Doris Day: Christmas Memories
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2008
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What a great Christmas Gift from Doris

For five successful seasons, superstar Doris Day starred in her own CBS-TV series, The Doris Day Show . For the first time, all three Christmas episodes (A Two Family Christmas, It's Christmas Time In The City, Whodunnit, Doris?) from the program are presented together, with the added bonus of a new audio commentary track by Doris herself!

Also featured are 1950s-1960s newsreels of Doris Day -- including Christmas footage -- not seen in decades; long-lost holiday broadcasts of The Doris Day Show radio series from 1952; a Doris Christmas photo gallery; original network promos for The Doris Day Show and a special Christmas greeting from Doris. You'll also hear Doris sing Silver Bells, Silent Night, Hark The Herald Angels Sing and other holiday favorites. So, bring the whole family together and share the warm and wonderful memories of Christmas with the warm and wonderful Doris Day!

******The Extras********

Loved the montage of newsreel footage. Seeing Doris at different premiers. If you are a Doris Day collector this is worth the price of the set.

Commentary.

It's wonderful to hear Doris, unfortunately the person she is with does not have the greatest interviewing skills. Instead of speaking with her he speaks at her. He does not have a conversation with Doris, instead he makes comments about the show. Its obvious that a flood of memories are happening, but instead of tapping into them he sticks to facts about the show.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
When you put Doris Day and Christmas Day together, you get one wonderful dvd, "Doris Day: Christmas Memories". This dvd features three of her Christmas shows from her Doris Day television show, "A Two Family Christmas" from 1969, "It's Christmas Time in the City" from 1970 and "Whodunnit Doris?" from 1971. In "It's Christmas Time in the City", we get to hear Doris comment on this particular Christmas show, and Miss Day is delightful as she recalls memories from this show 38 years ago!

There are also bonus features starting with Doris Day newsreel footage. This is so great! There are vintage films of Doris helping the Marines with Toys For Tots, as well as movie premieres of "Pillow Talk", "Midnight Lace" and "The Thrill of it All". They even show the old Coconut Grove, where award ceremonies were held.

This bonus section lets you listen to some of the Holiday highlights from the 1952 "The Doris Day Show" radio program. They show some Doris Day photos as you listen.

Next comes a music montage called "Silent Night", where you can enjoy Doris singing some beautiful Christmas music. Last they show some Doris Day Christmas tv promos and original sponsor bumpers for the Doris Day Show.

These are all lovely Christmas memories of Miss Day and especially enjoyable are Miss Day's commentaries on "It's Christmas Time in the City". Doris Day makes Christmas Day one very Happy Holiday!
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2008
This new DVD is a must-have, not only for Doris Day fans but for everyone who is inspired by the magic of the holiday season. These three episodes culled from the three holiday episodes of the CBS smash hit "The Doris Day Show" will have you grinning ear to ear.

"The Doris Day Show" ran on the Tiffany Network for five hugely popular years (1968 - 1973). There were three holiday-themed episodes (1969, 1970 and 1971) and they are combined in this fancy new release with lots of extras. For those who already own the five seasons of the series, this is still a must have since the extras alone make it worth its weight in gold. Foremost among them is new commentary by Miss Day as well as newsreels, audio, other clips and the opportunity to have this all together for a most affordable price tag.

Each holiday episode has its own merits. The 1969 episode brings Day and her television family (2 sons and her father) as well as her co-workers at Today's World, to her farm home for an old-fashioned Christmas. It is genuine, heartfelt and amusing. By the time of the 1970 episode, Day's character had relocated to a stunning apartment in San Francisco, over an Italian Restaurant run by Kaye Ballard and Bernie Koppell. She had also inherited a "Scrooge-like" neighbor, played by the beloved Billy DeWolfe. Her co-workers at the magazine (Rose Marie, Paul Smith and MacLean Stevenson) are again on-hand and the episode is very funny. The highlight for me, however, is Day's sparkling rendition of "Silver Bells". Her "pipes" are in amazing condition and as she did the previous year, at the conclusion of the episode she directly addresses the viewing audience to wish them a happy holiday. It is so real, honest and genuinely moving. Few performers could get away with making it so natural, but Day does it brilliantly.

The final episode from the 1971-1972 season drops the warm and fuzzy family holiday spirit and involves the search for a killer who masquerades as Santa Claus. Thanks to Charles Nelson Reilly's guest performance it works for me. It's one of the better written episodes from the show's fourth season and Day, as always, is in good form as is the series' new supporting cast. Although Miss Day doesn't step out of character and wish the audience the holiday wish from the previous two years, she and Cy Bennett, her boss at Today's World, catch on television the previous episode with Day sending her holiday wishes, right before the set blows up after a bit of tongue in cheek exchange between Day and John Dehner who is a delight as Bennett.

The extras are beautifully presented and the entire package is up to the standard of the previous releases of the show's five seasons as well as Day's two CBS television musical specials.

You'll have wonderful memories after viewing this latest Doris Day release and keep it handy for viewing during a summer heat wave. It's a guaranteed surefire way to keep cool.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2009
I have a fairly big collection of these types of videos, so I become somewaht critcal of their flaws and missed potential. This video is visually stunning. So much, that when I show my friends my Blu-ray player on my 67 inch screen, I use this Blu-ray as the example. You literally feel like you are inside the picture. Anyone who collects Blu-rays knows, just as with 1080i, there are good versions, real good versions & totally mind blowing versions. This is certainly visually mind blowing. The detail is incredible. I don't know if they filmed this with a special camera of what (I really don't care)but the results are awesome. The music was nice with a good variety, also.
Simply- if you like these types of videos, this is the best of the lot.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2009
This was a really enjoyable Christmas DVD. I had not seen or did not remember seeing the series on TV, however, I am a huge Doris Day fan. I am always looking for Christmas DVD's to add to my collection and this is a wonderful addition to my collection. It was fun to watch from start to finish and the many extras were very enjoyable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2009
What a total joy this new DVD has proven to be to all Doris Day fans like myself. "Doris Day Christmas Memories", I feel is the perfect escape from so many things worrying the world at present. For me, Doris Day with her delightfully warm persona and charm aplenty is the female performer along with the likes of Julie Andrews, and Rosemary Clooney, who I always automatically associate with Christmas and all that is wonderful about it. Doris just seems to fit in perfectly with all the beauty of the season, ie the carols, brightly wrapped presents, smiling faces, beautiful decorations and heaps of Christmas spirit. MPI DVD have done a wonderful job here in making all our Christmas wishes come true with this superb DVD presentation. They have featured here on the one DVD the three Christmas themed episodes from the delightful "The Doris Day Show", which ran for five successful seasons from 1968 until 1973. Not only are all three episodes beautifully presented and highly entertaining in their own right, but miracle of miracles the producers have also managed to coax Miss Day herself away from her other activities to record a commentary track on one of the episodes! What a thrill it is to listen to Doris as she watches the episode and comments on the story and on her co-stars etc. If that is not enough to satisfy fans, the DVD also contains vintage newsreels showing Doris accepting awards, attending the premieres of some of her films such as "Pillow Talk", and "The Thrill Of It All", and there are also news clips of Doris participating in some Christmas charities. For the Doris Day film lover all this makes "Doris Day Christmas memories", an essential part of their DVD collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2011
Let me begin by saying that I bought this DVD because I am a fan of Christmas releases, and especially Christmas episodes of TV programs. I was not a fan of Doris Day and in fact knew very little of her.

Note here that I say "was not." Because after viewing this, I now am one.

Before I get too far into that, let me address the quality of the DVD itself: AMAZING. This isn't just a disc, but a--no better way of describing it--loving tribute. The extras alone would rate four stars: segments of a Day Christmas radio program, tons of old newsreels (including Christmas-themed ones for, for instance, Toys for Tots), a show commentary. Included with the audio extras are slide shows of Ms. Day throughout her career. Really fascinating, especially for someone with an interest in the history of broadcast entertainment in the United States.

The three Christmas episodes from "The Doris Day Show" are of the highest quality for holiday entertainment. The writing on these shows was great but what blew me away--particularly since I knew so little of her going in--was the absolute brilliance of Day as an actress. I am not one who is prone to superlative speech but Doris Day in this period of time is as good as any comedic actress that I've ever seen PERIOD. You could lift out her performances from these shows and drop them into any comedy series today and she'd flourish--she is just that charismatic and easy to watch. This is that much more surprising to me because this is a woman who cut her teeth doing old-time radio and Hayes-Code-era film.

It surprises me too, really, that this series isn't more highly-regarded in TV history. I suppose that the relatively brief run might have had something to do with personal problems that Day was having at the time (very long lawsuit involving a former manager). Another thing that I think might have hampered the show is an inconsistent thematic thrust. The three episodes are from 1969, 1970 and 1971, and there doesn't seem to be a lot of thread to tie them together.

Obviously this is a must-have for any Doris Day fan, but I also recommend it highly to anyone who is looking for a refreshing holiday journey through a bygone era that, when you watch it, won't actually feel outdated at all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2008
As for this DVD, charm of doris is full. The stories overflow in humor very happily.
The whole world is the serious situation this year.
When it looks like it, it may taste time when it is happy for you to spend Christmas with Doris.
And "Silent Night" recorded in a bonus truck is very splendid.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2009
I purchased this for my Mom. She and I are both big Doris Day fans. I thought from the description that these were Doris Day Christmas specials like the variety shows that the big stars used to have at Christmas.

This is three Christmas shows from the Doris Day series. One of them is pretty good. Another one is just cheesy. I don't remember if we watched the third one or not.

Next time, I will stick to buying Doris Day movies. I have never gone wrong with those.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2011
Firstly, this DVD LOOKS beautiful! The colors and crispness of the images are immaculate.
Secondly, Doris Day's natural talents always make her an engaging performer. The fact that
this DVD offers her only connection with Christmas material -- other than around 20 holiday
songs she recorded during the 1940s, '50s and '60s -- makes this special DVD extra-special.

Also, Doris actually sings on a couple of these episodes from her TV series "The Doris Day Show"
and also offers new audio commentary on one of them. There's some fun co-stars too, such as
Rose Marie (from "The Dick Van Dyke Show"), McLean Stevenson (later from "M*A*S*H*"), Bernie
Kopell (from lots of classic TV shows like "The Love Boat"), Kaye Ballard ("The Mothers-In-Law"),
Denver Pyle, Billy DeWolff, Charles Nelson Reilly and others.

Terrific and warm nostalgia indeed -- there's nothing wrong with that, especially when Doris
Day is involved!
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