I hate to be churlish, but I'm sure there will be fans of 'The Singing Nun' (of which I'm not one, I have to admit) who already have the first collection who will be slightly miffed at that bit of marketing genius.
As for the second, I'll buy it simply for 'Holiday Affair'.
The new collection is fabulous - every title in it is must-have for me, some of my long-wanted favorites are in it (especially Holiday Affair and Blossoms in the Dust) It Happened on 5th Avenue is a lovely - somewhat Capraesque -and little-known holiday film well-worth having and ditto for the touching All Mine to Give. And I guess I will buy the first collection (I only had Christmas in Connecticut) so I can get The Singing Nun. I love Boys' Town too so that won't be a problem!
I am buying the whole thing or more likely will receive the whole thing for Christmas
Thank you Warner for this "Christmas in July" surprise!
Looking forward to IT HAPPENED ON FIFTH AVENUE, an Allied Artists holding if I'm not mistaken. ALL MINE TO GIVE, BLOSSOMS IN THE DUST, and THE SINGING NUN are borderline-morbid, but BLOSSOMS is excellent and a good example of early Technicolor. Marsha Hunt gives a memorable performance in it and it would be great to have her do a commentary but unlikely since it is a bonus disc.
The story for THE SINGING NUN is sappy indeed, but Debbie Reynolds does the best singing of her career in this film, and I'm furious about not being able to have it without double-dipping on the box set (already purchased). Looks like I'll be visiting Ebay.
Sounds like bad news for those of us who were hoping for a Halloween "Holiday Collection", if Warner can announce a Christmas boxset for November, we should have already heard about the Halloween one. Looks like it'll be stuff all this year from Warner as well ...
And, correct me if I'm wrong, but we haven't had a Warner Chat this year, have we? I guess the execs didn't want to keep saying "no, we're not releasing..." over and over.
Strange that there are no bonus materials listed here. Even if the majority of Xmas-themed archive stuff was used in Volume One, it would still be nice to have a few shorts added, even if they are only ones with a wintry rather than an Xmas theme.
That DVD Times excerpt over-looked the fact that the sequel Men of Boys Town was included in the first box set , which means with The Singing Nun one would get 5 films, so hopefully they overlooked the bonus features on Volume 2.
I liked the Christmas shorts as much as I liked the films, and from what I recall from a list someone posted in an old thread on this site (I think), Warners has quite a few holiday-themed shorts and cartoons in their vaults.
Normally I would be bothered by having The Singing Nun released in such a way but finally having seen the film last year on TCM, I had better not say anything.
You would hope that Warner’s would offer “The Singing Nun” in some kind of mail in offer to the people that already picked up the Holiday Collection Volume 1 on its original release date. Evidently we purchasers did a good enough job for them to bring out a second collection, which by the way is outstanding in content.
IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE was the first Allied Artists film. That's a nice surprise for this set, as I don't think the film has been telecast in ages.
Going by Turner Classic Movies' message boards, it seems that many people have seen the film and remember the plot but not the title. Every December, someone on the boards will ask for the name of the Christmas film about the "hobo and friends who move into a mansion while the owners are out of town," using practically the exact wording of Warner's plot summary quoted above.
Good choices. I wasn't expecting that The Singing Nun to be in a holiday collection nor Blossoms in the Dust. The latter shall look wonderful just for the sake of seeing Greer Garson's flaming red hair in Technicolor. Now I can take that off my list.
Blossoms in the Dust??? I wasn't expecting that one. Another Greer Garson on dvd. This movie alone makes the collection worthy. And Holiday Affair also...great news indeed. I've never seen the other two, but I'm willing to. This set is a must buy for me.