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MGM Movie Collection: Three Holiday Family Movies (Pocketful of Miracles / March of the Wooden Soldiers / The Bishop's Wife)

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This collection contains The Bishop's Wife, March Of The Wooden Soldiers, and Pocketful Of Miracles

Pocketful Of Miracles:
Superbly directed by the peerless Frank Capra, this remake of Lady For A Day is pure Hollywood magican unforgettable combination of comedy, whimsy and romance that was nominated* for three OscarsÂ(r)! Impoverished Broadway peddler Apple Annie (Bette Davis) has a problem. Her daughter, Louise (Ann-Margret), educated abroad since infancy, is coming for a visit and bringing her wealthy fiancÃ(c) with her. The problem is that Louise has believed all her life that Annie's a wealthydowager, and the poor old woman doesn't know what to do! Enter Dave the Dude (Glenn Ford)a big-hearted racketeerwho enlists the aid of his colorful mob of hooligans in a wild and crazy schemeto pass Annie off as a high-society grande dame so Louise can marry her fairy-tale prince and everyone can live happily ever after! *1961: Supporting Actor (Peter Falk), Song, Costume Design

March Of The Wooden Soldiers:
Imagine an enchanted fantasy world of timeless characters and magical moments where nothing goes right for toy makers, Stannie Dum and Ollie Dee. Based on the original Babes in Toyland, this movie is a dazzling spectacle of 6-foot wooden soldiers, Mother Goose characters and the beloved team of Laurel and Hardy. This holiday classic is perfect for the Christmas season. In color and expertly restored, this film will surely become a part of your family holiday tradition.

The Bishop's Wife:
Perhaps if The Bishop's Wife had lapsed on its copyright and fallen into the public domain like It's a Wonderful Life, it would be as much a Christmas staple as that classic. It certainly deserves to be. Dudley (Cary Grant) is an angel sent down by the prayers of a new bishop (David Niven). The bishop is trying to build a new cathedral, and he's so entrenched in his fundraising that he's watching his own marriage crumble around him. Loretta Young is devoted, moist-eyed, and basically a great date for the tempted Dudley. They drink in the afternoon, go skating at night, and make impulse buys. The skating sequence beats mightily on one's suspension of disbelief, but the rest of the film is an absolute joy. Grant is suave, worldly, and enchanting. A wonderful present for anyone who has not seen it. --Keith Simanton


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Product Details

  • Actors: David Niven, Cary Grant
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00402FGEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Brian on April 16, 2011
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This holiday collection features two bona fide classics ('March of the Wooden Soldiers' and 'The Bishop's Wife'-- 5 stars each) and a curiosity (Frank Capra's overblown 1961 remake of his own 1933 classic 'Lady for a Day'-- 3 stars). All three are worth owning and, as individual releases seem to appear and disappear with some frequency, this is an easy, economical way to have them. Note that Amazon's specs are incorrect, however, in that this set actually features two discs, one containing 'Pocketful of Miracles' and a flipper with the other two films.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Lowry on November 30, 2011
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I bought this set for the Bette Davis movie, and didn't expect first-rate reproduction for the other two early films, but had seen an excellent version of this title, available on DVD. However, what I got was garish color, with an unpleasant graininess which made watching the movie painfully uncomfortable after having seen a beautifully produced copy. What a shame, to ruin such a fine film classic. The Bishop's Wife, on the other hand, was quite acceptable, so the purchase was not entirely a loss.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Garratt on January 13, 2011
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I bought this DVD in order to get The Bishop's Wife, which is a great movie with a stellar cast. This is a great DVD!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Monta on December 11, 2011
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As I bought this collection primarily for "Pocketful of Miracles", I was very dissappointed in the quality from MGM to say the least. I bought this collection over the single copy available due to a more recent year of release. I was hoping for anamorphic widescreen (No side bars). Not only was it the old widescreen edition (not adapted for Widescreen TVs), but the extreme graininess, and I am not exagerating when I say EXTREME, as well as the overall poor color made it unwatchable!! It hurts to see a Billy Wilder classic with Bette Davis that deserves better distributed like this. Please, If anyone knows of a good quality pressing of this movie let me know. Don't waist even $6.99 on this collection!! You've been warned!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spunky Senior Citizen on October 22, 2011
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I bought this collection for "The Bishop's Wife" with Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven. This movie is so much better than the remake! I haven't viewed the other movies yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Irish TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 23, 2012
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I bought this movie collection for my elderly Mom for Christmas. Last count over the past two months was that she's watched The Bishop's Wife about 15 times. When she finds something she likes, she will wear it out. I also enjoyed watching the movie with her and thought that the picture quality was great quality on her HD TV. I am always glad when I can buy her something she will enjoy and this one was a plus. This is a great holiday collection and the quality appeared very good. You can't do better than Cary Grant as the angel in the Bishop's Wife, all performances in the movie are great. The other movies included are just icing on the cake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isaac S. on January 18, 2012
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Our family has a long tradition of always watching a particular set of movies whenever the Christmas season arrives. As such, we've slowly been trying to acquire digital copies of all our holiday favorites to replace our aging VHS collection. One of those movies is The Bishop's Wife. While looking around for prices on a DVD copy of the movie, I was surprised to see listed on Amazon the DVD of that single movie for about three times the price of this box set. Not being one for special features, I thought it looked like an excellent deal, and it was. I can't speak for the other movies in the set but I have no complaints as to The Bishop's Wife. I'm sure that there is sufficient room for improvement, but after being used to the VHS edition, I'm more than happy with this version, especially when considering the price and that it will most likely only be enjoyed around the Christmas season. This single movie alone makes the collection well worth the price.

Also, the only special feature for The Bishop's Wife is the inclusion of the theatrical trailer, which I am quite glad for as it was also included with the VHS edition I'd enjoyed for so many years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Lyons on January 14, 2012
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I purchased this MGM Movie Collection to get 'The Bishops Wife (with Cary Grant, Lorrett Young and David Niven PLUS a bunch of supporting actors). To me its the best of Christmas past and a great story. The CD shipped on time and even arrived a day early. No issue no problems. The other two movies were OK. March of the Wooden Soldiers is really a Laural & Hardy vehicle with some big name stars of the day. And Pocketful of Miricles is a very predictalbe story that is meant to pull at your heart strings with Betty Davis and Glenn Ford.

All in all its a great Christmas CD.
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