The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Miracle on 34th Street.
Hired by Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square to be its department store Santa, a jolly, white-whiskered man calling himself Kris Kringle soon has everyone in the Christmas spirit, all except his no-nonsense boss Doris Walker and her skeptical daughter Susan. Kris proves himself a valuable asset to Macy’s until the store psychologist has the kind old man committed to a mental hospital and he becomes the subject of a public trial. With his lawyer Fred Gailey at his side, Kris sets out to prove himself to be the one true Santa Claus, defending himself against Scrooges and skeptics alike. Nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and a winner for Best Original Story, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Edmund Gwenn’s performance as Kringle, Miracle on 34th Street was a summertime hit for 1947 and holiday classic ever after.
- New digital restoration of both the original black and white and the 1985 colorized versions of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary featuring actress Maureen O’Hara
- AMC Backstory – Miracle on 34th Street, a 22-minute examination of Miracle on 34th Street
- Fox Movietone News: Hollywood Spotlight, a newsreel featuring Edmund Gwenn accepting his Academy Award
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Floating in History, a featurette reviewing the iconic parade
- “The Miracle on 34th Street,” a 46-minute television production from 1955, made for The 20th Century-Fox Hour of the Stars and starring Thomas Mitchell and Teresa Wright
- Kinescope of the 1959 “Miracle on 34th Street” adaptation for NBC Friday Night Special Presentation
- The 1973 made-for-TV movie of Miracle on 34th Street starring Jane Alexander and Sebastian Cabot
- Lux Radio Theatre adaptations from 1947, 1948, and 1954 featuring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Edmund Gwenn
- Screen Directors Playhouse adaptations from 1949 and 1950 starring Edmund Gwenn
- Promotional short
- Poster Gallery
- PLUS: A new essay by film critic Chuck Stephens and Valentine Davies’ 1947 novella.