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Christmas at the Biltmore [VHS] (1997)

Judy Collins  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Judy Collins
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: A & E Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 29, 1998
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 076700437X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The incomparable Judy Collins performs seasonal favorites, such as "Let it Snow," "White Christmas," "Amazing Grace," and many more in this sensational concert filmed live at the magnificent Biltmore Mansion.

Music, approx. 100 mins.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Magic! November 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I saw this special on A&E one night at around 2 a.m. It had such an effect on me that I ordered the video immediately after it was over. Judy Collins creates a magical setting by staging her concert at the fabulous Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. Her selections include both secular and religious songs, and all are beautifully arranged and performed by Ms. Collins. Her voice sounds better than ever, and lends itself perfectly to Christmas songs. She adds much charm and warmth to the performance with her personal stories and Christmas memories. Her renditions of such traditional standards as What Child is This?, I Saw Three Ships, and The Holly and the Ivy are moving and beautiful. The poem, The Night Before Christmas is put to music by Judy and is a special treat. Adding to the lovely sound of Judy Collins's voice is a full orchestra and The Charlotte Children's Choir. Every aspect of a Christmas concert that one would expect is here. I highly recommend this video to anyone who enjoys Christmas music. For those of you who are Judy Collins fans, it is a must-have. I would also recommend the CD of the same title. I guarantee that this concert will become a tradition in your home at the holidays. Exceptional!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Judy Collins - Outstanding Christmas Music February 21, 2005
By G. Reid
Format:VHS Tape
This VHS live concert is so much better than I even expected, I am happily stunned. As long as you have a stereo VCR you will find the sound quality to be outstanding. No need for a DVD on this one.

In this memorable program, Judy Collins visits the world-famous Biltmore Estate - the largest private home ever built - for a special Christmas celebration. She takes center stage in this magnificent setting with an unforgettable concert of holiday classics including:

1. Jingle Bells

2. Joy To The World

3. Silent Night

4. White Christmas

5. Let It Snow

6. I'll Be Home For Christmas

7. Away In A Manager

8. Amazing Grace

9. Hark The Herald Angels Sing

10. What Child Is This

11. A Partridge In A Pear Tree

Judy Collins performs on center stage with the backing of an orchestra and choir. Her voice, even after 40 years, is just stunning. She was a top folk singer in the 60s and performs a folk song from that period "Someday Soon."

This is definitely a 5 Star video. I can't believe that a couple of reviews were only 4 Stars. Enjoy!

(Wallingford)

Feedback to:

George Reid

knowledgebooks@snet.net
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Judy Collins sings traditional holiday carols November 25, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
We watched this video before a roaring fire late Thanksgiving night. If you like traditional Christmas songs beautifully done, then this video is for you.
The video runs about an hour and a half. The traditional Christmas songs come at you one after the other. As an added bonus, she does a splendid version of "Someday Soon" during the first quarter of the program.
Collins plays guitar and piano on a number of the selections. Her musical back-up is not the full orchestra, but a nice ensemble right for the mood and occasion.
The children's choir adds to the family atmosphere of the evening.
If you want a jazzier sound, a more contemporary holiday selection of songs or a full orchestra-like effect (i.e. the Boston Pops), this is not the video to get.
This truly is a sit by the fire with a hot after dinner drink mood video.
The backdrop of the Biltmore Estate adds to the winter's night intimate evening show effect. Judy Collins is a most gracious performer to her audience at the Biltmore and it comes through in the video version. She tells some brief stories about her family Christmases but not to the point of over-shadowing the music.
I'm not much of a music-video fan of any sort and seldom buy any music concerts or shows on video (I'm obviously way past the MTV age group), yet I bought and enjoyed this holiday performance by Judy Collins.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hate to put this one away for another year January 10, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I've been a Judy Collins fan for decades now and have even attended a live holiday show or two during that period. Collins is an excellent live performer, and it certainly shows on this performance video from 1997. There are moments when her legendary voice falters, true, but it is still a remarkable instrument, as well is being one almost ideally suited for seasonal songs. As has been observed by many of the reviewers below, she is equally at home with the religious carols as the secular ones. She also sings contemporary (included self-penned) carols such as her "Come Rejoice," the title song of a Christmas album released a few years before this concert was taped.
This is one tape I drag out every year--and one I hate to put away after the holiday season. So just maybe this year, I won't. As I write this the winter blahs are rapidly setting in as the Northeast faces yet another cold snap. All the more reason to keep this video handy and a little egg nog on the ready. What better way to prolong the holiday spirit a bit longer?
(One caveat: I have noticed that the sound quality on this tape various dramatically depending on which machine I play this on. If your player is not the best, it may suffer on yours too. Time to upgrade? Well, it looks like CHRISTMAS LIVE AT THE BILTMORE ESTATE may be coming out on DVD soon if it hasn't already. There's a separate listing for it on Amazon, which would appear to be a good sign. If so, it will certainly be a welcome addition to my small but growing DVD music collection--for yours too, I'd wager.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas At the Biltmore Estate
Only Judy Collins can sing Xmas carols like they should be sung. Fabulous DVD and oh I wish she would come to UK
Published 5 months ago by brobert cloake
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning--Best Christmas Music on DVD
WOW.....What a voice. What a story teller. What a choice of songs. This is the ultimate Christmas Music DVD. Judy Collins is a class act. This is absolutely beautiful. Read more
Published on March 2, 2008 by A. J. Mathison
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect christmas dvd
Biltmore is a classically beautiful setting for a classic Judy Collins performance. The Charlotte Children's choir is a perfect accompaniment and the audience participation is... Read more
Published on January 19, 2008 by Julia K. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas at the Biltmore Estate
I have really enjoyed the DVD and CD of Judy Collins---Christmas at the Biltmore Estate. I first saw it on PBS a number of years ago and have wanted it since. Read more
Published on January 7, 2008 by Martha B. Chavis
5.0 out of 5 stars Judy Collins at the Biltmore
I had purchased the video and the CD previously. I found both of those outstanding so decided to purchase a number of the DVD's as Christmas gifts this year. Read more
Published on December 17, 2007 by Maureen Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas at the Biltmore Estate
This video was absolutely marvelous. Eveyone should not only enjoy Judy Collins beautiful voice, but the beautiful Christmas songs she chose to share with everyone. Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by Barb Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Christmas Musical
I collect Christmas DVD's. This is one of the best and one of the few I will watch every year!
Published on January 9, 2007 by Keith Mathison
5.0 out of 5 stars This one becomes a holiday tradition
The previous reviewer almost said it all. I just want to add that this video is very well produced and beautiful to behold. Read more
Published on December 16, 1999
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