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Holiday Home Entertainment Definitive Guide September-November 2009

Sept. 1

The Fourth Wise Man VISION prebook now; DVD $19.99 Family: A Magi (Martin Sheen) sees a sign in the heavens that he hopes will lead him and his faithful servant to the Messiah.

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Sept. 8 

The Original Christmas Classics Limited Keepsake Edition
CLASSIC/GENIUS prebook 7-28; DVD $39.98
Family: Includes Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and The Little Drummer Boy.

Sept. 22

The Secret of the Nutcracker BFS prebook 8-25; DVD $19.98 Family: Adapted from E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic novel.

Sept. 29

WordWorld: Happy Holidays WordFriends
NCIRCLE prebook 9-1; DVD $6.99
Family: Includes two episodes, “The Christmas Star” and “A Christmas Present for DOG.”

Oct. 6

A Charlie Brown Christmas Deluxe Edition WARNER prebook 9-1; BD $29.99 Family: This 1965 TV special is about Charlie Brown trying to find the true meaning of Christmas.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas Deluxe Edition WARNER prebook 9-1; BD $29.99 Family: This 1966 TV special is about Grinch, a bitter, cave-dwelling creature, who tries to ruin Christmas in Whoville.

Frosty Friends HIT/LIONSGATE prebook 8-9; DVD $14.98 Preschool: Kids can bundle up with their favorite preschool pals from Hit.

Home Alone 2 FOX prebook 9-9; BD $34.99 Family: Kevin McCallister is back, as are the Wet Bandits, but this time they are all in the Big Apple.

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown WARNER prebook 9-1; DVD $19.98 Family: In this TV special, Rerun wants a dog for Christmas.

Little Spirit GENIUS prebook 8-25; DVD $16.95 Family: When a friendly cabbie (Danny DeVito) tells two young sisters the story of a boy who moved to Manhattan, a magical adventure begins.

Miracle on 34th Street FOX prebook 9-9; BD $34.99 Family: In this 1994 remake, when a little girl meets a department store Santa, she is given something to believe in.

A Miser Brothers’ Christmas WARNER prebook 9-1; DVD $19.98 Family: Snow Miser and Heat Miser are framed for an accident involving Santa, and the two brothers must fill in for him in this TV movie.

VeggieTales Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving BIG IDEA/GENIUS prebook 8-25; DVD $14.93 Family: Tells the story of St. Nicholas, the world’s great giver, and features a duet by Amy Grant and the song’s writer, Matthew West.

Oct. 13

Barney Tee-Riffic Holiday Collection HIT/LIONSGATE prebook 9-16; DVD $19.98 Preschool: Barney stars in this special holiday collection.

Bob the Builder: Building Crew Holiday Collection HIT/LIONSGATE prebook 9-16; DVD $19.98 Preschool: Bob the Builder has some holiday fun in three snowy tales.

Christmas Story LIGHTNING/ANCHOR BAY prebook 9-10; DVD $19.97 Family: Reveals the untold story of Santa’s life, as he overcomes personal tragedy and hardship in his youth to develop a big and pure heart filled with love for children around the world.

Gotta Catch Santa Claus LIONSGATE prebook 9-16; DVD $19.98 Family: William Shatner voices Santa in this story of a boy who sets out on a mission to catch St. Nick in order to prove his existence.

Home for Christmas FIRST LOOK prebook 9-9; BD $19.98 Family: Transforms the TV into a cozy fireplace with soothing Christmas music.

Last of the Summer Wine: Christmas Specials 1978-1982 BBC/WARNER prebook 9-8; DVD $24.98 Comedy: For Foggy, Compo and Clegg, the holiday season is no exception for wild adventures, gross misunderstandings and good old-fashioned fun.

My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure SHOUT! FACTORY/VIVENDI prebook 9-14; DVD $14.99 Preschool: All the ponies can’t wait for the Winter Wishes festival, where the Wishing Star grants each pony one special wish.

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving SONY prebook 9-3; DVD $24.96 Family: Based on the short story by Louisa May Alcott.

Thomas & Friends: Sodor Friends Holiday Collection HIT/LIONSGATE prebook 9-16; DVD $19.98 Preschool: Travels down the tracks for cheery holiday adventures through the Island of Sodor.

Oct. 20

In Search of Santa Claus: The True Story SMITHSONIAN/INFINITY prebook 9-15; DVD $9.98 Documentary: This family title explores the story of St. Nick.

Oct. 27

Holiday in Buenos Aires: Felicidades & Jews in Space FACETS prebook 9-29; two-DVD $39.95 Family: Buenos Aires is the setting for these two comedy dramas about trying to connect with loved ones.

Nothing Like the Holidays ANCHOR BAY/STARZ prebook 9-24; DVD $29.98, BD $39.98 Comedy drama: John Leguizamo stars in this film about a Puerto Rican family in Chicago who may be celebrating their last Christmas together.

Nov. 3

First Christmas VIVENDI prebook 10-6; DVD $19.99 Family: This story is told through the imagination of a young girl who discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

Scruff: A Christmas Tale BKN/IMAGE prebook 10-6; DVD $9.97 Family: Scruff learns the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of friends and sharing.

Thomas & Friends Holiday Express HIT/LIONSGATE prebook 10-7; DVD $16.98 Preschool: Thomas enjoys snowy adventures on the Island of Sodor in this release packaged with an exclusive holiday train.

Nov. 10

A Christmas Carol BKN/IMAGE prebook 10-13; DVD $9.97 Family: Charles Dickens’ holiday classic is told in CGI animation.

Magical Christmas Collection BKN/IMAGE prebook 10-13; DVD $14.98 Family: Four children’s stories filled with animals, love and original songs.


Buddies with Santa

Disney’s talking-puppy Buddies franchise is celebrating the holiday season with the made-for-disc Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws. “The marketing campaign will be one of the biggest ever behind one of our Buddies films,” says Gabrielle Chamberlin, senior VP of marketing, North America, for Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. “This will be one of our tentpole releases for the fourth quarter.” With origins dating to 1997’s theatrically released Air Bud, the offspring Buddies took over in 2006 with Air Buddies and has become Disney’s No. 1 live-action franchise thanks to the subsequent Snow Buddies in 2008 and Space Buddies earlier this year. Santa Buddies is being released as a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack, on DVD, in a DVD/plush gift set and in a DVD four-pack with the other three Buddies films. Special features for the new title will include a sing-along to Christmas carols, and promotional partners will include Butterball Turkey, Kernel Season’s Popcorn Seasoning and Aussie Pet Mobiles. In addition to extensive TV and online advertising and promotion, trailers for the film will appear in vet clinic waiting rooms. —Cindy Spielvogel

Nov. 24

Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws DISNEY prebook 9-29; DVD $29.99, BD/DVD combo $39.99, DVD plush set $64.99, DVD four-movie set $74.99 Family: The pups journey to the North Pole and experience a celebration of life and friendship.

VCI sings Blu Christmas Carol

VCI Entertainment is bringing its Christmas crown jewel, A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge, to Blu-ray Disc this year for the first time. The 1951 film is being made available in a high-definition film transfer from the original 35mm negatives, with digitally restored picture and sound. The Blu-ray package also includes a standard DVD version of the movie. —C.S.

Nov. 3

A Christmas Carol VCI prebook 10-2; BD $29.99, two-DVD $19.99 Family: Alastair Sim’s performance contributes to making the 1951 filmed version a renowned presentation.

Collections all wrapped up

Warner Home Video has several collections coming for the holidays. They include a holiday-themed release in the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection as well as three collections made up of relatively recent films, including one set of Blu-ray Disc holiday movies. Also on the slate is a 20th anniversary gift edition of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, available on either DVD or Blu-ray. Vacation will be packaged in a special tin including a replica of Clark Griswold’s holiday Santa hat, a set of holiday-themed drink coasters with quotes from the film, a box of faux snow and an “I survived a Griswold Family Christmas” button. Exclusive to the Blu-ray gift set is a collectible Moose figurine. —C.S.

Oct. 6

Essential Holiday Collection Blu-ray WARNER prebook 9-1; four-BD $99.99 Family: Includes Polar Express, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf and A Christmas Story.

Holiday Comedy Collection WARNER prebook 9-1; three-DVD $39.92 Comedy: Includes Elf, Fred Claus and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Holiday Family Collection WARNER prebook 9-1; three-DVD $39.92 Family: Includes The Polar Express, Happy Feet and A Christmas Story.

Oct. 27

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Ultimate Collector’s Edition WARNER prebook 9-22; DVD $39.92, BD $49.99 Comedy: When Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) tries to create an old-fashioned Christmas for his family, things don’t quite work out as planned.

Nov. 3

TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Holiday WARNER prebook 9-29; DVD $27.92 Family: Includes A Christmas Carol, Christmas in Connecticut, The Shop Around the Corner and It Happened on 5th Avenue.


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