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A Classic Christmas - The Ed Sullivan Show (2005)

Bing Crosby , Connie Francis , Ed Sullivan Production Staff  |  G |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Connie Francis, Johnny Mathis, Diana Ross, The Supremes
  • Directors: Ed Sullivan Production Staff
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sofa Entertainment / Sunset Home Visual Entertainment (SHE)
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009VNCWS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,262 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Capture the warmth, joy and magic of the holiday season in A Classic Christmas; from the Ed Sullivan Show. This one hour special features some of the biggest classic holiday song performers to date including Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis and Connie Francis. Share some festive family seasonal moments with group performances from Alvin & The Chipmunks and Rick Little. Enjoy a sing along with The Muppets, George Carlin and Brook Benton. This holiday special is a timely classic that brings the joy of the season into everyone s heart and home.

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146 of 147 people found the following review helpful
CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FROM THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW is a tightly edited program of well-preserved color and b&w film clips of some of the biggest showbiz names of the 1950s-70s. This delighfully nostalgic blend of music, comedy and other Sullivan memories is sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

[2:30] JOHNNY MATHIS - "Sleigh Bells"
[2:17] THE MUPPETS as reindeer, do a "snow dance"
[2:14] THE SUPREMES - "My Favorite Things"
[2:00] RICH LITTLE - "A Christmas Carol" (impressions of George Burns, Jack Benny and Ed Sullivan)
[3:00] JINGLE BELLS (pastiche): Bill Dana leads audience as Jose Jimenez (b&w), Paul Anka, Shari Lewis (b&w), Count Basie, Ames Brothers (b&w)
[2:28] BING CROSBY discusses Irving Berlin and sings "White Christmas"
[1:08] ROSS BAGDASARIAN as "David Seville" lip syncs "The Christmas Song" with Chipmunk puppets (edited-b&w)
[2:00] ALAN KING - his wife's Christmas list
[2:17] OBERNKIRCHEN CHILDREN'S CHOIR - "Kleine Glöcken," "O Come All Ye Faithful"
[2:20] SENOR WENCAS - ventriloquist and hand puppets
[_:39] CHRISTMAS NYC 1960 (song: "Jingle Bell Rock," Bobby Helms)
[2:34] ED SULLIVAN SHOW AT GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA (Connie Francis sings "I'll Be Home For Christmas") (b&w)
[2:18] DAVID FRYE - "The Night Before Christmas" (impressions of LBJ, Kirk Douglas, Richard Nixon and RFK)
[1:50] MAHALIA JACKSON - "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" (b&w)
[2:30] THE COWSILLS - "The Little Drummer Boy," "The Christmas Song" (edited)
[1:56] BROOK BENTON - "This Time of Year" (b&w)
[2:40] ARTHUR GODFREY & THE MUPPETS - "It's Christmas Tomorrow"
[2:26] GEORGE CARLIN - Christmas '67 weather forecast, with Al Sleet, the Hippie-Dippy weatherman
[2:25] ROGER WILLIAMS - "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" (b&w)
[1:16] JOAN RIVERS does a song that names all the holidays
[1:51] TOPO GIGIO wishes all "Peace on Earth" (with Ed Sullivan)
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Wonderful December 25, 2005
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Clip shows tend to bore me, but this one is creatively edited from years of Christmas Specials. These mostly color vignettes are a delight for those who remember the performers as well as younger folks who may not have been around.

True variety abounds with song, including a German children's choir that sings in English more perfect than one hears from many American choirs, and delightful comedy bits. This collection is a charmer.

The brief 47 minutes flys along with not a dull moment. Included is a clip from Bing Crosby's original movie rendition of "White Christmas" disolved into a live performance. Rich Little gives a classic remembrance of George Burns, Jack Benny and Ed Sullivan himself. (Sullivan, who visually projected as very tall, was in fact not tall and we briefly see that as he stands alongside Little.)

Connie Frances, who knew how to take the time to "sell" a song, is featured in a show Sullivan took to Cuba to entertain our troops. Ventriloquists, Sheri Lews and Senor Wences are there as well as a couple of classic Muppet performances and Alvin and the Chipmonks. Lots of notstalgia and chock full of legends: Count Basie, Mahalia Jackson, Johnny Mathis, The Supremes. Each vignette is brief but satisfying with a perfect flow from one piece to another.

A genuine time capsule, delighful and uplifting. Nicely done. I'm so impressed, I'm ordering multiple copies to give as stocking stuffers next year.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nostalgic video, perfect for Christmas Eve! November 18, 2007
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This DVD packs a lot of holiday cheer into just 46 minutes; although some of the segments are edited, it flows nicely, and is mellow and entertaining, especially for Baby Boomers who remember growing up with Ed's show on Sunday nights. Lots of music and comedy bits, though nothing really rock & roll. Best of all I got this sealed, new DVD from an Amazon vendor for just over $2! This DVD is enjoyable to watch, but would be a perfect background for a Christmas Eve or party- definitely better than those Yule Log videos!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - Too Short January 2, 2012
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I am a huge fan of Christmas shows, new and old. I bought this expecting some great "vintage" performances. There were a few good ones, but many were actually cut off. A few were also just shown in a quick snippet. I was seriously shocked when the end came. I felt a bit cheated. There had to have been tons of performances that could've been included. Just disappointed.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just unacceptable. March 4, 2012
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The unfortunate thing here is that the sorry excuse for a distributor called "SOFA Entertainment" has the rights to anything related to Ed Sullivan. The show itself has such great history and a magnitude of major talent appearances that unfortunately will never been seen by younger eyes. The fact that SOFA has "control" over everything is just a sin. Everything they manage to release is careless and clearly pieced together by special monkeys.

I took a chance on this release, and bought it used for under three bucks, with free shipping, so SOFA didn't get my dime. The DVD and content sounds great, however, it's a hack job of poorly edited pieces and nothing remotely flowing in continuity. Incomplete performances, unnecessary patter, and what seems like a plethora of promising entertainment for the holidays, you get about 30 minutes of sitcom flashback style nothingness. No clip is more than 3 minutes. Many are just over a minute. Thanks?

The list price is a joke, but if you can get it for what I did, it's not much of a loss. But it's more of a let-down as it just teases you with what it should have been. I question the positive reviews, as seriously, how could they be real? We can only hope that SOFA goes bankrupted soon and gets taken over by a real distributor.

As a little bonus tidbit of info on SOFA entertainment. They are responsible for getting hundreds of YouTube accounts terminated, and still go strong making false claims. One in particular is the viral video that inspired Beyonce's "Put A Ring On It" music video. The original dance routine was by Gwen Verdon, and the footage was from the Ed Sullivan Show. The only difference was that people replaced the audio from the show, and added their own music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 29 days ago by lori gorsuch
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming, nostalgic
Just like I remember. I bought this for my 80+ year old mother so we could enjoy Christmas the way we used to. Read more
Published 1 month ago by blossom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Long time favorite with some awesome old-school talent!
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Doc
5.0 out of 5 stars Ed Sullivan
This brought back such nice memories of growing up and watching these shows, how we used to sit as a family and watch these shows growing up. Glad I got it.
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth L. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Joy!
The minute we played this DVD I flashed back to childhood when we all gathered around the TV on Sunday night to watch Ed Sullivan. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a Classic
A fun watch. Good quality considering the age of the film. A lot of memories packed into a great DVD.
Published 7 months ago by Jaclyn Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish
It was fun to take atrip down memory lane as I watched and listened to the various entertainers. I only wish that there would have been a little more narration.
Published 7 months ago by Staples
2.0 out of 5 stars Classic TV
This Ed Sullivan Show could have been great but the editing truly sucks. It is a reminder of a wonderful era but certainly not a Christmas Classic
Published 8 months ago by BTfromA
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed by even the notoriously cranky!
Every year I buy a different one of these re-released Christmas specials for our family Christmas get-togethers. Read more
Published 8 months ago by girlwithacurl
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure of Christmas Performances.
The Ed Sullivan Show is a classic program from TV's past. While this isn't an actual single program, but bits and pieces from the 23 year run from TOAST OF THE TOWN to when it... Read more
Published 8 months ago by John
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