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Holiday TV Comedy Collection
Holiday TV Comedy Collection
DVD ~ Steve Carell
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the titles in full !, October 9, 2011
This review is from: Holiday TV Comedy Collection (DVD)
House M.D.: Damned If You Do - 2004
The Office: Benihana Christmas - 2006
Psych: Gus' Dad May Have Killed An Old Guy! - 2007
30 Rock: Christmas Special - 2008
Monk: Mr. Monk And The Miracle - 2008

This is a really good selection of Christmas-themed American TV comedy / comedy drama. As I don't have cable (I live in the UK) I'd never before seen The Office, Psych and 30 Rock but this selection is all the more refreshing for that. There isn't a weak episode among them.
This would make a great Christmas present for anyone who enjoys quality TV as there are no schmaltzy Christmas episodes. If you're looking for Christmas specials from the 60s and 70s/80s I heartily recommend Merry Sitcom!: Christmas Classics From TV's Golden Age [DVD] and TV Sets: Holiday Treats [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC].

BBC Holiday Gift Set
BBC Holiday Gift Set
DVD ~ BBC Holiday Gift Set
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the titles in full. This would make an ideal Christmas present!, August 21, 2011
This review is from: BBC Holiday Gift Set (DVD)
Are You Being Served? - Christmas Crackers (1975)
Good Neighbors AKA The Good Life - Silly, But It's Fun (1977)
To The Manor Born Christmas Special - The First Noel (1979)
Allo Allo Christmas Special - A Bun in The Oven (1991)
Last Of The Summer Wine - Whoops (1981)
Keeping Up Appearances - The Father Christmas Suit AKA A Very Merry Hyacinth (1991)
Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)
The Vicar of Dibley - Winter (1999)
All Creatures Great & Small - Merry Gentlemen (1978)
Ballykissangel - Happy As A Turkey On Boxing Day (1997)
Monarch Of The Glen - Hogmanay Special (2003)
Lovejoy - The Prague Sun (1992)
Lark Rise To Candleford Christmas (2008)

Although I have most of the sit-coms already, I'm still looking forward to owning this! As a collector of Christmas DVDs it's great to see them all in one package. My favourite has to the Good Neighbours episode. The biggest draw for me though are the dramas, known as light entertainment in the UK. Most of them aired on Sunday nights and were extremely popular. I can't wait to see the All Creatures Great and Small episode,

Although much discussion could be had about what's missing, this is a very comprehensive selection. Despite some programmes having the same writers they are all very different from each other. This would make a perfect present for any Brits living in the US, fans of British television and collectors of all things Christmas! This is a quality collection and will sit happily side by side with the American equivalents TV Sets: Holiday 2-Pack, Merry Sitcom! Christmas Classics from TV's Golden Age, Classic TV Christmas Collection and Holiday TV Comedy Collection.

BTW, if you would like to see the sit-coms that ITV produced (the commercial channel in the UK) I heartily recommend Classic British Christmas Comedies, Volumes 1&2.

DVD ~ Martin Freeman
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic feel-good film!, November 22, 2010
This review is from: Nativity! (DVD)
I actually saw this a week after Christmas and immediately wanted to watch it again the next day! For that reason I can't wait for this to be released.
There are not many British Christmas films but this is the best I've seen. Even better than Love, Actually.
The characters are so warm you'll forgive any situations that seem implausible. The children are not your usual stage-school kids and that is the key to the film's success. They are totally natural and lovable!
Martin Freeman plays his usual persona and very good he is too. Standouts for me were Pam Ferris and Ashley Jensen. Initially I wasn't sure about the character of teaching assistant Mr Poppy but his child-like enthusiasm won me over. Alan Carr was brilliant too! Only downside to the whole film for me was Ricky Tomlinson as the mayor.

I'm going to buy this and save it to watch on Christmas Eve. This would make a great Christmas present for those that like laughing!

Christmas at the Movies: Images of Christmas in American, British and European Cinema (Cinema and Society)
Christmas at the Movies: Images of Christmas in American, British and European Cinema (Cinema and Society)
by Mark Connelly
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars You've watched the read the book!, September 27, 2010
This book covers many chapters including
1. Movie Adaptations of 'A Christmas Carol'
2. A Hollywood Carol's Wonderful Life'
3. Hollywood and the Second World War
4. Wartime Christmas in Britain
5. Crisis at Christmas
6. Santa Claus: the Movie
7. Christmas in the Horror Film
8. The Depiction of Christmas in Modern Hollywood Films
9/10/11. Christmas in French/Russian/Spanish Cinema.

With the exception of Kim Newman, an expert on horror films, all the contributors are university lecturers in the UK. With that in mind it's not a coffee-table type of book. These are serious discussions about Christmas in films and are very interesting. Although not a 'film buff' I found the writing no problem - not too wordy. Just don't expect an encyclopaedia of film and you won't be disappointed.

One of the best chapters focussed on 'It's A Wonderful Life'. It was very interesting to find that only in the last 30 years has become the symbol of Christmas, in the US at least. And it was all down to the licence not being renewed in the 1970s and going into the public domain. This meant that TV channels could show it for nothing! And did!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back !!, December 11, 2001
This review is from: Secrets (Audio CD)
Hooray! The Human League are back.
This is the first newly released CD that I've bought for a long time and I wasn't disappointed.It's worth buying it just for 'All I ever wanted' - a classic HL track. Hearing it for the first time brought back happy memories of 1981 and 'Don't you want me?'. Both are great, unpretentious pop songs.
Another great track is 'Love me madly?' but what lets the album down for me is the number of instrumental tracks (7). It's not that they aren't any good, it just makes the album somewhat disjointed. Especially as after every vocal track comes an instrumental one. Just program your CD to play the vocal tracks first....
To conclude, if you like the Human League you'll love this. It's got a retro feel to it without being stuck in an 80's time warp.
Proper pop songs by proper pop stars. Welcome back!

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