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The Donny and Marie 1978 Christmas Show (1976)

Johnny Dark , Jim Connell , Art Fisher  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Johnny Dark, Jim Connell, Marie Osmond, Donny Osmond, Jay Osmond
  • Directors: Art Fisher
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DTS 5.1)
  • 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)
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,900 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Donny and Marie 1978 Christmas Show" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

America's Favorite siblings celebrate Christmas with the whole Osmond Family. Enjoy a white Christmas at the Osmond cabin, complete with horseback riding, snowmobiling, skiing, singing, cooking, entertaining and more! Share the memories and laughs with the whole Osmond family, including a time ever performance by the Osmond wives, meet Donny's new bride Debbie, and enjoy performances by the Osmond brothers.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Trip Down Memory Lane! November 2, 2006
This show was excellent in every aspect. I was captivated from the opening number and stayed glued to my TV until the closing credits. It was so fun to see the entire Osmond Clan decked out in their holiday finest having such a wholesome and lighthearted good time. I especially enjoyed seeing Debbie, Donny's wife sing a duet with Donny. And the other wives put on a musical extravaganza as well. There was even a guest appearance by the Osmond grandparents. I would recommend this DVD to anyone who wants to really enjoy an old fashioned Christmas special. There is a mixture of traditional Christmas songs, some uptempo numbers, and even some spiritual songs included. A particularly poignant segment included little brother Jimmy singing a song out in the snow. I'd never seen the two lesser-known older brothers before but they were in the middle of everything on this particular show. One of the best Christmas specials I've seen in a long time. It made me wish that I was part of their family. After watching this I'm more convinced than ever that I am the fat Osmond who Mother Osmond abandoned in the hospital only to be adopted by some nice folks here in the Pacific Northwest!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Osmond Family doing what they do best.... November 10, 2006
Christmas with the Osmonds was always a fun event, growing up in the 70s. All these new talk about bringing back the family unit, from Oprah to Jamie Oliver, The Osmond Family unbashfully serves their interpretation of the family to millions around the world, and influenced a whole generation. This episode is a fun participatory program with the entire Osmond family, wives, kids, even Grandmothers. A segment, featuring the Osmond Kitchen was deleted by many stations in Asia, to make room for more advertising. So this show was an "extended" version that fans in Asia saw. This show was significant to Asian fans because it was the first time we saw Donny's wife, Debbie onscreen, and a few months later, some were able to meet her in person as she toured with the family throughout South East Asia. Brings back great memories.........
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Holiday Watching for the Whole Family November 24, 2006
By Heather
This DVD single-handedly saved Thanksgiving this year. Adults found themselves smiling and somewhat surprised by how entertaining the Osmonds really were, and my three year old nephew became an instantaneous fan. He asked several times if we could watch "the snow video" again -- and he seems to like Donny's rendition of "Three Times a Lady" the best. (!?!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 3rd Donny and Marie Holiday Special. February 10, 2008
By johnnyb
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This 1978 special is fun to watch if you're a true Osmond fan. I believe it only aired on ABC-TV once. It was Donny and Marie Osmond's third Christmas special that not only features the famed brother and sister duo, but their entire extended familes too, their brothers Alan, Wayne, Jimmy and Merrill along with all their wives and kids, Donny's new wife Debbie, and of course their parents George and Olive Osmond too.
The show resembles a set of their winter cottege in the mountains of Ogden, Utah. There are sketches where the brothers happilly sing even when they try to make Christmas meals, but things go apart very silly. Another sketch features Donny and Marie singing on stage at their own home-bulit stage studios in Utah with a live audience, and Santa too, of course. You just can't find these rare specials on TV nowadays, not even on the TV Land cable channel. The magic of DVD's, like this one, are the ones to find if you love 1970's nostalgia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Donny and Marie 1978 Christmas Show April 2, 2007
Brought back memories! I was suddenly 11 again and wishing I was married to Donny! I was thrilled to see that they made it into a DVD for home viewing and I certainly wish they could bring back the other previous Christmas shows before this one and any after? Also I am such an 'Osmond Nerd' (as I am nick named and I am very proud of it!) that I sincerely wish that they would just bring out the whole complete Donny and Marie Shows in whole!! Every Osmond fan would go nuts over that one and I'd be first in line!!! Please consider it I really would be so thrilled along with others!!!!! We love you Donny and Marie!!!!!!!

For anyone who loves the Osmonds this DVD is a keeper and done very well!! I have watched it over and over again and it isn't even December yet!! Thank you for bringing it out!!!!!

L.M.T. from Lakewood, Colorado
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Donny & Marie Christmas 1978 EXCELLENT! December 17, 2007
I purchased this DVD at Sam's last year, but wasn't able to watch it until this holiday season. I first watched it with my room mate, who I figured would walk out of the room. But he actually stayed and watched the whole thing, and sang along. This is an awesome DVD that I highly recommend to anyone. This DVD definitely made me feel all warm inside, and really put me into the Christmas spirit! I'll definitely be watching this one every Christmas season! I really hope that more of the Donny and Marie specials are released soon. We sure are missing out on some great stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Overall: Fabulous.

This is Donny & Marie's third Christmas special. This is not the one that features the outdoor concert, that's 1977.

It's almost wall to wall music. There are no non-musical comedy segments, no guest stars, and a minimum of talking, impressive. Sadly it does not feature any live performance.

Only one segment falls a little flat - the rooftop segment. The dancing and production is good, but the song isn't very good. Marie over acts in a style of performance that's really gone out of style now. As Donny relates in some interviews, he had to unlearn much of his performing style since it now seems passé. The constant smiling and overt playing to the audience. It's interesting to see Marie performing this way and inasmuch as it seems old fashioned that gives you some insight into your own evolution of taste.

The final two songs are sensational. An arrangement of "Silent Night" set against another tune and a final climax number with the entire family. Several other songs in the show are great.

Donny & wife Debbie sing "Three Times a Lady" to each other to very good results. Debbie sings in a slight Osmond style and way better than I expected, actually very good. Donny is electrifying in this piece and the saccharine level may move you, it did me.

The Osmond brothers appear throughout but do not get prominently featured. Jimmy gets a solo song and featured in a few other segments, he comes off well.

The concert segment is a relative disappointment, it isn't as ambitious as other concert productions from Donny & Marie had been. It doesn't feature any live performance at all and does not feature any instrumental sections. It's not that long.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So fun and nice.
Published 29 days ago by Lynn. Bauersfeld
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock-n-Roll & A Lot of Christmas
There are so many ways to celebrate Christmas - with family, food, music, laughter and decorations - and this Osmond family special has it all rolled up into one. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Retro Pixie
5.0 out of 5 stars My Mom again!
My Mom loves the Osmonds and wanted something that had the whole family in it. She already owns and loves the 50th anniversary reunion so I had to find something else with the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Big Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Christmas blast from the past
I've been a Donny and Marie fan since childhood... and it was a blast from the past for me to get to see this again. Read more
Published 10 months ago by CatMom3
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
brought back lots of memories,,it was fun to see all the Osmonds and their familys,,,I will order more, at a later time
Published 16 months ago by kathy driskill
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the great past miss the 70s
Very good DVD I already have watched it before I got it but could not believe that I got such a good deal on this DVD
Published 18 months ago by Ric25
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this!
Our entire family loves this dvd! It has made Osmond lovers out of all of us. Each new child our family has ended up loving this video. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars A warm nostalgic look back
I really enjoyed taking this trip back to the 70's with the Osmond Family. It was a time of happiness and togetherness for all of them that they so generously shared with us. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ava
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas with the Osmonds
How refreshing to go back in time; they are just how we remember them. I had not seen the entire family with so many babies!! Read more
Published on April 3, 2010 by Carol Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Christmas Special
Why don't they make Christmas specials anymore? They are fun to watch. I have to disagree with one of the previous reviews a little. Read more
Published on November 30, 2009 by musicfan
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