Which Christmas Classics Would You Love to See on the Big Screen Again?
Can you imagine a 3D retrofitted version of A Christmas Story? How do you think It’s a Wonderful Life would look in 48 fps? And would Elf, on the IMAX screen, be an overdose of holiday spirit?
I wrote a column for our sister site, Movies.com, singling out five movies that families can share at home during the holiday season. I picked Jon Favreau’s Elf and the original Home Alone as movies that help put my wife and kids in the Christmas mood.
Then I started thinking about how exciting the modern movie theater is, and the innovative ways that Hollywood is choosing to present so many great movies nowadays. The general public seems to be embracing Peter Jackson’s higher-frame-rate experiment for The Hobbit. And crowds flocked to IMAX theaters to see nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness on the massive screen.
I put the two ideas together, and came up with this weekend’s Chatter topic of conversation: If you could pick a holiday movie to see on the big screen once again, which one would you choose, and which format would you like to see?
I know I’d like to see Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D IMAX. The scene in Christmas Town, set to Danny Elfman’s “What’s this?” would be worth the price of admission.
I’d also like to go back and see a HFR presentation of A Miracle on 34th Street. Wouldn’t that be magical?
It’s a cinematic wish list, and there’s little chance of these actually happening, no matter how nice we’ve been this year. But hey, if TBS and TNT can dedicate consistent hours to A Christmas Story marathons, then maybe a theater can carve out screen space for one of your many suggestions. Let’s hear them!
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.