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Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume 2 - The Christmas Specials Deluxe Edition 2DVD + bonus CD

Bing Crosby , Kathryn Crosby , na  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Kathryn Crosby, Bob Hope, Robert Goulet, Mary Martin
  • Directors: na
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Infinity Entertainment/Hepcat
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 268 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0046AVK4K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,790 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

No song evokes holiday season nostalgia like 'White Christmas.' With more than 100 million copies sold, Bing Crosby is almost as synonymous with Christmas as Santa. But the star of such film classics as Holiday Inn (1942) and White Christmas (1954) didn't make the first of his seasonal television specials until 1961 ... all major productions available for
the first time since their original broadcast. In this two-DVD/one-CD collector s set, enjoy four of these glittering holiday extravaganzas (1961-1977), carefully restored from the original masters. In what became a family affair with wife Kathryn and children Harry, Nathaniel and Mary Frances Crosby is also joined by a musical who s who, including Bob Hope, Robert Goulet, Mary Martin, Andre Previn, opera star Mary Costa, Terry Thomas, Ron Moody, David Bowie and more.

Bonus CD - Selections from the Bing Crosby Archive series (Collectors Choice Music), including 'Santa Claus Is
Coming To Town,' 'Jingle Bells,'
'Silent Night' and 'Peace On Earth /
The Little Drummer Boy,' a duet with
David Bowie. Also several otherwise
unavailable tracks, including a
'White Christmas' duet with Ella
Fitzgerald and rare alternate takes of
'Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer'
'Sleigh Ride' and 'The Christmas Song.'

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like the ones we used to know! November 20, 2010
By Jon Oye
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Treasure for All Seasons November 19, 2010
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Finally the perfect Christmas--past, present, future! A cornucopia of Crosby treasures, but the greatest jewel of all in this rich compilation of Bing's incomparable family specials is the 1971 --disc 2--show starring opera star Mary Costa. Her beauty rivals her heavenly voice, and brings Christmas alive all year round! Her hilarious medley duet of 'Jingle Bells' with Bing is itself worth the price, a bargain, of the entire set. Someone once asked Noel Coward what you have to do to be a star. His answer was one word: 'Sparkle'! Mary Costa sparkles with enough wattage to light up the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and the chemistry with Bing is pure magic. God bless the Crosby family for sharing these memorable moments for all time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure Trove of Bing and very rare Mary Martin February 7, 2011
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This is a delightful collection. To me the highlight is the 1962 Clairol show with Mary Martin. There just isn't enough on DVD of this superb, legendary entertainer. And the bonus tracks or out takes just happen to contain one song "Nearer" by Rodgers and Hart, that wasn't part of the original telecast! And this lovely rendition of the song by Mary Martin is worth the entire price of the DVD (which is quite a bargain as it also has a bonus cd)

I loved this collection. Bing Crosby and Mary Martin had an historic collaboration throughout the years, and Bing is at his wonderful best in all the programs contained in this wonderful set.

I will be playing this one a lot! Enjoy!
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As noted jazz critic Gary Giddins makes manifestly clear in the very first chapter of his definitive biography of the first half of Crosby's career ("Pocketfull of Miracles," 2003), Bing Crosby was not only one of the most important and influential entertainers of the 20th century but inarguably (as the numbers show--from his hit recordings to his multi-decade appeal at the box office--including an Oscar for best actor--and of course his weekly radio show, which had an uninterrupted run of over 30 years) the most successful entertainer of them all. He, more than any other single artist-musician-actor-celebrity, was for most Americans "Mr. Everyman," as shown even by small details like the American General who, upon receiving the official document of surrender from the Imperial representative of Japan on the Battleship Missouri, exclaimed: "Now this would be an absolutely perfect moment if Bing Crosby were here to sing for us."

Consequently, any remastered, out-of-print, or new Crosby material is something worth celebrating for any fan of "Der Bingle." Admittedly, it's certainly no substitute for complete box sets like "Bing: His Legendary Years" or "Bing Crosby: It's Easy to Remember." And for the youngster who is relatively (perhaps entirely) unfamiliar with Crosby, a better introduction to his breadth and genius might be a single-disc anthology like "Bing's Gold Records" or "The Definitive Collection." As Giddins himself acknowledges, the 25th anniversary of Elvis' death was marked by no end of tributes, memorials, and highly publicized retrospectives of every kind whereas the memory of Crosby's passing during the same year (1977) was treated as a comparative footnote.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bing aka Mr Christmas December 5, 2013
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love seeing old TV specials I grew up watching. Love hearing Bing sing and loved his christmas shows. He is Mr. Christmas. Grat memories. Received DVD quickly- would purchase from this seller again.
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