White Christmas
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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.

This semi-remake of Holiday Inn (the first movie in which Irving Berlin's perennial, Oscar-winning holiday anthem was featured) doesn't have much of a story, but what it does have is choice: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, an all-Irving Berlin song score, classy direction by Hollywood vet Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood), VistaVision (the very first feature ever shot in that widescreen format), and ultrafestive Technicolor! Crosby and Kaye are song-and-dance men who hook up, romantically and professionally, with a "sister" act (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to put on a Big Show to benefit the struggling ski-resort lodge run by the beloved old retired general (Dean Jagger) of their WWII Army outfit. Crosby is cool, Clooney is warm, Kaye is goofy, and Vera-Ellen is leggy. Songs include: "Sisters" (Crosby and Kaye do their own drag version, too), "Snow," "We'll Follow the Old Man," "Mandy," "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," and more. Christmas would be unthinkable without White Christmas. --Jim Emerson

Customer Reviews:

  • My Favorite
    This is one of my favorite movies. I asked for it for Christmas and no one got it for me so I had to get it myself. I wore out my VHS version. The product was inexpensive and came in a timely manor....more info
  • Love the movie
    For me this movie is such a classic, you can not get any better than this! The music, lyrics, choreography, story line, it all is quite simply the best!!!

    I would recommend this movie to everyone!...more info
  • Christmas Classic Comedy
    Contrary to popular belief, this is not the movie that launched the song "White Christmas," but was actually written to feature the Irving Berlin song. Though this movie is over 50 years old, it is one of the best Christmas Movies ever! The pairing of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye is a marvelous combination of wisdom and wit as well as song and dance! My favorite song in the show is done by Rosemary Clooney (George Clooney's mother) and Vera-Ellen -"Sisters"- which is outrageously parodied by Bing and Danny as they laugh their way through the number. Great for family entertainment before the holidays!...more info
  • Old Time Classic
    I have loved this movie ever since I was a young kid. It is a classic. I watch it every Christmas season just to get me in the spirit. We rarely get snow in South Carolina, but it helps to remind me a bygone days. It's just a fun little movie with some classic actors and actresses that are gone to movie heaven...at least, I hope. ...more info
  • My favorite Christmas movie
    Yes, I love How the Grinch Saved Christmas and The Christmas Carol and Home Alone. But this one has always been the favorite in my family. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye make a great team, the "sister act" provides the romantic angle and there are jokes (many of which are now family inside jokes), dancing and lots of singing! Not a very deep plot, but who cares? I hope this new DVD version will bring White Christmas a broader audience. Recommended for the whole family and particularly for those who like old musicals and snoooooow!...more info
  • "We'll follow the old man where ever he wants to go!"
    Back in 1954, director Michael Curtiz (1886-1962, who won the Oscar for Best Director for the 1942 film "Casablanca") directed a musical that has become a beloved Yuletide classic for many people (myself included): "White Christmas". With the all-star cast of Bing Crosby (1903-1977), Danny Kay (1913-1987), Rosemary Clooney (1928-2002), Vera Ellen (1921-1981) and Mary Wickes (1910-1995), the film is often regarded as an updated remake of the 1942 classic "Holiday Inn", which also starred Bing Crosby and featured the same classic Yuletide song, "White Christmas". Though the two films do have many similarities (they're both musicals with lots of song and dance and they both have two main male characters), there are sufficient differences in their respective plots to make each film a unique viewing experience.

    "White Christmas" begins on a World War II battlefield with soldiers performing a Christmas show for their fellow soldiers. The two starring soldiers are Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye). During the performance, all of the soldiers in attendance pay homage to their commander, General Thomas F. Waverly (Dean Jagger). The film then moves forward to its present day of 1954 where it finds Wallace & Davis as being very popular and successful on-stage song & dance performers. After one of their performances, they go to a nightclub where they a performance by two beautiful sisters: Betty Haynes (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera Ellen). Bob & Phil become infatuated with the pair (Phil more than Bob). They meet each other and Phil sneakily arranges for himself and Bob to go to Vermont, where the Haynes sisters are going, instead of their planned destination for their next performance. Bob isn't too happy initially with Phil's subterfuge, but relents and enjoys the trip with the Haynes sisters to the Vermont ski lodge. Sadly, when they arrive, there isn't any snow; but they quickly discover who owns the ski lodge: their former commander, the retired General Thomas F. Waverly, who is assisted by his daughter Anne Waverly (Anne Whitfield) and Emma Allen (Mary Wickes). The unfortunate lack of snow isn't very good for the ski lodges business, but Bob & Phil decide to help the retired general in the best way that they know.

    Songs by Irving Berlin in "White Christmas" include many wonderful and catchy tunes as listed below. (Vera Ellen's singing was dubbed by Trudy Stevens.)

    * "The Old Man/Gee I Wish I Was Back In The Army" (5 stars, performed by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and chorus).
    * "Sisters" (5+ stars, Rosemary Clooney, Trudy Stevens and chorus).
    * "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing" (4 stars, Danny Kaye with the Skylarks & chorus.)
    * "Snow" (5+ stars, Bing Crosby, Danny Kay, Rosemary Clooney, Trudy Stevens and chorus).
    * "Blue Skies/Mandy" (4 stars, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and chorus.)
    * "Choreography" (5 stars, Danny Kaye, the Skylarks & chorus.)
    * "Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep" (5 stars, Bing Crosby.)
    * "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me" (5 stars, Rosemary Clooney.)
    * "What Can You Do With The General" (5+ stars, Bing Crosby.)
    * "White Christmas" (5+ stars, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Trudy Stevens & chorus.)

    "White Christmas" has deservedly become an annual Yuletide classic that will be enjoyed by many generations to come. Overall, I rate the film with 5 out of 5 stars. Also on the DVD is an excellent commentary by Rosemary Clooney. Sadly, "White Christmas" was Vera Ellen's second-to-last film after she decided to retire from acting.
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  • White Christmas
    Ordered this dvd to replace my original copy that was loaned last year and never returned. It was great to end my Christmas Season with this tradional classic movie. Good quality, shipped promptly, good service....more info
  • So Nastalgic
    There are so many classic songs in this movie - White Christmas, and Sisters are two of my favorites. At Christmas time, or any time, this is a great family movie! (Though some of the outfits in some of the dance numbers would be offensive to more conservative watchers.)...more info
  • White Christmas Review
    Great classical Christmas movie. I really enjoy it, especially the songs. Great family movie....more info
  • White Christmas
    This is my all time favorite Christmas movie. I have watched this movie every year since I was a kid and I am 55. It is clean and happy and brings me such wonderful memories of Christmas's gone by. In todays crazy mixed up world, it helps me remember a happier, slower paced, kinder, cleaner, less complicated time. I can't imagin anyone not liking it. I watch it several times each Christmas season!...more info
  • White Christmas DVD
    This movie is great, and came in record time.

    It was a Christmas gift for my grandmother, and she was very surprised.
    Thank you, Amazon!...more info
  • Instead of dreaming of a White Christmas: watch it !
    This is a fun Christmas movie to watch with the family. Sure, its old-fashioned, but quality does hold up over time and this is quality! Who doesn't like a good ending with all the loose ends tied up like a pretty bow? What a nice way to spend a couple of hours with your loved ones....more info
  • A must-see Christmas movie for the whole family
    No holiday season would be complete without "White Christmas," with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen. With memorable songs by Irving Berlin, such as "Snow," "Sisters" and "Gee! I Wish I Was Back in the Army," it will leave you humming its joyful tunes for weeks afterward....more info
  • A Christmas Classic
    White Christmas, with its original cast, is a timeless classic. The DVD made a wonderful gift. The DVD was flawless....more info
  • Dear Paramount - A DVD-HD/BlueRay Version for 2008
    Dear Paramount,

    Please, oh please, restore and remaster this in HD.

    I love this movie. It is one of the best musicals ever because each song makes sense within the plot. The songs are so important to the great American song book that they go beyond the term classic.

    White Christmas deserves to be fully restored and preserved in full HD. I hope that by Christmas 2008, we have that edition.

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  • Christmas Classic Comedy
    Contrary to popular belief, this is not the movie that launched the song "White Christmas," but was actually written to feature the Irving Berlin song. Though this movie is over 50 years old, it is one of the best Christmas Movies ever! The pairing of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye is a marvelous combination of wisdom and wit as well as song and dance! My favorite song in the show is done by Rosemary Clooney (George Clooney's mother) and Vera-Ellen -"Sisters"- which is outrageously parodied by Bing and Danny as they laugh their way through the number. Great for family entertainment before the holidays!...more info
  • White Christmas
    White Christmas

    Who wouldn't love this movie? It is a clasic that one can not watch too many times!! It should be a part of everyones collection.

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  • Required Christmas Viewing
    What can anyone say about this timeless classic? Its a very predictable story from beginning to end, but the music and dancing are the best. This movie is a must for holiday viewing. The kids may get bored with it, but at some point, Mom will get teary-eyed. Sit back, relax, and enjoy! ...more info
  • Classic Holiday Musical
    The movie gets five stars, but I can't get used to this anamorphic widescreen version. The movie was restored several years ago and to me my VHS copy looks better than this one.

    Great Irving Berlin score. The plot is simple but charming. Leaving the Army after W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Phil makes it his mission to find Wallace a wife. They meet a pair of beautiful sisters (Clooney and Ellen) who also have a song-and-dance act. Bob and Phil follow the sisters to a Vermont lodge, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, as the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General. Many people think this is a remake of Bing's 1942 film, "Holiday Inn", but it really isn't. The only similarities are the song "White Chrismas" and the Vermont Inn is the remodeled Connecticut Inn used in "Holdiday Inn".

    Bing is his usual charming self, complete with his jazz lingo ad libs and beautiful singing voice. Parts of his big hits "Blue Skies", "Heat Wave" have been added to the score.
    A rather subdued Danny Kaye puts in one of his best performances. His singing is good and his dancing is ok.
    Vera Ellen does some wonderful dance numbers. People rave about "Mandy" and "The Best Things Happen While Your Dancing" but take a look at "Abraham"- she's incredible!
    Rosemary Clooney adds her near perfect voice and a commentary to this film....more info
  • Great Classis; Poor Quality DVD, Needs to be Restored
    Since my VHS copy is really old, I got this DVD as a free rental from Blockbuster to see if it is worth buying. A friend of mine has never seen it and I'm almost embarrassed to watch it with her. The video is muddy. the colors are dull. Why in the world would Paramount reissue this wonderful film with all its gloriously colorfull scenes and not restore it?
    I'll wait until paramount does right by it before I buy it....more info
  • Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Ellen - Doesn't get better than this!
    What a film, what a cast. I love hearing Rosemary Clooney reminisce and the film is even more terrific than I remember it from my childhood. ...more info
  • My favorite Christmas movie!
    If you haven't seen it, you have to. I have to watch it every Christmas. ...more info
  • White Christmas
    What's not to love about this movie? It makes me feel good every time I watch it............more info
  • White Christmas
    I had the VCR and wanted the DVD because it is such a lovely Christmas story....more info
  • White Christmas
    I had not seen White Christmas in many years and wanted to add it to my video library. Amazon offered the best price. Last night I settled down for the evening to watch White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. What a wonderful, good feeling movie! I throughly enjoyed the music, the story, and the beautiful scenery. I highly recommend this delightful movie. HN...more info
  • White Christmas Review
    White Christmas is a wonderful movie for the family! It has become a tradition in my family to watch it near or on Christmas Eve. It is a perfectly clean movie, with good laughs and great music. I would recommend this movie to anyone!!...more info
  • Classic Christmas Movie
    We love this movie and watch it nearly every year, however, we ordered this for a friend who was having trouble finding it on television or in the stores. Someone suggested Amazon, but she doesn't do Amazon and asked me to order it for her. She loves watching it every year. It is a heart warming story, and has great music....more info
  • White Christmas Repackaging
    This is a great Christmas and family classic. I love this movie and don't know of anyone personally who doesn't.

    However, as a fan of this movie, I must comment that I'm happy to see this movie come out in a collection seperate from the dreaded label of "WIDESCREEN COLLECTION" that many Paramount movies possess. Why Paramount was doing that to all their movies is beyond me, but over the last few months, they've begun to stop.

    However, this does not mean the DVD is a new release. This IS the exact same DVD release originally printed in 2000. The cover and slipcover are the only new features of this release. If you're like me who's anal retentive and wants to get a fresh crisp copy that's decorated only with words and art from the movie, this exchange may be worth the extra $10.00 or so, but only for that reason. If you already have the 2000 release and you're happy with it, this exchange would serve you no justice. ...more info
  • replacing old VHS
    Watching this movie while decorating the tree is a huge family tradition. I had a VHS and replaced it with this DVD....more info
  • White Christmas - DVD
    The DVD arrived quickly in time in fact to view it on the 12th day of Xmas..Good seller, good product.....more info
  • Extraordinary Entertainment!
    This IS Entertainment at it's BEST! The warmth of Crosby's singing, the sultry, silken-voiced Clooney, delightfully animated Kaye and vivacious dancing of leggy Vera Ellen are nothing short of sensational.
    With an excellent supporting cast, gorgeous costumes, great sets, memorable songs (you'll find yourself singing over and over) and schmaltzy but warm holiday story, it's a movie must-see, Christmas after Christmas. :-) I highly recommend it, for all ages. ...more info
  • White Christmas Tradition
    I bought this for a gift, it worked out great-My mom & I watch it every year....more info
  • A Christmas Classic
    No Christmas is complete without seeing Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and others perform this Christmas Classic. A great family movie....more info
  • Bing & Danny, wish they'd teamed up more often.
    A classic movie with great actors. Dean Jagger played his role as the General / Inn owner / Grandfather so very well. Bing and Danny did the 'sisters' number that must have been so embarrassing (and fun) at the time. Great dance numbers, singing numbers and a wonderful story....more info
  • A Great Old Christmas Favorite!
    I grew up with this old Christmas favorite, and it is one of my annual Christmas rituals to watch this film along with some wonderful film versions of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The music is wonderful, and Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby make a great team, as do Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. And you can't beat those wonderful Irving Berlin tunes. It takes one back to a more innocent time and helps you recharge and then come back to face today's challenges. Besides, Dean Jagger as the former commanding general turned innkeeper and Mary Wickes as his housekeeper are both great in supporting roles. And the production number, "Choreography", with Danny Kaye at the center of it, is priceless. It's a great deal of fun to watch, and I look forward to it every year....more info
  • Classic Crosby
    Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) meet in the Army during World War II. Davis saves Wallace's life during an air raid and uses the incident to guilt his way into show business. It seems that Wallace was a famous singer before the war and can't say no to Davis who wants to become his partner. When the two encounter their old general at a Vermont inn, they hatch several convoluted schemes to help him out. It's all done in a lighthearted way and there are plenty of musical interludes.

    Bing Crosby is perfect as Bob Wallace and Danny Kaye manages to hold his own for the most part. Kaye is certainly the better dancer and physical comic but his singing voice was exposed a time or two during the course of the film. The story is terrific for the first half or so, but gets into trouble when a misunderstanding causes a rift between Crosby and his would-be girlfriend. She is so bitter and judgmental toward him, giving him no chance to even explain what's really going on, that by the end I don't even want him to take her back. But most of the story is good fun even if it doesn't all make perfect sense. It's one of those movies that requires you to sit back and enjoy the silliness.

    This movie is a Christmas classic and I watch it each year. The chemistry between Crosby and Kaye gives the movie great heart and the snappy patter is exceptionally sharp. ...more info
  • best print of best christmas movie
    this is hands down the best print of this movie you'll see. and this is one fabulous christmas movie! yeah, the plot has holes big enough to drive the general's jeep through, but who cares? ya got bing, rosie clooney, danny kaye and the way-underrated vera-ellen, all-singing, all dancing. a paradise for lovers of the best christmas movie ever made by the best team you'll ever see. a bargain at twice the price....more info
  • A Classic Movie we still enjoy!
    My family loves this movie. We loved to watch it on cable every year, but recently purchased it to watch it in full anytime of the year!! Definately a classic that everyone still enjoys for years to come!...more info
  • A Great Holiday Flick!
    "White Christmas" opened in The Big Apple's (New York's) Radio City Music Hall in 1954 to record breaking crowds. With Irving Berlin's music and the song "White Christmas" already a huge success, this show was sure to be a winner! An unprecedented 6 weeks of rehearsal time was granted for making the movie before even shooting it, which ensured it's perfection.

    The movie displays the superb singing and acting talents of super-crooner Bing Crosby, the multitalented singing, dancing, comedy talents of the extraordinary and unsurpassed Danny Kaye, the beautiful melodic voice and wonderful acting talents of Rosemary Clooney, and the sensational dancing and acting talents of Vera Ellen. Danny and Vera danced and sang their way through this movie together as a couple. What a talent combo! It should be noted that the sensational Vera Ellen only went on to make one more movie in 1957 before she retired from the silver screen. Also note that Vera is the only one whose singing voice was dubbed in because it was said that she couldn't sing, but she sure could dance enough to make up for it!

    Paramount's famous designer Edith Head designed the costumes for the movie and the girls' gowns and dance costumes are absolutely stunning! Even the guys look great. You'll notice Danny Kaye with a grey-blue suit, with matching socks and shoes in a dance number that really accent an extension of the movement of his whole body all the way down to his feet.

    The show begins on Christmas Eve, in Germany, 1944. In the midst of airplane gunfire and bombs falling from the sky, a USO-type show put on by Army Captain Bob Wallace (Bing) and Private Phil Davis (Danny) attempts to entertain their troop. Their commander is General Waverly, a Major General (a 2-star general), a really nice guy and they absolutely love him. Right after the show, Davis hurts his arm pushing Wallace out of way and milks it every time he wants something from Wallace. Davis uses the "how I hurt my arm saving your life" routine to get Wallace to include him in his show act after he gets out of the war and all through the picture. Hence, the act name "Wallace and Davis".

    As Wallace and Davis are getting very well known in show biz, they meet the 2 sisters of an old army friend. You only see the guy's photo but I think it's a grown-up Alfalfa from the Little Rascals. The Hanes sisters are Betty (Rosemary) and Judy (Vera) Hanes. You first see them doing an act "Sisters" and the show soon takes a turn toward match-making. Davis and Judy decide to "help" Wallace and Betty get together. Davis figures that if he gets Wallace interested in a woman, Davis can have some down-time for himself.

    The boys soon follow the girls to their gig for the holidays at The Columbia Inn, in Pine Tree, Vermont. They are surprised to see no snow AND the Inn owned by their friend, the now retired General Waverly. The General has sunk all his money into the Inn and there's no business, so Wallace and Davis decide to bring their whole New York show, cast and crew to Vermont to put on an extravaganza to help out the General's business.

    The movie has TONS of great songs, sung by everyone except Vera. Vera gets a few notes in here and there, but, they are someone else's voice dubbed in. Songs include "Sisters," "White Christmas," Counting Your Blessings," "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing," (Song and dance), "Snow," "Mandy, There's A Minister Handy," "Gee I Wish I Was Back in the Army," and "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me."

    On a side note, the song "Sisters" brings back fond memories for me. A friend, Karen, and I worked together on the Training Staff for about 10 years and we had gotten to be really close friends, like sisters. Like most people today, we were overworked and underpaid. Whenever things got stressful at work, we would sometimes pop out of our cubicles, go arm in arm, and sing a few bars from that song. It always lightened up everybody's' load for a couple of minutes. So, whenever I hear that song, I always think of Karen. I'm sure the movie will trigger some memories for some of you, too.

    On another side note, you may notice George Chakiris in the dance scenes. He was seen as a supporting dancer in many movies before appearing in "West Side Story". An interview with Rosemary Clooney from 2000 is also included in the special features.

    The movie finale is superb, very heartwarming and very Christmassy! Of course, there is a happy ending. (Well, who wants to see an UN-happy ending?)

    Can't imagine there is anybody on planet earth who has NOT seen this movie unless they have been in a coma since 1954 but just in case, this movie is absolutely FANTASTIC! It's a movie that you will likely watch over and over again through the years, certainly during the Christmas holidays.

    Love the dresses the girls are wearing for the finale, too! I always said I was going to make myself one just like it and darn it I'm still gonna do it! I have to stop WAITING for the time to appear and just TAKE the time to do it!

    Anyway, get the movie for yourself or give it as a Christmas gift.
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  • White Christmas Still a Thrilll
    Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, Missouri is doing the stage play of
    White Christmas Nov 8-18, 2007 and often directors ask the cast not to view a movie in order to help them develop their own character. But in this case we were encouraged to watch the pros. Bing, Danny, Rosemary, Vera, Dean....Just a great classic with great Irving Berlin music.It's hard to believe it didn't become a stage play musical until 2004. OAT is thrilled to bring this to a stage in rural Missouri, and the audiences are escaping to Vermont for a joyous holiday event, as we all have over the years with Bing and friends in the movie.. And the Rosemary Clooney reflection on the project was great too. John & Peggy from Rolla...more info
  • White Christmas
    This movie is wonderful. It gets you in the holiday spirit. It is a movie that is fun to watch with the whole family. It is a movie that can bring the whole family together and makes everyone happy and ready for Christmas....more info
  • Vera Ellen----WOW!!!!
    A great movie with a great cast and, of course, great music! Having said that, I must agree with another reviewer who feels the 'Choreography' number is out of place. Still, all in all, a wonderful way to spend an evening as Christmas approaches. I have the 2000 release DVD and had not intended to buy a newer version until it finally comes out in high-def, but I noticed that while the 2000 version has an aspect ratio of 1.85 this edition is 2.35. Perhaps now the entire letter written by Betty will be viewable onscreen instead of the bottom line being missing. I haven't had an opportunity to see it, so I don't know. As beautiful as the colors are in this movie, I can't wait to see it in full 1080 resolution on my big TV! I do hope it is released that way soon. I don't know whether HDDVD or BlueRay will win the war, but whichever format this movie is released in is the one I will buy. ...more info
  • white christmas dvd
    its my favorite xmas movie of all times and it was hard to find anywhere but i knew i could find it on your web site...more info
  • Classic Christmas movie
    One of the best all time Christmas classics. I watch it every year, and usually multiple times. It's not Christmas without White Christmas!...more info
  • what a great movie
    My husband waits every year for this movie to come on TV at Christmas time he just loves it. I watched it for the first time this year and fell into love with the movie myself. We are going to have our 2 boys watch it in a few years now 5 and 3 and make it part of our christmas every year. If you get the chance I really suggest watching it....more info
  • We'll Follow the Old Man Wherever he wants to go.....Just Great Fun
    What a great movie, fun to watch and at any time of year. Although entitled White Christmas, the story is about so much more. Shortly after WWII two former army buddies are working the night club singing scene when they run into two 'Sisters, Sisters.....' and then life really takes off for them.

    This movie takes you to Vermont, just in time for the ski season, before Christmas, and well, Vermont just so happens to be quite hot. Throughout the movie there is just great fun and even better music and even some good dancing. Danny Kaye has some great slap stick comedy, he sings and dances with Vera Allen. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney link up and sing together. There is romance in the air and still, there is no snow. What to do? They are visiting a ski resort, attempting to make some dough, but no snow, no show, no dough.

    Bing Crosby goes out of his way to help and the story becomes so very good after this. Really, an all around story, love, music, dance and mostly loyalty and willingness to stick your neck out for a friend. I am so glad that it was presented every year on TV, so now you can have this classic to call your own to view at any time of the year.

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  • White Christmas
    Always been a favorite ever since I saw it for thw first time back in 1955 in Tokyo, Japan. Happy to have able to get a copy of it. Bing, Danny,Rosemary and Vera made it a super talented pic....more info
  • White Christmas always a classic
    I work with seniors in an extended living facility and they all rate this film number one. Which is why I bought it so their home could enjoy it over and over. (I have my own copy).

    Now, how do I get a guy off my back for us receiving diet pills through Amazon which was a surprise and this guy is hounding me for a poor evaluation. Haven't even received them yet. He calls me LATE at night when this old guy is in bed. He won't listen that it was you guys at Amazon who slipped up and I am on a fixed income if he decides litigation. Does that happen with bad reviews??? Well, don't worry---with White Christmas I am very happy and as a Christian recommend it to all Christians.

    Forgive my ranting, but this guy did it again last night and we are tired of it....more info
  • A LET DOWN TRANSFER
    AS THE REVIEWER BEFORE ME STATED, I HAD BECOME SO USE TO THE FACT THAT PARAMOUNT DID GREAT REISSUE TRANSFERS[ FUNNY FACE, ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE- 60TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION,TO CATCH A THIEF...] THAT I SOLD MY FIRST WHITE CHRISTMAS EDITION, ASSUMING FOR A NEW DVD EDITION 7 YEARS LATER, NOT TO MENTION $5.00 TO $8.00 MORE IN COST, THIS WAS GOING TO BE THE SAME STORY....WHAT A LET DOWN...IT WOULD APPEAR TO BE THE SAME TRANSFER AS BEFORE....WHY REISSUE THIS AT CHRISTMAS TIME IF ITS GOING TO BE THE SAME TRANSFER AS BEFORE?...BUT HEY,I HAVE A NEW CARDBOARD SLIPCOVER...JUST NEXT TIME I WONT TAKE IT FOR GRANTED THAT ITS AN IMPROVMENT TILL AFTER THE REVIEWS......more info
  • Christmas Tradition
    "Hey Bob the girls are in a jam.!" "What's the beef?"
    Oh I love this movie and the great lines all the way through it. It is wonderful. How can we not love Crosby and Kaye singing and dancing. It is just great fun. I think we can say the whole script as a family we've watched it so many times.

    Make it a tradition you'll laugh and sigh all the way through.
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  • It isn't Christmas season until "White Christmas" has been watched...
    Great movie. We've watched it every year since I could remember. It just isn't Christmas without it....more info
  • Tradition
    This is the greatest movie for an annual before Christmas get-together. I watch it every year with at least one of my daughters. I have even gotten my Husband to join in some years. Great Tradition for families!!...more info
  • My All Time Favorite Christmas Movie
    I really cannot say enough good things about WHITE CHRISTMAS. A true classic, a film for the ages, a movie for generations to come, timeless, beloved.

    Bing Crosby, Danny Kay, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Allen...that says it all. Four of the greats, all together in this fantastic film. The songs are memorable and you know the lyrics to all of them. I always sing along to the entire film, much to the chagrin of my children. The dancing is top-notch, the acting is impecable, the story is funny, sentimental, and classic.

    This has been one of my favorites since I was a child, and in my house, it isn't Christmas until we have watched this movie. Quite simply, IMHO, WHITE CHRISTMAS is the greatest Christmas movie of all time. MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. ...more info
  • A holiday classic
    This is by far one of my FAVORITE holiday movies. It is truely a classic movie that the entire family will be able to enjoy. Singing, dancing, romance and snow- what more could you ask for?? Snuggle in and enjoy this movie- it will warm your heart!...more info
  • Quick and perfect condition
    I received all four videos in a short period of time and in perfect condition. Thanks very much....more info
  • Dreadful Christmas
    What a dreadful, horrid Christmas movie. It's slow, the characters sing "Sisters" until you want to slap them like red-headed stepchildren.

    The ONLY reason this movie gets one star is because the dresses that Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen wear at the end of the movie are gorgeous!

    Skip this one. If you want a good Christmas film, purchase Laurel and Hardy's MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS (a.k.a. BABES IN TOYLAND) or Pee Wee Herman's Christmas special! ...more info
  • A true Christmas classic!
    It's been over 50 years when this movie arrived at the box office. I have seen this for the first time by DVD. I will admit I have to ask myself why didn't I see this years ago? You know I am glad I did. I have fallen in love with this movie with Bing Crosby,Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen! Wonderful movie for the whole family! A great Christmas movie for everyone!!...more info
  • Classic
    This is definitely a classic. Good acting, good music and a heart warming story....more info
  • White Christmas
    Aaaaaaaaaaaah more Bing. This movie reminds me of simpler times. It reminds of the Roger's & Hammersteins favorites. It is a wonderful movie for those who are young and old. Everyone's eyes glimmer with the thought of Christmas when the world is a little nicer and when everyone turns the other cheeck. Enjoy!!!...more info
  • A Classic
    The quality of the picture and sound was great. A definate yearly watch for every Christmas season. ...more info
  • Christmas Classic!!!!
    Absolutely love this Christmas movie--lots of schmaltz and fun! Really takes me back to my youth!...more info
  • New 2007 "remaster" huge disappointment!
    Recently, Paramount has offered us wonderful new DVD-issues of classics like To Catch a Thief and Funny Face, both shot in Vista-Vision, and now looking better than ever on home video thanks to Paramount using original camera materials for the transfers. Naturally, I expected that the same loving treatment would be given an old favorite like White Christmas, which was the first feature film shot in Paramount's superb wide-screen process called Vista-Vision.
    Not so! This new "remaster" is just as dreary-looking as the older DVD. Grainy and soft with an unstable look and dull colors except in some brightly lit "performance" scenes. Also lots of dirt marks and scattered speckles, plus an ugly splice or two. And NO new extras! Where is the expected featurette about the Vista-Vision system - newly made or at least some old promotional reel taken from a shelf in the archives? A huge disappointment! And by the way, where are all the many beloved Paramount classics from the fifties and sixties that have not yet been released on DVD? Not a single title in sight for the coming months. Sad....more info
  • One of the best holiday films EVER!
    This is in my top five favorite holiday movies! I love Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye! There aren't movies anymore where the actors can also sing and dance! I love it, the costumes are amazing; I love to sing along to the songs! If your'e just starting out your holiday movie collection, this should be on the top of the list!...more info
  • You need to understand the time
    Those who find this insulting need to understand how things were at the time it was made. Appreciate that we have made a lot of progress since then, but to deny the absolute magical quality of this film would be a waste.

    This movie is a perrenial classic in my family. We watch it every year on Christmas Eve (along with "The Ref"). It takes you back to a time when life was so much simpler. I just adore this movie. It is right up there with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and many other classics. I cannot recommend this highly enough....more info
  • A personal favourite
    Firstly, I should disclose that I've never seen IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - I was never able to catch it when I was a kid, nor as an adult. I watched White Christmas when I was 12, and was completely enchanted by it. Twenty years later, and it still a film that holds tremendous charm for me.

    We live in such a selfish postmodernist cynical world - optimism and hope are in short supply, especially in a generation of adults raised on a narrow-minded pop-culture diet. Don't get me wrong, Star Wars is great, but every now and then I need a reminder that being kind to another human being isn't something to be sneered at. White Christmas is that film.

    Bing Crosby is paired with Danny Kaye, which surprised me initially considering he's usually seen with Bob Hope. There's a different energy there, but it's no less fun to watch. Bing Crosby brings his wonderful voice, and Danny Kaye brings his humour and sense of fun. Perfect. Rosemary Clooney and Vera Lynn are wonderful as the Haines sisters. And Dean Jagger is very dignified as General Waverley. Mary Wickes is also fun to watch as the nosy Emma Allen. The only jarring note (for me) is an odd modern dance number right in the middle of the film. Whuh? That sequence hasn't at all dated well.

    For me, this is the film that I try and watch every Christmas. And with its appearance on DVD, I finally (at last!) have a permanent copy of my favourite Christmas film! Isn't technology wonderful?...more info
  • Great movie, so-so DVD
    This is a great family movie, especially if you watch it every year at Christmas time like we do. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye make a great team, Bing doing the singing (along with many trademark Crosby turns of phrase) and Danny doing the joking and some dancing. There's lots more to be said about the movie, of course: read IMDB or wikipedia.

    The DVD version itself is ok. The biggest disappointment was in the special features. They have 2 theatrical trailers and an interview with Rosemary Clooney, which are ok. But the commentary track is, I hate to say, really bad. Basically it consists of Rosemary chuckling at different points in the movie. She reveals a few interesting tidbits, but by and large it's extremely disappointing. We were looking forward to lots of stories about the cast and crew, verification of trivia we had read, but simply got a few reminiscences about her and Bing Crosby and a bunch of chuckling. I'm enough of a die-hard fan of the movie that I watched the commentary all the way through, but my wife gave up part way through, it was so bad.

    Regardless, it's well worth having the DVD version of this perennial Christmas favorite....more info
  • This needs to be released in HD DVD
    We have kept "White Christmas" in our collection since it first became available in VHS. When it came to DVD we had to buy it and get it into our DVD collection. It is a perenniel Christmas favorite for our family. This film was produced by Paramount Pictures, which was not particularly known for their musicals. But the music and production numbers are as good as any classic musical. This movie has the destinction of being the first film ever produced in the VistaVision process. This was an early motion picture High Fidelity medium. The frame had twice the resolving power of regular 35mm. I think that it would be appropriate for it to be released soon to HD DVD....more info
  • White Christmas - DVD
    The DVD arrived quickly in time in fact to view it on the 12th day of Xmas..Good seller, good product.....more info
  • Remastered 2007 DVD Showcases a Thoroughly Entertaining Holiday Classic as Comfortable as a Security Blanket
    Although Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life deserves its place among the pantheon of Christmas movies, this comparative confection from 1954 still deserves special mention. Granted the plot, what there is of one, is rather thin, it is splashy good fun directed by the dependably versatile Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) with several Irving Berlin standards and four superb variety performers in their prime. As much as Capra's film is an annual tradition, it is really this film that I look forward to the most of all the holiday classics.

    The storyline focuses on two former soldiers, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, both song-and-dance men who become best friends when Davis saves Wallace from a falling building during WWII. After years of post-war success on Broadway and the nightclub circuit, they become reconnected with their gruff but lovable former army commander, General Waverly. The general now owns a Vermont ski lodge, but he is treading water financially since there is no snow as Christmas approaches. As it turns out, the Haynes sisters, Betty and Judy, are playing the lodge during the holidays, and of course, romantic entanglements ensue all the way through the big finale when all four star in a show that they hope will save the general's lodge.

    All of this seems rather incidental to the musical numbers showcased in the then-revolutionary widescreen process called VistaVision. The most relaxed of actors during this era, Bing Crosby plays Wallace with his natural ¨¦lan, and he croons the classic title tune early on and leads the group sing of the same song at the end. In contrast, Danny Kaye plays Davis with his mercurial style intact, though compared to his other films of the period, he is relatively subdued here. With her smoky, silken vocal skills on display, Rosemary Clooney plays Betty, Wallace's love interest, with aplomb and complements Crosby easily on "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)". She also delivers a nice torchy Berlin tune with "Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me" despite some silly man-choreography.

    I have to say the most impressive performer of the quartet is Vera-Ellen, a phenomenal dancer who was the equal of Astaire and Kelly at her peak. She makes even Kaye look good in their musical duets - "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing" and the amusing Martha Graham riff, "Choreography". However, her best numbers are with dancer John Brascia - the elaborate "Mandy" number where her pliable, slender frame seems to be everywhere on the screen, and the brief rehearsal number, "Abraham", where she and Brascia snap, pop, clap, kick and swing with unerring military precision. It's worth noting that her singing is dubbed by vocalist Trudy Stevens, which is pointed out by Clooney on the less-than-informative audio commentary track in the 2007 DVD package. Much better is the 16-minute retrospective interview with Clooney where her natural sense of humor emerges.

    There are other numbers worth mentioning in the movie - the duet, "Sisters", done first straight by the women and later by the men as a comedy routine in half-drag (Kaye steals this bit handily with his over-the-top clowning); the foursome on the vintage Berlin "Snow" and "Gee, I Wish I was Back in the Army"; and of course, the title tune at the end. Way over on the sidelines, Dean Jagger lends his warm dignity to the role of the retired general, and Mary Wickes plays Emma the housekeeper in her typically sarcastic manner. Special mention needs to be given to Loyal Griggs's vibrant Technicolor cinematography, which makes the entire movie look appropriately like a bright red candy box, and the print transfer in the DVD almost fully captures the original visual quality. This is undemanding entertainment and a dependable holiday classic that feels like a favorite well-worn blanket....more info
  • Great Chistmas Classic
    White Christmas
    This is a great Christmas movie. It rates right up there on top of my list.
    Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are sensational together and Rosemary Cloony and Vera-Ellen are a great addition to this movie. Dean Jagger was the perfect pick to play the retired General of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye's WW11 outfit.A perfect cast for this show. Again, this is a good movie for the whole family. If you don't have this movie in your collection, you need to get it.
    Great Moving, touching, funny and just enough songs, like We'll follow the Old Man, and Snow. Loved when Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby did the Sister's song for Rosemay Clooney and Vera-Ellen.
    Lois Anderson...more info
  • A Christmas Classic...
    White Christmas is a classic that should not be missed. The singing and dancing is amazing, with stellar performances by all four of the leads. The story itself is cute, and if the final scene doesn't bring a tear to your eye you are heartless. It is nostalgic, touching, and you should definitely add it to your holiday movie collection. This one is not to be missed!...more info
  • White Christmas DVD
    The film arrived in a timely manner for enjoyment by Christmas and it was in excellent condition. Very pleased....more info
  • The best Christmas movie ever!
    Fantastic movie! Bing was in his prime and the musical numbers are first rate!...more info
  • A seasonal must have...
    After watching a poorly edited broadcast of White Christmas, one that was actually missing "Snow,Snow,Snow", I decided to get my own copy. What a difference! It's something that we watch every Christmas season. ...more info
  • Perfect
    This item came as described and was in perfect condition. Ordered in the middle of December and feared it might not get here in time. Had it by the end of the week. Fastest shipping I have ever experienced. Great item, awesome job. ...more info