Every year as a child I looked forward to watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer during the holidays. In fact, I looked forward to seeing it on TV even as an adult!
Wanting to share this great classic with my 7 year old son, I bought it for him a few weeks ago. Sure, I had it recorded on a VHS along with other Christmas classics, but the quality wasn't that great and we had to endure commercials.
The DVD version seems to be cleaned up from the TV version in terms of quality. I seem to recall more background "fuzzies" when it was on TV (perhaps the DVD was re-mastered?)
The Desinty's Child claymation video is basically worthless, in my opinion, unless you have a little fan of this kind of music (and I don't).
With a run-time of 65 minutes, this DVD has hardly any extras. There's a lost scene which originally aired in place of the song "Why Am I Such A Misfit?" (an optimistic tune about striking out and finding your fortune). You can also view the DVD in Spanish, and my son gets a kick out of doing that once in awhile.
The "previews" for other DVD's--including an annoying promo for one about Peter Rabbit/Easter--seems ENDLESS. It's a shame how they advertise to death on DVD's for youngsters!
And as far as the Rudolph story: well, I was always bothered that Rudolph's Dad rejected him for being different--as well as Santa himself! Very disappointing, but isn't that like life--where people judge based on appearances?
Still, I love the songs on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Hermie the dentist wanna-be, Yukon Cornelius and the Bumble bring warm holiday nostalgia to our house. And my 7 year old son plays this DVD at least once a day! What more can you ask for? (except maybe some fun extras).
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