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“Check Out” These Holiday DVD Recommendations

Thursday, December 5, 2013 2:03 pm

In preparation for the holiday season, don’t forget to check out some of the wonderful selection of holiday DVDs that ZSR has to offer! Mary has pulled many of the holiday titles and displayed them on the small bookshelf by the door of the DVD room. We thought we’d highlight some popular and not so popular titles on the shelf.

The most popular Christmas movie in our collection (so popular, we own two copies) is Elf, starring Will Farrell, James Caan, Ed Asner, Bob Newhart, and Zooey Deschanel. It is the story of Buddy, a human who grew up thinking he is an elf in the North Pole. When he learns he is a human, he goes to New York City to find his biological father and spread Christmas cheer. This is a funny and heartwarming film, sure to make your holidays that much brighter.

Some other DVDs that deserve highlighting are The Bishop’s Wife and The Preacher’s Wife. The Bishop’s Wife stars Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young. The film follows a Bishop (Niven) and his wife (Young) who are having troubles in their lives, specifically with the planning and building of a cathedral. The answer to their troubles comes in the form of an angel played by Cary Grant. The film was nominated for many Academy Awards, including Best Picture, winning Best Music. This is a lovely film and we could all benefit from watching this during the holiday season. A 1996 remake of The Bishop’s Wife, The Preacher’s Wife stars Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, and Courtney B. Vance. Also nominated for a few Academy Awards, this modern retelling, directed by Penny Marshall, is a great choice for holiday cheer.

If your idea of Christmas movies include Gremlins and Die Hard, we suggest Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. Described as a “Finnish horror-fantasy film,” this 2010 film is sure to mix up your holiday movie nights.

As you know, ZSR has many more films, holiday and otherwise, for your consideration this season. Make sure you drop by the DVD room and check one out. Thanks to Mary for these and many other suggestions!

4 Responses to ““Check Out” These Holiday DVD Recommendations”

  1. Mimi and I looooove “The Bishop’s Wife.” We have to watch that every Christmas. We were talking about Dudley the angel as we put up our tree this past weekend.

  2. My fav still is “Its a Wonderful Life” even though Mary, in her alternate life as a spinster, is “just closing up the librarryyy!” as Clarence says. (Ugh, poor Mary, couldn’t find a man so she had to become a LIBRARIAN!) Some people take offense at that. I still think it has a great message about being thankful for what you have and striving for a solution no matter how tough your situation.

  3. Thanks for the recommendations! I’ve been looking for a better choice than “It’s a Wonderful Life” which I’ve never liked because of how they disparage librarians.

    Remember that scene? http://emp.byui.edu/raishm/films/mary.html

  4. A good antidote to the treatment of librarians in “It’s a Wonderful Life” is “Desk Set,” in which the NBC Library is threatened by automation. Arguably, it’s even a holiday movie because conflict is resolved (and the value of librarians is affirmed) during the company Christmas party.


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