VCI Home Video // 1989 // 60 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Clark Douglas // December 11th, 2008
"Start a new family holiday tradition!"
(Of what, sitting around and watching this dull DVD?)
There is very little to say about this release, but I offer you the nine things you need to know.
1. VCI Entertainment is offering up DVD called The Sights and Sounds of
Christmas Classic Holiday Sing-Along. The DVD offers familiar Christmas
songs with a variety of holiday-themed still images as visual accompaniment.
2. The lyrics to each song are printed on the screen, and a bouncing ball invites us to sing along.
3. The following songs are included on the disc:
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" -- Kennard Ramsey
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" -- The London Symphony Orchestra
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" -- Pat Boone
"O Christmas Tree" -- The London Symphony Orchestra
"O Come All Ye Faithful" -- The London Symphony Orchestra
"Jolly Old St. Nicolas" -- Kennard Ramsey
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" -- Bob Krogstad
"Joy to the World" -- Eric Rogers Chorale
"White Christmas" -- Bing Crosby
"Deck the Halls" -- The London Symphony Orchestra
"Winter Wonderland" -- Connie Francis
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" -- Kennard Ramsey
"What Child is This? (Greensleeves)" -- The London Symphony Orchestra
"Silent Night" -- Bob Krogstad
"Away in a Manger" -- The London Symphony Orchestra
"The First Noel" -- The London Symphony Orchestra
"Sleigh Ride" -- Kennard Ramsey
"The Christmas Song" -- Nat King Cole
4. The very traditional selection of music provides pleasant listening. The
"visual aid" adds next to nothing.
5. Two vintage Christmas shorts are considerably more interesting than the main program. First up is the cheesy "Three Wise Boys" (30 minutes), a black and white short film in which a few kids experience the joys of Christmas. We're also given "The Music Album" (9 minutes), another B&W short featuring a choir singing religious carols. The sound is horrible on this second short, but at least we have a moving image.
6. If you desperately need a DVD to play in the background at Christmas, this will do the trick. However, no one is actually going to sit down and watch this thing. Well, except folks such as myself and Judge Brett Cullum, because that's our job.
7. This DVD has nothing to do with my DVD Verdict Presents podcast, "The Sounds and Sights of Cinema," which I am now shamelessly pimping. It features lots of music and no bouncing balls. Give it a listen sometime.
8. Transfer: Mediocre. It doesn't matter, really...but there are some flecks and scratches. Audio: Adequate; roughly the same as listening to a CD.
9. The DVD is kind of guilty. It works as a stocking stuffer, but only if you need to fill the exceptionally big stocking of a person you aren't all that crazy about.
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Studio: VCI Home Video
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* English (Follow the bouncing ball)
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Release Year: 1989
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Christmas Shorts
* VCI Description