Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
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153 of 156 people found the following review helpful
Ugh! I'd blame The Grinch for making this 50th Anniversary Edition of Rudolph, but that would be an insult to him. Because surely a heart much smaller than the Grinch's was responsible for this huge disappointment. And I'm not convinced the beancounters at Dreamworks have any heart at all.

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. But it gets better: since there are two songs, this is actually listed as two separate "extras." Wow, how generous!

* Learn to Draw: Some Dreamworks animation artist teaches you how to draw three of the characters from the show. 'Cause you were really hoping for that as an extra, right?

* Rudolph Unwrapped: It looks like Dreamworks spent about a dollar to make this, but at least it's entertaining: this extra simply reveals a series of fun and little known facts about the show. Ex: do you know the five different breeds of dogs that pull Yukon Cornelius's sled? I didn't. Or that the time never changes on Sam the Snowman's watch throughout the show--it's always 2 o'clock.

THAT. IS. IT. Unfortunately, you don't have much choice if you want a blu-ray of Rudolph. The first blu-ray, which uses the same remaster, contained no extras at all and sells for more than this 50th Anniversary edition. The best version I've seen for extras is the 2002 Sony Wonder DVD, which has about 45 minutes worth of them. That's also a very good quality remaster, which looks pretty darned good when uprezzed via your blu-ray player or television to high def.

So Happy 50th Birthday, Rudolph! This is no way to treat an elderly reindeer!

Thanks for taking the time to read my review, and I hope you find it helpful in making a purchase decision.
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166 of 176 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2005
The DVD transfer is pretty good but the scene with Yukon discovering peppermint has been cut.

It seems pretty odd to sell a DVD as a restored classic only to leave out the main thing that was to be restored!
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317 of 343 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2005
For 2 years in a row Sony once again puts that stupid Destiny's Child crap on this Dvd. Why does Sony keep ruining Christmas classics like this and now Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town with a stupid Mariah Carey video. When is this dumb so-called trend going to stop. Leave the Christmas classics(Rudolf,Frosty,Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town)as is.Please, NO MORE EXTRA SONGS & VIDEOS...these are not good extras they are just pure crap!!!
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204 of 219 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2005
I have the original release in VHS and it is way-worn, so I desperately want to buy it in DVD format. I tell you this so that you can understand how hard it is for me NOT to buy this release. I will wait for one that is not polluted with new age garbage. As soon as this excellent Christmas Classic shows up in DVD format WITHOUT the modern commercial corruption, I will buy it, and maybe a few more to give to my loved ones as gifts.

Release without music videos, and I will purchase!
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149 of 159 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2005
Come on! Nobody who watches this cares about Destiny's Child music!!! If you wanna have them mess up a "Christmas" movie, make them sing a 20 minute video in Frosty Returns. I'm not buyin' if this dvd has 'em playin'!
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140 of 150 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2007
Yes, it is I, the Edit Avenger!!

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.
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97 of 105 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2005
I will not be buying this version. I have no desire to have a cherished Christmas classic with it's cover despoiled by an obnoxious picture of an obnoxious "musician".

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.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2006
Watch out! Amazon has just copied these reviews from the original version of this classic which DOES NOT include the Destiny's Child garbage extras. It looks like the original, uncut version is no longer sold by Amazon but is available from other sellers. Be careful and get the original!!!
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100 of 111 people found the following review helpful
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is THE classic Rankin/Bass Animagic Christmas special. I could not imagine a holiday season going by without watching this at least once. Now, with this DVD, I can put away my "taped from television" copy and enjoy the complete, fully-restored splendor of Rudolph.
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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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2014
The new 50th anniversary Blu-ray release is a big disappointment. Four years ago they released this on Blu-ray and there was a skip in the song "Silver and Gold" which is one of my favorites in this show. Past DVD releases did not include the skip. I read it came from a glitch in the mastering of the Blu-ray. So, here we are four years later with a chance for Classic Media/DreamWorks to correct the mistake and give us a quality 50th anniversary release and they released the same thing, with a tiny add-on or two for "bonus" features. No classic TV commercials from the original airing, or anything worthwhile like that. No re-mastering of the show to fix the song issue. So do we have to wait another four years for you to re-master it again and get it right? You guys are sloppy and I am sorry you own the rights to this classic TV special.
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