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Susan Granger's weekly DVD update

Published 3:18 pm, Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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With Christmas just days away, here are 18 perennial holiday favorites:

"It's A Wonderful Life" (1946): Classic redemption story with Jimmy Stewart contemplating suicide, wishing he'd never been born until he discovers what would have happened if he'd never existed.

"Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944): Judy Garland sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

"Holiday Inn" (1942): Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire are an irresistible song-and-dance duo.

"White Christmas" (1954): Technicolor remake of "Holiday Inn," teaming Bing Crosby with Danny Kaye.

"Miracle on 34th Street" (1947): Maureen O'Hara and Natalie Wood befriend Edmund Gwenn, a Macy's Santa who claims to be the real Kris Kringle.

"The Shop Around the Corner" (1940): Ernst Lubitsch's romantic pairing of Margaret Sullavan and Jimmy Stewart.

"Christmas in Connecticut" (1945): Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet.

"The Bells of St. Mary's" (1945): Priestly Bing Crosby comes to the aid of a parochial school run by a nun played by Ingrid Bergman.

"Remember the Night" (1940): Fred MacMurray is a prosecutor who befriends a shoplifter, played by Barbara Stanwyck, at Christmas and they fall in love.

"The Lemon Drop Kid" (1951): Bob Hope is a racetrack tout who runs afoul of a big-time gambler and introduces the classic tune "Silver Bells."

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989): a comedy featuring disaster-prone Chevy Chase.

"Home Alone" (1990): Macaulay Culkin gets left behind when his family goes to Paris.

"Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992): A unique version of Charles Dickens' classic.

"Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993): Inventive stop-motion animation.

"The Santa Clause" (1994): Tim Allen plays a divorced dad who's chosen to be the next Santa Claus.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000): The timeless Dr. Seuss tale.

"Elf" (2003): Will Ferrell believes he's one of Santa Ed Asner's helpers until he discovers the truth.

"Bad Santa" (2003): Terry Zwighoff's subversive comedy mocks the commercialism of the season, as Billy Bob Thornton plays a misanthropic criminal masquerading as a shopping mall Santa to rob department stores.