Thursday, October 13, 2022

Get in the Holiday Spirit a Little Early This Year with 8-Bit Christmas Arriving on DVD on October 18th and Digital on Nov. 1st (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

The family comedy 8-Bit Christmas will be released on DVD Oct. 18 and 

for digital purchase Nov. 1 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

One of our favorite new Christmas movies to watch last year as a family was 8-Bit Christmas, which starred Neil Patrick Harris, and had him on a wacky and crazy journey to get his hands on a Nintendo gaming system.  If you grew up in 80's, then you know how crazy it was at Christmas to gets your hands on hot must have toys.  Not only were Cabbage Patch Kids dolls a hot commodity, but so were video game systems.  Being an 80's kid, I really enjoyed this movie, and found myself reminiscing with my siblings and childhood friends about our first Nintendo and how what played out in the film was our life as kids.  It was such a nostalgic movie, and one I loved sharing with my girls, as they never knew how crazy it was for hot toys like the Nintendo.  

I lost count on how many times we watched this movie on streaming -- all I know is that as Christmas neared, we were watching it at least 1-2 times a week...and we never got bored of it.  My girls have been eagerly awaiting for this to arrive on DVD, so that they could bring it in the car to watch, as well as bring to their grandparents when they visit this holiday season.   It was talked about all last Christmas, that it will be nice to finally share it with the whole family, and then pull out the old Nintendo and games my parents have at their house in storage, and play with the kids.  What a fun Christmas it will be, thanks in part to this laugh out loud and heartfelt movie, that kids and adults will love to watch year after year at the holidays, as well as during the year when you want to enjoy a good movie together.  

So, with the holidays fast approaching, why not pick up 8-Bit Christmas on DVD, and add it to your family's DVD advent countdown, or just have on hand to help get you in the holiday spirit.  We plan to watch this movie as we put up the tree in November.  Can't wait for then and many more viewings of this movie all throughout the holiday season.


"A humorous and heartfelt look back at the adventures of childhood starring Neil Patrick Harris (A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Matrix Resurrections, The Smurfs films) . 

Set in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s, the story centers on ten‐year‐old Jake Doyle’s herculean quest to get the latest and greatest video game system for Christmas."


Film Run Time: 97 mins


Rating: PG for rude humor and some mild violence, language and suggestive references.


The DVD will include the following special features:

  • 8-Bit Miracles Making-of Featurette
  • Character Series 
    • Adult Jake Doyle
    • Young Jake Doyle
    • Mikey Trotter
    • Hodges Twins
    • Evan Olsen
    • Jeff Farmer



About the Film:


Directed by:                   Michael Dowse


Written by:                    Kevin Jakubowski


Based on the novel 8-Bit Christmas by Kevin Jakubowski


Produced by:                 Tim White

Trevor White 

Allan Mandelbaum

Nick Nantell

Jonathan Sadowski 



 Starring:                        Neil Patrick Harris

                                       Winslow Fegley

                                       June Diane Raphael

David Cross

Steve Zahn 




Director of Photography:            Samy Inayeh


Edited by:                                   Trevor Ambrose


Music by:                                    Joseph Trapanese


Production Companies:              Warner Bros.

New Line Cinema

Star Thrower Entertainment


Distributed by:                           HBO Max 



Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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