Hot damn, I love Christmas. The snow, the lights, the songs, the presents. Especially the presents.

I got the best gift last night at about 6 pm when our power, which had been out since Friday, came back on. But that’s not classic movie related, so let’s move on.

I happen to be getting the one thing I wanted most this year, the Murnau, Borzage, and Fox DVD set with a bazillion movies and books. I know I’m getting. It’s the only thing I asked for. And I ordered it myself. With my mom’s credit card. So, technically it’s a present from her. That I bought myself.

The DVD set might be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. From Murnau, it has Sunrise and City Girl. From Borzage, it has Seventh Heaven, Street Angel, Lazybones, Lucky Star, They Had to See Paris, Liliom, Song o’ My Heart, Bad Girl, After Tomorrow, Young America. It also has a documentary. And on those DVDs is also a reconstruction of Murnau’s 4 Devils and the surviving footage of Borzage’s The River. AND it comes with two books. My god.

Really, that’s all I want. I know I’m getting other stuff, because my mom has the guilt thing where she thinks we need to have a bazillion presents under the tree. But that’s all I want.

But…. in the hypothetical Christmas list…. I got one wish this year already when TCM finally aired Man’s Castle. Now I want it on DVD. Special edition DVD. With extras and commentaries (hey… I could do the commentary… just sayin’….) Maybe a Criterion release….

Christmas is also about more than presents. It’s also about Christmas movies. I adore Christmas movies. There are the old favorites. A Christmas Story, Muppet Christmas Carol. But there are those lesser known pieces of lovely.

We discussed Bachelor Mother on the Christmas podcast. Ginger Rogers give an excellent performance opposite David Niven and an adorable baby. It draws some parallels to the story of the virgin birth, so it’s kind of a Christmas movie more in theme then in time setting (though it does take place during the holiday season).

Another Ginger Rogers Christmas movie, I’ll Be Seeing You, is a little darker in tone, but it’s a really beautiful movie. Rogers plays a convict on furlough for Christmas, and Joseph Cotten plays a soldier suffering from post traumatic stress. They meet, and mend their broken spirits together over the holiday season.

Finally, I love the hell out of the Barbara Stanwyck/Fred MacMurray film Remember the Night. It is technically a comedy, but like I’ll Be Seeing You, it’s more serious in tone. Stanwyck and MacMurray shared such steamy chemistry in Double Indemnity, and their chemistry translates very sweetly to this film.

So, if you have time tonight and tomorrow, seek these movies out. They’re really great for the holiday season. Have a great Christmas!

Christmas time is coming. So you should remember to ask your mom/dad/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/brother/sister/best friend/boss/hobo who lives down the street for the Borzage, Murnau, and Fox DVD set. It is pricey, but there are sites selling it as low as $167 pre order (I believe this is DVDPlanet).

Look at all those Borzage films. Seventh Heaven, Street Angel, Liliom, Bad Girl, The River, Lazybones, and so much more! I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!

After months of rumors, speculation, and just plain hoping, we finally know for certain that the Fox Borzage/Murnau DVD will be released in December. We also know exactly what films will be on the set and how much it costs. So let’s take a look see….

DVD Times has the DVD art…

There are 12 (!) movies. 10 Borzage (!!!!!) and 2 Murnau. And one feature length documentary about the directors.

LazyBones (Borzage, 1925)
Feature film, still gallery, and a new score.

Street Angel (Borzage, 1928)
Feature film and still gallery.

Seventh Heaven (Borzage, 1927)
Feature film, audio commentary, still gallery, a reproduction of the existing footage of Borzage’s The River, including a still gallery.

Sunrise (Murnau, 1927)
Movietone version of the feature film, European version of the feature film, original score, new score, audio commentary, Outtakes with title card or audio commentary, Original scenario with notations by Murnau, theatrical trailer, still gallery, screenplay, restoration notes

Lucky Star (Borzage, 1929)
Feature film, new score, still gallery

They Had to See Paris (Borzage, 1929)
Feature film, still gallery

City Girl (Murnau, 1930)
Feature film, new score, still gallery, a documentary on Murnau’s lost film 4 Devils, including the screen play, treatment, and still gallery

Lilliom (Borzage, 1930)
Feature film and still gallery

After Tomorrow (Borzage, 1932)
Feature film and still gallery

Young America (Borzage, 1932)
Feature film and still gallery

Song o’ My Heart (Borzage, 1930)
Full sound version of the film, Music and effects version of the film, still gallery

Bad Girl (Borzage, 1931)
Feature Film

Murnau, Borzage, and Fox
Feature length documentary

It is pretty pricey folks. People were originally estimating between $90 and $120. But it looks like we got a few more films than we were expecting, and it’s loaded with features. So the market price is about $240. Right now you can pre-order it at amazon $179.99. So it looks like this is going to be my Christmas and birthday present. But god, it’s so worth it.

I’ll keep my eyes open and let you guys know if there’s any place that has it cheaper.

Good news, Hitch fans (especially those of you who like some of his more obscure films)! MGM/Fox is releasing a whole bunch of his movies on DVD this year. Some of his better loved ones – Rebecca, Notorious, and Spellbound– which all have OOP Criterion releases, will received the re-release treatment, and lesser known ones – The Paradine Case, The Lodger, Sabotage, and Young and Innocent will also be released.

As far as I can tell, there isn’t much word yet on art or special features.

And, in related news, still waiting on definite word on the Borzage/Murnau set, concerning exactly what movies will be included, which features, and the cost.

I’ll let you know as soon as I hear. And if you hear anything, let me know!