The Little Drummer Boy
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This is one of my favorite Christmas specials and I can't believe they would release the story to DVD in such a shabby manner. My Broadway Video VHS tape is heads and shoulders above this awful version. The DVD video portion is full of dirt and flecks and is very dark and muddy in places. The entire musical background when Aaron sings "Why Can't The Animals Smile?" is MISSING. In another part of the story, a man's voice reads Greer Garson's narration. There are some wonderful video/audio editing tools available today. When LITTLE DRUMMER BOY shows up on local television stations at Christmastime these missing bits of the soundtrack ARE included and they're also on the videotape version. I can't believe some judicious editing couldn't incorporate those bits of soundtrack to the DVD version and the "restorers" couldn't clean up the picture some in the bargain. If they didn't have a complete print, why did they foist off this horrible copy on us as a "restored" version?
I am going to try to return this and look forward to seeing a complete DVD version if it is ever released. But for now I'm sticking to my COMPLETE videotape.
This movie shows the tenderness of the Season, the reason for the Season and the love of God. I really think this is one DVD that everyone should own and watch every Christmas, if just to remember what it's all about.
Now I'm 30, agnostic, realistic to the point of cynicism, and the bloated secularized and commercialized carcass of "the Holidays" only force-feeds my disappointment with how we all turned out. So I'm thrilled this vid - complete with its simple morals and even the itty bitty baby Jesus (at Christmas? Heaven forefend!), is still available. Even if the more outspoken members of the religious right have given you a reason to not believe, it's nice to see all the good little lessons - the value of each individual regardless of wealth and stature, the importance of giving of oneself, the power of elusive joy to nourish a broken will - trotted out so you can remember why you once did. And why it was worth it.
A few blobs of moving clay and an abundance of refreshing pollyanna-ish sentiment turn out to be a wonderful antitdote to the shallow good wishes through gritted teeth, the depression, the traffic and the crowds, and of course, the ringing of the register. Merry Christmas!
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Classic Xmas movie to watch with family even if you're not Christian.Published 3 days ago by shopping junkie
This is such a classic movie! My daughter, niece and nephew discovered it again in our video collection and they now watch it year round...crazy kids! Good movie, high quality!Published 21 days ago by Jamie L.
Classic. Probably it not being PC is why we never see it on the TV any more. I love it and I know I am not alone.Published 2 months ago by Leslie L.
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