! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 11/11/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is just another slap in the face to fans who grew up with these Rankin & Bass holiday classics! Fans of these specials have been wanting a complete box set done including all of these holiday gems, but instead we get a re-release of the same shows! Of course, we get 3 "never before available on DVD" specials only available on this set, so long time fans have to buy this set if they want the 3 new to DVD releases!?
To make matters worse 'Frosty and Rudolph's Christmas in July' is the same defective print where the voices are out of sync with the picture that was released a few years ago!
To make matters even worse than that, some copies have the wrong version of 'The Year Without A Santa Claus'!! I wish someone who cares about these films,, would pick up the ball and get these classic's done right!
Until then folks, I say leave this garbage in the bin and wait for someone who cares to release a proper set. Who wouldn't want a complete set of Rankin & Bass Holiday Classics totally restored?..... raise your hand!..............I thought so! :-D"
Fantastic shows, bad business practices
Zack Davisson | Seattle, WA, USA | 11/19/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Depending on what you already own, this DVD collection is either the coolest thing ever or a huge disappointment. Everything here is an absolute classic and if you don't have them already, then you definitely should. "Classic Christmas Favorites" is a convenient and affordable way to pick them all up at an affordable price.
The problem is that this set continues an unfortunate practice of re-selling old material with a splash of new material that is available no where else, meaning that people who bought the previous releases are forced to buy them all over again if they want the other films. There is no way to buy the new material separately
It basically repackages three previously released DVDs, Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July, The Year Without a Santa Claus (Deluxe Edition)and Frosty's Winter Wonderland/Twas the Night Before Christmas. These are the exact same disks that you would have received before, with even the disk cover art intact.
The new material is included on the "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" disk. This is an odd choice, as this is the only non-Rankin/Bass release and of course, this Dr. Seuss treasure has seen a variety of releases, including a recent 50th Birthday Deluxe Remastered Edition special edition. Tagged onto the disk are three Rankin Bass rarities, "The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold", "Pinocchio's Christmas" and "The Stingiest Man in Town". All three are making their first appearance on DVD, and they are really what most people will be buying this set for. It is great to have them released at last, but I would have preferred an individual DVD.
There are still a few Rankin/Bass Christmas specials that have not had a DVD release, and I fear this being the wave of the future. The same problem happened with the Popeye and Batman cartoons (also by Warner Bros) series until definitive collections were finally released. Warner Bros just doesn't seem to get what fans want, and are more concerned with squeezing every possible dime out of their properties.
What I really want is a collection that gathers together all the Christmas specials together giving them the treatment they deserve, including putting the Rankin/Bass name up on top and giving them their due credit. That would make me really happy, even if it meant buying them for a third and final time."
READ IF GOT WRONG DVD
QualityProductsAdvocate | OH | 12/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this DVD set and, like many others, received the wrong The Year Without s Santa Claus. I tried to exchange, but it did not help. I than went to other store's reviews on the product where someone listed a number to call Warner for a replacement. I called and explained what happened and am told the right disk will be mailed out to me and I do not need to send anything back.
Here is the information: Warner Customer Support 800-553-6937
I also mentioned that their preview on Disk 1 about this product shows The Little Drummer Boy II (not Pinocchio's Christmas) on this set. The person I talked to said they have not heard any complaints on this yet, so nothing happened here. If anyone does find out about this other problem, please write a review back. Thank you.
Rating reasons: 2 stars for bad quality control at factory, 4 stars overall, since Warner will replace disk without the hassle of having to pay for shipping the old set back. Can't give 5 because of the Little Drummer Boy issue. "
Wonderful, but why didn't Warner go all-out??
Erik Morton | Carmel, CA United States | 11/05/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's wonderful to see all these Christmas specials in one package, and particularly the three that were previously unreleased on DVD ("The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold," "Pinocchio's Christmas," and "The Stingiest Man In Town."
NOW, as far as I know, there are only three Rankin/Bass Christmas specials not available on DVD: "The First Christmas," "The Little Drummer Boy, Book II," and "The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus."
All of which are owned by Warner Bros. SO, why did Warner skimp out on us and not include these three as well?? PLUS, they simultaneously released a new deluxe edition of "Jack Frost," which is awesome, but again, why didn't they bother to put it into this boxed set? They could have EASILY fit those three other specials onto the same disc.
Of course, from a sales standpoint, the answer to all these questions is obvious: give the public a little more of what they want each holiday season, and they'll just keep buying and rebuying ad infinitum. But this is seriously getting old, Warner. Why not just give us everything you've got at once, and stop being the REAL "stingiest man in town?"
Complaints aside, this is a wonderful set for anyone who doesn't own any of these specials. If you own last year's Christmas Television Favorites boxed set, you might want to hold out until next year when Warner is sure to pull another double, triple, fourple-dip on us. Hopefully then we'll get those other three specials, plus Jack Frost, all in one big Christmas DVD collection."
For Everyone Who Got The Wrong "A Year Without A Santa Claus
Cassie | Anna, TX | 12/03/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you purchased the Classic Christmas Favorites boxed set and have the 2006 live action remake of The Year Without a Santa Claus instead of the Rankin-Bass version, you can call Warner Customer Support at 800-553-6937 and they'll send you the correct version."