So I’m sitting here watching Elf (because my fiancee wanted to, it’s one of her favorite holiday movies) and going over my Christmas video collection and it got me thinking about what I *don’t* own and probably should. There’s actually not too much out there these days left for me to capture (after He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special, it’s kinda all downhill). Then again, if they start putting out Christmas episodes of random 80s sitcoms THAT could complete my life.
The Christmas Toy (1986) – WOWIE ZOWIE! Jim Henson’s The Christmas Toy! I was checking up on CDUniverse.com for holiday DVDs and staring me in the face was this classic which I feared was lost to time. This was hands down one of my favorite Christmas specials as a kid and our VHS copy was lost (or recorded over) at some point. I was afraid I’d never see this again (except on YouTube), but it was released to DVD on November 4. I’ll be picking this one up in the coming week.
Christmas With the Kranks (2005) – Yeah, yeah, I know. This movie bombed and got trashed by all critics and most viewers, but I happen to like it quite a bit, even if it is a bit predictable (and what’s with Tim Allen’s fixation with starring in Christmas movies?)
Jack Frost (1979) – This is one of my favorite Rankin Bass specials and it’s been on DVD forever (and released by many different companies) because somehow it fell into public domain. I bought my copy for like, $6 at FYE years ago. Warner Bros. (who owns half of the RB catalog, Sony owns the rest) just put out a remastered version and yes, I plan on buying it, if only to have a “proper” release and not something that looks like a bootleg.
Home Alone (1990) & Home Alone 2 (1992) – Home Alone is a modern holiday classic and one of my favorite movies of all time time. I’ve had it on VHS since the release, so I guess that’s why I’ve held off on buying it on DVD for so long. Perhaps, I can rectify that this season. And while, the sequel is a near carbon copy of the original, it has moments of charm and has a powerful nostalgia factor for me.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) – Another chapter of Tim Allen as Santa Claus, and again, it was not well received but I still like it. Is this the lesser of the trilogy? Yes, but it’s Christmas! It’s Santa Claus! It’s the North Pole! There’s an evil Jack Frost! What’s not to like?
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) – Well, it’s *about* Christmas. Not exactly something you want to sit down with the family to watch on Christmas Eve or Day, but hey, Santa Claus as the lead in a slasher movie works for me.