Wednesday, November 16, 2011

2011 Holiday Guide: Holiday DVDs for gift-giving

"Santas" photo by Paula Slade

With Thanksgiving just a week away, we turn our attention to preparing for the upcoming holiday season.


This article, the first installment in this series, provides information and ideas for parents and caregivers for children’s entertainment-oriented gifts. 


From now until December 21, 2011, new offerings will be featured in multiple entertainment categories.


Today, we focus on some new DVD releases for this year.


The products, which appear below have been researched for quality as well as value, and are geared to provide the children in your life with many hours of positive and fun-filled entertainment.


Although pricing has been provided for you at time of this publication, it is suggested that you cross-compare with various online as well as stick and brick retailers when available.


For some of the listed DVDs, trailers are provided, so you may wish to bookmark this page to enable viewing, or further explorations of the highlighted links at your leisure. 


As always, you are the best judge of what is appropriate for your child's entertainment.


Just in time for Thanksgiving, and as families gather together, comes the latest offering from Scholastic Storybook Treasures – Giving Thanks… and More Stories to Celebrate American Heritage.

American history and friendship skills, are the emphasis on this DVD, which includes four stories to help celebrate what makes our country great, including the recent Parent’s Choice Award winner “Lincoln & Douglass: An American Friendship” by Nikki Giovanni, narrated by Danny Glover. 

Other stories include “Giving Thanks”, narrated by Native American Mohawk leader Chief Jake Swamp and offering an alternative language track in the Mohawk language, “Hiawatha” and Marcia Sewall’s “The Pilgrims of Plimouth”, which dramatically chronicles the arrival of the Pilgrims in the New World

The 92-minute DVD (plus bonus extras) includes the ever-popular read-along function, and an interview with “Lincoln & Douglass” author Nikki Giovanni.

The suggested retail price for Giving Thanks… and More Stories to Celebrate American Heritage is $14.95 and is available through Amazon Marketplace starting at $5.69.


From Anchor Bay Entertainment and Michael Feifer (producer/director of The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation and Your Love Never Fails) comes an adorable and heartwarming new holiday release, A Christmas Wedding Tail, which launches at retailers nationwide starting Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.

A Christmas Wedding Tail is a Family/Romantic-Comedy about canine matchmakers and their blended families, as they navigate the challenges and triumphs of relationships.

Product Details

“Jennie Garth (“90210”) stars as Susan, an unemployed Los Angeles museum curator and widowed single mom temporarily living in a small California town with her three sensitive sons.

Jake (Brad Rowe of “General Hospital”) is a single dad of two tomboys who owns a local winery.

When Susan’s dog Rusty (voiced by Jay Mohr of “Ghost Whisperer”) falls for Jake’s poodle Cheri (voiced by Nikki Cox of “Las Vegas”), these canine matchmakers help their owners fall in love too.

Tom Arnold and Catherine Hicks (“Seventh Heaven”) also co-star in this film.”

A Christmas Wedding Tail is rated PG for “mild language” and includes an Audio Commentary with Executive Producers Jeffery Schenck and Barry Barnholtz and Writer/Co-Producer Peter Sullivan, plus A Christmas Wedding Tail: Dog Tracks.

Suggested retail price: $19.98 and the DVD is available at with release-day delivery option, which may be available at checkout for most continental U.S. addresses.

Below, for your enjoyment is the trailer for A Christmas Wedding Tail

A Christmas Wedding Tail Trailer


From Entertainment One, comes a beloved holiday classic that has been digitally restored and re-mastered on DVDBabar and Father Christmas. 

This delightful holiday animated tale takes Babar on a journey to find Father Christmas, and save the day for his children and everyone in Celestville.

This year, Babar celebrates his 80th birthday being everyone’s favorite elephant whose stories highlight core family values.

As a special bonus this DVD includes a Babar coloring book plus two extra episodes of Babar - “A Child in the Snow” and “The Gift”

The suggested retail price of Babar and Father Christmas, which runs 70-minutes, is $14.98. The DVD is now available through Amazon Marketplace starting at $6.22.

Below, for your enjoyment is the trailer that includes complete storyline for Babar and Father Christmas

Babar and Father Christmas Trailer


Also from Entertainment One, and at retailers nationwide comes, 25 Days Until Christmas, a unique Advent calendar on DVD.

A wonderful way to start a new family holiday tradition, 25 Days Until Christmas reintroduces the Bible into your holiday festivities by counting down the Advent calendar with daily scripture readings of the Christmas story, beautiful high definition winter scenes, seasonal devotions and beloved inspirational music 

Listen one day at a time or “play all.”

Suggested retail price this 60-minute plus extras DVD is: $14.98. 25 Days Until Christmas is available for immediate shipping through Amazon with a price of $9.99.

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