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Donny And Marie Osmond - The Donny And Marie 1978 Christmas Show [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bmg
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Nov. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JVT01A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,584 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Donny and Marie Osmond host their 1978 Christmas variety show, which includes the entire Osmond family. Features 14 Christmas songs including 'If Christ Should Come Tomorrow', 'Jingle Bells', and 'Silent Night'.

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My sister Jane surprised me with this this year, it blew me away!! Its not Christmas without the Osmonds Christmas cd playing away in the car, much to the disgust of my freinds and family, now I can enjoy watching the show every year as I wrap presents!! Watched by the whole family on Boxing Day, with the men critising constantly - funny how they never missed one corny classic moment. If you loved The Osmonds you will absolutely love this!
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I bought this because I collect all things Christmas and not because I'm an Osmonds fan. But I was pleasantly surprised. OK, it's quite 'cute' (and a bit cheesy!) but therein lies the Osmonds charm. This is a family who genuinely enjoy being together and it showed on the DVD. I especially enjoyed the Osmond wives musical number.
This DVD would be perfect for any Osmonds fan or for anyone who likes Christmas in general. A family Christmas "just like the ones we used to know". Who wouldn't want to be an Osmond at Cristmas!
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Can anyone tell me if this is supposed to be in colour or black & white. I was expecting colour but its not. I did enjoy it though all the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous. Mostly music and mostly great. No live performance. 8 Aug. 2009
By Larry Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall: Fabulous.

This is Donny & Marie's third Christmas special. This is not the one that features the outdoor concert, that's 1977.

It's almost wall to wall music. There are no non-musical comedy segments, no guest stars, and a minimum of talking, impressive. Sadly it does not feature any live performance.

Only one segment falls a little flat - the rooftop segment. The dancing and production is good, but the song isn't very good. Marie over acts in a style of performance that's really gone out of style now. As Donny relates in some interviews, he had to unlearn much of his performing style since it now seems passé. The constant smiling and overt playing to the audience. It's interesting to see Marie performing this way and inasmuch as it seems old fashioned that gives you some insight into your own evolution of taste.

The final two songs are sensational. An arrangement of "Silent Night" set against another tune and a final climax number with the entire family. Several other songs in the show are great.

Donny & wife Debbie sing "Three Times a Lady" to each other to very good results. Debbie sings in a slight Osmond style and way better than I expected, actually very good. Donny is electrifying in this piece and the saccharine level may move you, it did me.

The Osmond brothers appear throughout but do not get prominently featured. Jimmy gets a solo song and featured in a few other segments, he comes off well.

The concert segment is a relative disappointment, it isn't as ambitious as other concert productions from Donny & Marie had been. It doesn't feature any live performance at all and does not feature any instrumental sections. It's not that long. That said, it still delivers an electrifying Donny & Marie duet up front and when the duet adds in Jimmy for a third voice the voltage is just that much higher.

Even at this early stage (1978) the size of the Osmond clan is impressive with 2 parents, 9 children (most with associated wives), and a gaggle of grandkids.

The Osmond wives sing a number in the talent show segment and it's ok. It ups the saccharin content but for historical purposes it would have been better to see an ambitious Osmonds production.

The Osmond men sing through a comedy cooking segment production number. It's ok.

George & Olive sing a duet by themselves - yet another saccharine over music moment. It's not great singing but it's a nice moment.

There is an Osmond band segment during the talent show segment that comes off a little weak. It's painfully obvious that none of the instruments are actually being played. Merrill repeats yet again his banjo playing. Dad Osmond gets a bass solo which is just throwing it in our faces that we're watching air guitar. I don't know how good Donny is at piano but I'm pretty sure he's nowhere near as good as what we hear him play - we don't get to see his hands. Even so, it's good.

The religious content is not in your face - just standard Christmas fare from people that actually believe in it.

The overall effect, outside of the musical content, is pretty much as intended. The Osmonds come across as a tight, happy extended family with wholesome values and fun. There's some extra saccharin there but it's not so overdone that it's distracting.

Overall: A, but I was hoping for A++++
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A warm nostalgic look back 5 Dec. 2012
By Ava - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed taking this trip back to the 70's with the Osmond Family. It was a time of happiness and togetherness for all of them that they so generously shared with us.I especially loved seeing the Osmond parents singing together
(they both had beautiful melodic voices). It was nice, and a little sad sharing their fun times. I remember watching this Special on TV when my daughter was a baby and it brought me back to yesteryear when times were simple and happy.
Yet I know I will watch it again with tears in my eyes for many years to come. So have the Kleenex ready loll
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 3rd Donny and Marie Holiday Special. 10 Feb. 2008
By johnnyb - Published on Amazon.com
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This 1978 special is fun to watch if you're a true Osmond fan. I believe it only aired on ABC-TV once. It was Donny and Marie Osmond's third Christmas special that not only features the famed brother and sister duo, but their entire extended familes too, their brothers Alan, Wayne, Jimmy and Merrill along with all their wives and kids, Donny's new wife Debbie, and of course their parents George and Olive Osmond too.
The show resembles a set of their winter cottege in the mountains of Ogden, Utah. There are sketches where the brothers happilly sing even when they try to make Christmas meals, but things go apart very silly. Another sketch features Donny and Marie singing on stage at their own home-bulit stage studios in Utah with a live audience, and Santa too, of course. You just can't find these rare specials on TV nowadays, not even on the TV Land cable channel. The magic of DVD's, like this one, are the ones to find if you love 1970's nostalgia.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Donny and Marie 1978 Christmas Show 2 April 2007
By L. M. Thorne - Published on Amazon.com
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Brought back memories! I was suddenly 11 again and wishing I was married to Donny! I was thrilled to see that they made it into a DVD for home viewing and I certainly wish they could bring back the other previous Christmas shows before this one and any after? Also I am such an 'Osmond Nerd' (as I am nick named and I am very proud of it!) that I sincerely wish that they would just bring out the whole complete Donny and Marie Shows in whole!! Every Osmond fan would go nuts over that one and I'd be first in line!!! Please consider it I really would be so thrilled along with others!!!!! We love you Donny and Marie!!!!!!!

For anyone who loves the Osmonds this DVD is a keeper and done very well!! I have watched it over and over again and it isn't even December yet!! Thank you for bringing it out!!!!!

L.M.T. from Lakewood, Colorado
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved this one 7 Mar. 2008
By Kelly L. Grove - Published on Amazon.com
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The Donny and Marie 1978 Christmas Show i absolutely loved this DVD. Christmas with the Osmonds. Can it get any better than this? Christmas has always been about being with family sharing the holidays and remembering christmas's past. I truly enjoyed the skit where the osmonds were going to welcome the newest member to the family, Debbie, Donny's new wife. Then an Osmond brother says wait, Debbie's not the newest osmond, my son is, then another osmond steps in and says, no wait, your baby isnt the newest member, my baby is, then another osmond steps in claiming his baby is newest member. then yet a 4th osmond steps in with the youngest baby. I sat there smiling as it dawned on me, that all those little osmond infants are all now over 30 years old. wow. Osmond lovers this is a must have for your collection.
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