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A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! (2008)

Stephen Colbert , Elvis Costello , Jim Hoskinson  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello, Rich Dahm, Leslie Feist, Toby Keith
  • Directors: Jim Hoskinson
  • Writers: Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Michael Brumm, Peter Gwinn
  • Producers: Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Jon Stewart, Allison Silverman, Matt Lappin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Comedy Central
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E75QHU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,884 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!" on IMDb

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America’s favorite Christmas tradition is now on DVD! Families have gathered around the TV to enjoy Stephen Colbert’s Christmas specials every year since 2008. Now you can experience the joy over and over! Join Stephen and his friends – Toby Keith, Elvis Costello, John Legend, Feist, Willie Nelson, and Jon Stewart – for a yuletide evening of song, dance and nog-induced dementia.

Self-proclaimed as "the greatest newsman-hosted holiday special since ‘A Walter Cronkite Tet Offensive,’" this fine, foolish and sentimental musical special is better than an Oreo with a cookie in the middle. ‘Tis not the season to be bloviating. It’s a kinder, gentler Stephen Colbert, of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, clad in homey blue jeans, red turtleneck and a (basic) cable-knit cardigan who welcomes viewers to his mountain cabin. Will a marauding bear at his doorstep prevent him from getting to his New York studio to film his Christmas special? It certainly doesn’t prevent inexplicable celebrity drop-ins by country music superstar Toby Keith, country music legend Willie Nelson, indie folk darling Feist and even "ageless icon of generosity and joy Santa Claus (George Wendt)." It’s all merrily "cheesy, crass and a commercial travesty" in the time-honored tradition of network holiday specials, and Colbert delivers with a smile, a song, and the Jonas brothers falling through ice to their dooms (mercifully offscreen). The closest A Colbert Christmas gets to a political statement is Keith’s rowdy anthem that takes aim at the "atheists and judges" who have declared "war on Christmas." The rest is mostly inspired holiday jeer. Highlights include the opening meta showstopper, "Another Christmas Song," and Jon Stewart’s charmingly hesitant ode to Hanukkah ("a sensible alternative to Christmas"). Less appropriate for young ones are Fourth Wise Man Willie Nelson’s ode to the "wonder weed" he gifts to Baby Jesus, and John Lennon’s randy celebration of, um, nutmeg. With such DVD extra features as three mock-alternate endings (the best echoes the classic Twilight Zone episode, "Time Enough at Last"), a bonus Christmas song (a country-style weeper, "Cold Cold Christmas"), an onscreen live-action advent calendar (a daily Colbert greeting), and even a books-roasting-on-an-open-fire Yule log, A Colbert Christmas is the gift that will keep on giving for seasons to come. --Donald Liebenson

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Died Laughing December 1, 2008
By kojak
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Watched this on Comedy Central and can't wait to get the DVD. We loved the old variety show format (much like the Bing Crosby and Andy Williams Christmas specials from the '70s), right down to the canned applause every time a guest is introduced. Good variety of musical guests, too. And how can you not love a show that has the world's filthiest ode to nutmeg (courtesy of John Legend)?
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for Colbert NO Stars for Amazon December 8, 2008
A Colbert Christmas is a hilarious parody that harkens back to the good old days when every celebrity under the sun had his or her own Xmas special with the usual parade of popular performers making their guest appearances. The plots of these specials were always convoluted and surreal and Colbert delivers on that with one of the strangest Xmas special plots ever conceived...he is trapped in his cabin in the snow, unable to get to his TV studio in order to tape his Xmas special because there is an angry bear outside of his cabin. While Colbert remains cabin-bound, an array of special guest stars somehow make their way past the man-eating bear and visit him at the cabin, delivering some of the most twisted Christmas Carols ever put to music as means of helping Colbert cope with his dire circumstances. What follows is one of the funniest, bizarre and insane Christmas shows ever to come along since South Park introduced the world to A Woodland Critters Christmas. If there is anything negative to be said on the subject of A Colbert Christmas it is that promised I would get this DVD by December 10, 2008 and have now informed me that I will not be getting it until AFTER Xmas. When I ordered the DVD it was in stock and I opted for 3 day shipping and now the item says 2-3 weeks for delivery which is totally inexcusable since my account order still says it is going to arrive on Dec. 10. My suggestion is to buy this from Best Buy or Target and pass on getting it through if you want it before Xmas.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Family Fun November 27, 2008
By miradu
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I picked this up as a surprise for my family after Thanksgiving to celebrate the start of christmas. What an incredible joyous time we had watching Stephen Colbert and his struggle with bears. DVD includes many special features including a video advent calendar!

I had a lot of fun watching this, I bet you will to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where to begin?! March 20, 2009
By Mallory
Where do I even begin describing how hilarious and just sublimely ridiculous this special is? The songs are hilarious, my favorite being the Channukah song with Jon Stewart. I love that mistletoe bit, especially with the bear. It's sharp and witty, of course- nothing less would ever be expected from Stephen Colbert or accepted by his fans. It's a great alternative to some of the sugary sweet Christmas specials out there. For the more protective parents out there, I'd probably recommend pre-screening it before deciding if you want your older kids/teens watching it, because there are references to drugs and sex and whatnot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Serve Eggnog Without Nutmeg! December 24, 2008
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It is worth the price alone to see John Legend sing "The Nutmeg Song." You will never drink eggnog again without thinking of the Colbert Christmas special!! You have to see it to believe it.

5 Christmas Stars for Stephen Colbert!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review December 11, 2009
A great special if you are a fan of Colbert, and not easily offended! This is a SATIRE comic - what do you expect him to do but Christmas satire? Some religious friends who like Colbert do not like this, but I adored it!!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A COLBERT CHRISTMAS: THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL was the first holiday special I watched this year and it did not disappoint. As always, Stephen Colbert presents himself as a jovial over-the-top traditionalist American blissfully unaware of the world around him. Actually though, this Christmas special delves very little into the realm of politics besides a "War on Christmas" song by Toby Keith early on. It mostly focuses on funny and original Christmas music as well as parodies of some of the classics. Musical guests include Toby Keith, John Legend, and Willie Nelson just to name a few.

I'm a loyal viewer of THE COLBERT REPORT, so I set this special to record on my DVR as soon as I heard about it. An interview that Colbert did on NPR last week that included some clips of songs that would appear in the Christmas special got me even more excited for it. I wasn't aware that Jon Stewart would also be joining in to ask Stephen "Can I interest you in Hanukkah?"

The plot is rather simple. Stephen is getting ready to leave his stereotypical winter cabin in the woods to go to New York to film his Christmas special with Elvis Costello. Much to Stephen's dismay, when he opens the door to leave he finds a bear (aka a giant, marauding, godless killing machine) waiting for him. After calling Elvis to explain his dilemma, many celebrities show up at Stephen's cabin for traditional Yuletide merry-making, while Stephen tries to think of a plan to escape his cabin and elude the bear's grasp as he heads to New York to film his Christmas special

Overall, I would highly recommend this Christmas special for anyone who likes a little satirical holiday cheer. It's certainly a must have for fans of THE COLBERT REPORT.

I don't own the DVD yet, I only saw the special on it's TV premiere last night. Thus, I'm not sure what types of special features are on the DVD. I'll update my review if and when I get the DVD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Christmas Special All-Around! December 4, 2008
By L
"A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!" is a fantastic Christmas special sure to be watched not only once a year, but multiple times throughout the year.

Each song in the special has a great tune, along with very clever and funny lyrics. You will surely have the songs stuck in your head, even after only one viewing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars If I could take it back ...
Ordinary Christmas show. Not very Colbert.
Published 6 days ago by Zoltan Tomory
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Stephen Colbert you will LOVE his Christmas special
If you like Stephen Colbert you will LOVE his Christmas special! We watch it every Christmas Eve and laugh just as hard year after year!
Published 1 month ago by jana lee corn
5.0 out of 5 stars good quality, very fair price
Fast delivery, good quality, very fair price. Thank you very much.
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Marak
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny!!!
Too Funny!!!! I saw the show on tv and wanted to own it. I am a fan of The Colbert Report. I really like the satire.
Published 2 months ago by Joe42096
5.0 out of 5 stars What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding?
Has become a Christmas tradition to watch this every year. Colbert is my hero, and his character is one of the funniest and most original of all time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
Published 2 months ago by land lover
5.0 out of 5 stars A Colbert Christmas: A Great Christmas Special? Or The Greatest...
Loved this when it first aired and wanted to be able to watch it every year during the holidays. If you are a Colbert fan, this is a must have. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Teresa A.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Colbert Christmas The Greatest Gift Of All
I loved this special when it aired on Comedy Central in 2008. I have been thinking about purchasing it since it came out. I finally purchased it in 2013. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mathew V. August
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what was expected at all.
I gave this as a Christmas gift to my brother who put it on right away for everyone to watch. i was really embarrassed at how bad it was. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MKF
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Colbert, hate the video
I am a true Colbert fan but this video wasn't the least bit funny. I'm all for sophomoric humor and silly gags, but these just aren't humorous. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sheri Gabbert
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