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Once Upon a Christmas [Blu-ray]

4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Mormon Tabernacle
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00911LAP8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,720 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I saw this on PBS and immediately had to have it. It is a program in narrative fashion with Jane Seymour telling the story, wonderful singing, and beautiful ballet and folk dancing to enhance the story. I just love it.
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I found this DVD to be one of the best Christmas shows I have ever seen. I look forward to more like this in the future.
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I stumbled upon this concert serendipitously last Christmas season on PBS and was simply transfixed with the whole concert. I've been singing in choirs for 25 years and this was the most emotionally powerful, musically and artistically gorgeous concert I have ever seen. What did it for me was the medieval dancing. It really has it all. The finale was so over-the-top fantastic I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. My sister's a music teacher and I cannot wait to share it with her. This is exceptional. Even the head of the MTC said that this was their best Christmas show ever, and he was correct. Even Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn seemed a bit in shock at how beautiful it was. It is a new holiday tradition in my household and great for all ages.
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Personally, I found this 2011 Christmas Concert (2012 DVD release) by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and guest artists lacked the lustre and the WOW factor that I have seen in concerts by the choir and their guest artists over the past eight+ years.

Yes, the choir and the fantastic orchestra were up to their usual standard - in fact they are always superb, but the show as a whole had a very sombre feel about it. Having a Medieval theme, it looked as though there had been some budget cuts to the settings, this one being the most minimal in years.

I was waiting for the WOW factor to happen, but I was disappointed that it didn't elevate up to the usual emotional highs of past shows. However, the presentation of 'Good King Wenceslas' narrated and told by British film and TV actress Jane Seymour was for me, the highlight of the show. The usual production values were contained therein with a magnificent choir and orchestra, snowflake ballet, dancers, acrobats, juggler and 'snow' floating down from the gantry. Most impressive! Nathan Gunn has a great voice, but seemed to lack charisma on the stage. He is so much more animated in his interviews on the 'extras.' The lighting was very unimaginative throughout other parts of the program, and so were the shots of the audience. You could hardly see them and this is one venue where a little more subtle lighting on the audience is a must, as it gives full dimension to the venue's gigantic size. And it is impressive, seating 21,000 people.

(As an aside: Another point of view that has bothered me over the past few years is that when a person is narrating a story (Jane Seymour is a good example), why in heaven must we see camera shots from 4 different angles while they are speaking.
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Let me first say that, over the years, these Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts have been thrilling, entertaining, wonderful, spectacular and every other superlative one could think of. Having said that, this year's release of "Once Upon a Christmas" fell slightly short of the superlatives noted for previous years. First, I felt that there were a few too many classical pieces rather than having more traditional holiday fare. Maybe this was because they are trying to avoid repetition, but I was glad to see the inclusion of one of my favorites, "Twas The Night Before Christmas." I remember this selection from a Fred Waring Christmas album from the fifties and I never forgot their delightful arrangement. The choir's presentation of this classic would have been much better with some live action depicting what was going on in the song, with Nathan Gunn perhaps dressed appropriately in "period" sleepware plus some of those cute kids pantomiming and reacting...along with an appearance by Santa himself and maybe even a flying sleigh with "eight tiny reindeer." I'll bet that would have brought the house down.
Jane Seymour was her usual warm and dramatic self and her performances could not be faulted, although I felt that her voice was perhaps EQ'd a little too much by the recording engineers, whom also could have tamed Gunns "glass breaking" baritone a little. The pipe organ solo wasn't quite the technical "tour de force" as the previous year's performance, but I'm probably nit-picking too much. The opening number, "Deck The Halls" did it for me on this concert. It was absolutely astonishing!
This disc is still very much worth adding to your DVD or Blu Ray collection, especially if you're a fan like I am. And, I must say that if God himself were to have His own choir and orchestra, it would be The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and The Orchestra at Temple Square.
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"Once Upon a Christmas" is professionally done. All aspects of this presentation are pleasant to the ear and eyes.
I love Jane Seymour and her English brogue! Anything she does seems to be a masterpiece... Nathan Gunn adds
professional vocal pleasantry to the presentation as well. The choir, orchestra, dancers and conductor are number one
at what they do. Bravo! I would recommend this piece of musical work to anyone!
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