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The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood

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The delightful original musical comedy special, The Dangerous Christmas Of Red Riding Hood or Oh Wolf, Poor Wolf was presented by General Electric Company on television for the first time on November 28, 1965 on the ABC Television Network. With music com

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  • Actors: Liza Minnelli, Cyril Ritchard, Vic Damone, Eric Burdon, Hilton Valentine
  • Directors: Sid Smith
  • Writers: Robert Emmett
  • Producers: Richard Lewine
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Jef Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VLPV2K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,662 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood" on IMDb

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By R. Mcgarity on October 29, 2007
Format: DVD
This DVD of Dangerous Christmas is NOT in COLOR as all the listings for it indicate. It is not even a digital transfer. The source material is the old VHS master from the budget VHS tapes of this title that were released for several years. This is a grainy, dirty image that contains numerous film breaks and splices. The bonus inclusion of the original soundtrack that was originally released on ABC Paramount records is a clumsy transfer that contains skips in several of the cuts.

This is a DVD to avoid if you have this material in any other format. This DVD is not an upgrade in any way from the old VHS tape or the old LP recording.
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The Dangerous Christmas Of Red Riding Hood is an adorable TV special brought back from the vaults for us to watch and enjoy. Sure, the print is black and white--and it's not even good quality black and white; but it's still quite entertaining if you're not too picky about it. They should have restored the print more, of course, so this won't be a five star review.

Of course, the story is essentially the story of Red Riding Hood with a few twists here and there. Naturally the main revision is that now this is a Christmastime tale. Liza Minnelli plays Red Riding Hood; and Cyril Ritchard does a great job as the wolf (that's Mr. Lone T. Wolf to you). Look also for The Animals to play the wolf's cronies; and Vic Damone turns in a great performance as a prince turned into a woodchopper by some evil spell.

The action begins with the wolf--in a cage now--telling us he's going to tell us the "real" version of what happened. Well, little changes--but the story is embellished very nicely with The Animals singing very well and playing their electric guitars. Liza and Cyril dance very well; and the actors playing the woodland creatures perform some wonderful ballet routines during the course of the movie. Naturally, Little Red Riding Hood is saved by the woodchopper hero and everyone (except the wolf) is happy ever after.

This film has historical significance and sentimental value to Liza Minnelli fans; and people will enjoy The Animals playing some bit parts and singing their best. Cyril Ritchard couldn't be better; you truly get the feeling he enjoyed doing this.

Now there's the major issue of the quality of the print. I don't mind black and white. However, the print needs major restoration.
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I generally do not put my two cents into this type of misinformation "free-for-all" but, having read everyone's opinion on what I have always considered to be one of television's finest productions, I couldn't sit by and listen anymore. As a retired university professor (I taught an in-depth course in musical theater history) much of what I read here was written by people with very little love or understanding of the developments of 20th century American musical theater.

"The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood, or Oh Wolf, Poor Wolf," originally broadcast over the ABC network during Christmas of 1965, proved so popular that ABC repeated the broadcast the following Christmas season. (Most likely the last time it was seen in color; rebroadcasts were rare 45 years ago.) I was only 11 years old at the time, but I still remember watching and enjoying both broadcasts. "Red" was a TV special and not a movie. It was filmed in a television studio using the "live-on-tape" method. (The camera was pretty much stationary and post-production was quick and without much editing or close ups.) The music was performed live in the studio. And so, if you listen to the original cast recording (recorded not in 1965, but a year later in 1966) you will notice some major differences between the performances. On the recording there is now an overture and two full ballets which add at least 15 minutes to the brief running time of the show (neither of which were a part of the broadcast). And the Animals must not have been available for the recording date because they do not sing in the song "Snubbed" with the wolf.
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I remember watching this show as a kid, and hadn't seen it since then until I bought this DVD. Unlike what others have written, I don't recall seeing a budget release of this on VHS. Unfortunately, as others have written, this is a watchable, but still substandard quality b&w kinescope transfer, and not from the original color videotape source (AMAZON, please correct the listing!).
Even if this DVD had used a pristine quality color videotape source, I would still only give it 2&1/2, maybe 3 stars. This show is a low budget (the sets look like something from a school play), over-acted disappointment. I'm surprised the cast,especially Cyril Ritchard, wasn't bleeding from their mouths due to all the splinters they must have recieved from all their scenery chewing performances. The story has a minimal Christmas connection- it is set on Christmas eve, Christmas is mentioned once or twice in one song, there's a Christmas tree in the background in one scene, and instead of "goodies" in her basket, Red Riding Hood is bringing Christmas presents to Granny (who is never seen, even after the Wolf is defeated, she remains trapped in a trunk!).
I bought this mainly because of the Animals being in the cast. Their two songs are OK; one rocks pretty good. Liza has a couple of OK songs but , on the whole it is a dated curiosity that would have been a good value as maybe a $4.99 budget disc, but not $17.99!
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