Holiday Family Classics
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
If you want the ultimate in vintage holiday fare, this is your DVD. There's a lot of fun, cheesy, classic holiday movies as well as cartoons. This will bring a lot of memories back to the Baby Boomers! The picture quality isn't always the best, but you can't beat the price. It's a real bargain because you get a lot of shows in this collection. Hopefully these films will get restored to a more pristine picture, but until then, this is a good collection to own. Once they get restored, the DVDs will be much higher in price, so if you want a lot of good, clean family fun without the expense, pick up this set for the holidays or all year round.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
MILL CREEK's HOLIDAY FAMILY FAVORITES contains a dozen movies and TV programs plus 27 cartoons, all on four DVDs.

For more festive fun, try MGM's CHRISTMAS FAMILY DVD 3 PACK. It's a triple feature of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "It's a Very Merry Muppet Movie" and "Prancer."

PROGRAM LIST for "Holiday Family Favorites":

FEATURE FILMS--
(6.5) Beyond Tomorrow 1940) - Harry Carey/C. Aubrey Smith/Charles Winninger/Rod La Rocque/Richard Carlson
(6.3) A Christmas Without Snow (TV-1980) - Michael Learned/John Houseman/Valerie Curtin
(6.7) The Great Rupert (1950) - Jimmy Durante/Terry Moore/Tom Drake/Chick Chandler
(???) Little Women, Part 1 - Jo's Story ("Studio One") (TV-1950) - Nancy Marchand/Berry Kroeger/Una O'Connor
(???) Little Women, Part 2 - Meg's Story ("Studio One") (TV-1950) - Nancy Marchand/Berry Kroeger/Una O'Connor
(6.2) The Littlest Angel (TV-1969) - Johnny Whitaker/Fred Gwynne/Cab Calloway/E.G. Marshall/John McGiver/Tony Randall/Connie Stevens/James Coco
(5.7) The Miracle on 34th Street ("20th Century Fox Hour") (TV-1955) - Thomas Mitchell/Teresa Wright/Macdonald Carey/Don Beddoe/Hans Conried
(???) The Nativity ("Studio One") (TV-1952) - Thomas Chalmers/Paul Tripp/Hurd Hatfield
(5.4) The Pilgrimage Play (1949) - Nelson Leigh/Alden 'Stephen' Chase/Leonard Penn/John Doucette
(1.9) Santa Claus (Mexico-1959) - José Elías Moreno/Cesáreo Quezadas 'Pulgarcito'/José Luis Aguirre 'Trotsky'
(2.6) Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) - John Call/Leonard Hicks/Pia Zadora
(6.4) Scrooge (UK-1935) - Seymour Hicks/Donald Calthrop/Maurice Evans

CARTOONS (details where available)--
(Studios: Audio-Visual [av], Famous [fa], Fleischer [fl], Halas & Batchelor [hb], Powers [pow], Rankin-Bass [rb], R&S Film Ent. [rs], TerryToons [tt])

THE CANDLEMAKER (1957) [hb] - A candlemaker and son labor under a Christmas deadline on a big order (made for the Lutheran Church).
CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR (1936) [fl] - Grampy brightens some orphans Xmas with his invented toys. Nice 3-D final scene.
A CHRISTMAS DREAM
CHRISTMAS FAIRY TALE
CHRISTMAS NIGHT
A CHRISTMAS VISIT
THE CHRISTMAS VISITOR (1959) [hb] - While Santa enjoys a cigar, the toys he's just delivered do battle.
THE ELF AND MR. LITTLE
HECTOR'S HECTIC LIFE (1948) [fa] - Prince is in trouble with his master and may get kicked out of the house on Xmas Eve. Then a basket of mischievous puppies arrives...
HOWDY DOODY'S CHRISTMAS
JACK FROST (1934) [pow] - Jack's warnings to prepare for winter go unheeded by a young bear.
JINGLE BELLS (1931) [tt] - Tom and George compete in the annual sleigh race.
THE LITTLE LAMB
THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL (1937) [col] - Hans Christian Anderson's story is set on New Year's Eve.
MERRY CHRISTMAS
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM (1950) [av]
A PRESENT FOR SANTA CLAUS - Short
RUDOLPH, THE RED NOSED REINDEER (1944) [ha] - Rare post-Fleischer Studios short directed by Max F. himself closely follows the famous holiday song's plot.
SANTA AND THE FAIRY SNOW QUEEN (feature)
SANTA AND THE THREE BEARS (1970) [rs] - Hal March/Jean Vander Pyl (voices)
SANTA CLAUS STORY
SANTA IN ANIMAL LAND
SILENT NIGHT: STORY OF THE FIRST CHRISTMAS CAROL
SNOW FOOLIN' (1949) [fa] - A massive woodland snowfall is the setting for this first-day-of-winter "Jingle Bells" singalong.
THE STORY OF THE FIRST CHRISTMAS (Australia-1975) [rb] (Claymation)
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2009
My parents had just bought this set of 8 dvds. Now granted, there is a LOT on here.... but it's not good quality.

I've got the cartoon disc on right now, and it's all off colored, skipping, with really bad quality. It looks like someone taped them off tv and then transferred them to dvd.

Or maybe the production value was just really that bad.

It's all public domain, so you're getting exactly what you paid for. The only good thing on this disc is the original Rudolph cartoon, and even that seems like it could have gotten a better treatment.

If you want good cartoons, stick with the ones you know. The stop motion Rudolph, Charlie Brown, and The Grinch will be the ones your kids want. Not this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2013
This DVD shows all of the Holiday Movies during the 1950's 60's & 70's. I liked this DVD because it brings back Memories when I was Little.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2013
Awesome quality and worth even more than what I paid! Great movies and shows that my kids love and it's our "go to" DVD!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2012
This dvd brings back so many memories of the good old days and the many fantastic Christmases we use to have. I espeically loved the vintage cartoons.
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VINE VOICEon February 4, 2014
For this bargain, this five disc DVD set features all the cartoons and film shorts on the first disc. The film quality is not high standard or restored.

The second disc features the worst Christmas movie ever made: "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians." This film is one of the worst movies ever made. Some might want to see to get laughs or make fun of it.

The other films include Nancy Marchand's television debut as Jo March in two episodes of "Little Women: Jo's Story and Meg's Story." Conrad Bain also appears.

While it took me awhile to watch all five discs, I did enjoy it for the holiday season. If you don't mind the poor quality since they were not preserved properly over the years. I'm sure viewers will be nostalgic for the cartoons and films as well.
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on December 18, 2014
Found this exact same item at a local store and purchased it for a very comparable price. Only interested in the collection because of the inclusion of one of, if not the worst Christmas movies ever made, "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians". I remember seeing the original in the theater when it came out, and transfer quality is definitely not an issue here, as the original theater print was just as cheesy looking as is this modern day copy. For me, it brings back the memories of how exquisitely awful the movie looked even when it was just released. Enjoy it for being hilariously awful today and the fun times at the movies if you ever enjoyed going to the Saturday matinee around this time of year when you were a kid.
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on February 21, 2013
One of the best collections for less! There are a few weird cartoons/shows that feel like they don't belong, but I couldn't see knocking it down a full star for that. There is sooo much more on this than the other Christmas Cartoon Classics Collections. Plus a fireplace video!
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on January 5, 2013
A great variety of old classic Christmas cartoons and movies. These are not the first rate-movies, but the nostalgia of these are nice. I haven't had a chance to watch all 4 DVD'S, but what I've seen so far has been very enjoyable. Most of these cartoons and movies are from 1940's - 1970's, are in BW/Color, and the picture quality is clear. I am happy to add this purchase to my collection of Christmas DVD's.
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