Christmas Movie Classics on Blu-Ray or DVD

if you are looking for Christmas movies at the cinema this year, the 2010 release schedule isn't exactly full-up of Christmas cheer. In fact, there is only one genuine Christmas movie for 2010 -- The Nutcracker in 3D. It is a 3D musical starring Nathan Lane, John Turturro, and Elle Fanning as Mary. The release date is November 24th, 2010. I'm not quite sure how much the movie has to do with the story of the original Nutcracker. It looks very steampunk and cool though.

I've seen no advertising for this movie at all at the theatre. The finances for the film are Hungarian, so we'll see if it even gets a wide release in the US. You can watch the trailer for it below and see what you think.

The Nutcracker 3D

Christmas Movies 2010 Blu-Ray and DVD Releases

As for other Christmas Movies 2010? Well, your best bet this year is to turn to Blu-ray and DVD releases, of which we have quite a few, so here's what you can expect. So pick up a couple of Christmas movies to watch at home, put another log on the fire, break out the egg nog and get yourself some popcorn and curl up on the couch with the rest of the family.

The Original Christmas Classics on Blu-Ray
The Original Christmas Classics on Blu-Ray

The Original Christmas Classics on Blu-Ray

For the absolute classics, you no longer have to rely on the TV schedule or your TiVo. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has finally been released on Blu-Ray, along with his friends Frosty, Santa Claus and the Abominable Snowman.

The new Blu-Ray and the original DVD boxed sets includes three classic Christmas movies by Rankin and Bass, and one cash-in special (Frosty Returns) ;)

  1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  2. Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
  3. Frosty the Snowman
  4. Frosty Returns

On the DVD boxed set which was released in 2007, you also get three other films: Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol; The Little Drummer Boy; and Cricket on the Hearth. Mr Magoo is not by Rankin and Bass, but the the other two are and Cricket on the Hearth is usually not aired on TV, so it is a bit of a must have as it is a little known gem.

For my money, I would probably go with the original boxed set here. The Blu-Ray release certainly looks fine enough in 1080p, but the transfer isn't mind-blowing. So if you just want more bang for your buck (and more Christmas movies!), pick up the DVDs. Of course, if you can't bring yourself to watch standard definition anymore, the Blu-Ray is for you :)

Disney's A Christmas Carol on Blu-Ray
Disney's A Christmas Carol on Blu-Ray

Disney's A Christmas Carol

Disney's A Christmas Carol is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 16th, 2010, so by the time you read this, you may be able to pick it up at the store, or stick it in your Amazon cart now as a pre-order and you'll have it before Thanksgiving.

Starring Jim Carrey, who is making a habit of being in great Christmas movies, and directed by Robert Zemeckis (director of that other holiday classic, The Polar Express), this Disney animated film tells the classic story of Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future (all of whom are played by Jim Carrey). It is a MUST HAVE if you love Christmas movies. The animation is excellent and in some cases I find myself forgetting that it is animated.

The film is also surprisingly faithful to Dickens' work, with most of the dialogue coming straight from the novella. Of course, this also makes it somewhat darker than your typical Christmas tale, so if you have young children who scare easily, you may want to stick to Rudolph and Frosty (although frankly, I was such an impressionable child that I found even parts of those movies scary, so I guess it depends on your kids LOL)

It's a great movie and it will look particularly good on your HD television, so I recommend picking up the Blu-Ray release even if you don't have HD or Blu-Ray yet. Since this release comes with four discs, including the standard definition DVD, if you are planning on upgrading to HD anytime in the near future, it is your best bet.

George C Scott in A Christmas Carol
George C Scott in A Christmas Carol

Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol

Can't get enough of A Christmas Carol or maybe you just hate Jim Carrey and/or animation? You're in luck.

Also being released on Blu-Ray in November 2010 is the 1984 television movie, A Christmas Carol, starring George C. Scott as Scrooge. This quite faithful adaption of Dickens' original story by Clive Donner features an excellent performance by George S. Scott and the supporting cast are all great too.

I haven't seen any news about potential features on this release, so I don't even know if it is a remaster. I personally would wait to pick this up after its release date (November 9th) on Blu-Ray so you can make sure the transfer is worth owning.

A Christmas Carol [Blu-ray]
A Christmas Carol [Blu-ray]

new on Blu-Ray for 2010!

Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol on Blu-Ray
Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol on Blu-Ray

Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol

What? You thought we were done with releases of A Christmas Carol for Christmas movies 2010? Nope, not yet! I'm starting to think I should have devoted a hub just to A Christmas Carol. Maybe I will do that later.

I mentioned Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol up the page a bit, as it is included in the DVD boxed set of the Original Christmas Classics by Rankin and Bass, but it is not included in the new Blu-Ray boxed set -- and that's because it gets its very own dedicated Blu-Ray release, dropping on the same date, November 16th, 2010. It's a short feature, running only 52 minutes, bu the current price is only $14.99 so if you love Mr Magoo, Rankin and Bass holiday movies or simply can't get enough of A Christmas Carol, it's a must buy.

White Christmas on Blu-Ray
White Christmas on Blu-Ray

White Christmas on Blu-Ray

It really is a bit of a bonanza for classic Christmas movies being released for the first time on Blu-Ray this year. Next up, we have the Bing Crosby classic, White Christmas, which also stars Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney.It was just released on Blu-Ray in November so it's time to add it to your shopping cart so you'll be all set to watch it right after Thanksgiving.

This movie looks GREAT on Blu-Ray so I would classify this new release as a MUST RE-BUY. I personally hate re-buying movies that I already own, but White Christmas has never really looked that great on DVD and while last year's DVD release was an improvement, it wasn't all that special, so now it is your chance to get a copy of it that looks as good as it should - the colors really pop! It's a great 1080p transfer with some nice bonus features that are also in HD, such as Rosemary's Clooney's Old Kentucky Home and Irving Berlin's White Christmas.

Buy White Christmas on Blu-Ray

More Christmas Movies on DVD or Blu-ray

Okay, I just covered the major releases for the holiday season for 2010 on Blu-Ray and DVD. That's not all there is though, so here's a list of some other titles you may want to consider. All of these are were new on Blu-Ray for 2010, and some of them are new on DVD as well (but others were previously released on DVD so only the Blu-Ray is new). Have fun and have a very happy Christmas watching your favorite classic Christmas flicks!

  • A Year Without a Santa Clause - Another Rankin/Bass classic holiday film getting its own Blu-Ray release.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Rudolph is in the boxed set listed at the top of this article, but he's so special he gets his own Blu-Ray release as well. Of course, for the price, I think the boxed set is a MUCH better deal.
  • Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales - Hey Snoopy! Nice to see you on DVD. Would be even better if you were on Blu-Ray, but you aren't!
  • Yes, Virginia - This animated tv special features the voices of Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina, and Beatrice Miller. DVD only.
  • Santa Clause, The Movie - The 1985 Dudley Moore movie gets a Blu-Ray and DVD release.
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas - More great Rankin and Bass, but sadly DVD only for this release.
  • The Search for Santa Paws - A Disney Home movie. If you love dogs and Christmas, this one is for you. It's a Blu-Ray and DVD combo.
  • And finally, there's the MGM Christmas Collection which collection contains An All Dogs Christmas Carol, Christmas Carol--The Movie, A Pink Christmas, Babes in Toyland, Prancer, and Blizzard. DVD only.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Collector's Edition (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
The Nightmare Before Christmas Collector's Edition (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Okay, this should probably be getting special treatment in the list above, but that's okay. The Tim Burton classic has been released on Blu-Ray. A must have for many folks.


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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Oh, what a wonderful Hub! I didn't know about the 3D versions for Christmas - I must find the Nutcracker in 3D. We used to see the Nutcracker ballet every year so this will be sure to bring back some very fond memories.

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fetty 5 years ago from South Jersey

This new Nutcracker in 3D definitely looks updated but also is rather appealing if the trailer is a good indicator of the content of the movie. Great hub , I believe you've covered many great movies , Thank you.

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lil momma 2008 5 years ago

AWESOME HUB on lots of people ideas for christmas! I like it and up'ed you as well and marked it useful

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lender3212000 5 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

I'm a sucker for the classics like Frosty and the Charlie Brown Christmas special. Great hub, brings back a lot of memories!

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danielpolly 5 years ago from New York

Your suggestions are great gifts as well. Thanks for the ideas! :)

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TomB88 5 years ago

I really like the look of Disney's a Christmas Carol !!

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lbmovingsupplies 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Does the blu-ray for the original christmas classics have any bonus stuff or just the dvd/vhs/tv version converted to 1080p aspect ratio? Thanks

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applejuic3 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

I love Christmas. Thank you for this amazing list, definitely some to add to my collection of movies to watch through the holidays.

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Alternative Prime 5 years ago from > California

All the movies in your Hub are classics embitca,

I would also recommend "National Lampoons Christmas Vacation" to the list, especially if your in the mood for a few laughs...

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giwrgos12 5 years ago from San Diego

Great post! thanks a lot!

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Trinsick 5 years ago from Cali

I saw the Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey in 3d and had a massive headache after. Good story either way.

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muriahgorde 5 years ago from New York

My little nephew will love them! Awesome ideas!

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onceuponatime66 5 years ago from USA IL

I love Christmas and I love Christmas movies thanks for the awesome ideas.

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nanetteparker 5 years ago

I've already seen the movie White Christmas for a couple of times and I love watching it over and over again even if it is not Christmas season.

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kephrira 5 years ago from Birmingham

I hadn't seen anything about nutcracker 3d it looks good, thanks for the info

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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Awesome and thanks for the great classic list of Christmas movie favorites. I'm going to stock up on them and popcorn for the holidays. I love all these Christmas movie classics. Peace and Joy :)

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TomC35 5 years ago from Georgia

So many memories! I just saw Fred Claus on TBS the other night. I am mad people told me not to see it previously. I thought it was good.

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Ladybird33 5 years ago from Georgia USA

Love this hub. My family loves National Lapoon's Christmas Vacation, sad as it is...that is what our tradition is, the Griswolds!!! Great hub.

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xixi12 5 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it.

Great classics, there is nothing better to put you in a christmas mood than a really nice movie

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belko002 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

This is a GREAT list. I personally would add "Christmas Vacation" and "Elf". They are both hysterical!

Zurich11 5 years ago

Great Hub. Watching Frosty the Snowman during the week before Christmas is a holiday tradition for our family.

MyForces 5 years ago

Great stuff, I have my Xmas movies all picked out for the next few nights!

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kesinee 5 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

Who already watched A Christmas Carlo? Is is good movie?

I'm planning to purchase Blu-Ray but as I don't like Jim Carrey so it must be great if I get some advices here.

Thank you.

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licot 5 years ago

yes...i love christmas movies...

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iamageniuster 5 years ago

Some very good Christmas movies list. Thanks.

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Xishan Ansari 5 years ago from Pakistan

awesome movies thumbs up :)

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Spacey Gracey 5 years ago from Essex, UK

I love our family tradition of Christmas movie all snuggled up together. This year we have chosen Muppets Christmas Carol because I just love the songs. Thanks for the movie suggestions.

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CreateHubpages 5 years ago

I'm planning to give my family a 3D movie treat this christma. Happy Holidays everyone :)

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molson5070 5 years ago from State College, Pa

The Nutcracker is such a classic movie. i had no idea there was one in 3D

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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Great Hub- having just unleashed a 3D TV at home- I am looking for some quality entertainment. Thanks!

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paul pruel 5 years ago from Philippines and Saudi Arabia

Interesting review. Thanks. Merry Christmas.

Toronto condos 5 years ago

These are all time classics!

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deblipp 5 years ago

I have watched many of them and i my most favorite is 'White Christmas'.

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anne_with_an_e 5 years ago from here, there and everywhere

Great hub. I must find the Nutcracker 3D movie! We like to add a new movie to our Christmas library every year - this hub is a great resource. Thanks.

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evilia_lim 5 years ago from Jakarta, Indonesia

WOW...what a ton of movie selections for holidays. Thanks for sharing. Peace :)

WOWOWOWOWOQ 5 years ago

They're all fantastic movies NICE HUB!

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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick

White Christmas and the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim are my favourites.

Farooq1 5 years ago

nice hub, good selection of films!

du hoc 5 years ago

I saw the Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey in 3d and had a massive headache after.

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trusouldj 5 years ago from Indiana

I love contemporary Christmas movies that are produced on Hallmark and Lifetime. But it bothered me when I came across a couple on Lifetime this past year that had profanity and sexual references. That's not Christmas ... Okay, it is ... it can be ... but you know what I mean.

lostwithinmyself 5 years ago

I been thinking of what films i could get as Christmas is not that far away. This hub has give me some great ideas as to which ones to get. thanks for sharing =D. x

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stocking 4 years ago from Fireplace

Some great traditional Christmas Disney Movies here, I'm especially glad to see different ones like 'A Nightmare Before Christmas' in here :)

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Modern Greetings 4 years ago

Awesome hub.

I'm all a titter at not being the only one who thinks a Nightmare before Christmas is a Christmas movie! :)

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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

I love Christmas movies. Good hub.

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