3. The Muppet Christmas Carol
Possibly one of the most popular adaptations of this classic Christmas tale, The Muppet Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, voiced on this occasion by Michael Caine.
Scrooge, a money-lender who has no interest in Christmas, is eventually persuaded to take Christmas day off. He is then visited by three ghosts – the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come – who show him what life will be like if he doesn’t change his ways.
Of course, being a Muppet movie, there are laughs aplenty, making this the perfect family film. The Blu-ray comes loaded with special features, including a blooper reel, a feature about Christmas traditions around the world, and commentary by Kermit, Gonzo and Rizzo, which is exclusive to Blu-ray
2. Die Hard
Not all Christmas films are about reindeer and Santa! Die Hard gets our number two spot for being something totally different from the Christmas norm.
Bruce Willis plays John McClane, a hardened NYPD cop who travels to LA to find his estranged wife on Christmas Eve. He soon finds himself in a dangerous situation after the building he’s in is stormed by terrorists, led by the menacing Hans Gruber, played by Alan Rickman. While everyone is taken hostage, McClane manages to slip away quietly and works alone to save the lives of everyone in the building before it’s too late.
The Blu-ray comes with several special features, including commentary by director John McTiernan and special effects supervisor Richard Edlund, trailers and an interactive stills gallery
Our number one Christmas film is undoubtedly one of the funniest going! Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan and Zooey Deschanel, Elf is guaranteed to bring laughs to everyone’s living room this Christmas.
Ferrell plays Buddy, one of Santa’s elves, who stands out from his peers due to his abnormal height. Determined to find his real family, Buddy heads to New York City and is shocked to discover an alarming lack of Christmas spirit. Determined to turn things around, Buddy works with a department store elf (Deschanel) to bring some festive cheer to his grumpy dad, and show the city that Santa actually exists.
Will Ferrell’s unique style of comedy shines through in this Christmas caper, so if you’re a fan of his other films you should definitely give this a watch. Special features include a behind-the-scenes documentary, trailers and a sing-a-long elf karaoke.
So that’s it for this year! The Blu-ray Disc Reporter team will be taking a break over the holiday period, and will be back in January to continue bringing you the latest Blu-ray news, suggestions and competitions.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Blu-ray Disc Reporter!