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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
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Could there be any show more deserving of a full-out, no expense spared box set with all the goodies for its 50th anniversary than this beloved holiday classic? I think not. And there are countless millions of fans--50 years worth of them!--who'd happily pay a premium price for that kind of special edition if it had been done right.
What we've gotten instead is this cynical money-grab in which the absolute minimum effort was expended to slap a "50th Anniversary Collector's Edition" label on the box. (Which begs the question: Collector of WHAT?) So here goes...
NO NEW REMASTER: This is the same blu-ray remaster from 2008, complete with the dust, scratches, wavering colors and other artifacts that they failed to remove back then, along with the "Sliver and Gold" audio glitch. Really Dreamworks? You couldn't expend the effort to finally restore Rudolph to its original, pristine condition?
AWFUL EXTRAS: They're mostly SO bad, they're an embarrassment--better to have not included them at all. You get:
* The Rudolph Pop-Up Book: A Sam the Snowman impersonator narrates a heavily abbreviated version of the Rudolph story, accompanied by super low budget animation of a pop-up book with the characters.
* Sam the Snowman's Sing-Alongs: The two scenes from the show featuring the songs Holly Jolly Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are simply replayed here, except the lyrics are superimposed on them.Read more ›
It seems pretty odd to sell a DVD as a restored classic only to leave out the main thing that was to be restored!
Release without music videos, and I will purchase!
Here to protect freedom and original art from plunderous corporations and soulless individuals!!!!
If you are considering purchasing a 2004 or later release of 'Rudolph', think twice. It is edited.
I just ordered the original 2002 UNEDITED/no Destiny's Child 'Rudolph' DVD from eBay express. I got it sealed for $6.99 + $3 shipping.
Do NOT buy edited DVDs when you can avoid it. Let's send the message. If you don't think that you make a difference remember this:
Consumer complaints about the edits in 'Beavis and Butthead Mike Judge Collection Vol 1' were 100% of the reason that volumes 2 and 3 were released with absolutely NO edits whatsoever to the material.
Good for us!
Edits are for losers!
I have spoken.
I will keep searching pre-owned DVD outlets for the previous DVD release of this, the one which hasn't been defaced by an ill-concieved marketing gimmick.
What were they thinking? The people who don't care would have bought this either way, but they've lost those of us who do care. Seems to me like a counter-productive strategy. The people at Sony who made this decision should be fired.
For the first time since 1964, the complete, unedited version can be seen on this DVD. Throughout the years, the special has been trimmed to allow for more commercial time, including the removal of a longer version of "We Are Santa's Elves", a duet reprise of "We're A Couple Of Misfits." The edits where made as long ago as 1965, so getting the complete version is a real treat. It even restores Rudolph's Elf friend's proper name, "Hermey" as opposed to the edited "Herbie."
Burl Ives has perhaps his most classic role as Sam the Snowman, singing many now-classic songs that were written for this program, such as "Holly-jolly Christmas" and "Silver and Gold." (Of course, he also sings Johnny Marks wonderful "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!")
The Animagic puppets are never more welcome than at Christmas. This is a really nice DVD, and includes extras such as an introduction by Arthur Rankin and the complete "Fame and Fortune" song that replaced the reprise of "We're A Couple Of Misfits" in 1965. What a wonderful DVD!
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I owned this Christmas classic on DVD from a few years ago. I wanted to buy this movie, along with the other Christmas movies, on Bluray if available. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Tiffany
It played perfectly. Very happy with the purchase.
Robert Smith Jr.