Finding holiday cheer this season is easy. Check out our favorite flicks on DVD.
Time is tight at the holidays, but setting aside an evening to curl up with the family with a classic DVD can be the perfect balm for a busy season.
“A Christmas Story”
Sure, you’re going to be able to find this movie on TV during the holiday season. But why not give this movie the status it deserves by reserving a night for the entire family to watch Ralphie’s quest for a Red Ryder BB gun?
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
For many it’s a TV Christmas Eve tradition, but for others who typically have family events on Christmas Eve or who are traveling that night, the story of George Bailey’s return from the brink and redemption is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Forget Jim Carrey. Boris Karloff is the true Grinch in this 1966 animated film of the Dr. Seuss classic. To extend the family fun, pair it with the original “Charlie Brown Christmas” ($19.98 DVD) for an evening of classic animated spirit.
“Life and Adventures of Santa Claus/Nestor The Christmas Donkey”
It wouldn’t be December without some Rankin/Bass stop-motion holiday fun, and this DVD provides two of the holiday specials that don’t get prime TV air time anymore. The first film of the double feature is based on a story by “Wizard of Oz” creator L. Frank Baum. Of course, the more standard Rankin/Bass specials, like “Rudolph” and “Frosty,” are available, too.
“Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas”
Kermit the Frog makes little more than a cameo appearance in this Jim Henson special about Emmet Otter’s quest to win a talent show and earn enough money to buy his mom a Christmas present. This heartfelt story features an enduring soundtrack and a touching, humorous story.