Sunday night, I made a typical TV-watching trade with my wife. I agreed to watch the holiday schmaltz-fest White Christmas on Lifetime after she agreed to watch an old Doctor Who I had saved on the DVR.
I was pretty pleased with how I thought this was going to turn out. After a decade of being forced to watch White Christmas each year, I now secretly enjoy every absurd minute of it. The musical numbers on the front lines in World War II Germany? The extravagant production values of a show in a barn in Vermont? Bring it on.
Much to my dismay, however, things did not turn out the way I had planned.
Lifetime has totally butchered the film to make it fit into a two-hour time slot with commercials, eliminating several of the best (read corniest) musical numbers (“Snow”, “Choreography”).
The resulting product points out the cluelessness of the cable network. If a fifty year-old movie is a perennial holiday favorite, did they think that people wouldn’t notice that large chunks of it were missing?