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Ten Thousand Points of Light: The 20th Anniversary


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Product Details

  • Actors: Margaret Townsend, George Townsend, Gloria Stevens
  • Directors: George King
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Dust to Digital
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 31 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042DN4VI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,729 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Kitsch alert! Worshipper at the shrine of Elvis, fans of unabashed bad taste, followers of pop culture take note. Ten Thousand Points of Light is a wry, understated and terrifically funny look at the Townsends, a suburban Atlanta family who, every holiday season for eight years, transformed their Stone Mountain area brick ranch house into a meteoric blaze of Christmas lights. Known as both the Christmas House and the the Elvis House, the Townsend s home was visited yearly by vast numbers of people, many of whom viewed a trip to the land of a thousand tchotchkes as an annual pilgrimage. Linda Dubler, 1991

About the Director

George King teaches digital filmmaking & video production at the Atlanta Art Institute. He received a degree in sociology from London University (London, England) and a postgraduate diploma in radio and television from West Surrey College of Art and Design (Guildford, Surrey, England).

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The eclectic reissue company Dust-to-Digital continues to amaze me with their offbeat releases (they issued the earliest known playable recording from 1865 as a single earlier this year!) and this DVD is no exception.

The 30-minute - shot on VHS - documentary was made by director George King (whose short film Who's That Stranger I discovered last year) in 1980. King spent two Christmases visiting The Townsend Family in Decatur, GA to see their mind-boggling Christmas light display (and ELVIS collection!).He was there for the final year.

The film itself is quirky as we hear about the display from Raymond Townsend and his niece Gloria Stevens. There's an underlying story of Gloria's on-again off-again marriage and the "bought on time" ring given to her by her husband. You will laugh at the way King edits the comments from both of these folks but you can see that they are "real".

What puts this film - which was mostly a novelty - in perspective is the hour of bonus materials. First we have a full commentary track with King, Townsend and Stevens recorded in 2010. Then there are lengthy 2010 interviews with Townsend and Stevens (now remarried for the THIRD time) as well as her daughter (who appears in the film when she was about four years-old.

King's original film reminds me of Erol Morris' films about ordinary people doing quirky things.

Thanks to D-to-D for re-releasing this in an entertaining package (there is a 2 page leaflet of an interview with King included in the package too). This is a Christmas gift you can give that will not duplicate any other.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T-Cole on November 27, 2010
A short, but sweet documentary about a Christmas-obsessed and Elvis-worshipping family in Georgia who opens up their home to the public every year to showcase their pride and joy- an unbelievable amount of outrageously tacky holiday decor. Not only hilarious, but a surprisingly heartwarming movie. A perfect stocking stuffer of a DVD.
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By Marian Carcache on February 17, 2013
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This is one of my favorite documentaries ever! I recommend it to anybody with a sense of humor and a taste for southern eccentricity. I had it years ago on VHS and am so thrilled that it is on DVD now. I've given it as a Christmas gift to my best friends and they love it too.
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By Madeleine A. Cowhig on February 1, 2013
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This is not the film as originally produced by George!! None of the original Elvis music is included which is actually what added to the absurdity of all this, just not the same without "Blue Christmas" playing in the background. I was so excited to get it and was going to give as a valentine present to my grown children, watching the original has been a family holiday tradition since it was first distributed. I, and friends are actually in the film! The actual footage seen here is as it always has been, just not the music. This is in the families opinion, of course!! A line all you viewers will understand.
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