you really believe and hope in something, then those miracles can happen. If you don't have this video, then I suggest you add it to your collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 23 days ago by Aneska White
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
This is a very good product and I would recommend it to anyone, always shop at amazon to get the better price!
Published 6 months ago by Jcsteeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Santa Claus May Not Come
I was glad to find this because I watched it when I was little and hadn't seen it in years. I wasn't sure it was going to be the same thing because I only had a vague memory of the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by christmas lover
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE!
I love watching this movie around the holidays, it's been one of my favorite movies since I was a child!
Published 8 months ago by lady_x
5.0 out of 5 stars My daghter loves this
I watch the Christmas movies with the fam and these older ones bring back memories of when I was a kid. And blu rays are awesome for sound and picture
Published 17 months ago by Rod
5.0 out of 5 stars A GENUINE CLASSIC
I love seeing this show on t.v., at Christmas time. Now, I have the dvd and can watch it whenever I want. No commercials and great quality sound and picture.
Published 19 months ago by Roger's Mechanical
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to find for a gift
This was a gift for our grown son. This was one of his favorite childhood
Christmas stories. He wanted to have it for his kids to watch. Thanks.
Published 20 months ago by Sue Mease
5.0 out of 5 stars It Takes Me Back
This rat will take you back because I was a kid for 30 minutes again. The stunning HD made the experience even better. I even sung along with the clock that was calling Santa!
Published 20 months ago by Jimmy B
5.0 out of 5 stars My all-time favorite Christmas Movie
Full of catchy tunes, this video addresses the balance of believing and thinking and of working hard and hoping forthe best. Cute little mice, and the voice of Joel Grey!
Published 20 months ago by pwili
3.0 out of 5 stars Cup Is Half Full
This is one of my favorite holiday cartoons. This review is about the product not the movie. The dvd worked fine. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by XMAN
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