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  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Bobe Hope, David Bowie, Robert Goulet, Mary Martin
  • Directors: na
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Infinity Entertainment/Hepcat
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 268 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041EVYYM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,673 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bing Crosby and Christmas - they're inseparable. It was only natural for the voice that sold more than 100 million copies of 'White Christmas' - and the star of such film classics as Holiday Inn and White Christmas - to eventually celebrate the season on television. This second volume of Crosby television specials showcases those Christmas shows. Included in this premiere, two-disc collection are Bing's first holiday special, produced in England in 1961, his first color special from 1962 with Mary Martin, Bing Crosby and the Sounds of Christmas with Robert Goulet and Mary Costa from 1971, and Bing s final special, Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas, which includes the iconic duet of 'The Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth' with David Bowie. These treasured programs have been meticulously restored from the original film and videotape sources, and are presented with all the original performances intact. Bonus Features: Happy Holidays With Bing and Frank, the 1957 color Christmas episode of the Frank Sinatra Show, outtakes from the 1962 Bing Crosby Christmas special, a rare Toys For Tots public service announcement and the 1976 tourism film, Bing's Britain.

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I am excited to get to share these year after year with my friends and family!
oldbigben
The 1962 show was Bing's first in colour and even if the quality is not as crisp as the 1961 special, it's still much better than I have ever seen before.
Malcolm Macfarlane
Filling out disc 1 are outtakes from the Clairol Special and the half-hour "Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank" (Dec.
Jon Oye

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jon Oye on November 20, 2010
If you're a baby boomer you likely grew up watching Bing Crosby on television at least once a year, in his annual and much anticipated Christmas specials. They may have even been the only things you knew him for, if you were too young to remember the astonishing career that preceded those festive end-of-year broadcasts. Bing's holiday shows with his family, which began in the 1960s when he hosted the Hollywood Palace's (ABC's answer to the Ed Sullivan Show) Christmas programs, and continued into the 1970s when he and his family starred in their own Christmas specials, were practically an institution back in the 3-channel, pre-cable days. If you were born prior to the Second World War you likely remember Bing as the most beloved entertainer of the 20th century, with the TV Christmas shows serving as an endearing coda to a legendary performer's long career. In either case, this set of four vintage Crosby specials (plus a bonus show, outtakes and TV spots), not seen in more than three decades, should be a warm and welcome sight to your world weary eyes. This is "comfort television" of the highest order.

Bing's first two holiday TV specials--which weren't entirely devoted to a Christmas theme--comprise the first of the two discs. 1961's "Bing Crosby Show," which was filmed in England and aired on December 11th, features Terry-Thomas and Shirley Bassey, with a surprise appearance by one of Bing's old buddies. "The Bing Crosby Show for Clairol," from December 24th, 1962, was Bing's first color special, and his guests are broadway star (and two-time movie co-star with Bing) Mary Martin and pianist-conductor-composer André Previn. Filling out disc 1 are outtakes from the Clairol Special and the half-hour "Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank" (Dec.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Macfarlane on November 17, 2010
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This second DVD release from the Bing Crosby Archive has four of Bing's Christmas specials and while I have had poor video versions of these for many years, it's wonderful to have them at last in great quality. In particular, the 1961 special filmed in England is a revelation. Several of my friends were at the filming of this and they have always raved about it. The 1962 show was Bing's first in colour and even if the quality is not as crisp as the 1961 special, it's still much better than I have ever seen before. On disc 2 are Christmas shows from 1971 and 1977 (Bing's last) and these are perfection itself. The bonus items of outtakes from the 1962 show, the Sinatra show from 1957, Bing's Britain and the Toys for Tots PSA are excellent and make this package a very attractive one indeed.

These are great Christmas shows which are bound to bring back some wonderful memories.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By oldbigben on November 9, 2010
I've been oh-so looking forward to this! These specials always showcased outstanding performances, and for me it's a great trip back to simpler years! Christmas was never the same without a Bing Crosby Christmas Special. My favorite (although not on these discs) was the 1973 special because it was filmed on location in real snowy weather, and had all the guests (like Michael Landon) in a real horse-pulled sleigh. None of these I fully remember as a kid except Bing's final special that featured David Bowie singing that now-famous duet with him, "The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth", which is included here. (I remember how we all commented on Bowie's hair.) I had seen the highlights show (narrated by Gene Kelly) for most of my life and could not remember seeing any uncut shows on TV after the early eighties. A few years ago, I bought a copy of the Sinatra holiday team-up (a nice bonus feature included with this) and love it! I am excited to get to share these year after year with my friends and family! Thank you so much for releasing these! Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume 2- The Christmas Specials
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 5, 2010
Earlier this year Infinity Home Video released a terrific 2-DVD set of Crosby TV specials. The source material came from the Bing Crosby Archive, managed by Crosby's widow Kathryn. Not only were the performances great (and the bonus too!) but the images - especially the black and white ones - were sharp and crisp.

Now, in time for the "holiday" season comes Volume 2 - "The Christmas Specials". Its almost as good. Don't be put off by the restricted title "Christmas". The first two of the four complete hour-long shows here only have a Christmas song at the end and you can watch any time of the year without even knowing it was a Christmas Special. The first - from 1961- is in crisp black and white and was recorded in England. Though this looks better than the second show on Disc One, it is weaker because a lot of time was devoted to comedy sketches to the exclusion of Bing's singing, and the guests are little-known British actors or comedians like Dave King, Miriam Karlin and Ron Moody. The second show - in color - is a full of song with Mary Martin as guest. The color image is not as sharp - with some dropouts - but at least we have it preserved. The second disc takes us to the "family" years when Kathryn and Bing's sons would appear,. And for the second show on that disc - the 1977 special recorded just five weeks before Crosby died - we are back in England with Bing dueting with Twiggy and the "classic moment" in which Bing sings "The Little Drummer Boy" with David Bowie, a clip that probably gets a few million hits on Youtube every year.

The bonus features are also well chosen. The 1957 Happy Holidays With Bing And Frank is 30 minutes of the two of them singing in an ABC show directed by Sinatra. There are outtakes from the Crosby/Martin 1962 show noted above.
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