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2.0 out of 5 stars Missing Scenes, 27 Dec 2009
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This review is from: The Holly & The Ivy [DVD] (DVD)
The video came on time and with that there was no problem. When we watched the video we noticed two scenes had been left out which disapointed us as we know and love the film. Scene one that was missed out was the nativity scene with the children and scene two was the carol singing outside the womans house, We believe that these are an integral part of the film. Is this an underlying plot not to show christian christmas values we wonder?. We will not be using that DVD again we will use the one that we recorded from the television
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Initial post: 18 May 2010 20:11:14 BDT
I agree with this review. I was very excited when I saw that this film had been released on DVD because it is one of my favourite films, and my existing copy, recorded from the tv, is not good. I noticed the cut scenes immediately. What is the point of spending the time and trouble copying a film onto DVD and then leaving out scenes? Is film length really an issue? And if it is a question of taste then at least offer the two versions to allow viewers make their own choice. Such a bizarre action by the DVD makers. I wish I'd seen this review before purchasing the DVD because I would not have bothered. As it is, I have chosen not to watch it a second time and have gone back to my unedited tv version.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2010 01:29:09 GMT
S. Rowlands says:
most interesting - i shant bother buying it now. thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2010 12:15:45 GMT
B. A. Munro says:
thanks, i wont buy it now

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2010 09:43:39 GMT
Chris H says:
How disappoing that, at a time when English films are showing up on DVD, albeit not as quickly as one would like, that the chance has been missed with The Holly and the Ivy. Have the manufacturers given an explanation for this? Perhaps one should seek out a video of it instead, if that has not been cut.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 11:36:10 GMT
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Posted on 22 Feb 2013 11:22:18 GMT
Brian says:
I purchased this film in October 2012 and watched it on Christmas Eve. Unless this review refers to two additional scenes, I can confirm that the DVD I watched has both a nativity scene and a carol singing scene. The nativity scene is where Johnson is preapring the nativity scene and Gregson comes into the church to talk to her. The children/choir are singing 'The Holly and The Ivy' and Johnson stops Gregson from talkiing to listen to the carol before they leave the church vestry. The carol singing scene has Johnson sitting by the fire with Richardson and she gets a sixpence from the mantelpiece to give to the carol singers. The scene ends with even the curmudgeonly Aunt Bridget (Delany) dropping a coin into the carol singers' collecting box. Are these the scenes that seem to be missing from some versions (but not my copy), or are there additional ones that are missing?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2013 13:34:41 GMT
S. Lord says:
No the scenes that are missing is where the nativity is being enacted by the children and the little boy who I think is a shepherd has to lift his feet (which I think are shoeless) because of the cold floor. The children choir is singing at a house and they get told to leave by the woman householder and then the soldier comes along and knocks on the door in his army uniform and starts singing with the choir. On realisation that the choir is now fronted by an adult army person she now gives the money to the choir

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2013 21:59:14 GMT
Brian says:
Ah, thanks for the clarification. Indeed, it seems odd that such scenes would be removed!
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