Warner Bowing Holiday Titles for Digital Purchase

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing a collection of holiday titles for digital purchase Dec. 13.

A Christmas Story Christmas follows Ralphie from the classic A Christmas Story, who is all grown up. In this sequel to the annual holiday favorite, he must deal with Christmas and all that comes with it, this time as a dad. Peter Billingsley returns to the role he played as a child. The film also stars Erinn Hayes, Scott Schwartz, R.D. Robb, Zack Ward and Julie Hagerty.

In Holiday Harmony, singer/songwriter Gail lands an opportunity to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime shot at the big time, and heads cross country — getting only as far as Harmony Springs, Okla., when her ride, her budget and all her hopes are stalled. With just two weeks to get to the iHeartRadio Christmas Eve performance of her dreams, she takes the advice of local Jack-of-all-trades Jeremy and takes on a group of misfit kids hoping to perform in a Christmas Eve Gala of their own. Gail and Jeremy grow close, but if she’s going to fulfill her lifelong dream, she may have to leave him and the town she’s grown to love behind. The film stars Annelise Cepero, Jeremy Sumpter and Brooke Shields.

In A Christmas Mystery, 100 years ago, a strip of Santa’s magical jingle bells was discovered by a young boy in Shelter Bay, Ore., bringing about a century of prosperity and peace for the small town. Now, just days before Christmas, the bells — the lifeblood of the town — are missing, and it’s up to a group of intrepid kids to solve the case, find the bells and restore the Christmas magic to Shelter Bay and its citizens. The film stars Violet McGraw, Santino Bernard, Lauren Lindsay Donzis, Leonardo Cecchi, Eddie Cibrian, Oscar Nuñez, Christoph Sanders, Drew Powell and Beau Bridges.

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A Hollywood Christmas follows Jessica, a young up-and-coming filmmaker in Hollywood who has made a name for herself directing Christmas movies. But when handsome network executive Christopher shows up threatening to halt production on her latest movie, Jessica’s assistant Reena points out the irony: Jessica isn’t just trying to save her Christmas movie, she’s actually living in one. Jessica must now juggle all the classic tropes — her actors falling in and out of love, a wayward elf dog, and her own stirring romantic feelings for her perceived nemesis — in order to get her movie and her life to their happy endings. The film stars Jessica Van, Josh Swickard, Anissa Borrego, Riley Dandy, Zak Steiner, Tom Williamson and Missi Pyle.

Whip Research: Hallmark, Netflix and Lifetime Top of Mind for Made-for-TV Holiday Movie Viewers

Hallmark, Netflix and Lifetime, in that order, were top-of-mind destinations for made-for-TV holiday movie viewers in a Whip Media survey.

Respondents in the survey — taken among U.S. users of the TV Time app who view such content — ranked Disney+ at No. 4 and Hulu at No. 5.

More than half of survey respondents said they discovered new holiday movies through ads or trailers (52%) and/or recommendations from a streaming service or device (51%). Nearly half (47%) also indicated the importance of social media in finding out about new holiday releases.

Storyline/premise (68%) and cast (61%) were rated as top draws for such content, according to those surveyed, but merely having access to the network/platform was also important at 58%.

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Consumers of such holiday movie content have a strong appetite for it, with slightly more than half of those in the survey (53%) prioritizing watching holiday content to some degree during the season. A strong majority (74%) report watching both new and previously released made-for-TV holiday movies. Nearly one-fifth (17%) of holiday TV movie viewers focus on new releases only. About three-quarters (71%) of respondents said they will often watch these titles alone, with 51% saying they will often watch with their families. A little more than a quarter (28%) watch with their partner. 

Whip conducted the survey of 3,214 U.S. TV Time users Nov. 9-10, 2022.

Warner Offers Up Four Holiday Classics on 4K Ultra HD

Four classic  holiday family films — National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Elf and The Polar Express — are available now on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The combo packs will include a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with each feature film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc with the feature films and pre-existing special features, and a digital version of the feature films.

In National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), as the holidays approach, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to have a perfect family Christmas. He pesters his wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) and children as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. Things go awry quickly when cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark’s employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs. The screenplay is by John Hughes and based on characters by Hughes.

A Christmas Story (1983) is set in a 1940s-era Midwestern town and told from the viewpoint of a 7-year-old boy who only wants one thing for Christmas — a Red Ryder BB gun. The episodic tale chronicles not only his schemes to convince his mother and father to buy him one, but also offers a warmly nostalgic look into 1940s middle-class American life. The long-awaited follow-up to A Christmas Story, A Christmas Story Christmas will debut on HBO Max Nov. 17. In the sequel, Ralphie is all grown up and must deal with Christmas and all that comes with it as a dad. Peter Billingsley returns to the role.

Elf (2003) tells the tale of a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts on Christmas Eve and is transported back to the North Pole and raised as an elf. Years later Buddy learns he is not really an elf and goes on a journey to New York City to find his true identity. The film is directed by Jon Favreau and stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Edward Asner and Bob Newhart.

In The Polar Express (2004), when a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the animated film is based on the classic Caldecott award-winning children’s book written by Chris Van Allsburg. It features the voices of Tom Hanks, Daryl Sabara, Nona Gaye, Jimmy Bennett, and Eddie Deezen.

Family Comedy ‘8-Bit Christmas’ Due on DVD Oct. 18, Digital Nov. 1

The family comedy 8-Bit Christmas will be released on DVD Oct. 18 and for digital purchase Nov. 1 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

A humorous look back at the adventures of childhood, the film stars Neil Patrick Harris (A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Matrix Resurrections, “The Smurfs” films). Set in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s, the story centers on 10-year-old Jake Doyle’s herculean quest to get the latest and greatest video game system for Christmas.

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Special features include a making-of featurette and a character series.

The Max Original is also available via streaming on HBO Max.

Vudu Highlights Top Holiday Film Favorites Set in Each State

Vudu, Fandango’s transactional digital service, has a new holiday movie map revealing the local favorites for top holiday films set in each of the 50 United States.

Vudu surveyed thousands of film fans across the United States in November to discover their local favorite holiday flicks set in their states. Genres stretched from romantic comedies to kids’ flicks to action-adventure to Hallmark and Lifetime titles.

The map can be found at Fandango.com, and Vudu’s coast-to-coast playlist can be found here.

“There’s something about seeing your own home state portrayed on film that makes you warm and cozy and helps usher in the holiday spirit,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “As fans search for the perfect holiday movies to watch this season on Vudu, this map offers a fun way to not only discover hidden gems, but to also explore the country through a host of holiday-themed movies.”

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A sampling of holiday movies picked by fans as the top choices depicting their home states include:

‘Knives Out,’ ‘Home Alone,’ ‘Die Hard’ Top Fandango Holiday Film Survey

Knives Out was voted the top movie to watch for Thanksgiving, Home Alone was voted the favorite family-friendly holiday film, and Die Hard was named the top unconventional holiday film by fans on Fandango’s transactional video on-demand services, Vudu and FandangoNow.

Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 film fans in the first weeks of November.

As might be expected, 92% of those surveyed expect to watch more movies at home during the holiday season than in previous years. Also, 71% said they are planning to binge watch during the holiday season, and 62% said they plan to watch their favorite holiday classics more than once.

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“Watching a favorite classic movie is part of a beloved holiday tradition for many families,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “This year there’s an extra nostalgia factor because many of us cannot gather together in front of the same screen. The top picks center on the power of families, warts and all, and serve as the kind of cinematic comfort food we look forward to enjoying during the holiday season.”

Top Movies to Watch for Thanksgiving:

  1. Knives Out
  2. Addams Family Values
  3. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  4. The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  5. Home for the Holidays
  6. Grumpy Old Men
  7. Free Birds
  8. Scent of a Woman
  9. Pieces of April
  10. The Oath

 

Favorite Family-Friendly Holiday Movies

  1. Home Alone
  2. Elf
  3. The Santa Clause
  4. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  5. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  7. The Polar Express
  8. A Christmas Story
  9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  10. It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Favorite Unconventional Holiday Movies:

  1. Die Hard
  2. Edward Scissorhands
  3. Gremlins
  4. Bad Moms Christmas
  5. Bad Santa
  6. Krampus
  7. Office Christmas Party
  8. The Night Before
  9. Trading Places
  10. Anna and the Apocalypse

 

Favorite Performances as Santa Claus:

  1. Tim Allen, The Santa Clause
  2. Edward Asner, Elf
  3. Billy Bob Thornton, Bad Santa
  4. Tom Hanks, The Polar Express
  5. James Cosmo, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
  6. Richard Attenborough, Miracle on 34thStreet (1994)
  7. Paul Giamatti, Fred Claus
  8. Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  9. Rickey Smiley, The Friday After Next
  10. Alec Baldwin, Rise of the Guardians

 

Favorite Holiday Movie Villains:

  1. Harry & Marv (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern), Home Alone
  2. Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), Die Hard
  3. Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore), It’s a Wonderful Life
  4. The Grinch (Jim Carrey), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  5. Oogie Boogie (Ken Ross), The Nightmare Before Christmas
  6. Frank Cross (Bill Murray), Scrooged
  7. Scrooge (Jim Carey), Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  8. Fulton Greenway (Michael Lerner), Elf
  9. Ted Maltin (Phil Hartman), Jingle All the Way
  10. Scut Farkas (Zack Ward), A Christmas Story

 

The winners can also be found in the holiday sections on Vudu and FandangoNow.

Holiday Film ‘Buttons: A Christmas Tale’ Due on Digital Nov. 19, DVD Dec. 3 From Paramount

The holiday film Buttons: A Christmas Tale will arrive on digital Nov. 19 and DVD Dec. 3 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The cast includes Jane Seymour, Roma Downey and Abigail Spencer, along with screen legends Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury.  The film is narrated by Kate Winslet and Robert Redford.

From creator/director/writer/composer Tim Janis, who has sold millions of albums and worked with a wide array of artists, Buttons: A Christmas Tale follows the heartwarming journey of two orphan girls whose only wish is to find a home for Christmas. With a little help from their guardian angels (Van Dyke and Lansbury), they discover that miracles really can happen when you find the power to believe.

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The DVD includes bonus songs, a music video and a photo gallery.

‘Santa With Muscles,’ ‘Angela’s Christmas’ Among Titles Coming From Mill Creek for the Holidays

Mill Creek Entertainment will release a collection of holiday movies on disc and digital in November and December.

Making its Blu-ray debut Nov. 5, Santa With Muscles stars wrestler Hulk Hogan as an evil millionaire who gets amnesia during the holiday season and becomes convinced that he is Santa Claus. He uses his new identity to fight crime and bring good cheer to all good boys and girls.

Based on the children’s book Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela’s Ashes), comes Angela’s Christmas, a poignant story from the Oscar-nominated studio Brown Bag Films about the power of family and the innocent desire of a child to ensure everyone is safe, warm and loved at Christmas.  The Emmy-nominated title will come out on DVD Nov. 19.

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Also coming on DVD Nov. 19 is Down Home Christmas — 5 Movie Collection, which features Christmas-themed movies featuring top TV stars, and Elfette Saves Christmas, in which an elf named Elfette (Brielle Carter) finds her vacation in Florida cut short when there’s suddenly a Christmas emergency — Santa Claus (Quinton Aaron) has been kidnapped by the New York Mafia’s crime boss.

Finally, due Dec. 10 on DVD is Christmas on the Range. In the film, Kendall Riley (Erin Cahill) is finally about to succeed in turning her family ranch into a farm producing organic beef. But she is opposed every step of the way by her neighboring rancher Brick McCree. When Brick’s estranged son Clint returns for the holidays, he and Kendall hit it off, which only enrages Brick more.

Each of these titles also features a digital redemption on www.movieSPREE.com.