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Hope for the Holidays is A walk down yuletide memory lane with this delightful look back at Bob Hope's NBC Christmas specials from yesteryear. Along with tree trimming, sleigh riding and egg nogging, the Bob Hope Christmas Special was an annual holiday tradition for families across America for 40 years. In this landmark collection, Bob and Dolores Hope welcome family and friends into their home for a nostalgic look at some of the funniest moments from past holiday specials and USO tours.
Authorized by Hope Enterprises, this DVD contains rare holiday bloopers from the Hopes' personal collection. The feature includes appearances by John Wayne, Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Phil Silvers, Dyan Cannon, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Dixie Carter, Olivia Newton-John, Shirley Jones, Lee Marvin, Redd Foxx, Phyllis Diller, Marie Osmond, Bing Crosby, and many more. There's 100 minutes of holiday cheer on this release!
We don't have Bob around anymore but he can live on in this collection.
Fortunately, with this DVD I can now keep a part of that tradition alive. Alongside the annual must-sees like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" I have these wonderful moments of Bob Hope at his holiday best. It has clips and sketches from shows I remember, but also from shows before my time, all of which were laugh-out-loud funny. The extras include bloopers, which should not be missed because it gives a peak at what he was like behind the scenes -- which is as charming and funny as you thought he would be.
If you like Bob Hope and miss seeing his Christmas specials, this DVD will give you a dose of the old - but timeless - holiday spirit that you can share with the next generation. My only complaint is it's not long enough. But I wouldn't be satisfied until there was a DVD box set of each individual Christmas special shown in its entirety. Until that happens, I am very happy to have this to watch again and again.
Back in those days, there were only three stations or three networks to watch (ABC, CBS and NBC), but it seemed that there was always something great on TV, no matter what night of the week it was. NBC was lucky enough to have Bob Hope for so many incredible years. I truly have to applaud Bob Hope for entertaining our troops each and every year at Christmas and this DVD has quite a few memorable clips from the 50's through the 80's of Bob in some foreign Country with a great looking gal, parading around on the stage. If you are a fan of Bob Hope, or you'd like to experience just one more of Bob Hope's Annual Christmas Specials, then do NOT pass up this unique opportunity. I assure you that you will NOT be disappointed. As far as the quality is concerned, it's not HD but it's still pretty darn good, even on a 55" screen.
I have already watched this DVD two nights in a row and I will probably play it again some night before Christmas this year. This is clearly one of my favorite DVD's of all time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the generation who grew up with the Bob Hope Christmas specials, seeing other celebrities help him entertain the troops, knowing Bob Hope would deliver a "thanks for the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Goddess of Chaos
Didn't really have as much of his Christmas shows as I had hoped. Decent video, but not just Christmas shows. Lots of video of Bob entertaining the troops.Published 2 months ago by brooks44
to bad we do not have talent like this on TV anymore,I was lucky to be raised at the time when this kind of TV was on the air,just looking at whats out there today,oh some of these... Read morePublished 15 months ago by nwp
Still hold up and is still better than most of the new Christmas shows.Published 18 months ago by Walter Sasiadek
To me, Bob Hope was always a class act! Most of the shows I remember seeing but it was good to walk down memory lane. Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Jean A. Clemmer