Holiday Collector's Set, Vol. 5 [2 Discs] [DVD]

This collection of a half-dozen Christmastime movies includes The Great Rupert, A Very Mary Christmas, Angel in the Family, Yung Pioneers' Christmas, and Beyond Tomorrow.
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Special Features

  • Bonus 20 Holiday Songs

Synopsis

Beyond Tomorrow
Harry Carey Sr., C. Aubrey Smith and Charles Winninger play three wealthy bachelors who have spent their lives wrapped up in themselves. Left all alone on Christmas eve, the elderly trio invite a couple of strangers to dinner: misplaced cowpoke Richard Carlson and pretty, but aimless, Jean Parker. Hoping that they've accomplished a bit of matchmaking, the three old duffers board a plane and head off to an important business meeting. The plane crashes, killing all three men. They return to their mansion as ghosts, only to discover that Carlson is making the same mistake they made: he's allowing his drive for success to override his affection for Parker. Feeling as though they won't be welcome in Heaven until they rectify this situation, Carey, Smith, and Winninger stick around to set things right. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Young Pioneers' Christmas
This made-for-TV movie was a sequel to the 1975 telefilm The Young Pioneers, which also inspired a short-lived series. Christmas is just around the corner for David and Molly Beaton (Roger Kern and Linda Purl), two young settlers making a home in the Dakota wilderness of 1874, but the season has brought them little joy. Their son has died, and one of their best friends stands to lose his property to crooked railroad men. However, the Beatons discover that they can beat adversity by sticking together with their friends and neighbors, and learn the lessons of giving as the holidays draw to a close. Young Pioneers' Christmas also stars Robert Donner and Robert Hays, years before he reached stardom with Airplane!. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Expecting Mary
A pregnant teenage runaway ends up in a New Mexico trailer park, where her new friends and neighbors form a support system that gradually evolves into a makeshift family. Gene Simmons, Della Reese, Elliot Gould, Linda Gray, Fred Willard, and Cloris Leachman co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Christmas Snow
A struggling widow and mother of two facing eviction by her heartless landlord puts her differences aside to offer a helping hand when the cruel curmudgeon goes missing in a blinding Christmas Eve blizzard in director Gus Trikonis' heartfelt tale of forgiveness and compassion. In addition to running the candy store located on the lower level of her inner-city tenement building, kindly Mrs. Mutterance (Katherine Helmond) is also struggling to make ends meet and raise her adopted children (Kimble Joyner and Melissa Joan Hart) despite the constant interference of her mean-spirited landlord Mr. Snyder (Sid Caesar). As Christmas draws near and Mrs. Mutterance is informed by Mr. Snyder that she and her two small children are being evicted to make room for an incoming Laundromat, the devastated adoptive mother does her best to keep her children's spirits up despite their grim outlook. When a Christmas Eve blizzard covers the city in a thick blanket of snow and no trace of Mr. Snyder can be found, the kindly Mrs. Mutterance gathers her two small children to brave the brutal elements and locate the missing landlord. Touched by the efforts of the kindly widow and her two selfless children, the once heartless landlord finds that there's more to life than wealth and power. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Great Rupert
Jimmy Durante plays the patriarch of a down-on-their-luck family of acrobats, who suddenly finds a great deal of money hidden in his house amid the depths of the Great Depression. The authorities suspect Durante of being a thief, but in fact the culprit is a benevolent little squirrel named Rupert. This clever critter has been pilfering money from the obnoxious, wealthy miser who lives in the adjoining house and who decided to stash most of his funds in the wall separating the two residences. The stop-motion animation is the handiwork of George Pal. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Angel in the Family
Weary and dispirited following the death of his wife Lorraine (Meredith Baxter) and after suffering a mild stroke, Buddy Bishop (Ronny Cox) anxiously reaches out to his estranged daughters Sarah (Tracy Needham) and Beth (Natasha Gregson Wagner), asking that they join him for a Christmas reunion. Despite a multitude of their own problems, Sarah and Beth agree--but they're not too happy about spending the holidays in the old, boarded-up house that Buddy had shared with his late wife. Circumstances change dramatically when the Bishops awaken one morning to find a beaming Lorraine waiting for them in the kitchen as if nothing had ever happened to her! The "resurrection" of Lorraine leads to a moving and inspirational conclusion in the made-for-cable Angel in the Family, which first aired December 18, 2004 on the Hallmark channel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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