Beyond Christmas - IN COLOR! Also Includes the Restored Black-and-White Version!
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A rare holiday treasure. This uplifting story begins on Christmas Eve in New York City, as three elderly businessmen prepare to enjoy a festive dinner together. In a show of holiday spirit, they receive visits from two kind-hearted strangers first a young man, then a young woman. Each has come to return a wallet they believe one of the gentlemen has lost. From this humble beginning, friendships are built, and romance ensues. Filled with heart and soul, this charming 1940 holiday classic is prefect for the Christmas season. In color for the first time and expertly restored, this film will surely become a part of your family holiday tradition.
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I would recommend avoiding this poorly done copy of this wonderful film.
The story partakes a little of both the filmography and the style of the Topper films that preceded it by a couple of years. The attraction of the film for me is the affection between two generations, that of the late 19th century just giving up their claim on the world and that of the early 20th century that was just inheriting it. There is a great deal of nostalgia involved, that for the audience for which the film was made of course, but also inadvertently for later audiences for whom the attitudes and mores of the time are things of history now.
A wonderful old film.
My recommendation would be to purchase another version of this movie. I have several other Legend Film DVDs that have been "colorized" just to see the various techniques used. This is certainly not one of their high points. I am glad they include the B&W with the color version, but tampering with the editing is where I draw the line. Purchase the 84 minute version. The colorization isn't worth it, as this movie plays better in B&W anyway. 4 stars for the movie, 2 stars for the format, average 3 stars.
This is shown in the film with three businessmen Michael (Charles Winniger), George (Harry Carey), and Allan (C. Aubrey Smith) on Christmas Eve that await their dinner guests but only to welcome two strangers to their home an engineer named James "Jimmy" Houston (Richard Carlson) and Jean Lawrence (Jean Parker) that happen to meet on the street. But little did they know that this would not be a chance encounter but one that goes beyond the eves of the holidays. Just as viewers believe there will be a happy ending between the characters, tragedy ensues that involve Michael, George, and Allan, and misunderstanding between Jimmy and Jean. And one cannot deny the parallels to this film to other films produced from 1940 to 1947, "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street," with the underlying meaning that focuses upon hope and to love on the home front, especially in this case in 1940 and World War II. This is suggested in the storyline but also in the extra footage included on the DVD, two vintage promotional films, "Jingle Bells" that shows Bob Hope encouraging the public to buy Christmas Seals and the other film which is not titled involving war bonds. In addition to the colorized version of "Beyond Christmas," the original black and white version of the film and deleted scenes, and a short 22-minute film called "The Christmas Star" are included on the DVD.
For viewers that may not have heard of "Beyond Christmas" it is a film worth watching because of the interesting storyline, the characters, and timeless theme that has been shown in similar films.
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