Xfinity Expands ‘Christmas in July’ With More Hallmark Movies

Comcast’s Xfinity pay-TV platform has expanded its “Christmas in July” marketing campaign featuring with festive songs from digital platforms Music Choice Holiday and titles from Hallmark Movies Now for the “Free this Week” platform.

Among the content featured in this week’s collection, includes playlists Peaceful Piano Christmas and the series, “When Calls the Heart,” among others. The Christmas-themed content is available from July 24 to 30, on the cloud-based X1, broadband-only Flex service and ad-supported Xumo TV.

Mike’s Picks: ‘Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll’ and ‘Christmas in July’

Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll

Shout! Factory, Documentary, $24.97 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James.
Keith Richards wanted to give Chuck Berry a backup band he deserved for once as part of a splashy St. Louis tribute concert that Taylor Hackford then filmed — and in doing so, gave rock’s most seminal pioneer the movie he deserved as well.
Extras: The truly blockbuster extras on Shout! Factory’s new Blu-ray carried over from Image Entertainment’s lesser-seen deluxe DVD make a pretty airtight case for the superiority of Blu-ray over other home transmission systems if you really want a clue of what a scene production is about.
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Christmas in July

Street Date 11/26/2019
Kino Lorber, Comedy, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, William Demarest, Raymond Walburn.
As the funniest, and likely only screen treatment of a familiar premise to exhibit a little depth on the side as well, Preston Sturges’ Christmas in July is widely regarded as that revered comic comet’s most underrated writing-directing achievement.
Extras: Includes a sharp and thoughtful commentary by film historian Samm Deighton.
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