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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (718 votes)

Released: 2012-10-16

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A Christmas Carol (2012 release) by VCI Entertainment

A Christmas Carol (2012 release)

Movie Details

Director
Brian Desmond Hurst
Studio
VCI Entertainment
Runtime
86
Rated
NR (Not Rated)
Binding
DVD


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Description

Alastair Sim's tour-de-force performance as the ultimate miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, has almost single-handedly made this beloved version of Charles Dickens' story into one of the best-loved Christmas films of all time. Some of Britain's best filmmakers united behind Sim, who was joined by a delightful cast of accomplished and acclaimed English actors; creating what many today believe to be the best and most faithful production of Dickens' immortal tale. Cranky and curmudgeonly Scrooge learns the error of his unkind ways and is taught the true meaning of the holidays when he is visited by the ghost of his late business partner and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future. Bonus Features: Commentary Tracks By Marcus Hearn and George Cole INTRODUCTION BY LEONARD MALTIN “DEAD TO BEGIN WITH: The Darker Side of A Classic”- An all-new documentary exploring the films bleaker themes and how they rivaled London of the 1950's. Featuring British film historian and culturalist Sir Christopher Frayling. (25 mins) “SCROOGE BY ANOTHER NAME: Distributing A Christmas Carol”- An all-new featurette detailing the American release of this British holiday classic. Featuring US distributor Richard Gordon. (10 mins) “THE HUMAN BLARNEY STONE: Life and Films of Brian Desmond Hurst”-An all-new documentary chronicling the awe-inspiring life of Ireland's most prolific filmmaker. Featuring Allan Esler Smith, the great, great nephew and biographer of Hurst. (40 mins) ALASTAIR SIM VERSION “: Too Good To Be Shown Only At Christmastime – video narrative by Fred Guida, author of A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations (33 mins) SILENT DICKENS a collection of early examples of Dickens on film. (Scrooge -1922, Bleak House 20 mins) Product Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; English Language; English & Spanish Subtitles; RT – 86 minutes; MPAA – NR; B&W; Aspect Ratio – 1.37:1 / 4×3; Year – 1951; SRP – $14.99

Actors

  • Alastair Sim
  • Kathleen Harrison
  • Jack Warner
  • Mervyn Johns
  • Hermione Baddeley

Format

  • AC-3
  • Black & White
  • Dolby
  • Full Screen
  • NTSC

Editorial Review

This is the desert-island choice of the many versions of A Christmas Carol, with a magnificent, full-bodied portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge by Alastair Sim that leaves everyone else in the dust. Lean and direct, this film's version of the story wastes no time trying to impress viewers with the magical nature of the spirits' visitations. Director Brian Desmond Hurst keeps the focus on Scrooge's life story, beautifully simplifying and underscoring the theme of lost women with a haunting musical refrain from the folk song “Barbara Allen.” Sim's commitment to the role is at times astonishing; his Scrooge's Christmas-morning ecstasy is a marvel of giddy technique. Watch for Patrick Macnee (Steed in The Avengers) as the young Jacob Marley–the actor made his screen debut in this 1951 production. –Tom Keogh

More Details

Binding
DVD
Aspect Ratio
1.33:1
Disks
1

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