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The Original Christmas Classics Gift Set

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Do you remember when...Santa asked Rudolph to guide his sleigh, Frosty
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Includes 7 Holiday Favorites:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Whos got a nose for Christmas? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Just in time for the holidays, here comes Rudolph in the most beloved special of all time! Packed with a sleigh full of memorable songs and unforgettable characters, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer lights up the hearts of young and old alike.

Santa Claus is Comin to Town
Where does Santas suit come from? Why does he slide down the chimney? Why does he live at the North Pole? The answers to all these questions and the origins of our favorite holiday traditions are revealed in this delightful classic about Kris Kringle, the world s most famous gift giver.

Frosty the Snowman
Look at Frosty Go! Whats become a bigger holiday tradition than building a snowman? Watching the original Christmas classic, Frosty the Snowman! Grab your scarf, bundle up, and get ready for the incredible adventure of a magical snowman whos got enough personality to win over the whole family. You can t go wrong with Frosty!

Frosty Returns

Mr. Magoos Christmas Carol
Bah Humbug, Mr. Magoo! In this first-ever animated holiday TV special, the bumbling and loveable Mr. Magoo is Ebeneezer Scrooge in a hilarious and heartwarming musical retelling of Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.

The Little Drummer Boy
This story has touched the hearts of families everywhere. In this holiday classic, the true spirit of Christmas is revealed when a lonely orphan stumbles upon the birth of the baby Jesus and affirms what the holidays are really about giving and love. Featuring a beautiful soundtrack by the Vienna Boys Choir, this timeless tale of generosity makes the perfect addition to your holiday collection.

Cricket on the Hearth
A delightful, animated musical version of Charles Dickens classic tale, Cricket on the Hearth, tells the story of a poor toymaker and his daughter whom a helpful Cricket named Crocket befriends on Christmas morning. When tragedy strikes the family, it s Crocket who comes to the rescue and restores peace and happiness.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: -
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 277 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (859 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B0057FGCJQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,012 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Format: Blu-ray
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is my favorite Christmas classic, as it likely it is for many people. Getting it in HD without having to watching it with commercials, is a treat for sure!

In the latest set (2011 release, this review is for the Blu Ray set, NOT DVD set), you only get 2 discs instead of 3. You get Santa Claus is Coming to Town on one discs and Rudolph and Frosty on another disc.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town - looks OK, but for a film in HD, I guess I expected something better. My understanding is this is due to the original masters and not a lack of trying. I would say this looks better than it likely ever did when it aired.

For the audio portion, you get English 5.1/2.0 and Spanish 2.0. For those of you thinking that you'd like to hear the film in 5.1, I can say... don't even bother. To me it sounds like all they've done is done some matrixing of the audio, with the majority of it coming from the center channel, and ALL of the same audio kind of sounds like an echo in the other speakers. A complete and utter waste. Watch it in the original stereo audio for a more genuine aural experience.

Frosty the Snowman - This one looks pretty good. They did a really good job on the restoration of this one (might have been easier being a cartoon, I don't know). Of the three (4 if you count the Frosty Returns extra), this probably was served the best during remastering.

Audio is presented in stereo 2.0 and sounds good. No pops, hiss or crackle.

Rudolph - Every year I see this coming out on home video (DVD, BD... VHS) format, I get excited that this might be the year Rudolph gets the royal treatment. Every year I am disappointed.

Video quality on Rudolph is really good.
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Alright, so I got this collection in the mail today and popped all 3 movies in to see how the transfers look.

Overall, I'm fairly disappointed. I think Rudolph looks the least remastered. It might just be because the setting is so white but there's very little detail and often the lighting was inconsistant (though that's probably stuck in the original film). Santa Claus is Comin' to Town looks the best. There's lots of nice, vibrant colors in it. Frosty is somewhere in the middle. The audio is incredibly soft on all 3 and not really worth noting. I'd be very interested in a more professional review from someone who knows more about the original negatives and whatnot, but as for my eye-based review I'd give it an overall C-grade.

There are, of course, some improvements. I've yet to see a 1080p transfer that doesn't do any good, but, to be honest, I wish I had been able to resist and saved $30. At $15 I'd be satisfied, but not $30.

As for bonus features there aren't any except the not-so-classic "Frosty Returns" and a CD featuring a collection of favorite Christmas songs.

Here's the tracklist of the bonus audio CD:

01. Burl Ives - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
02. Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
03. Jackson 5 - Santa Claus is Coming to Town
04. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Jingle Bells
05. Jimmy Durante - Frosty the Snowman
06. Burl Ives - A Holly Jolly Christmas
07. Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock
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Format: Blu-ray
As there are number of collections called "The Original Christmas Classics", and another called "The Original Television Christmas Classics" there can be some confusion about that is included in each set. Particularly as they are all collections of features by Rankin/Bass (except as noted) primarily from the 1960's, and traditionally shown during the holiday season.

"The Original Christmas Classics" DVD set includes the seven features listed below, while the Bluray set with the same name, the subject of this review, only includes the first four titles.

1. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964 47 minutes)
2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1970 51 minutes)
3. Frosty The Snowman (1969 25 minutes)
4. Frosty Returns (1992 23 minutes
5. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962 53 minutes)
6. Little Drummer Boy (1968 25 minutes)
7. Cricket On The Hearth (1967 49 Minutes)

The Bluray set has two video discs. Disc One contains Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, while Disc Two features Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty The Snowman, and Frosty Returns. Apparently all of the features have been remastered and restored to full length. Presentation is full screen, with no subtitles. Some Bluray sets apparently have an audio CD with songs taken from the specials, and some do not.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1970): Rating 4.5 stars
While the legend of Santa Claus may be well-known, this delightful stop action feature delves into his early years, and also explains some of the common myths regarding Santa. The story is told partially through narration by a letter carrier (voiced by Fred Astaire) who delivers mail to Santa at the North Pole. An orphan baby boy is taken in and raised by the Kringle's, a family of toymaking elves.
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Format: Blu-ray
Ok, first of all, this 2015 Anniversary edition of the BLU-RAY set does indeed contain all SEVEN programs on Blu-ray, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, yes, including "The Little Drummer Boy". I bought this (not at Amazon, as they were out of stock), and WATCHED all seven. They are:

1. Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964, 47 minutes)
2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1970, 51 minutes)
3. Frosty, The Snowman (1969, 25 minutes)
4. Frosty Returns (1992, 23 minutes)
5. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962, 53 minutes)
6. The Little Drummer Boy (1968, 25 minutes)
7. Cricket On The Hearth (1967, 49 Minutes)

And YES, I encountered the same defect on "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" as others have found, the fade to black right in the middle of four scenes, with the first (at 8:31) and fourth (at 42:04) such errors being the most egregious. This defect is NOT on the 2012 Blu-ray or prior DVDs of this show. Other posters have provided a phone number where we can call for a POSSIBLE free replacement Blu-ray disc (888-223-4369, and it works! Though there was no replacement disc promised to me, just the possibility of one.).

[UPDATE - Dec. 15, 2015: I received the replacement disc yesterday, and played "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," checking the four points where the problems had been. All of the problems are NOW eliminated from that broadcast. This is literally a replacement disc, so it contains the other three items that were on the original, faulty disc, and those broadcasts appear to be exactly the same as before. "The Little Drummer Boy" continues to have just two chapters, as described below, and is the same as before in all other respects.
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