Long after the tree has lost all its needles, once the ornaments and jingling bells have been stored until next year, once the mistletoe has wilted and the eggnog has curdled, there is still one important thing to do: Watch great new DVDs/Blu-rays. Here are our picks, part one.
When a giant moose crashes through the roof of Max’s garage–a moose that talks, flies (badly!) and claims to work for Santa–Max reckons he’s found a new friend. But as Mr. Moose recuperates and bonds with Max, it seems that the grumpy neighbor is bent on adding moose antlers to his hunting trophies. Yikes! And so is the fun of “A Christmoose Story” (BBC Home Entertainment).
PBS Distribution offers a quartet of Yuletide fun. “Caillou’s Christmas” includes 12 fun-filled holiday and winter themed adventures, from visiting Santa and going Christmas tree shopping, to planning to stay up all night to see Santa. “Odd Squad: Reindeer Games” features three live-action stories. Our favorite? “Reindeer Games,” in which Ms. O attempts to get off Santa’s naughty list! “Peg + Cat: A Totally Awesome Christmas” includes a trio of mathematical adventures. Imagine! Tackling one problem at a time, Peg and Cat must fix the Super Big Present Making Machine, figure out how to get the presents into 100 sleighs. “Wordworld: Merry Christmas” contains five stories, including “A Christmas Present for Dog,” in which the WordFriends write letters to Santa so he knows what to bring them.
Yes, you know the story and have seen Jim Carrey’s nifty performance in “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas: Grinchmas Edition” (Universal Home Entertainment), but this edition (celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the film) is sweeter than a few candy canes. The flick has been newly remastered for improved HD picture and sound. It’s like meeting the mean man, Cindy Lou Who and the denizens of Whoville for the first time.
Just five minutes into “Inside Amy Schumer: Season 3” (Paramount Home Entertainmet) and you’ll know what the shoe won the 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. It’s a taboo-smashing, Internet-breaking, wildly original comedy features scripted vignettes, stand-up comedy and man-on-the-street interviews. And just wait ’till you stumble upon the outtakes and deleted scnes!
Join renowned actor Simon Callow as he uncovers the moving origins of beloved holiday music in “The First Silent Night: the Christmas Carol that United the World” (Public Media Distribution). He journeys to the Austrian village of Oberndorf, as well as the city of Salzburg, where the story of the world’s favorite carol had its origins. Hauntingly beautiful.
Kudos to the find folk at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment whose must-have titles can fill more than one sleigh. Our picks: “Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces” boasts 18 classic theatrical shorts that will get everyone’s toes tapping and hearts singing. Bugs Bunny and his pals such as Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig will entertain both kids and adults alike with more than hours of hilarious musical numbers.
“Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas” tells the story of Buddy the elf, and his quest to reunite with the human father he never knew existed. While Buddy’s sincerity and idealism are commonplace at the North Pole, these attributes are rejected in cynical New York City. But through song, dance, and relentless good cheer, Buddy rekindles the spirit of Christmas for the entire city. This stop-motion animated holiday musical movie combines the humor and spirit of the beloved holiday film “Elf” with songs from the Broadway hit “Elf: The Musical” to create an all-new retelling of Buddy’s delightfully absurd yet heartwarming story.
What happens when Bugs Bunny becomes embroiled in a scheme surrounding the invention of a highly-sought after invisibility spray? The result is a mad-cap adventure set in New York City and Paris titled “Looney Tunes Rabbits Run.” Is it, do we dare?, hare-raising fun!
Peanuts fans can have a front-row seat to a showcase of the most prestigious “Peanuts” features ever assembled into one collection. “Peanuts: Emmy Honored Collection” includes 11 animated TV specials on two discs. All of the specials featured in this release were recognized with either an Emmy win or nomination. All specials have been remastered for gorgeous picture and sound quality. A second treat from the Peanuts gang: “He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown,” a collection that also brings together “It’s a Short Summer, Charlie Brown” and an episode of “The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show.”
The original seven Justice Leaguers–Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, J’onn J’onzz, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl–are now joined by an unlimited selection of allies including Green Arrow, Supergirl and Black Canary. But some think all this power is too much power and a conspiracy against them grows. After years of foiled plots and repeated beatings, the galaxy’s worse villains finally have a plan: Led by Lex Luthor, the Legion of Doom prepares to dominate the universe. First order of business: Destroy the Justice League! “Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series” will delight . . . or destroy?
The work of popular animator Gene Deitch is the focus of “Tom and Jerry: The Gene Deitch Collection,” boasting a baker’s dozen of fully remastered theatrical shorts. Bonus: The DVD includes two bonus features, including “Much Ado About Tom and Jerry.”
Two “Sesame Street” titles perfect for the little ones. Kids can rely on their Sesame Street friends for lots of fun, laughs and counting in “Count on Elmo.” When the Noble Counting Prize committee is looking for the World’s Greatest Counter, Elmo knows that his friend The Count is perfect for the prize. Elmo, Grover, Abby and Cookie Monster try and capture The Count’s amazing counting skills on camera so they can enter him in the contest, but everything goes awry! Will The Count win the prize or will it be a Count-astrophe?
“Elmo Can Do It!”is full of stories and songs takes you on a journey to discover all your favorite furry friend’s first encounters. From haircuts to sleepovers, preschoolers will enjoy learning life lessons, while addressing milestones and transitions in a fun way.