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Miracle on 34th Street [Blu-ray] [1947] [US Import]


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  • Actors: John Payne, Gene Lockhart, Edmund Gwenn
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029XFNA8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,921 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The original 1947 version of this Valentine Davies story follows the misadventures of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) as he gets a job playing Santa Claus at Macy's department store in New York City. Natalie Wood is the little girl who tells him she doesn't believe in Santa, and Maureen O'Hara and John Payne are the couple who help Kris through a trial in which he must prove he's the jolly fellow from the North Pole. A sweet movie and perennial Christmas favourite, Miracle on 34th Street is one of those films that gets under your skin and must be revisited every so often. --Tom Keogh

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 27 Nov 2003
Format: DVD
Since "Miracle on 34th Street" begins with the Macy's parade on Thanksgiving Day, it is the obvious movie to watch on Turkey Day to begin the Christmas season (when you watch "White Christmas," your favorite version of "A Christmas Carol," and "It's a Wonderful Life" is up to you). I know am not alone in my belief that Edmund Gwenn IS Kris Kringle, which means he IS Santa Claus. Of course they gave Gwenn the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1948, but the film also won Oscars for Best Writing, Original Story (Valentine Davies) and Best Writing, Screenplay (George Seaton). Maureen O'Hara plays Doris Walker, a single mom who insists on bringing up her daughter Susan, played by adorable Natalie Wood in one of the great childhood performances of all time, in a no-nonsense manner, which means no fantasy, no fairy tales and certainly no Santa Claus. Boy, is she ever wrong, although it takes Kris longer to convince the mother than it does to work his magic on the daughter.
This version of this classic holiday film offers up the long trailer in which the publicity department tries to figure out how to market the film to the masses, which is a nice added bonus. You have to remember that the head of the studio had the delusion idea that since this was a good movie it should be released in May because that is when more people watched movie. However, the point of owning "Miracle on 34th Street" is to be able to watch it when it best fits your holiday schedule and cry over your favorites scenes. The best times to cry during this movie are as follows: (1) When Susan overhears Kris talking Dutch to the little refugee girl; (2) When Mr.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 18 Nov 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Since "Miracle on 34th Street" begins with the Macy's parade on Thanksgiving Day, it is the obvious movie to watch on Turkey Day and begin the Christmas season. I am not alone in my belief that Edmund Gwenn IS Kris Kringle, which means he IS Santa Claus. Of course they gave Gwenn the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1948, but the film also won Oscars for Best Writing, Original Story (Valentine Davies) and Best Writing, Screenplay (George Seaton). Maureen O'Hara plays Doris Walker, a single mom who insists on bringing her daughter Susan, played by Natalie Wood in one of the great childhood performances of all time, in a no-nonsense manner, which means no fantasy, no fairey tales and certainly no Santa Claus. Boy, is she ever wrong.
The best times to cry during this movie are as follows: (1) When Susan overhears Kris talking Dutch to the little refugee girl; (2) When Mr. Macy admits under oath on the witness stand that he believes Kris to be Santa Claus; (3) When Susan writes "I believe in you too" on Susan's letter to Kirs; (4) When Susan yells, "Stop, Uncle Fred! Stop!" and (5) when Fred sees the cane in the corner. Please feel free to add others to this list as you see fit. Now, excuse me, as I have to go dry my eyes and remember that some films have become holiday classics for good reasons and that remaking something in color does not mean just because it is new it is improved.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Renate on 9 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
This is one of the oldest and best-known christmasmovies ever, so I really wonder why I waited until this year to see it. From now on, I will see it every year, `cause it`s one of the best christmas movies I`ve ever seen!

It`s about a little girl who doesn`t believe in Santa Claus, probably because her mom manages the christmasparade every year and tells her daughter about the Santa`s she have to rent, and how bad they are. The mom is also a very realistic person who thinks we should only believe in the things we know for a fact, and that imagination is unnecessary.
But this year a Santa appears as if from nowhere, and her mom hires him for the parade and for the mall. The little girl goes with her neighbour to see Santa at the mall and after talking to him she`s starting to wonder if he really is Santa Claus, as he claims to be...
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec 2001
Format: DVD
Whilst I don't agree with the other review that John Payne playes Kris Kringle (it was Edmund Gwenn) I completely agree that this is one of the greatest feel-good movies. Although the more recent version was okay, this original version has much more humour and charm. This is the type of movie you watch to cheer yourself up, whether xmas is around the corner or not! Very highly recommended.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By P. Field on 13 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
If you want to see a really good old-fashioned Christmas film, this is the one for you! Much better than the remake, even though it's in black and white. Bound to make everyone wonder about the reality of Father Christmas (and we all really want him to be real). Just sit back and enjoy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "nikkishearer" on 13 Oct 2002
Format: DVD
This film can really bring out the believer in all of us. To see Christmas once again through a childs eye. At the start a cynic due to the pressures of an adult who has forgotten what it is like to be a child. By the end even a cynic will be converted. This film was made all the better by he updated version which could bring a tear from the hardest heart.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
will not bore you with a recap of the whole movie or state which is obvious to all that this 1947 black and white movie is one of the major Christmas Classics.

Kris Kringle (Edmond Gwenn) is appalled to find a Santa preparing to be in the Thanks Giving Day parade is intoxicated. Kris is hired to play the part of him self. He befriends a child Susan (Natalie Wood) who does not believe in Santa or the tooth fairy or giants. His employer Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara) is dubious of her decision to hire him after learning that he believes he is Santa. In the spirit of Christmas he brings two rival stores together and is in the process of bringing the girl around to believing. Naturally I left out many other controversial questions and fun scenes. Among them is one where a Dutch girl recognizes him as Santa and he speaks Dutch to her.

Through a few misunderstandings he is put on trial and must prove he is Santa. Can his friend, who happens to be a lawyer, prove this? If not what will happen to him? What effect will this have on Susan? Or you?
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