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First Christmas: Story of First Christmas Snow (2012)

Angela Lansbury , Cyril Ritchard , Jules Bass , Arthur Rankin Jr.  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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First Christmas: Story of First Christmas Snow + Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus/Nestor The Christmas Donkey (Double Feature) + Rankin/Bass TV Holiday Favorites Collection
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Product Details

  • Actors: Angela Lansbury, Cyril Ritchard, David Kelley, Dina Lynn, Greg Thomas
  • Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
  • Format: Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008GY0POI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,111 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

Give your family a holiday to remember with this unforgettable story about the true meaning of Christmas from the animation powerhouse Rankin/Bass (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)! After Sister Theresa (voiced by Angela Lansbury) rescues an orphan shepherd boy from a lightning storm, she lovingly nurses him back to health. However, the boy suffered injuries during the storm and wakes up blind and discouraged in his new surroundings. With Sister Theresa's help, the pint-sized shepherd with the king-sized heart learns that seeing goes deeper than what your eyes show you. Together, they discover that unconditional love can overcome any obstacles.

Customer Reviews

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
You really have to hand it to Warner Brothers for the sheer audacity they have with these Rankin/Bass titles. It's been about 2 decades since the incarnation of the DVD. By now, you would think that all of the titles from this well-known and much-loved company would be readily available for the public to purchase. But they aren't. Instead Warner trickles out a title every year or so, first releasing them in so-called "Deluxe Editions" before adding them into yet another slightly revamped "Christmas Classics" boxed set.

Now, the only thing which makes these releases "deluxe" is they have that emblazoned across the top of the cover. There are absolutely NO special features here, save for a "Holiday Cards That Kids Can Make" thing?! You've got to be kidding me!! I find it very hard to believe that Warner Brothers doesn't know that most of the sales of these shows are by ADULTS who grew up on them! But maybe they don't - so that means they are either really really stupid or just plain rude! - I wouldn't be complaining if this were being sold for somewhere around $7.99 - but they are actually trying to shovel this one onto us for a whopping 20 bucks!! For a 22-minute special!! With no extras!!

This should have been released together with "Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus" and "Little Drummer Boy Book II" (the final two holiday specials owned by WB that haven't been officially released) in one DVD which altogether would have a running time about the same as a standard movie. But instead those two titles are each being offered separately as made-on-demand DVD-R's in grainy non-remastered prints for the same price as this one. Smell a rip-off?! I do.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Finally released, but alone? August 15, 2012
I'd guess we'd all have to say "It's about time". Finally getting around to releasing some of the last remnants of the Rankin/Bass animations, but the ridiculously odd thing of them releasing this exceptionally short work ALONE? It's only getting a 3 star rating because of this (not to mention that it's under a Warner Bros. label), it actually deserves a 5 for the production itself.

You can't honestly expect me to even think about purchasing this at a $14.95, let alone a suggested retail price of $19.95? I think you'd be hard pressed to even have a standard SRP of $9.95, at least then you can have the typical store mark down a few bucks to a more proper price point.

Anyway, at least there's been an effort to at least put one of my most favorite pieces (in the top 3) of Rankin/Bass out for the general public to own on DVD. Only being a ridiculoulsy old copy that was briefly released on VHS oh so long ago, and probably hardly anyone even knew about.

It's kind of odd though that there is some goofy DVD-R version that Amazon produces of "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus", which is one of the few Rankin/Bass pieces that were tucked away and never released. You'd think maybe they would have gotten around to producing it properly and would have slipped in the First Christmas along with it, like they have done in the past with other short films. Go figure, it's just another oddball Warner Bros. move.

The good news to hear in the rumor mill is that Warner Bros. is hopefully releasing their strangle hold on the Rankin/Bass products they've hoarded for so many years. Apparently Dreamworks is acquiring some of the older works, and with some tremendous luck in the coming years they may get a hold of the rest. Cross your fingers folks...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Here we go, another year and another so called " deluxe edition " from Warner bros. The only good thing about this dvd is that this is the first time this Rankin Bass classic has been on dvd. Deluxe normally means great extras, here we have none. Deluxe edition means a great remastered picture, bearing in mind the other deluxe editions had no noticeable visual improvements over their regular dvd counterparts, one best be going in with low expectations. Here is what Warner Bros should have done, released " The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus " in a deluxe edition with " The First Christmas " as an extra, this special it's only about 23 mins long so no need charging this high price when it's nothing added with any value. I guess as Rankin Bass fans we should be some what happy that Wb even bothered to release this long lost Christmas special however.

I give this Rankin Bass special 5 stars, it's adorable and heart warming. The cover art and the nerve to be charging this price without any extras gets one star! WB never listens to fans on Rankin Bass shows and even on Hanna Barbera shows, they just release it the way they want it, it's too bad big non-nostalgic corps own these properties where as some of the smaller studios would release these with love and care with extras like interviews with the people who made these shows possible like Arthur Rankin Jr, Jules Bass, Romeo Muller for example, these people are still around and paying them a little for their time to participate in extras only seems fair for all the money WB has made over the years with these shows on home video and on broadcasting on television every year.

A side note: Drummer Boy Book II is also finally available on dvd for this first time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favorite
Was really glad to see this available at last. A Rankin-Bass weepy. Not as weepy as Nestor but still ....
Published 1 month ago by T42
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!
This is a wonderful movie and Angela Lansbury's voice is wonderful as the Reverend Mother. I saw this movie for the first time when it originally came out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars great to have
great to have it use to be harder to find it is just as good as remembered and can watch every year
Published 2 months ago by Umizoomi fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
This story centers around a young orphan boy [blind] and a Christmas pageant the orphan children put on at Christmas Eve. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Heather Goliber
4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories
I have been looking for this show for a few years and have finally found it. Thankyou amazon, my sister and I both have a copy and have added it to our collection for our children... Read more
Published 3 months ago by deborah glacken
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find Christmas Classic.
Nice Christmas Classic that is well worth a look. Sadly it's only half an hour long and there is no blu ray version available. A nice little distraction for the kids.
Published 3 months ago by Rangers29
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing hidden gem in the Rankin/Bass library deserves a better...
"The Story of the First Christmas Snow" itself is one of Rankin/Bass's best specials-- and a strong five stars, in my book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, simple Christmas Story
I watched this some years ago on tv, and have not been able to see it on tv for a number of years now. It's a great little Christmas Story to share with the kids. Read more
Published 3 months ago by talccaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie - great message
Very cute movie with a great message. I love that it's in cartoon form as it holds the younger viewers attention. Purchased a copy for myself and as a gift. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Extremely Satisfied with Pink Moose Company
5.0 out of 5 stars must have.
one of my fav childhood xmas movies...so happy to finally find it on dvd must own for all who love xmas.
Published 5 months ago by Ms. Kristyn D. Simpson
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