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Blu-ray Release: White Christmas

October 14, 2014

White Christmas Blu-ray

Today, Paramount is releasing a Diamond Anniversary Edition of the beloved 1954 holiday classic White Christmas on Blu-ray.  After the war, song and dance men Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) team up with the popular sister act of Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera Ellen), to perform together and help save the Vermont inn owned by their former general (Dean Jagger).

Featuring a selection of Irving Berlin’s most beloved songs, including the Oscar-nominated “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” and the Oscar-winning title track originally heard in the 1942 Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire vehicle Holiday Inn, White Christmas is an entertaining musical that still holds up after sixty years.

This is the sort of film that lends itself well to repeated viewings, and this beautiful new edition would make a wonderful Christmas gift, complete with sparkly red and white packaging and a very enjoyable bonus CD featuring the cast singing a dozen holiday classics.

The Blu-ray boasts sing along lyrics on thirteen songs, five TV appearances by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye including a virtual duet with Michael Bublé, the 1954 UNICEF documentary Assignment Children with Goodwill Ambassador Danny Kaye, and more.  Also included is commentary by Rosemary Clooney and over an hour of previously released featurettes.

White Christmas is 120 minutes and rated PG.

-John Corrado

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