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‘’Twas the Night Before Christmas’ comes to Blu-ray; remastered holiday classics come to DVD

BY Melissa Valliant

This Christmas, you can watch “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Blu-ray. For the first time, the classic animated TV holiday special by has been released on Blu-ray, joining other Warner Home Video holiday titles, including “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” all with bonus features.

Additionally, other holiday classics have been grouped in one collection with the DVD release of "Santa’s Magical Stories," a compliation from Warner Home Video that includes "Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!," "Pinocchio’s Christmas," "Rudolph’s Shiny New Year," "Jack Frost" and more, as well as a bonus special: "Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July." The collection is available on DVD for a suggested retail price of $29.98. Also just released on DVD is a new, remastered deluxe edition of "Frosty’s Winter Wonderland Deluxe Edition," which includes a bonus featurette called "Frosty and the Story of the Snowman" and is available on DVD for $19.97 SRP.

In the newly remastered, deluxe edition of the animated “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Blu-ray, Skeptical Albert Mouse seeks to bring Santa Claus back to the town of Junctionville after a resident angered ’Ole St. Nick by calling him a “fraudulent myth.” The bonus edition includes “Christmas: A Global Holiday,” an animated comic book that explores Yuletide traditions around the world. The “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” bonus edition retails for a suggested retail price of $24.98.

In “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on Blu-ray, Lucy tries to coax Charlie Brown out of his funk by suggesting he direct the Christmas pageant and decorating a tree. The bonus edition includes “A Christmas Miracle: The Making of a Charlie Brown Christmas,” which goes backstage to find how the producers brought a comic strip to life in movie form. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” bonus edition retails for $24.98 SRP.

In the Emmy Award-nominated “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on Blu-ray, Linus insists on waiting for the Great Pumpkin in the pumpkin patch while the “Peanuts” gang decides to crash Violet’s Halloween party. The bonus edition features “We Need a Blockbuster, Charlie Brown,” a documentary about the tradition of “It’s the Great Pumpkin,” and retails for $24.98 SRP.

In “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on Blu-ray, Charlie Brown hosts Thanksgiving dinner and finds that his culinary skills aren’t as impressive as he had hoped. The bonus edition includes “The Making of  a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and retails for $24.98 SRP.

In the stop-motion animation “The Year Without a Santa Claus” on Blu-ray, Santa Claus decides to take a break from Christmas because he feels the world is lacking Christmas spirit. Mrs. Claus and two little elves set off on a search to find believers. The bonus edition includes “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year,” “Nestor the Long-eared Christmas Donkey,” “We are Santa’s Elves” and “School of Stop Motion,” and retails for $24.98 SRP.

The “Peanuts Holiday Collection” bonus edition on Blu-ray comprises of all three “Charlie Brown” movies, features three bonus episodes and retails for $39.98 SRP.

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Kodak announces enhanced Facebook app, kiosk software

BY DSN STAFF

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Eastman Kodak Co. announced that its Kodak Picture Kiosk software will now allow consumers to use images from Facebook to create photo products.

The enhanced Facebook application is the flagship feature of the new Kodak Picture Kiosk software version 5.0 currently being rolled out to retailers worldwide, the company said.

“With new applications and the continued explosion in online sharing, Kodak continues to advance what’s possible at retail with breakthrough innovations like social network connectivity, transforming the photo retail experience,” said Larry Trevarthen, VP worldwide marketing retail systems solutions for Kodak. “Kodak pioneered social connectivity at the photo kiosk and we continue to innovate to meet consumers’ evolving needs while also expanding profit potential for our retail customers.”

The new software suite also features Kodak SmartFit Technology, which automatically creates a photo book in seconds. SmartFit quickly organizes and places photos in a photo book template, then let’s the consumer decide to print immediately or personalize the Photo Book layout further. The new software also supports customizable captions and an improved photo book project preview that shows virtual pages displayed as they will appear in the actual book.

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Changing Channels — A bag that powers electronics, candle holder makers and ‘green’ lunch boxes

BY Alaric DeArment

Not a jetpack, but close
RFA Brands has launched Powerbag, a line of bags and backpacks with a built-in charging system for devices ranging from phones to tablets to music players.
Price: $139.99
MyPowerBag.com

 


Light the way
Lee Rhodes’ inspiration to start Glassybaby, a candle holder maker, came during her third bout with cancer, when she found comfort in a colorful, handmade votive.
Price: $40
Glassybaby.com


Cleanup time
New Wave Enviro Products makes "Litter Free" lunch bags, containers and stainless steel lunch boxes, ideal for the environmentally conscious family.
Price: $15.99 to $29.95
NewWaveEnviro.com

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