Directed by: Rankin/Bass
Starring Angela Lansbury
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
Run Time: 22 minutes
Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars
Even though it is not Halloween yet, I am never going to turn down watching a Christmas film. In fact, I like to watch Christmas films all year long, it puts you in a certain mood that you get are “suppose” to be in once a year. “The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow” is made from the legendary duo Rankin/Bass (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”). The film is so sweet and really delivers a wonderful message. The music/songs in the film are also so memorable and leave you humming the rest of the day. If it wasn’t good enough, we get the wonderful voice and narration from Angela Lansbury. Must purchase for all fans of Rankin/Bass.
The only issue I have of this film is the idea that it is being called a deluxe edition. There is only one special feature called “Celebrate and Create: Holiday Cards That Kids Can Make”. It is cute for kids but doesn’t warrant the title of deluxe. Nonetheless, the fully remastered transfer of this film does look very nice and delivers. I would have like to see this put out on Blu-ray though, like a few recent other Rankin/Bass releases. I mean these films are never going to look perfect with there age and their type of animation. I am looking forward to sharing this film with my daughter for many years to come making it a must-watch each holiday season!
Synopsis: Unwrap a Christmas miracle with this new deluxe edition DVD! Give your family a holiday to remember with this unforgettable story about the true meaning of Christmas from the animation powerhouse Rankin/Bass (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)! After Sister Theresa (voiced by Angela Lansbury) rescues an orphan shepherd boy from a lightning storm, she lovingly nurses him back to health. However, the boy suffered injuries during the storm and wakes up blind and discouraged in his new surroundings. With Sister Theresa’s help, the pint-sized shepherd with the king-sized heart learns that seeing goes deeper than what your eyes show you. Together, they discover that unconditional love can overcome any obstacles. Celebrate the gift of love with your family this holiday as you experience this fully remastered deluxe edition DVD!