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Essential Holiday Collection (The Polar Express / National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation / Elf / A Christmas Story) [Blu-ray]

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Essential Holiday Collection (4-Pack) (BD)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 384 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EOQV9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,860 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Ken 1 on October 30, 2008
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
One of these days I'm going to remember to stay away from bundled movie sets as the picture quality often seems to be lower with them. I already had each of the excellent titles in this bundle, but in DVD format. I thought it would be nice to updgade to blu ray. Last night I sat down and compared each blue ray disk in this bundle with my original dvd (upconverting of course.)

Each blu ray disk in this set does indeed look better than my older upconverted dvd disks. The colors are better and the images have more detail. That being said, all of the disks in the Christmas bundle lack the "wow" factor of some other blu ray titles (e.g. How the West was Won, The Wild Bunch, Nightmare Before Christmas, 2001: A Space Odyssey, etc.) These disks do not stand out in image quality, and given the hefty price tag, that is somewhat disappointing.

To make a long story short, this set is worth buying if you DO NOT own the movies already. If you do, it may be worth just upconverting your standard DVDs. Maybe when the titles are released individually on blu ray, they will contain more impressive picture quality.

On a more positive note, at least Warner Brothers did away with the annoying animated menus.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dale J. on December 25, 2010
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So far we've watched 3 of the 4 movies in this collection: Polar Express had a great picture but the sound was so low we had to turn up the surround sound receiver to over half (usually run about a quarter way up) to even hear the soundtrack. Christmas Vacation had an OK picture but not much better than the DVD. Christmas Story was very grainy in parts, especially the dark scenes. Sound was mostly in mono, not surround.

We've yet to watch Elf and hoping the blu-ray copy is better than the other 3. Although these are some of our favorite Christmas movies, the move to blu-ray so far has been a waste of money since we already had these movies on DVD with almost as good a picture and definitely better sound. I'm wondering if the individual packages would have been better blu-ray transfers. If not, why do they even bother to release in blu-ray if there's really no improvement over DVD?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Woodward on January 12, 2009
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Conversion quality is questionable, but it still exceeds the quality of upconverted DVD. Packaging with slim cases makes storing the set convenient and unobtrusive. A good tradition investment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Adams on December 6, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
As you read through some of these reviews, you'll see some complaints about the Blu-ray transfers not being very good. I'll leave that issue to the experts (and if you Google around, you'll find that many experts do in fact share the sentiment that these Blu-ray transfers are not very good). But what I will address is the comment I've seen that points to the fact that these movies are in a multi-pack as the reason the Blu-ray transfers are not very good: this may be true, but it seems doubtful in light of the fact that, as well as I can tell, the contents of these Blu-ray discs are identical to the contents of the individually released Blu-rays. It's possible that these come from a different mastering process (which may or may not be the right term when it comes to making Blu-rays; I have no idea) but it stands to reason that this is simply a packaging up of the same exact Blu-ray discs you can buy individually. All this is to say that I don't think you should go off buying the individual Blu-ray releases hoping for better quality than you'll get here (now, some of these movies have newer special edition Blu-ray releases and those might be better, I have no idea). That said, until very recently it was actually less expensive here on Amazon to buy the individual Blu-ray releases separately than it was to buy this multi-pack and even at the time of this writing, the price difference is less than $1 in total for buying all 4 titles individually versus buying this multi-pack so there's little compelling reason to buy this set here (though I got it elsewhere for a tad less).

All that said, I give it 5 stars because it's a collection of 4 of the best Christmas movies of all time. Generally multi-title collections contain at least one stinker but not this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S.J. Reader on December 30, 2009
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The Polar Express was amazing on Blu-ray. Great buy for all 4 movies. Highly Recommend for any home theater collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah E. Mennemeyer on December 28, 2009
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This is a great deal for Christmas blu rays! The picture qualit is good compared to other blu rays. It is cheaper than buying 3 of the movies separate. I recommend!
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If you look forward to Christmas and viewing Christmas movies, this set is a must have. This set is four of the best Christmas movies ever made. Recommend this set for any family, you won't regret it. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tacoma Mike on July 18, 2010
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I ordered this Holiday movies late in the season very close to Christmas, I found a great price and the shipping was fast.

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