White Christmas

Two talented son-and-dance men (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business.
Michael Curtiz
Rosemary ClooneyBing CrosbyVera Ellen
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Danny KayeDean JaggerMary WickesJohn BrasciaAnne WhitfieldHerb VigranGrady Sutton
Robert Emmett Dolan
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4.9 out of 5 stars

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Amazon Customer KebReviewed in the United States on December 28, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
CD NOT Included (though it's supposed to be)!!!
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I LOVE this movie, and it's beautiful in HD. Plus, I'm looking forward to watching the new special features. However, please be aware when purchasing the Diamond Anniversary Edition 4-disc set: while both Amazon as well as the back side of the Blu-ray's slipcover states that this is a 4-disc set with a "BONUS 12-SONG CHRISTMAS CD" included... this is NOT the case!!! I was disappointed to not find the CD, as it was the aspect to convince me to buy it this Christmas (I already own an earlier edition). I would like to figure out how to rectify this matter - whether it's for Amazon or Paramount to resolve this... ???

I've attached a photo showing the slipcover stating the CD info, next to the back side of the actual case (which makes no mention of the CD?). My guess is that this is mis-packaged with a 3-disc version of the set, at least this recent batch.

Another reviewer has already posted about this same issue, and tried a replacement/exchange with Amazon to just receive the same thing, so that's obviously not going to solve the problem. IF anyone else out there knows something about this, or what we can do to get our copy of the CD, please let us know!
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TBoneReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
CD NOT included
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First package arrived with no CD included. Requested replacement. Second package arrived with no CD included. I was probably one of the few people who actually wanted the CD that, according to the item description is supposed to be included. Description says four discs, but there are only three.

The movie itself is good, and my wife an I enjoyed the sing-along feature on the Blu Ray.
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steve_manassasReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The best Christmas movie musical ever made
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I don't know what happened to my earlier review - it got wiped for some reason (I did not delete it), but this movie is the best Christmas movie musical ever made. I enjoyed the movie on television growing up, first on NBC, then in local syndication, and acquired the [[ASIN:6300215695 White Christmas VHS tape]] in the early 1990s. I purchased the [[ASIN:B00004YNIX 2000 DVD]] at Best Buy, but had issues with several defective copies, until I finally received a suitable replacement from Paramount Home Video. In 2009, I purchased the [[ASIN:B002MU4NN6 White Christmas Anniversary Edition]] with an additional DVD of bonus features, and replaced it with the new Diamond Anniversary Edition in 2014. I did not have a Blu-ray player then; otherwise I would have purchased the [[ASIN:B00MMPB45Q Blu-ray]] edition.

Bing Crosby (Captain Bob Wallace), Danny Kaye (Private Phil Davis), Rosemary Clooney (Betty Haynes), and the always underrated dancer Vera-Ellen (Judy Haynes) are in top form. While not all of Irving Berlin's songs in this film are top-drawer, most are first-rate. Character actor Dean Jagger plays the gruff General Tom Waverly, the boys' former Army commander, who now owns the Columbia Inn in Pine Tree, Vermont, whom the four principals save from financial ruin by performing their show at the inn. The second disc contains all of the bonus features from previous editions, plus a few new ones, including a "virtual duet" between Bing and Michael Bublé. Rosemary Clooney's poignant commentary track from 2000 remains intact on the main DVD. The other documentaries include featurettes about Bing and his childhood home, Danny Kaye's life, including his showbiz career and his humanitarian work, the making of the movie and the writing of the song itself, a retrospective look back with the late Rosemary Clooney, a tour of Clooney's Kentucky home, the transformation of the film into a stage musical (see below) and a 1954 UNICEF documentary, ASSIGNMENT: CHILDREN, with Danny Kaye (introduced by Michael Bublé - the documentary can be played with or without the intro). There are also two theatrical trailers and several photo galleries. I had more detailed information in the review that was wiped; I tried to remember as much as could - my apologies to other customers for leaving any details out.

HISTORICAL NOTE: WHITE CHRISTMAS was the first movie released in Paramount Pictures' new widescreen format, VistaVision, which unlike its competitors, CinemaScope and Cinerama, was compatible with existing theaters and projection equipment. WHITE CHRISTMAS was supposed to be the third Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire musical for Paramount, following 1942's [[ASIN:B074Q1PKCY Holiday Inn (Blu-ray)]] and 1946's [[ASIN:B07485FCT8 Blue Skies]], but Astaire turned it down because he had just completed filming MGM's [[ASIN:B0007939MK The Band Wagon (Two-Disc Special Edition)]], and wanted to spend time with his family before starting another film project. Other accounts claim that Astaire had another commitment, was either ill or injured, and that he believed was too old for the part. Donald O'Connor was originally signed as Astaire's replacement, but suffered an injury, so Danny Kaye ended up with the role of a lifetime.

I watched the bonus disc again recently. Here are a few more details:

1) Bing's 1976 performance of "White Christmas," where he sings the seldom-heard opening verse. This was the last TV performance of the song aired during Crosby's lifetime; the 1977 special, BING CROSBY'S MERRIE OLDE CHRISTMAS, featuring the "Peace On Earth" / "The Little Drummer Boy" duet with the late David Bowie, aired after Bing's death.

2) The unadulterated 1971 performance of "White Christmas," without Michael Bublé, is from the NBC special, BING CROSBY: THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS. This special, the 1977 special, and two earlier specials from 1961 and 1962, are available on the DVD collection [[ASIN:B0041EVYYM Bing Crosby: The Television Specials, Volume 2]], which I own.

3) There is also a 1948 black-and-white performance of Bing singing "Silent Night," with a boys' choir. I don't believe this is available elsewhere.

4) There are two performances featuring Danny Kaye - one in black-and-white from 1963, featuring Danny and the late great Nat "King" Cole duetting on a jazzy version of "Jingle Bells," and a color performance from 1965, featuring Kaye's reading of an excerpt from Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Both of these performances are available on the DVD collection, [[ASIN:B00914ETQW Christmas With Danny Kaye]], which I also own.

This musical was later transformed into a stage play ([[ASIN:B000ICLTFA Irving Berlin's White Christmas]]). I purchased the original cast CD in 2010, and saw the stage play at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in December 2012. If the play comes to your area, go see it; it is excellent.

The aforementioned HOLIDAY INN, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, was recently made into a Broadway musical ([[ASIN:B06XWFCGDT Holiday Inn (Original Broadway Cast Recording)]]), which I own as well. An excellent television version was recently broadcast on PBS' GREAT PERFORMANCES series. Check your local listings or the PBS Web site for air times. A DVD/Blu-ray version of the same performance is available as a bonus disc with the 75th Anniversary Edition of the original movie.

I hope modern Hollywood never remakes this film. While there are contemporary performers who could do it justice - Michael Bublé, Kristin Chenoweth, Jane Krakowski, Sutton Foster, Harry Connick, Jr., and young dancers such as tappers Melinda Sullivan and Sarah Reich, to name a few - the last thing we need is to turn WHITE CHRISTMAS into a hip-hop mess, as Will Smith recently did with [[ASIN:B00R878NI4 Annie (Blu-ray)]]. The hip-hop generation has HAMILTON; that is enough.

Five stars for this terrific film.
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RobReviewed in the United States on December 23, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Poor video transfer, buy the Blu-ray instead
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This movie is a holiday must-watch and the film itself is a five star affair. The review is directed solely at the digital copy quality. I purchased this because I didn't want to dig out my Blu-ray player thinking it would be a better video transfer of the original film than the version available on Netflix. I have the Blu-ray disc, which is a stunning transfer of the original Techinicolor print that's so crisp and clear it almost seems 3D--and that's at 1080p, which both Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are completely capable of broadcasting. Alas, this is a crappy transfer. Bing's pinstripe plum suit in the middle of the movie looks solid black; Rosemary's eyes show blue only near the end; the edges of the picture are dark; the visual experience of this transfer is both obviously inferior and very distracting if you've seen the Blu-ray version. Save the money on this digital download and spend it on the disc, your holidays will be a lot better for it. And heed this review, because if you want to verify my statements on your own and press "Play" once on the digital download--even for one second of viewing--you cannot get your money back.
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Robert KReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Campy but heartwarming classic. Seen it 1000 times on TV but so great to watch it uninterrupted.
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YES, it's a spinoff from the 1940's "Holiday Inn" picture which paired Bing with Fred Astaire. Sometimes I wish Astaire could've been in this one, but Danny Kaye played the role well. The female dancers were excellent Vera Ellen was in incredible physical condition even for a dancer. Rose Marie Clooney was a fine complement to BIng Crosby's singing.
ALL the cast were great in this campy classic. Dean Jagger as The General was perhaps the best actor in this picture. His acceptance of his "Dear John" letter from the Pentagon telling him he's too old to re-up still hits home and brings a tear...BTW, Anne Whitfield, who plays the Generals Grand Daughter is still alive although now in her 80's.
A wonderful movie to watch at Christmas time. My Co-Fave wth the cinematic version of "It's a Wonderful Life".
Only thing I wish Amazon had was a copy of the RESTORED version because after having seen that on the Big Screen for the first time, I was amazed by the color, the lighting, and the original monaural soundtrack that really highlighted how fantastic Bing Crosby's vocal range was. Also, showcases Clooney's although she was used to doing jazz.
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Amanda YoungReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray case arrived cracked
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Overall I'm thrilled with the Blu-ray and the DVDs in the 3 disc set; but I'm disappointed that the blu-ray case they came in arrived so badly cracked that it made it difficult to open the case in order to watch the films contained inside. Thankfully none of the discs inside were damaged, so I'm only knocking off one star in the rating.
I can purchase a replacement case in future but can't afford it at the moment, so I'm not super thrilled that i'll have to deal with a cracked case til my next paycheck. But, it could have been worse. The discs weren't damaged so I'm not all that fussed.

Having said that, White Christmas has been a favorite film of mine since the age of 4 when my grandparents first showed it to me on Christmas eve, and it's absolutely marvelous seeing Danny Kaye in super hi definition in my favorite classic holiday film! The special features on the discs are marvelous, and I'm so happy they included Assignment Children, the documentary Danny made on behalf of UNICEF. It really looks wonderful in it's restored form.
This is a must have set for any Danny Kaye fan! Worth the money. Just have a few spare blu-ray cases on hand, just in case!
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MBReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Digital Code Did NOT Work
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Love this movie. But the digital code did not work. I bought this copy specifically because it came with the bluray and the digital code.
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Stan HeckReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Has a Holiday spirit most "Christmas Movies" will never have
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It is not the greatest movie ever made. It is not a collection of the best Irving Berlin Songs. However it has great production numbers and holiday spirit most "Christmas Movies" will never have! This is just a standard lets put on a show and save the ____ ! Great Moments come and go but the film pays off for the very slow parts. This film is just meant to entertain you not "Challenge Your Belief System". What is great about the film is the dancing and singing. When the scenes work they are "Out of this world". When they don't work its is as exciting as a fruitcake!
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