Friday, November 23, 2012

Movie {DVD} Review: Heavenly Christmas Film Classics


Welcome to the first day of the Sharing the Joy event here at The Christmas Spirit.  For full details of what I have in store during the event this season, visit this POST.  As promised, today I have for you a Christmas movie (DVD) review.  Enjoy!

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I was sent this wonderful DVD for review from Festival Films.  Here are the details:



The spirit of Christmas is gloriously captured in six inspiring stories of faith, family and friendship.
Note the choice of two covers -- classic Nativity scene or fatherly Santa Claus! Content in each is identical. Enjoy these trailers for the six films:


Silent Night: Story of the Christmas Carol
(1953) 13 min., color. Beautifully told true story of how Franz Gruber created the iconic 1818 Christmas carol.

Christmas is Magic
(1953) 24 min. Robert Hutton plays a war vet with amnesia who is taken in by widow Frances Rafferty and her son on Christmas Eve.

Star of Bethlehem
(1956) 12 min., color. Story of the Nativity beautifully narrated from the Gospels and told using the silhouette animation style of Lotte Reiniger. The film opens with the Holy Family traveling to Bethlehem and closes with the Wise Men bearing rich gifts, while a host of angels descend from the heavens.

Three Young Kings
(1956) 28 min. Episode of “DuPont Theater.” In Latin America three young boys follow a village tradition of carrying Christmas gifts to the mission church children in the costumes of the Three Wise Men. When they ride through the poor section of town, the boys decide to give the presents to the ragged children instead, causing a crisis in conscience in the community over the true meaning of giving.

Star of Bethlehem
(1954) 26 min. Produced, directed by and starring James Mason, with the participation of his wife, daughter Portland and other child actors. Mason and his wife first read sections from the bible that lead up to the birth of Jesus. He visits his daughter in bed and their discussion leads into an enactment of the Nativity starring a cast of children. Jerry Mathers plays Joseph. A heartfelt, inventive and personal religious project by a Hollywood star at the height of his fame.

Starlight Night
(1939) 30 min. Opulent British docu-drama about the creation of the famous Christmas carol centers on a stern father estranged from his daughter.

My thoughts:
This DVD is perfect for people like me who love Christmas.  It is for people who don't mind a little sentiment and also for people who believe the reason for the season.  These are rare film classics brought back for people to enjoy.  Each film is more like a short episode, instead of a full length film.  My favorites were Christmas is Magic, where a war veteran with amnesia meets a widow and her son and finds himself through the magic of Christmas, and Starlight Night, where a father estranged from his daughter learns to recognize what really matters.  They are all wonderful and would be a great way to introduce children to the story of the Nativity with the wonderful silhouette animation of Star of Bethlehem and to also teach them the secret of giving to those who are less fortunate with Three Young Kings.

The DVD is available on Amazon via this link:
A warm thank you to Festival Films for providing the DVD for review.  It will now take its permanent place among my Christmas DVD collection.

Always in spirit....

2 comments:

  1. Happy Holidays!!

    My tree is up. Christmas music is playing & we're watching The Grinch!

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  2. Love the idea of this. I'm going to have to look for it.

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