Just in time for the holiday season, Fox Home Entertainment is releasing both the classic 1947 and the updated 1994 editions of the hit Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street on Blu-ray this October 6th. Both films will be released separately on the same day, with a retail price of $34.99 SRP.

Miracle on 34th Street

In the 1947 original, Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, a bearded old gent who is the living image of Santa Claus. Serving as a last-minute replacement for the drunken Santa who was to have led Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, Kringle is offered a job as a Macy's toy-department Santa. Supervisor Maureen O'Hara soon begins having second thoughts about hiring Kris: It's bad enough that he is laboring under the delusion that he's the genuine Saint Nick. But when he begins advising customers to shop elsewhere for toys that they can't find at Macy's, he's gone too far! Amazingly, Mr. Macy (Harry Antrim) considers Kris' shopping tips to be an excellent customer-service "gimmick," and insists that the old fellow keep his job. A resident of a Long Island retirement home, Kris agrees to take a room with lawyer John Payne during the Christmas season. It happens that Payne is sweet on O'Hara, and Kris subliminally hopes he can bring the two together. Kris is also desirous of winning over the divorced O'Hara's little daughter Natalie Wood, who in her few years on earth has lost a lot of the Christmas spirit. Complications ensue when Porter Hall, Macy's nasty in-house psychologist, arranges to have Kris locked up in Bellevue as a lunatic. Payne represents Kris at his sanity hearing, rocking the New York judicial system to its foundations by endeavoring to prove in court that Kris is, indeed, the real Santa Claus! We won't tell you how he does it: suffice to say that there's a joyous ending for Payne and O'Hara, as well as a wonderful faith-affirming denouement for little Natalie Wood. The remake brings the same story into the 1990s.

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary by Maureen O'Hara (1947)
  • - AMC Back Story: Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
  • - Movietone News: Hollywood Spotlight (1947)
  • - Promotional Spot (1947)
  • - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Floating in History
  • - Poster Gallery (1947)

B. Alan Orange