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This review is from: The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow Deluxe Edition (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. Warner makes a BUNDLE off these shows which are repeated EVERY year on TV several times, and sold at most popular stores throughout the country. But their shady dealings suck cash from both ends - ripping off the original creators by not paying them their due royalties and then bleeding fans dry with their expensive drip-drops from the vault.
Look these Rankin/Bass shows are all great! And as time goes on they are permanently woven into the fabric of our holiday celebrations. But the handling of them by Warner is nothing less than raking customers over the coals in order to get them.
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Initial post: Dec 10, 2012 7:26:35 AM PST
Randy Korstick says:
Umm sorry but there is no difference in Warners DVD-R releases from the Pressed ones. They look excellent and are remastered and Warners guarantees them something you don't get from the pressed ones. They should have included something else with this DVD but I don't want to double dip on titles already released.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012 6:09:51 PM PST
Joseph Brando says:
You are mistaken if you really believe that. "Life and Adventures of Santa Claus" has most definitely NOT been remastered. It is grainy and looks like an old VHS tape. I haven't personally seen the DVD-R version of "Little Drummer Boy Book II" but on Warner's website, both titles have a caution indicating that these specials have not been remastered for their DVD-R releases.
Posted on Jan 1, 2013 8:02:36 PM PST
Apes Fan says:
I found this title at Sam's Club for $10 and bought it immediately. I loved it as a kid and it seems to be one of the most neglected Rankin/Bass specials.
Posted on Dec 16, 2013 8:09:36 PM PST
The Watts Family says:
Mr. Brando, I am with you on this one!!!
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