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I can't recommend this highly enough! Four great films on two double-sided discs. While the Christmas content varies from film-to-film, this set is just right for curling up on a comfy chair on a Sunday afternoon in December.
A Christmas Carol - This was the first big American production of the classic Christmas story. I was really impressed with this. Many agree that the Alistair Sim version is the definitive one but this isn't far behind.
Christmas in Connecticut - The story is that a housewife and mother writes a magazine column about her life in the country. In truth she's a single journalist living in the city. With the owner of the magazine coming over to stay at Christmas, she has to invent a whole new life for herself!
The Shop Around The Corner - This stars James Stewart as shopworker who doesn't realise that his pen-pal actually works in the same shop. This is James Stewart's film - you're rooting for him just as much as his most famous part, George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life. This is the film that 'You've Got Mail' was based on.
It Happened On 5th Avenue - This is about a various people with no home who squat in the summer home of a millionaire property developer. Unbeknown to them, the owners daughter is also living with them. This is perhaps the weakest of the four films but it's still enjoyable to watch.
There a few DVD extras - Jackie Gleason in 'The Christmas Party' at which a number of Hollywood stars attend. Also included are the shorts 'Star In The Night' and 'Peace On Earth'. These are such good extras and not just fillers. Star In The Night is basically a 20th C Nativity and very good it is. Peace On Earth is a cartoon from 1939 about two squirrels whose grandfather tells them about WW1 voiced by Mel Blanc.
This collection has been well put together. If you know someone who loves It's A Wonderful Life, buy them this. They'll love you for it! BTW, although the front cover is in colour, all the films are in black and white.