Miracle on 34th Street [DVD] [1994]

Les Mayfield's remake of Miracle on 34th Street comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.0 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to theatrical trailers. This 20th Century Fox release does a fine job presenting the film, but offers nothing of interest in terms of extras.
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Overall Customer Rating:
Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars.
4.7
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (59 out of 61)

Special Features

  • Anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio: 1.85:1]
  • Audio: English 5.0 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selection
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Miracle on 34th Street
The 1947 holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street is transplanted to the 1990s with few changes in this family-oriented remake. The screenplay by the prolific John Hughes sticks close to the original outline, centering on Macy's executive Dorey Walker (Elizabeth Perkins) and her young daughter Susan (Mara Wilson), neither of whom much believes in the spirit of Christmas. Dorey is in charge of hiring Macy's Santas, including an old man named Kriss Kringle (Richard Attenborough). He does a remarkably convincing job, and he soon reveals that he actually believes himself to be Santa Claus. The authorities threaten to place the old man in an insane asylum, but a young lawyer comes to his defense. Meanwhile, Dorey and Susan find their own defenses melting and become reacquainted with the power of faith. Hughes and director Les Mayfield add a few modern touches, making Susan slightly more cynical and adding the requisite soulless corporate villains. Viewers familiar with the original may still prefer Edmund Gwenn's original Kris Kringle and consider the remake unnecessary, although the newer version reflects enough of the earlier film's spirit to prove entertaining to modern family audiences. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Richard Attenborough
    Richard Attenborough - Kriss Kringle
  • Elizabeth Perkins
    Elizabeth Perkins - Dorey Walker
  • Dylan McDermott
    Dylan McDermott - Bryan Bedford
  • Mara Wilson
    Mara Wilson - Susan Walker
  • Robert Prosky
    Robert Prosky - Judge Harper

Overall Customer Rating

4.7 out of 54.7
61 Reviews
97%of customers recommend this product.

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