Amahl and the Night Visitors
(Opera/Menotti) -- V-Cass M 1503 M5494 A4 1986 / 1979 52 min. color
A crippled boy has only his crutches to offer the Holy Child. these he gives to the Magi and is healed.
A Child's Christmas in Wales
-- V-Cass PN 1997 C445 1988 / 1987 55 min. color
It's Christmas Eve, and the radiant anticipation of the next day will not allow young Thomas to sleep. Stirred by his beloved grandson's enthusiasm, Old Geraint relates his touching memories of a Christmas gone by. Based on the poem by Dylan Thomas.
A Christmas Story
(20th Anniversary) – DV-Disc PN 1997 C456 2003 / 1983 93 min. color Languages: English, French Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
The story about a little boy's overwhelming obsession to acquire a Red Ryder BB-gun for Christmas. The little boy encounters neighborhood bullies, a heartless teacher, and endless warnings of the dangers of owning a BB-gun in his quest for this ultimate Christmas gift. Disc 2 Extras include: Original readings by Jean Shepard, Another Christmas Story documentary with cast members and the director, Get a Leg Up and The Daisy Red Ryder featurettes, Triple Dog Dare interactive trivia, decoder match challenge, hidden Easter Eggs, and the original theatrical trailer.
Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas
– DV-Disc GT 4985 C48 2005 / 1997 50 min. b&w-color Languages: English
This program traces the emergence of the modern-day Christmas celebration from pagan festivals, such as the Roman Saturnalia, to British settlers in the New World transforming the patron saint of children into the enduring figure of Santa Claus.
Gift of the Magi
(O’Henry) / 20 min.
“One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.” And so we begin O. Henry’s best-known and timeless story. It’s a wonderful romantic tale of a young married couple who have little money to buy each other Christmas presents—with a charming surprise ending. Starring Rosemary Deleonardis, Kiah Gordon, David A. Silverstein, Linda Stiegler, and Adrienne Storrs. Adapted for the screen and directed by Scott Mansfield.
(Subtitled) -- V-Cass PN 1997 J32 1986 / French 1985 80 min. color
An irreverent twentieth century update of the story of the birth of Christ.
– DV-Disc PN 1997 H65 2008 / 1942 101 min. b&w-color Languages: English Subtitles: English, French, Spanish (Includes both a black & white and color version)
A former song and dance man with an inn in New England is saved from financial disaster and a forlorn Christmas by the showmanship of old friends.
In Search of Christmas
– DV-Disc BT 315.2 I5 2004 / 2001 100 min. color Languages: English
A fascinating survey balancing belief, tradition and archeology to examine the familiar stories surrounding Christmas. Find out why many biblical scholars believe that the three wise men were astrologers, not kings. Discover what natural phenomenon might account for the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem. And hear from the growing number of experts who believe that Christ was not born in Bethlehem, but in Nazareth, and that His true birthday was in April, six years before the long-accepted date.
It’s a Wonderful Life
– DV-Disc PN 1997 I87 2007 / 1946 130 min. b&w Languages: English, French Subtitles: English
Frustrated by his current business and personal setbacks, George Bailey prepares to commit suicide until he is shown by his guardian angel what an accomplishment his honest life has been.
Jesus of Nazareth
-- V-Cass PN 1997 J395 1986 pt.1-3 / 1976 376 min. color
Maintaining the perfect balance between religious fervor and realism, this is a unique film depicting the life of Christ from his birth through his resurrection.
(Merry Christmas) – DV-Disc PN 1997.2 J69 2006 / 2006 116 min. color Languages: French, English, German Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
A true-life story of the spontaneous Christmas Eve truce declared by Scottish, French and German troops in the trenches of World War I. Enemies leave their weapons behind for one night as they band together in brotherhood and forget about the brutalities of war.
A Matter of Principle
/ 56 min.
Scrooge may be alive and well and living in West Virginia in the person of Flagg Purdy. He won’t pay the county phone tax, and he won’t allow his wife and 11 children to celebrate any holiday. He rules his life, and theirs, by his “principles.” But something has just happened to his well-ordered universe. Flagg’s favorite daughter has decided to get married and to celebrate a certain winter holiday, complete with a tree and presents. Christmas is coming to the Purdy household. The serious, and often hilarious, family confrontations that follow sow the seed of women’s liberation and confront Purdy with the question of whether love is more important than pride. A story of love, devotion, relationships, and Christmas adapted for PBS from writer John D. Weaver’s humorous story starring award-winning actor Alan Arkin and his real-life wife, Barbara Dana. Written by Nancy Miller and Neal Miller, and directed by Gwen Arner.
(Foundling Hospital Version 1754) -- V-Cass M 2000 H22 M4 1983 / 1983 145 min. color
Recorded in Westminster Abbey using instruments from Handel's time, this production features a chorus of boy trebles and men.
Mr. Krueger’s Christmas
– V-Cass PN 1997 M7 1980 / 1980 26 min. color
The true message of Christmas is shared by a widower with whomever he meets.
Nutcracker – from the Royal Opera House
/ 108 min.
This perennial favorite draws on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Christmas fantasy, in which a young girl finds herself caught up in a night of magical adventures. Tchaikovsky’s well-known score, the exquisite choreography, and entrancing imagery combine to create one of the most popular ballets in the world. Called “a perfectly executed confection” by The Classical Source, the Royal Opera House staging features period costume and detailed sets evoking a lavish 19th-century holiday season. This Christmas 2009 performance marks the 25th anniversary of Peter Wright’s Royal Opera House production, which he based on the 1892 Ivanov original.
(BIOGRAPHY) – V-Cass GT 4992 S35 1994 / 1994 50 min. color
The legend of Santa Claus was born in the second century, when a man achieved sainthood by performing good deeds on behalf of children. Who was he and how did he reach such mythic proportions? In archival footage, historic artwork, personal interviews, and TV and film clips, you'll discover the fact, fiction, and fun of Santa Claus.
-- V-Cass PN 1997 I738 1988 / 1954 120 min. color
Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter, they join forces with a sister act and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas.
The Celebration of Kwanzaa: Echos of Africa
— V-Cass GT 4403 C44 1996 / 1996 30 min. color
Celebrating the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa, giving thanks for first fruits and rekindling important principles for seven days.
– V-Cass GT 4403 K83 1993 / 1993 30 min. color
Several presenters explain the symbols, gifts, values, celebration and history of the harvest festival Kwanzaa holiday, observed December 26-January 1.
(Also available streamed: http://digital.films.com.ezproxy.lib.utah.edu/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=6296&xtid=3971)
Getting Started for Beginners -- GV 857 S57 G48 2003 DV-Disc / 22 min. color
Dressing for success / Learning to turn / Choosing proper equipment / Making a snowbard at Unity / Getting on and off the lift / How to ollie / How to fall / Learn to snowboard from the pros: dressing for success, proper equipment, stance, getting on and off the lift, learning to turn, how to ollie, how to fall, and more.
Harvest -- GV 854 H367 2003 DV-Disc / 1997 60 min. color
One-year, four continent odyssey by some of the world's greatest skiers and snowboarders. Harvest makes a major statement on the contemporary spirit of the sport and the relentless progression of big mountain riding. Helicopters, avalanches, trams, big mountains, first descents, whales and car crashes. Shot on location in Wyoming, Europe, Alaska, and Greenland. A segment in Harvest was picked to tour with the Banff Film Festival's Best of Festival Film Tour.
Higher Ground (Warren Miller) -- GV 854 W368 2006 / 98 min. color (Special features: Warren Miller trailers; "Glen Plake through the ages": from the '50s to the present.)
The ultimate skiing and snowboarding footage from around the globe! Chronicles skiers and snowboarders in their never-ending search for new and thrilling ways to ride the snow. Features World Cup champion Jeremy Bloom.
Impact (Warren Miller) -- GV 854 W369 2005 DV-Disc / 2004 98 min. color (Special features: featurette: behind the scenes in Bulgaria; video fireplace.)
From daring first descents to hilarious misadventures, this film has it all. Featuring the biggest and best skiing and snowboarding action shot all over the world.
Jumping with Jussi -- GV 857 S57 J84 2004 DV-Disc / 35 min. color
Jussi Oksanen advises snowboarders on techniques for safe and enjoyable snowboarding.
Last Winter: An All Girl Snowboard Film -- GV 857 S57 L38 2000z DV-Disc / 39 min. color
Women snowboarders practice their snowboarding skills.
The Life and Times of Kevin Jones -- GV 857 S57 K48 2004 DV-Disc / 29 min. color
This program shows champion snowboarder Kevin Jones in action.
Pop Yer Bottlez! -- GV 854 P62 2005 DV-Disc / 35 min. color
Skiers and snowboarders practice their skills in California, British Columbia, Utah, Oregon, France, Austria, Finland, Montana, Andorra, Idaho and Minnesota with time off for ski lodge entertainment.
The Power of Snow (Storm, Cold Fusion, Ride, Fifty)(Warren Miller) -- GV 854 W38 2002 v.1-4 DV-Disc / 120-122 min. ea. color (Special features: Storm: special offers, 5.1 audio, trailers, The Making of Storm: Behind the Scenes in South Georgia Island; Cold Fusion: special offers, 5.1 audio, trailers, Behind the Scenes: Base Jump Europe, Behind the Scenes: Destination Iran; Ride: special offers, 5.1 audio, The Making of Ride, trailers; Fifty: 5.1 audio, The Making of Fifty, Fifty Trailer; Warren Miller's fifty (bonus film))
From Greenland to South Georgia Island to Iran and Wisconsin - these films bring you spectacular skiing and snow boarding from the top of the world and home again.
Skimatic -- GV 854 S598 2006 DV-Disc / 33 min. color-b&w
Skiers perfect their skills at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., Alta, Utah, Park City, Utah, Brighton, Utah, Quebec, Japan and in other locations around the world.
Slug Games 2006 -- GV 857 S57 S58 2006 DV-Disc / 14 min. color-b&w
Snowboarders practice their snowboarding skills in Utah.
X=10 -- GV 854 X2 2004 DV-Disc / 50 min. color-b&w
Enlist for another season as the PBP crew turns their cameras on the world's premiere athletes to bring you insane big mountain, backcountry kickers, and ridculous antics. Skiers test their skills at Aspen, St. Anton, Whistler, Timberline, Parkasauras, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Mount Hood Meadows, Northstar, Big Bear, Keystone, Breckinridge, Vail, Park City and other places.