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Christmas That Almost Wasn't
     

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

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Director: Rossano Brazzi, Paul Tripp, Alberto Rabagliati, Lydia Brazzi

Cast: Rossano Brazzi, Paul Tripp, Alberto Rabagliati, Lydia Brazzi

 
The warmly remembered 1966 musical family film The Christmas That Almost Wasn't comes to DVD from Henstooth Video with a standard full-screen transfer. The Dolby Digital soundtrack is rendered in English. There are no special features of any kind, but it's likely that nostalgic fans will still be pleased by this bare-bones presentation.

Overview

The warmly remembered 1966 musical family film The Christmas That Almost Wasn't comes to DVD from Henstooth Video with a standard full-screen transfer. The Dolby Digital soundtrack is rendered in English. There are no special features of any kind, but it's likely that nostalgic fans will still be pleased by this bare-bones presentation.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Beloved by many baby boomers, The Christmas That Almost Wasn't doesn't hold up as well as many other holiday films and TV specials. Truth to tell, Christmas was never a really good film, but children who experienced it near the time of its release tended to hold a special place in their hearts for the film, perhaps because the dire problem at the heart of the film -- the possibility of no Christmas this year! -- struck such a big chord with them. Whether modern children would also take Christmas so deep into their hearts is doubtful; the film looks cheap, which is more noticed by children nowadays, and the special effects are rather poor. More importantly, the plot -- never especially original -- is far too reminiscent of other Christmas shows. A stand out score would help, but Christmas's songs are merely pleasant -- and also quite predictable. Christmas does score points for its somewhat unusual take on Santa, as well as for an amusing credits sequence. And it has a fine cast, with Rosanno Brazzi quite memorable as the villainous Prune. Christmas is easy enough to watch; it's just not a great film.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
UPC:
0759731408721
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
G
Source:
Henstooth Video
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
17,559

Special Features

Presented in full frame format (1.33:1); Includes chapter search and interactive menus

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [5:22]
2. Santa's Problem [7:34]
3. The North Pole [5:32]
4. Phineas T. Prune [9:49]
5. Glad I'm Bad [6:28]
6. A New Job [9:53]
7. Toys, Toys, Toys [4:11]
8. The Plan [10:45]
9. One More Day [7:29]
10. A Miracle [11:03]
11. Special Delivery [12:40]
12. End Credits [1:37]

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The Christmas That Almost Wasn't 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
billtdd1 More than 1 year ago
This Movie is the BEST!! I remeber it as a Seasonal movie & think that it is one GREAT!! CLASSIC!! for Christmas like All the Miracel On 34th Streets & It's A Wonderful Lifewish they would show this insteed of that stupid Christmas Story movie everyone in the family will LOVE!! this