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White Christmas [Blu-ray] [US Import]


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Product details

  • Actors: Danny Kaye, Dean Jagger, Bing Crosby
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Oct 2014
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00MMPB45Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,351 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 4 Dec 2004
Format: DVD
"White Christmas" begins on the battlefield during World War II, on the fateful night when Danny Kaye saves the life of Bing Crosby and used the leverage to create what would be one of the most successful song-and-dance teams after the war. One night they check out the act of two sisters played by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, and the next thing they know the boys are on their way to Vermont where the girls are supposed to perform at a ski lodge. However, there are two big surprises up in Vermont: there is no snow and the inn which is threatened with financial ruin is run by General Waverly (Dean Jagger), their commander during the war. Of course, Bing is interested in pursuing Rosemary, while Danny is too busy trying to move that along to notice Vera-Ellen is after him.
This is one of the films I have to watch every Christmas or else the Holidays just do not seem right. Of course, this makes no sense because "White Christmas" does not seem like it has the makings of a Christmas Classic. The magic is due mainly to the songs of Irving Berlin, which in addition to the beloved title song includes "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Blue Skies" and "The Best Things Happen While Your Dancing." Since they are putting on a show, there are all sorts of production numbers from the rehersal and the performance. The most memorable might be the version of "Sisters" done by Crosby and Kaye (which Bing was not happy to do, but you will never know by watching the one take). For me, the reason to watch this film each year is to get to the end. There is just something about when Jagger comes down those stairs that gets to me. Nothing like a happy ending to get you in the mood for Christmas, with or without snow (fortunately, where I live, that is never a problem).
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By kazal.80@virgin.net on 12 Nov 2000
Format: VHS Tape
What a classic. I have always been a fan of musicals but White Christmas has always been my number one. I first watched it at about 13 and now I can say the script to you straight off. At only 22 now there are not many people whose favourite film in the entire world is one that features Bing Crosby. BIng Crosby and Danny Kaye bounce off of eachother incredibly well and I cant think of anybody who would play the part of Betty any better than Rosemary Connelly. I know that some people think that I am a bit of a soppy tart but hey, everyone has a soft side, Bing just does it to me in this film as I am certain that other women will agree. I would like to also point out that I have not been able to find a copy of the film in any of the shops .... thanks Amazon.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Feb 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
One of Hollywood's best; paper thin plot, poor continuity, but it is still so outstandingly good a musical you can forgive them anything.

This DVD version has good sound, but alas the picture has clearly not been re-mastered. Some weave and hop and film noise are still there at the start but disappear as you get deeper into the print. However, it is not as high a technical quality as Singin' In The Rain (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1952]. That being said this DVD of White Christmas is way, way better than my VHS copy.

An essential part of ones collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bl on 14 Dec 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
White Christmas is by no means an excellent musical. It is however a pleasant one. Seeing it on blu-ray is a new experience altogether though. White Christmas was the first film ever to be made in the 70mm VistaVision process, and the image quality, especially the sharpness and the vibrant colours are absolutely breathtaking. Watching White Christmas in high definition was like seeing the movie for first time, that's how big the difference is between a dvd version and this blu-ray.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Freeman on 24 Dec 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
WHITE CHRISTMAS remains the finest and most loved Christmas movie of all time. Great performances by all four principal stars, Bing's singing, Kaye's dancing and clowning, Clooney's beautiful voice and Vera-Ellen's ballerina dancing all contribute to an unforgettable experience.

But the best thing about this BluRay disc is the absolutely stunning quality of the picture. The Technicolor is as beautiful as it was in 1954, a lovely restoration, and it is as sharp as a needle - due of course to having been originally shot in VistaVision.

If you have a projector this movie can be blown up to a 12ft wide picture with pin sharp definition which actually beats a 35mm print of the same movie. I know, I have tried it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Miller on 1 Dec 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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 beloved holiday song “White Christmas.” In this incredible Blu-ray disc debut that you will find on this timeless musical, and Special Features that include backstage stories, and a look at the actors and more!

Two talented song-and-dance men BING CROSBY and DANNY KAYE, team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter, they join forces with a sister act ROSEMARY CLOONEY and VERA-ELLAN and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. Of course, there’s the requisite fun for the ladies, but the real adventure starts when Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye discover that the inn is run by their old army general, who’s now in financial trouble. And the result is the stuff dreams are made of!

FILM FACT: The song "Snow" was originally written for Call Me Madam with the title "Free," but was dropped in out-of-town try-outs. The melody and some of the words were kept, but the lyrics were changed to be more appropriate for a Christmas film. The song "What Can You Do with a General?" was originally written for an un-produced project called Stars on My Shoulders.

Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes, John Brascia, Anne Whitfield, Percy Helton, I.
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