Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday Movies Worth Picking Up From Echo Bridge Entertainment (Review)

I started reviewing holiday movies a few days before Halloween.  While others were watching Halloween favorites, I was starting to get into the holiday spirit by watching Christmas movies with the girls, and as a way to unwind after everyone was in bed.  I can't tell you how many holiday-themed movies I have seen since then, but ones I have recently watched during the Thanksgiving holiday were from Echo Bridge Entertainment.

The kind folks at Echo Bridge Entertainment sent the following Christmas-themed movies to review and share with my family:

On the Second Day of Christmas / Bonus MP3 Audio 
Buy now for only $5.99.

"Trish (Mary Stuart Masterson) and her six-year-old niece, Patsy, make their living by picking pockets. But when they try to take advantage of holiday shoppers with fat wallets, they run into a little snag—a department store security guard named Bert (Mark Ruffalo) catches them in the act. The store owner wants them arrested, but decides to wait until Christmas is over. To ensure they don't make a run for it, he entrusts their care to Bert. With jail on the horizon, Trish and Patsy are scared for their future. But as the holiday nears its end, it looks as though a budding romance might just save them after all."
Includes BONUS Music!
Get in the Christmas spirit with 10 holiday songs in digital format.
Angels We Have Heard on High
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
O' Come All Ye Faithful
O' Little Town of Bethlehem
Unto Us a Child Is Born
Away in a Manger
From Heaven High
Hail Blessed Virgin Mary
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
O' Holy Night

Miracle at Christmas: Ebbie's Story / Bonus MP3 Audio 
Buy now for only $5.99.

"Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge (Susan Lucci) is the tyrannical owner of Dobson's department store. She takes her career very seriously and cares little about those around her, firing employees, denying charity and breaking tradition to turn a profit. When Ebbie is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, she realizes that she knows the price of everything…but the value of nothing. As she gets a glimpse at the bridges she's burned and the love she's lost, Ebbie hopes for a fresh start. Will she get another chance to live a more generous life?"

Includes BONUS Music!
Get in the Christmas spirit with 10 holiday songs in digital format.
Amazing Grace
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
I Saw Three Ships
The Holly and the Ivy
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
We Three Kings
Feliz Navidad
Away in a Manger
O' Christmas Tree
Silent Night

A Very Mary Christmas
Buy now for only $6.99.

"Mary (Olesya Rulin) is a pregnant teen on the run from her unsupportive mother (Cybill Shepherd). Hitchhiking to Los Angeles to see her rock star father (Gene Simmons), Mary doesn't have anyone to help her except the eccentric characters she meets along the way—a polka-loving truck driver (Elliott Gould), a gun-toting pig lady (Cloris Leachman) and a caring showgirl named Darnella (Linda Gray). But when Mary finally makes it to LA, her dad isn't prepared for the news. With nowhere else to go, and the holidays right around the corner, Mary ends up back with Darnella and her friends—a new family that gives her all the support she could ever need."

A Christmas Tail / Family Holiday Favorites 
Buy now for only $6.99.

"Christmas magic might just land Tim Webster in the doghouse this holiday season.
It seems that anything is possible when ""The Professor"" arrives in town with his colorful band of rail-riding wayfarers. When he tells Tim about a legendary supernova with mysterious powers that is set to appear in the night sky, Tim knows just what he'll wish for—the dog he's always wanted. But after making the wish, Tim realizes something went wrong: he has a fur coat, a wagging tail, a wet nose and four paws!"

Includes BONUS Music CD!
1. Jingle Bells
2. If Every Day Were Christmas
3. Joy to the World
4. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
5. Deck the Halls
6. The Twelve Days of Christmas
7. The First Noël
8. Star Light, Star Bright
9. Rock and Roll Wishes
10. Finale: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Winslow the Christmas Bear / The Greatest Holiday Classics
Buy now for only $6.99.

"Winslow the Christmas Bear is a classic children's story that combines whimsy and fantasy with real-life animals to make Christmas come alive. One Christmas Eve, a little girl named Chrissy finds a magic storybook—a storybook that introduces her to a very special friend named Winslow. Winslow the bear isn't like the other bears. Instead of hibernating this winter like the rest of his kind, he decides to ask each of his animal friends what Christmas is all about."

Includes BONUS Music CD!

1. Swan Lake Suite For Orchestra, Op. 20
No. 1, Scene (Act II)
No. 2, Waltz (Act I)
No. 3, Dance of the Swans (Act II)
No. 4, Scene: Pas L'action (Act II)
No. 5, Dance Hongroise, Czardas (Act III)
Scene (Act IV)

2. The Nutcracker Ballet Suite, Op. 71a
Overture Miniature - Danses Caractéristiques
a. Danse De La Fée-Dragée
b. Dance Russe Trepak
c. Dance Arabe
d. Dance Chinoise
e. Dance Des Mirlitons
Valse Des Fleurs

3. Suite From Ballet: Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
Introduction - The Lilac Cat
Puss In Boots & The White Cat

and Christmas is not Christmas without watching a few Andy Griffith favorites:

Andy Griffith Collection 

Buy now for only $9.99.

"Beloved star Andy Griffith has left an extraordinary legacy in the film and television industries. Celebrate his life and career with these four memorable movies:

When Cal (Gerald McRaney) and his niece, Fern (Alison Pill), move in with his father (Andy Griffith) in Bethlehem, Kentucky, they are lacking in Christmas spirit. But when they meet the school's lovely music teacher (Naomi Judd), both Cal and Fern have a change of heart.

A team of advertising agents (William Shatner, Robert Reed) tries to win over an industry mogul (Andy Griffith) on a motorcycle ride through Baja, but their trip into the desert quickly becomes deadly.

A dysfunctionally funny family from Arkansas rallies to support their uncle when he's charged with murder. Starring Andy Griffith, Billy Bob Thornton, Kelly Preston, Laura Dern, and Diane Ladd.

A hands-on prosecutor (Andy Griffith) investigates a fatal mugging on the streets of New York and links it to the work of an organized crime king (Robert Loggia)."

Can you believe that these movies only cost $5.99 or $6.99 each (minus the $9.99 Andy Griffith Collection?  Yes, you read that right -- only $5.99 or $6.99.  With an affordable price like this, you can't help but pick up these and other holiday movies from Echo Bridge Entertainment.  This is what I love most about them, as they offer family entertainment at a great price.  Even if you are on a budget, with their assortment of 8-10 film movie collections (which range in price from $6.99-$11.99, on average), in addition to the above holiday movies, you can enjoy a nice family night with the kids.

10-Film Holiday Collector's Set10-Movie Children's Holiday Collection

Even though my daughters are too young to understand the themes of these movies, they loved seeing the animals on the screen and listening to the holiday music, which is an added bonus feature to each of these DVDS.  I haven't seen any of these movies before, so it was a treat to watch, and know that I had some wonderful titles to add to our growing Christmas DVD collection, to enjoy for years to come.

So, if you are looking for some family-friendly holiday movies to share this upcoming season, why not pick up one or more of these or other Echo Bridge Entertainment movies today?  Like I said, for the price, you can't go wrong.  Two of these movies alone would be the equivalent of one movie ticket.  You will enjoy the savings and quality of each family film in the comfort of your own home, while enjoying pizza or a freshly cooked meal, and not break the bank. :-)

Disclosure: I was sent DVDs from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. I love holiday movies, but haven’t seen a SINGLE one of these; thanks for the list, I’ll be looking to find these and record. Actually, in the last few years I have become a bit disenfranchised with the whole “Holiday Rush”, and have taken to the more inappropriate movies like Bad Santa and Trading Places, so maybe my holiday spirit is a bit askew, lol. Either way, when my wife asked me to dig up all the old holiday "favorites" (Rudolph, Grinch, Frosty) I was less than enthusiastic. I got the Hopper DVR from DISH though, and with over 2,000 hours of recording space I'll be able to record everything on TV and not even make a dent in the hard drive. I work long hours at DISH, so the DVR is really important these days, and with the PrimeTime Anytime feature I can automatically record every primetime show from the big four networks. Most of these 'favorites' will be aired on the big four, so I saved a lot of time digging, and can keep those movies as long as we (wife) want them.