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The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow Deluxe Edition

Give your family a holiday to remember with The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow, Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey and The Stingiest Man in Town!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Angela Lansbury, Cyril Ritchard, David Kelley, Dina Lynn, Greg Thomas
  • Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008GY0POI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,730 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Brando on August 25, 2012
Format: DVD
You really have to hand it to Warner Brothers for the sheer audacity they have with these Rankin/Bass titles. It's been about 2 decades since the incarnation of the DVD. By now, you would think that all of the titles from this well-known and much-loved company would be readily available for the public to purchase. But they aren't. Instead Warner trickles out a title every year or so, first releasing them in so-called "Deluxe Editions" before adding them into yet another slightly revamped "Christmas Classics" boxed set.

Now, the only thing which makes these releases "deluxe" is they have that emblazoned across the top of the cover. There are absolutely NO special features here, save for a "Holiday Cards That Kids Can Make" thing?! You've got to be kidding me!! I find it very hard to believe that Warner Brothers doesn't know that most of the sales of these shows are by ADULTS who grew up on them! But maybe they don't - so that means they are either really really stupid or just plain rude! - I wouldn't be complaining if this were being sold for somewhere around $7.99 - but they are actually trying to shovel this one onto us for a whopping 20 bucks!! For a 22-minute special!! With no extras!!

This should have been released together with "Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus" and "Little Drummer Boy Book II" (the final two holiday specials owned by WB that haven't been officially released) in one DVD which altogether would have a running time about the same as a standard movie. But instead those two titles are each being offered separately as made-on-demand DVD-R's in grainy non-remastered prints for the same price as this one. Smell a rip-off?! I do.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By microjoe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 14, 2003
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I reccommend this RARE one hour television special that was released in 1975 on NBC television. Made by the Rankin/Bass Studio, who specialized in stop-motion "Animagic" wonders. By the way, this should not be confused with the claymation special of the same name released more recently by another studio. The voices of Angela Lansbury and David Kelly are featured. This story is similar to The Little Drummer Boy in that it has a religeous or spiritual theme to it, and it helps teach kids about kindness, gratitude, sharing, and other positive values. Three diferent original songs are included.

The story is: A shepherd boy named Lukas is struck by lightning and blinded, then taken in by some nuns at an abbey during the holidays. They cannot care for him forever, and he cannot tend sheep anymore so he is to go to an orphanage. He has to rescue his sheep from some wolves after some other boys let them run away. The boy gets to play the Angel in a leve re-enaction of the Nativity. After a Christmas miracle his sight is regained.

While this never seems to be broadcast anymore, this is a nice film from the holiday entertainers of Rankin/Bass Studio. Their studio has brought us such memorable holiday classics such as Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Year without a Santa Claus, Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey, Mad Monster Party, The Little Drummer Boy, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Mouse on the Mayflower, Here Comes Peter Cottontail, Cricket on the Hearth, the Stingiest Man in Town, Jack Frost, Pinnochio's Christmas, Rudolph's Shiny New Year, the First Easter Bunny. They also made non-holiday films such as the Hobbit, Flight of Dragons, the Last Unicorn.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Christmas Miracle on October 8, 2008
Format: DVD
This product is not the Rankin & Bass production of "The First Christmas (The Story of the First Christmas Snow)". It is "The First Christmas" by Billy Budd Films. The words "Billy Budd" appear clearly on the DVD case (and on Amazon's own picture of the item). Yet the product review states "Rankin & Bass". Poor work Amazon.com
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Schrawder on August 15, 2012
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I'd guess we'd all have to say "It's about time". Finally getting around to releasing some of the last remnants of the Rankin/Bass animations, but the ridiculously odd thing of them releasing this exceptionally short work ALONE? It's only getting a 3 star rating because of this (not to mention that it's under a Warner Bros. label), it actually deserves a 5 for the production itself.

You can't honestly expect me to even think about purchasing this at a $14.95, let alone a suggested retail price of $19.95? I think you'd be hard pressed to even have a standard SRP of $9.95, at least then you can have the typical store mark down a few bucks to a more proper price point.

Anyway, at least there's been an effort to at least put one of my most favorite pieces (in the top 3) of Rankin/Bass out for the general public to own on DVD. Only being a ridiculoulsy old copy that was briefly released on VHS oh so long ago, and probably hardly anyone even knew about.

It's kind of odd though that there is some goofy DVD-R version that Amazon produces of "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus", which is one of the few Rankin/Bass pieces that were tucked away and never released. You'd think maybe they would have gotten around to producing it properly and would have slipped in the First Christmas along with it, like they have done in the past with other short films. Go figure, it's just another oddball Warner Bros. move.

The good news to hear in the rumor mill is that Warner Bros. is hopefully releasing their strangle hold on the Rankin/Bass products they've hoarded for so many years. Apparently Dreamworks is acquiring some of the older works, and with some tremendous luck in the coming years they may get a hold of the rest. Cross your fingers folks...
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