Formal reviews of some of these titles may be coming in the next few weeks, but for now, here’s a sampling of some of E1’s recent DVD releases. All of them in their own way would make great Christmas gifts.
The Christmas Choir - on DVD October 13th
The Christmas Choir is a Hallmark presentation. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Based on a true story, The Christmas Choir is the inspiring account of how one man can make a remarkable difference simply by giving of himself. Workaholic accountant Peter Andrews (Jason Gedrick) has overlooked Christmas, friends and even his fiancé for far too long. As a result, his life begins to fall apart. But a chance encounter with a homeless man named Bob (Tyrone Benskin) changes everything and inspires Peter to start a choir that eventually goes on to enormous success. With the help of the unconventional Sister Agatha (Rhea Perlman) and his newfound friends at the shelter, Peter learns that Christmas is not a season but a state of mind and that everyone deserves a second chance at life and love.”
The Night Before Christmas - on DVD November 17th
If you’ve got young kids, than they might like the two-disc set from Scholastic, The Night Before Christmas. It features twelve read along Christmas stories, narrated by people like Anthony Edwards and Christopher Lloyd.
Holiday Fireplace in HD - on DVD November 24th
And now for something completely different, Holiday Fireplace in HD. Featuring 3 different soundtracks of classic Christmas carols, and images of a flickering flame in HD. Though not much actually happens throughout this entire DVD, I’m still recommending it for it’s target audience.
Knut & Friends - on DVD December 8th
Knut & Friends is a nature documentary, based on the true story of a polar bear cub named Knut. Here’s the official synopsis:
“You’ll fall in love with Knut, the world’s most famous polar bear, in this true-life story of the adorable cub who overcame overwhelming odds to survive. Come along as a caring Berlin zookeeper takes the baby bear under his wing – feeding him by bottle, giving him tub baths and a nice cuddle, and even jumping into the water with him for a swim lesson. Contrasted with the harsh reality of life in the Arctic for a trio of polar bear newborns and the endearing adventures of two orphaned brown bears getting into all kinds of mischief, this stirring, beautifully photographed journey of family, survival and love will touch your heart.”
The Fox and the Child - on DVD December 8th
From the Academy Award winning director of March of the Penguins, Luc Jacquet, and narrarated by Kate Winslet, this film is part nature documentary, and part adventure. Here’s the official plot synopsis:
“On a beautiful fall morning, walking along on a country road, a little girl comes upon a small wild fox. Fascinated, she cautiously approaches it. For a moment, the barriers separating the child and the animal are all but erased. And so begins one of the most beautiful and unforgettable friendships ever told on film. With the fox’s help, the girl will discover an untamed secret world... An adventure that will change her life, her view of the world, and our own.”