November 12th, 2004


genius christmas DVDs, again. Wal-Mart dollar discs

Still looking for the Treasure Box holiday discs. Nothing new at 99 Cent Only yet. Went by Wal-Mart to check out their latest group of Digiview dollar discs. Unfortunately, they're all cartoons. All the usualy suspects; Popeye, Betty Boop, Superman, etc. etc. etc. there seems to be at least 25 different titles. If that's your bag, you should go for these. Also, on "Cartoon Craze Presents: Bugs Bunny: Falling Hare Vol 14" it has the unedited "Fresh Hare" with a quite politically uncorrect ending. And now, more genius entertainment dollar holiday disc reviews!

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Decent looking print. As mentioned before, it has the complete opening credits unlike the Catcom release that i own.If you've never seen it un-MST3Ked or otherwise, now's your chance!

Jack Frost
Yup, it's actually the Rankin-Bass TV special from 1979. Looks pretty nice for a video transfer. Seems to be in stereo, but i could be insane. Features a Russian steampunk for those so inclined.

The Jack Benny Program
Three episodes from the early 50's. "Christams Shopping Show", "New Year's Day Show", & "Reminiscing About Last New Year's Eve". The first two are classic Jack Benny, and the third is a recreation of when he used to have a radio show. It's still weird to see Mel Blanc with those classic cartoon voices coming out of him.

A Christmas Without Snow
Ahhh... pure 1980 made-for TV goodness. The transfer is actually pretty crappy, but still watchable. Starring Olivia Walton(The Waltons), Mr Skolnik(Revenge Of The Nerds), and Ricky's grandfather from "Silver Spoons". I imagine most well-adjusted people will hate this, but I ate it up and I don't know why. Maybe because it's so unintentionally a product of it's time. Favorite scene? A black Santa leads everyone in a rousing verison of Hava Nagila at the church choir Christmas party while the women complain that they can't find any men to date because hey, they're in San Fransciso. Since many plotlines are left unresolved, it's ripe for a fanfiction update.