Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for the holiday movie lover in your life or decorating the aisles in your own media library, there are plenty of options this season, from new Blu-rays of your holiday favorites to advent calendars for fandoms. . of all stripes.
If you like a bit of terror to accompany your ho-ho-ho, the great news for the season is “Krampus: The Naughty Cut” (Scream Factory; December 7). The 4K debut of this spooky Christmas saga gives director and co-writer Michael Dougherty a chance to re-enact some scary scenes and adult language that had to be cut short for the holidays to reach a PG-13 rating. The collection also features a new Dolby Atmos audio option and many new features, including interviews with co-stars David Koechner and Allison Tolman.
Looking back to previous decades, there’s a new Blu-ray of Dick Van Dyke’s prank comedy “Fitzwilly” with a rare big-screen twist for television legend Barbara Feldon. And speaking of TV, the DVD “Honeymoon Specials: A Christmas Carol” (MPI Home Entertainment) captures a 1977 reunion where Jackie Gleason’s Ralph Kramden rewrites the Dickens classic and tackles the role of Scrooge.
And yes, it’s technically a Thanksgiving movie, but “Planes, trains and automobiles” Gets New Blu-ray Steelbook Release; The collection will look attractive in any home video library, and the disc comes loaded with over an hour of bonus content, including retrospective tributes to both John Hughes and John Candy.
Visit Seneca Falls, NY, the city that inspired Frank Capra, in the acclaimed documentary “The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life” (Virgil Films), and while you’re in the mood for sentimentality, watch the British movie “A gift from Bob” (Lionsgate / Saban), about a community brought together by a busker and his very special cat. And speaking of music, you can finally get the legendary 2020. “Jinkx and DeLa’s Holiday Special” on Blu-ray (and then go see Jinkx Monsoon and Ben DeLa Creme live on their Vacation Tour 2021).
Fifty years ago, the seeds of the classic TV series “The Waltons” were planted with the 1971 TV movie “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story,” and as of December 14, you can get a DVD of the new version. of 2021. “Homecoming of the Waltons”, following its November 28 premiere on The CW.
Both the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries air their popular Christmas movies year-round, so there’s clearly an audience that wants permanent copies of these movies. Many of its 2020 titles will be available this year, including “Chateau Christmas” “Christmas by Starlight”, “The Christmas doctor”, “Christmas in Evergreen: the bells are ringing” “Christmas in Vienna”, “Christmas She Wrote”, “A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado”, qualification champion “Christmas waltz” “Blueberry Christmas” “Delivery before Christmas” “Five Star Christmas” “A Godwink Christmas: Second Chance, First Love”, “Good morning Christmas!” “Holly & Ivy” “Jingle Bell Bride” “A little Christmas charm” “Love, lights, Hanukkah!” “Meet me at Christmas” “A royal party” “Christmas Wish Project” “A timeless Christmas” “When it calls to the heart”: Home for Christmas and the greatest Christmas wish, and exclusive to Walmart “If only I had Christmas” “A Nashville Christmas Carol”, “It’s time for us to go home for Christmas” and “USS Christmas”.
(Totally subjective picks for the best of the bunch? “The Christmas house” and the charming romantic “On the 12th of Christmas”, starring Hallmark favorite and “Letterkenny” co-star Tyler Hynes).
And if this Christmas romance brand puts the candy cane in their hot cocoa, ImagiComm Entertainment has a trio of titles to add to their list: “Christmas in the Rocky Mountains” “Christmas in the Wilds”, and “Christmas in the pines”.
For the kids
You can’t go wrong with the Blu-ray Steelbook The original collection of Christmas specials (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment), featuring beloved Rankin / Bass favorites such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Santa Claus Is Comin ‘to Town,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and ” Cricket on the Hearth ”at your fingertips to enjoy with your family.
PBS offers up to two DVDs with seasonal stories starring characters known and loved by young viewers, with PBS Kids Christmas Collection and PBS Kids: 20 Snowy Stories. (These two compilations feature something like seven combined hours of youth entertainment you need to keep busy this holiday season.)
Books, calendars … and a sweater, of course
Two new Insight Editions books let you expand your fandom for your favorite Christmas movies while making delicious treats in the kitchen: “The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Official Cookbook and Entertainment Guide” features lots of festively ghoulish ideas for treats and party games while “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Official Bailey Family Cookbook” shows you how to make Christmas dinners, cocktails and desserts like Donna Reed.
(And it would be remiss not to mention “I’ll be home for the Christmas movies” (Running Press), a book I co-authored with the hosts of the hilarious “Deck the Hallmark” podcast, featuring everything from reviews of over 100 Hallmark holiday movies to delicious food and drink recipes to serve at your own Hallmark-watch party.)
Insight Editions has you covered on the front of the Advent calendar too, with a wonderful 3-D extravaganza celebrating a holiday favorite: “Home Alone: The Official AAAAA Events Calendar” features a pop-up tree, 25 ornaments to hang on, and a prank ideas booklet. (If you want to go the no home invasion route, Disney Princess Enchanted Christmas Pop-Up Advent Calendar also includes a tree and decorations, as well as the “Disney Princess Vacation Guide”).
And whatever your fandom, there is an Advent calendar for you, be it Wonderful, bat Man, “The nightmare before Christmas,” or even “Star Wars,” though the latter surprisingly ignores Life Day and the infamous Holiday Special.
Lastly, wear your love of holiday movies on your sleeve with the official Oscilloscope Films license. Krampus “Rare Exports” Sweater, guaranteed to start conversations and scare the kids at holiday gatherings all season long.