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Posted 05-05-2008 at 07:15 AM by dvdelf

So you're looking to expand your christmas movie collection?
Looking in walmart, or on amazon or just about anywhere else you'll be overwhelmed by selections.
Theres special editions & anniversary editions & blah blah blah.
So what should YOU get?
Lets break it down.
Are you interested in just watching the movie? Are you interested in bonus features such as commentaries, documentaries & interviews & such?
Would you like a colorized version of a black & white classic?
These are the things you will be checking for.

Most Christmas movies that are out now, are single disc releases. Play the movie, & thats about it. Maybe a feature or 2.

But some of the classics & newer releases are being released in two disc & special editions.
You'll be looking for things that might interest Commentaries by folks that were involved in the making of the movie
deleted scenes that didnt make it into the final cut
Improved color quality & colorized versions.

You're key is research
even if you dont buy there, amazon is a great place to read up on a release & see if it has anything that appeals to you. Also read any reviews by people who have purchased the titles & see what they say. You learn all sorts of interesting things.
Also you might find something that you didnt know about a release
look at Emmett otter's Jugband Christmas: theres been multiple releases of this movie & every one of them leaves something out
Look at the muppet Christmas carol, the anniversary edition has an extra song on it, but not on the widescreen version, just the full screen

Which brings us to widescreen vs full screen.
widescreen is how a movie is shown in the theater.
Full screen is the image reformatted for your home television.
Not all releases give you both options, & not everyone cares. Heck, you might not even notice the difference.

Thats all I have for right now, if I can think of more, Ill update this guide

Happy searching
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