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White Christmas (Anniversary Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]

John Brascia , George Chakiris    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
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This semi-remake of Holiday Inn (the first movie in which Irving Berlin's perennial, Oscar-winning holiday anthem was featured) doesn't have much of a story, but what it does have is choice: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, an all-Irving Berlin song score, classy direction by Hollywood vet Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood), VistaVision (the very first feature ever shot in that widescreen format), and ultrafestive Technicolor! Crosby and Kaye are song-and-dance men who hook up, romantically and professionally, with a "sister" act (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to put on a Big Show to benefit the struggling ski-resort lodge run by the beloved old retired general (Dean Jagger) of their WWII Army outfit. Crosby is cool, Clooney is warm, Kaye is goofy, and Vera-Ellen is leggy. Songs include: "Sisters" (Crosby and Kaye do their own drag version, too), "Snow," "We'll Follow the Old Man," "Mandy," "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," and more. Christmas would be unthinkable without White Christmas. --Jim Emerson

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Two talented son-and-dance men (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This review refers to the Widescreen Collection(Paramount)DVD edition of "White Christmas"...
This DVD should be held up as an example of what DVDs are all about.The transfer and restoration of this 50 year old film is superb. It is the reason we are willing to spend a little more to upgrade from VHS and are awed when we see the wonderful results. Filmed in "VistaVision", the widescreen picture lets you take in every scene of this wonderful classic from edge to edge. The picture is clear, sharp and in glorious technicolor.The colors are beautiful and vibrant.
You have the choice of viewing it in DD5.1 surround or the restored Mono. For those looking for some special features, Rosemary Clooney helps out with a retrospective interview and also commentary. There are English subtitles for those needing them and may also be viewed in French(mono).
The film is a treasure in itself. Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye,Rosemary Clooney,and Vera-Ellen are the stars of this 1954 musical with songs by Irving Berlin that you'll want to sing along with and keep humming long after the film has ended. Directed by Michael Curtiz it's a feel good film that although takes place during the Christmas season, is one that you can pull out and watch anytime of the year.
Bing and Danny were Army buddies, now a successful song and dance team and are out to help their favorite old retired General(Dean Jagger),who is having trouble coping with retirement. The General is now running a country inn in Vermont, but the big problem is there is no snow to bring up the tourists. Bing and Danny to the rescue, as they turn the inn into a showcase of talent, and fall for the Haines sisters along the way. Can these wonderful voices also bring the snow out of the sky?...well..you know.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Ok, I saw this flick when it was first released. Since that time I CAN'T consider Christmas complete unless I watch this movie at least 2 or 3 times. No, it's not the Greatest Movie Ever Made, but it's so darn enjoyable; director, cast, and crew just seem to do everything right. I prefer the VHS tape to the 2000 DVD release; the DVD has slightly greyed color with (apparently) a bad yellow layer in the master negs. My DVD players have OK color controls that correct this (even though yellow is the worst color to try to correct with most consumer-grade equipment), but the DVD image has two other problems -- most scenes show an irritating flicker and vignetting in corners, with too much contrast overall that makes for glossy noses, shiny foreheads, and other glazing effects on highlights. The DVD flicker (it showed up on 3 players and 4 tv sets) and vignetting are truly irritating, spoiling what is otherwise a very good 4-star movie and a good old-fashioned Christmas story. If you have an above-average VHS player, stick with the remastered tape. The DVD looks even worse on HDTV, and S-video or composite hookups don't help (Looks worse on S-video). I tried 2 copies of this DVD, both had the same problems. The defects are slight; many viewers won't notice, but those who do seldom fail to comment. The image doesn't stop this very pro cast from Paramount from doing a wonderful job with what is essentially 1950's fluff, but who cares? Berlin's music is wonderful ("The Best Things Happen When You're Dancing" has to be one of the most perfect Hollywood-musical songs ever written), even Dean Jagger makes his predictable lines ring true. Crosby and Kaye are quite good together, and Rosemary proves that the old way of just singing a song with sincerity beats hysterical wailing any day. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
I'd really like someone over at Paramount to email me and explain why all of their Vistavision "high motion picture fidelity" DVD transfers look as though they have been fed through a meat grinder. "White Christmas" is the annual holiday right-of-passage that follows the exploits of two G.I's , turned Broadway showman. Together, they bring their latest hit to a quaint inn in Vermont and save it from going out of business. The film stars Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney and is riddled with the kind of Christmas magic that one doesn't seem to get from later film fare based around holiday themes. No! This is not the first time the world heard the title tune. That honor belongs to "Holiday Inn" a 1942 musical with Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby also from Paramount but available on DVD through Universal studios.
Paramount has done a down right injustice to this movie on DVD. Colors are not well balanced, shifting in range and consistancy from scene to scene. Just watch the 'Sisters' number to see how Clooney's and Ellen's dresses shimmer from sky blue to aqua-marine. Some colors, like the red santa uniforms used for the final production number, are orangy red and bleach out the rest of the scene in a mess of undistinguishable browns, beiges and really, really soft greens. Also, a disturbing amount of pixelization and edge enhancement really give the film a hard edged look. The soundtrack has been remixed to 5.1 but is strident, scratchy and poorly balanced. There's a featurette which basically amounts to Rosemary Clooney (the only surviving cast member at that time)spouting off about how great everybody was and what a joy it was to be in the film. Yeah, whatever! A theatrical trailer comes with it. Big whoop!
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5.0 out of 5 stars White Christmas [1954] [Blu-ray] [US Import]
White Christmas [1954] [Blu-ray] [US Import] White Christmas is a treasure of IRVIN BERLIN classics, among them “Count Your Blessing Instead of Sheep,” “Sisters,” “Mandy” and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Classic
This is another great clissic that my family loves to watch at Christmas. Very happy to own my own copy.

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Published 3 months ago by Cecil Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Gift for my father
My father loves Christmas movies and tries to watch them on television whenever he can, but now he can watch his own copy whenever he wishes to.
Published 3 months ago by Robsha
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Published 6 months ago by escanga10
5.0 out of 5 stars Un grand classique!
À chaque Noël, je ne peux m'empêcher de visionner ce film, depuis au moins 10 ans. J'aime beaucoup les numéros de danse et la musique, je ne m'en lasse pas. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Denise Bélanger
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie
I use to watch this movie every year..
I cannot find it on T.V. anymore. I can now
watch it every year again at Christmas time.
Published 7 months ago by Carl Jorgensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing to see this favorite classic in blu-ray. The colors were so vivid. A must have for all White Christmas fans.
Published 7 months ago by Jane Southwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a winner!
Every Christmas for the past number of years, the family has enjoyed 'kicking off' the Christmas holidays by taking in this familiar production. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeff T.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Classic
Despite not being a fan of all the singing & dancing this movie is a time capsule from a simpler time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by James Angus
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightening fast shipping
What a wonderful movie and it arrived within three days!! I had it in time to watch it while we were decorating the Christmas tree.
Published 7 months ago by Redhed
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