Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS is a staple in most holiday movie collections and now Paramount is releasing it in a Diamond Edition on Blu-ray. It stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen in the Christmas movie about entertainers who just want to give something back. The Blu-ray comes in a combo pack including a CD of the soundtrack and releases on October 14th. This is a must-own before the holidays roll in.
Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
· Feature film in high definition
· Feature film with optional Sing-Along Subtitle Track—NEW!
· Commentary by Rosemary Clooney
· Classic Holiday Moments—NEW!
o “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby on December 1, 1976
o “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby featuring Michael Bublé on December 10, 2012
o “Silent Night” by Bing Crosby on December 12, 1948
o “Jingle Bells” by Danny Kaye and Nat King Cole on December 25, 1963
o Danny Kaye reads from A Christmas Carol on December 22, 1965
· Assignment Children—NEW!
o With introduction by Michael Bublé
· Backstage Stories from White Christmas—The production boasted the #1 and #3 box office stars of its time and the director of Casablanca. It featured the most popular song in American history and became the highest-ranking film at the box office in 1954. From little-known production details to behind-the-scenes trivia, this segment offers insights about the timeless holiday classic.
· Bing Crosby: Christmas Crooner—Crosby’s family members offer personal memories of the film and discuss the crooner’s Yuletide connection. The piece also includes film historians sharing rare stories about Crosby and White Christmas and a visit to Crosby’s hometown of Spokane, Washington.
· Danny Kaye: Joy to the World—Some people only know him as the silver screen’s ‘court jester,’ but Danny Kaye was a true humanitarian who helped children around the world as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. This moving tribute sheds light on the multi-talented actor, who won two honorary Academy Awards®, including the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and spread joy beyond the Hollywood spotlight.
· Irving Berlin’s White Christmas—Many people don’t know all of the lyrics to the most popular Christmas song of all time or that Irving Berlin wrote it while sitting poolside at an Arizona Resort. This fascinating feature sheds light on the genesis and enduring popularity of the best-selling single in American history.
· Rosemary’s Old Kentucky Home—Take a tour of Rosemary Clooney’s home in Augusta, Kentucky, which has become a historical landmark.
· White Christmas: From Page to Stage— The legacy of White Christmas continues with a hit Broadway musical, nominated for two Tony awards.
· White Christmas: A Look Back with Rosemary Clooney
· White Christmas Photo Galleries—NEW!
o Publicity Shots
· Two Theatrical Trailers
Disc 2 (DVD):
· Feature Film in Standard Definition
· Commentary by Rosemary Clooney
Disc 3 (DVD):
· Same special features listed above in standard definition with the exception of the optional sing-along subtitle track
Bonus Music CD
1. Winter Wonderland – Rosemary Clooney
2. Deck the Halls/Away in a Manger/O, Little Town of Bethlehem/The First Noel – Bing Crosby
3. Waltz Around the Christmas Tree – Danny Kaye
4. Marshmallow World – Bing Crosby & Ella Fitzgerald
5. The Christmas Song – Rosemary Clooney
6. Just What I Wanted For Christmas – Bing Crosby
7. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Rosemary Clooney
8. Jingle Bells – Danny Kaye & Peggy Lee
9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Bing Crosby & Judy Garland
10. Home For The Holidays – Rosemary Clooney
11. Some Children See Him – Danny Kaye
12. The Night Before Christmas – Bing Crosby