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Christmas Around the World With Perry Como

4.7 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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Travel the world at Christmastime with the legendary Perry Como enjoying unforgettable performances of your favorite carols, songs and hymns.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Legendary Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0091C220E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,632 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Watching the annual Perry Como Christmas special (as well as those of Bing Crosby and others) was a tradition in my family and getting this wonderful DVD is a reminder of those special and simpler times. First, these are not complete episodes but excerpts from six Como Christmas shows in various locations: Colonial Williamsburg, Paris, French Canada, Mexico, Austria and The Holy Land. What makes these shows so special, along with the wonderful seasonal songs and carols, are seeing the different locales and Christmas customs/history of these diverse cultures.

Opening with Perry recalling his childhood Christmases
From Colonial Williamsburg (1978)

Twelve Days of Christmas...Perry
Little Drummer Boy...Perry
Scenes from various Williamsburg locales with Perry & John Wayne
Here We Come A Wassailing...choir
No Place Like Home for the Holidays...Perry
Banter between Perry & John Wayne in Governor's Hall
John Wayne reads a letter from a young Revolutionary Malitia Man to his mother on Christmas Eve
I Saw Three Ships....Perry & choir
We Wish You a Merry Christmas....Perry & John Wayne
O Come All Ye Faithful/Joy to the World....Children's Choir
Ave Maria....Perry

From Christmas in Paris (1982)

I Wish it Could Be Christmas Forever...Perry
Scenes of Paris
Wash women perform the Can-Can (don't worry it's G-rated)
It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas/Deck the Hall....Perry & Angie Dickinson
Christ is Born....Perry & Boys Choir
Do you Hear What I hear....Perry

From Christmas in French Canada (1981)

He is Born (devine Christ Child)...Perry & Children
Christmas Medley....Perry, Debbie Boone & Diane Tell
Carol of the Bells....
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Four stars because it's Perry Como and is the only work of his available. As noted by another reviewer, the video and audio quality are not what they should be. This dvd would have benefited tremendously if the company had taken advantage of imaging technology to actually upgrade the image quality to HD. As it is, some of the scenes look almost as though they were taped off of a television screen as opposed to using the original tapes. With the economical processing power and computer imaging capability available today, there is really no reason for a studio to release a product with picture quality that is this bad. For example, distance shots are so distorted you cannot make out Mr Como's face let alone his features and there is considerable video distortion when any of the subjects are moving. Additionally, the audio could have been cleaned up and balanced across the different segments. Also, as noted by another person, becaused this consists of different specials that have been cobbled together some of the songs are repeated. One thing viewers can do to improve the viewing experience is to set your HDTV from a 16:9 to 4:3 aspect ratio. This will not eliminate the image problems mentioned above but will reduce their effect. Hopefully someone will get the message and produce a full HD quality release of this dvd. Compared to the video and audio quality of other dvd releases of old television programmes (e.g., A Ford Show Family Christmas - also available on Amazon), this one is poor indeed.
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This DVD captures moments from a few of Perry's Christmas specials of the 1970's and 1980's. These specials were always a very classy affair, produced with what are known today as "high production values." While we get some different performances of the same songs, this is not a problem; there is nothing unpleasant about hearing/seeing Perry's moving, stunningly beautiful rendition of Franz Schubert's Ave Maria more than once. My only wish is that Perry's estate would release each of these specials intact, as they were originally broadcast. I'm sure there is a market for them that would justify the expense of tracking down approvals of his guest stars. If for no other reason, these should be made available to allow future generations to know that there was actually a time when gentle, reverent beauty was possible in the entertainment world.
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I can still remember as a kid watching Perry Como with the family, having him be a large part of out Holiday Spirit. This Special has some of my most poignant memories of Perry Como and it's a down right pleasure to finally get the chance to share this with my kids and grand kids. My parents will be revived with life after getting this for their Christmas season. A MUST BUY!
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When someone spoke of a classy person, one always thought of Perry Como in this vein. He was a very understated man and singer whose soft-spoken style and grace made you want to make sure you didn't miss any of his TV appearances and specials ... and this Christmas special(s) is one of 'em. He was a crooner in the best sense of that description, and one always remembered that he could laugh at himself as he did many times during his TV shows and specials. G-d doesn't make 'em like Perry Como anymore or else the world would be a better - and more musically melodious - place!
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For those who recall Perry's weekly TV show of the 50's and his superb shows during Christmas week, this will bring back many wonderful memories. He sings all of the songs/hymns that we loved: Oh, Holy Night, Ave Maria (by both composers), Silent Night, Panis Angelicus, etc. His voice is in fine form, and as always, he is warm and genuine in relating to the audience. The setting is not in a studio but at sites such as Colonial Williamsburg, Austria, The Holy Land, Paris, Canada and Mexico. He is accompanied by stars such as John Wayne, Debbie Boone, Angie Dickinson, and performers including the Vienna Boys' Choir and Ballet Folklorico. This video will become an essential part of your celebration of the Christmas season and will remind all who view it of the unique talent that was Perry Como, one of our national treasures!
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