When I was a kid it would have been unthinkable to have Christmas without watching movies such as The Wizard of Oz and Miracle of 34th Street and of course White Christmas. In recent years however tastes have altered and the classic Christmas movies of yester year seem to have fallen by the wayside, and there have been very few examples to replace these apart from maybe Home Alone and then in 2003 when along came Elf, the movie was an instant hit and has attained that classic label. The movie is a must watch at Christmas time and its ok to sneak a few snatches of it when its not the festive season as well. It’s a feelgood movie, simple and charming, funny, and sad, but entertaining and enriching.
And part of the film’s success was the incredibly uplifting soundtrack by composer John Debney, I am pleased to say that thanks to the Varese Sarabande music club, we now have the expanded score at our fingertips.
A release that contains forty-four tracks and has over one hour of music included. Debney’s soundtrack is I am sure you will agree one of his best, and the composer seems to throw everything into the mix to create a classic Christmas sound, alongside action cues and highly entertaining comedic flourishes. There is in my opinion no need to review this as I am sure everyone has heard it at some point, and I am also confident that everyone has watched the movie at some point, haven’t you? The score has always been a favorite and now we are treated to this edition with extra music well, all I can say is Merry Christmas folks, who’s up for mince pies and maybe some egg nog. Or maybe the greatest cup of coffee in the world, ask Buddy.