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This hilarious Christmas film tells the tale of a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts on Christmas Eve and is transported back to the North Pole and raised as an elf. Years later Buddy learns he is not really an elf and goes on a journey to New York City to find his true identity.]]>
Elf is genuinely good. Not just Saturday Night Live-movie good, when the movie has some funny bits but is basically an insult to humanity; Elf is a smartly written, skillfully directed, and deftly acted story of a human being adopted by Christmas elves who returns to the human world to find his father. And because the writing, directing, and acting are all genuinely good, Elf is also genuinely funny. Will Ferrell, as Buddy the adopted elf, is hysterically sincere. James Caan, as his rediscovered father, executes his surly dumbfoundedness with perfect aplomb. Zooey Deschanel, as a department store worker with whom Buddy falls in love, is adorably sardonic. Director Jon Favreau (Swingers) shepherds the movie through all the obligatory Christmas cliches and focuses on material that's sometimes subtle and consistently surprising. Frankly, Elf feels miraculous. Also featuring Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart, Peter Dinklage, and Ed Asner as Santa Claus. --Bret Fetzer
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It is a heartwarming story that teaches acceptance, the power of love and giving, and of course, that Santa is indeed real. ;-)
If you don't have this in your Christmas collection, you are really missing out! Elf is one to watch again and again!
*Some of our other Christmas favorites are: It's a Wonderful Life, Rudolph, Santa clause is coming to town, & Frosty ( the animated classics), the children love the Home Alone series, The original Miracle on 34th Street ,
I finally lost my copy of the DVD. There are several editions of this movie - the regular old DVD, the single Disc Blu-Ray, and the 2 disc Blu-Ray, or anniversary edition. For a few dollars more I decided to buy the anniversary edition.
It was impossible to figure out what is included in that edition. Now that it has arrived, here are the contents - 1 Blu-Ray, 1 DVD, 1 CD, and 1 Ultraviolet code:
The standard Blu-Ray disc that includes only the movie.
The Infinifilm DVD, original release. This is a strange beast that New Line Cinema quit doing some time ago. The film is about a quarter of the DVD, the rest is special features. I think there are three times the hours of special features as the film. Nobody in their right mind should watch all this.
The bonus is a CD "sampler" of the soundtrack:
1. Pennies from Heaven - Louis Prima
2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Eddy Arnold
3. Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
4. Nutcracker Suite - Les Brown and His Band of Renown
5. Santa Claus Party - Les Baxter
Yeah I know, the sampler is not exactly what I was hoping for. Nope, the key songs aren't there - No Baby It's Cold Outside (Will Farrell, Zooey Deschanel, and Leon Redbone); Auld Langs Syne (James Caan and Zooey Deschanel); and Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, James Caan, and Chorus). Yes, they do call this a soundtrack sampler.
This is the full soundtrack:
Elf: Music From The Major Motion Picture
The digital "download" is via Ultraviolet. Not exactly the best service in the universe, but it works. You can stream the movie to a ton of devices, or you can download the film up to four times to a device. No bonus features are available digitally.
The DVD and Blu-Ray discs and the download code are in a metal Blu-Ray container that is pretty nice. In fact the case looks really good. The CD sampler was attached with that sticky clear goo, like somebody decided to whip this together at the last minute.
If you need both the Blu-Ray and DVD, this is the version to purchase. There isn't really anything deluxe or new about this release. They put the two discs together in one metal box. The music sampler is a small bonus.
Because I love this film, I'm happy I purchased this edition. I did want both Blu-Ray and DVD.
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