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The Original Christmas Classics Gift Set with Frosty, Rudolph and Santa
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Do you remember when...Santa asked Rudolph to guide his sleigh, Frosty
magically came to life on Christmas Eve, and Kris Kringle became Santa Claus?
Share the magic of The Original Christmas Classics!
Includes 7 Holiday Favorites:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Whos got a nose for Christmas? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Just in time for the holidays, here comes Rudolph in the most beloved special of all time! Packed with a sleigh full of memorable songs and unforgettable characters, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer lights up the hearts of young and old alike.
Santa Claus is Comin to Town
Where does Santas suit come from? Why does he slide down the chimney? Why does he live at the North Pole? The answers to all these questions and the origins of our favorite holiday traditions are revealed in this delightful classic about Kris Kringle, the world s most famous gift giver.
Frosty the Snowman
Look at Frosty Go! Whats become a bigger holiday tradition than building a snowman? Watching the original Christmas classic, Frosty the Snowman! Grab your scarf, bundle up, and get ready for the incredible adventure of a magical snowman whos got enough personality to win over the whole family. You can t go wrong with Frosty!
Mr. Magoos Christmas Carol
Bah Humbug, Mr. Magoo! In this first-ever animated holiday TV special, the bumbling and loveable Mr. Magoo is Ebeneezer Scrooge in a hilarious and heartwarming musical retelling of Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.
The Little Drummer Boy
This story has touched the hearts of families everywhere. In this holiday classic, the true spirit of Christmas is revealed when a lonely orphan stumbles upon the birth of the baby Jesus and affirms what the holidays are really about giving and love. Featuring a beautiful soundtrack by the Vienna Boys Choir, this timeless tale of generosity makes the perfect addition to your holiday collection.
Cricket on the Hearth
A delightful, animated musical version of Charles Dickens classic tale, Cricket on the Hearth, tells the story of a poor toymaker and his daughter whom a helpful Cricket named Crocket befriends on Christmas morning. When tragedy strikes the family, it s Crocket who comes to the rescue and restores peace and happiness.
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1. Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964, 47 minutes)
2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1970, 51 minutes)
3. Frosty, The Snowman (1969, 25 minutes)
4. Frosty Returns (1992, 23 minutes)
5. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962, 53 minutes)
6. The Little Drummer Boy (1968, 25 minutes)
7. Cricket On The Hearth (1967, 49 Minutes)
And YES, I encountered the same defect on "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" as others have found, the fade to black right in the middle of four scenes, with the first (at 8:31) and fourth (at 42:04) such errors being the most egregious. This defect is NOT on the 2012 Blu-ray or prior DVDs of this show. Other posters have provided a phone number where we can call for a POSSIBLE free replacement Blu-ray disc (888-223-4369, and it works! Though there was no replacement disc promised to me, just the possibility of one.).
[UPDATE - Dec. 15, 2015: I received the replacement disc yesterday, and played "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," checking the four points where the problems had been. All of the problems are NOW eliminated from that broadcast. This is literally a replacement disc, so it contains the other three items that were on the original, faulty disc, and those broadcasts appear to be exactly the same as before. "The Little Drummer Boy" continues to have just two chapters, as described below, and is the same as before in all other respects. The other two programs I only glanced through, but they appear to be exactly as described previously.]
Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol looks perfect, just brand-new, sharp, and clean-- couldn't be better, and yet it's the oldest of all the shows (1962).
The Little Drummer Boy is barely sharper than the DVD version, but it has had most dirt and artifacts removed (I compared it head-to-head with the DVD), so it is a substantial improvement. However, it is VERY DISAPPOINTING in that, as with the DVD in prior years, they use a version that is NOT what we have always seen on TV. The animals generally don't make noises in this version (as when the lamb is hit by the chariot and bleats in pain), and they use a male voice-over and not female narrator Greer Garson for one famous line (of hers, originally) near the end (when Aaron beholds the baby Jesus: "And as Aaron looked at the babe, he thought it was the most beautiful sight he had ever seen"). WHY?? The old commercial VHS tape contains the correct version . . . For some reason, this broadcast of Drummer Boy only has two disc "chapters" in it, which is pointless, because the first chapter, of course, is at the absolute beginning, and the second chapter skips past the entire show to AFTER the closing credits, so this is really poorly done as to a simple matter. The other programs all have reasonable chaptering-- every five to ten minutes, taking us to the beginnings of scenes.
Five of the other six programs look quite nice on my Hi-Definition TV, all five are sharp and colorful, but Magoo stands out far above the others in that it simply looks spectacular. Drummer Boy has the weakest picture quality (of all seven), with the blandest coloring, and in the early-on graphics, I cannot read the year, which I know to be 1968, but it isn't sharp enough to read it as such. The show itself is reasonably sharp, but only slightly more so than its DVD version.
Oh yes, as to #7: "Cricket on the Hearth" is NOT "Blu-ray" OR high-definition!! A RIP-OFF! In fact, this is also the only program for which you will have to adjust your TV's aspect ratio to view it, as it does not automatically go to its original 4 x 3 while your TV set is set to 16 x 9, which all of the other six programs do. Moreover, the bit rate for this show varies between ONLY 2.1 Mbps and 6.8 Mbps-- mostly in the 3's and 4's-- LESS than most DVDs!! (Whereas all of the other six programs have more typical Blu-ray bit rates averaging 17 - 22 Mbps, with "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" and "Rudolph" often up at 28-29 Mbps, averaging about 25 Mbps.) Anyway, "Cricket" is certainly quite viewable, but there is nothing sharp or high-definition about it. It is not horribly soft-focus, it's just not particularly sharp or new-looking like the other programs. Its artifacts were mostly cleaned up, it is colorful, but it somehow looks at least slightly less than it could. I'm sure they used the very low bit rate in order to fit this program onto the disc, since they were squeezing 7 programs onto just two Blu-ray discs.
ALSO, in an update to this post prompted by a questioner, I have gone and listened to the entire song, "Silver and Gold," on "Rudolph," and yes, an audio error, which I researched afterward on the internet (to learn its history), DOES still exist on this 2015 anniversary version, per my own viewing. Basically, the word "for" is missing very early in the song, as in: "Everybody wishes for silver and gold"-- except that the word "for" isn't there. This same problem exists on this newest anniversary version, unfortunately, as it did in the prior BR (I own the 2012 Blu-ray as well, checked it yesterday, and this problem exists there, too).
In sum, for $20.00, this set is worth purchasing in order to have the 7 programs of content-- on Blu-ray in their best picture-quality ever-- despite the "Cricket" rip-off, the flaws introduced in this newest Blu-ray version of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," a flaw remaining on "Rudolph," and the use of a version of "Drummer Boy" that is slightly different from what we have seen on television for 47 years and vs. the VHS version.
Dan Daily is in top form in it, I think. In many of the movies where he's a song-and-dance man, he's not too interesting. But he gives a good, solid, dramatic performance here. The music, not a huge part of the movie, is good tunes -- not lame-o songs written specifically for the movie. "Somebody Stole My Gal," "You're In The Army Now," "You've Got Me This Way (Whatta-Ya Gonna Do About It)" by Jimmy McHugh and Johnny Mercer. Enjoyable.
"Up The River" -- a comic, enjoyable prison/convict movie. Spencer Tracy and Warren Hymer are cons with a kind of like-hate relationship. (Tracy double-crosses Hymer at every opportunity.) They "bust" out of prison, get thrown back in, and then various other complications ensue. Ultimately, the focus of the movie is saving a nice girl and others from being robbed by confidence men. The plot is entertaining, and I personally liked the comic touches.
Warren Hymer usually plays a comic tough guy, as he does here, and I always enjoy him. (He can be seen to good effect in "Meet John Doe," during the pretend baseball game.) Humphrey Bogart as a mere embryo is an inmate in love with the girl who must be saved from the con-men. He's good here, with less tough-guy edge than he would show later.
Worst part of the movie -- it's very chopped up with bits missing. It's from 1930, and the source material was not the greatest.
I think these are two very good, enjoyable movies, which I will watch more than once.
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