I was just checking the D-Media Freebies and Bargains page—as I do at least once a week, and all of you should be doing, too!—and found that Amazon’s put a selection of favorite holiday movies on sale for just $6.99 each! Several are titles from my personal “to buy when it goes on sale” list, and they’ve been priced at $9.99 or higher all year. As per usual, Amazon’s not saying how long these prices will last so get the ones you want right away! Note: movie descriptions below are from IMDB.
Elf (PG, 4.5/5 stars, closed captions available)
Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs.
Hobbs, on Santa’s naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born.
Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter’s relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities.
- Written by Ken Miller
The Polar Express (G, 4/5 stars, closed captions available)
(Based on the gorgeous picture book by Chris Van Allsburg)
This is the story of a young hero boy on Christmas Eve who boards on a powerful magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’s home.
What unfolds is an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
- Written by Anthony Pereyra
Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas + Horton Hears A Who (not rated, 4/5 stars, closed captions available)
Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas things. The village is sure to have a sad Christmas this year.
- Written by Anonymous
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In this [Horton Hears A Who], Horton discovers there is a microscopic community of intelligent beings called the Who’s living on a plant that only he can hear. Recognising the dangers they face, he resolves to keep them safe. However, the other animals around him think Horton has gone crazy thinking that there are such beings. They resolve to take action for his own good and Horton and The Whos must struggle against these impossible odds to prevent a tragedy.
- Written by Kenneth Chisholm
A Charlie Brown Christmas (not rated, 4.5/5 stars)
When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant.
Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle.
When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is.
- Written by Kenneth Chisholm
It’s A Wonderful Life (not rated, 5/5 stars, closed captions available)
George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George’s modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George’s Uncle Billy loses the business’s $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money and hides it from Billy.
hen the bank examiner discovers the shortage later that night, George realizes that he will be held responsible and sent to jail and the company will collapse, finally allowing Potter to take over the town. Thinking of his wife, their young children, and others he loves will be better off with him dead, he contemplates suicide. But the prayers of his loved ones result in a gentle angel named Clarence coming to earth to help George, with the promise of earning his weings.
- Written by alfiehitchie
Scrooged (PG-13, 4.5/5 stars, closed captions available)
Frank Cross runs a US TV station which is planning a live adaptation of Dickens’ Christmas Carol.
Frank’s childhood wasn’t a particularly pleasant one, and so he doesn’t really appreciate the Christmas spirit.
With the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Frank realises he must change.
- Written by Rob Hartill
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG-13, 4.5/5 stars, closed captions available)
Clark Wilhelm Griswold had some disastrous vacations at both Wallyworld and in Europe. Now he wants to compensate for this by having a special “Griswold Family Christmas”, and after months of careful planning he invites both of his parents, both of his wife, Ellen’s parents even his uncle Louis and his senile aunt Bethany. However, what Clark does not realize that his no-manners cousin-in-law Eddie is coming over in his new trailer.
Clark even prepares his house for Christmas with over 20,000 lights and a tree that does not even fit in the living room. As Christmas Eve comes, Clark [finds] that a series of unfortunate events starts to unravel his plans…can Clark keep it together and understand the true meaning of Christmas?
- Written by John Wiggins
A Christmas Story (PG, 4.5/5 stars, closed captions available)
Ralphie, a young boy growing up, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun.
He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift.
But along the way, he runs into opposition from his parents, his teacher, and even good ‘ol Santa Claus himself.
- Written by Angela Anuszewski
White Christmas (PG, 4.5/5 stars, closed captions available)
Having left the Army following W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act.
Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, as the lodge owner.
A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.
- Written by Norman Cook