A Christmas Carol

(DVD - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Christmas Carol
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Classic Dickens story about a bitter old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who's given a chance for redemption when three ghosts come to visit him on Christmas Eve.
Statement of Responsibility: Renown Film Productions ; produced & directed by Brian Desmond Hurst ; screenplay by Noel Langley
Title: A Christmas carol
Publisher: [Tulsa, Okla.] : Distributed by VCI Entertainment, [2007]
Edition: Ultimate collector's ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (86 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from container
From the story by Charles Dickens
Originally released as a motion picture in 1951
Special features: Audio commentary by Marcus Hearn & George Cole; "Spirit of Christmas Past": George Cole remembers Alastair Sim; Richard Gordon remembers George Minter & Renown Pictures; "Charles Dickens: his life and times"; bonus: colorized version; before & after restoration comparison; photo & press book gallery; cast bios; original American & British theatrical trailers; "Scrooge" (1935, Seymour Hicks version)
Contents: [Disc 1]: Restored 4x3 version ; Restored 16x9 version
[Disc 2]: Colorized version ; Original 1935 version
Credits: Music composer, Richard Addinsell ; musical director, Muir Mathieson.
Performers: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Glyn Dearman, Clifford Mollison, Michael Hordern, George Cole, Patrick MacNee.
Summary: Classic Dickens story about a bitter old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who's given a chance for redemption when three ghosts come to visit him on Christmas Eve.
Audience: Not rated
System Details: DVD, all regions, full screen (1.37:1) presentation, optional 16:9 enhanced presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, DVD-9, NTSC
Other Language: English dialogue, English or Spanish subtitles; optional narrative for the blind
Subject Headings: Scrooge, Ebenezer (Fictitious character) Drama Christmas England London Drama Misers England London Drama Ghosts England London Drama Poor families England London Drama Sick children England London Drama Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 Film and video adaptations
Genre/Form: Feature films
Foreign films-Great Britain
Christmas films
Fantasy films
Film adaptations
Films for people with visual disabilities
Fantasy films
Topical Term: Scrooge, Ebenezer (Fictitious character)
Poor families
Sick children
Alternate Title: Also known as: Scrooge
Publisher No: 8500
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE C
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Nov 18, 2014
  • hoacornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Although there are many productions of "A Christmas Carol" you will find the best to be Alistair Sims version of Scrooge to be the best portrayal. KCLS has 2 copies and only 5 holds on them as of today. You could have this before Christmas with no problem.

Nov 13, 2014
  • tgwilliams rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The one and only "A Christmas Carol" with Alistair Sims classic!

Oct 17, 2014
  • mswrite rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Over the years I have seen some wonderful productions of this classic Charles Dickens tale (including the delightful 1962 animated version that features the Mr. Magoo character), but Alastair Sim's performance as Scrooge makes this one the definitive.

In the first part of the story Sim radiates a sneering self-satisfaction that makes his Ebeneezer Scrooge especially despicable.But his dark heartlessness makes his redemption all the more emotionally satisfying as he seeks to convince his patient nephew Fred and goodhearted employee Bob Cratchit of his new goodwill and sincerity.

The moment in this movie that always get me is the Christmas morning encounter between Scrooge and his Cockney housekeeper (played by Kathleen Harrison). Mr. Scrooge has just emerged from his long night of reckoning with the spirits, and is now filled with hope and excitement: It's Christmas Day! There's still time to make amends!

He rushes out of his bedroom and towards the stairs. The first flesh and blood person Scrooge encounters--he is still in his dressing gown, his hair wild and disheveled--is the hapless Mrs. Dilber. He is so giddy with happiness and new-found charity he terrifies her; this is NOT the Mr. Scrooge she has long been accustomed to dealing with. As he tries to hug her she recoils, fearing he's gone mad. She struggles to get away.

Her fear registers. He is deeply saddened by it (the soft, pained expression on Sim's face is almost unbearable to watch), realizing what her fright and disbelief says, not about her but about him--the man he has been and the way he has treated her.

He gently assures her he is quite sane and presses into her hands more money than he has ever given her; more perhaps than she has ever seen in her life.

She stares at him, trying to understand. It dawns on her that he is in earnest and her face becomes radiant; now she is the giddy one. She is almost beside herself with joy.

"Merry Christmas, Mr. Scrooge," she yells, adding as she goes: "--in keeping with the situation!!"

Apr 30, 2013
  • Joe_Brusky rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is about the 2012 remastered video... WOW! It's as though years of wear and tear were removed even compared to the restored 2007 release! On a quick review, the cropping in older editions is tighter meaning a lot of the original image was not being shown in other version, plus this one runs 7 minutes longer. As to the actual film, it is as everyone here has said - a CLASSIC - and probably one of the best versions ever made. I find something endering in each one so that's the joy of this Dicken's syory showing through.

Mar 15, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm on the same page as the other Ebenezer connoisseurs (of good taste). Sims is THE definitive Scrooge. I feel sorry for those perhaps unappreciative of, uninterested in, or unfamiliar with this cherished classic version. (The '35 is an additional vintage nugget.) My second choice would be... George C. Scott. Patrick Stewart, third. Finally, Jim Backus/aka Mr. Magoo. (Sorry Jim Carrey. Haven't seen it; don't intend to...) And I also feel that b&w is the only true choice, also. Hands down. The shadowy, spooky atmosphere isn't as effective with color. Colorized/shmullerized. Ick. FIVE STARS.

i really liked this movie cant wait to watch it again

Sep 21, 2011
  • rslade rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is it. This is the classic. Alastair Sims is the one against whom all other Scrooges are measured, and no one has yet measured up. A bit caricaturish to begin with, but the gradual reformation is the best of all the versions. It is too bad that the short time means a number of scenes in the book are left out, particularly during the "Christmas Present" visitation, but overall they did a good job of choosing to include representative scenes. The additional 1935 version is worth having a look at, as well.

Mar 10, 2011
  • Horseshoe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is my favourite version of this classic Christmas movie.

There are many versions of "A Christmas Carol," but many consider this 1951 British version the best.

Dec 10, 2007
  • AnamCara rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is my absolute favourite. I can't miss it at Christmas. Alistar Sims is the ultimate Scrooge. You must view it in black and white the colourized version just doesn't do Marley's ghost justice.


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Oct 17, 2014
  • mswrite rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Spirit of Christmas Present: "My time with you is at an end, Ebenezer Scrooge. Will you profit from what I've shown you of the good in most men's hearts?" Ebenezer: "I don't know, how can I promise?!?" Spirit of Christmas Present: "If it's too hard a lesson for you to learn, then learn this lesson!" (opens his robe, revealing two starving children) Ebenezer: "Spirit... are these yours?" Spirit of Christmas Present: "They are Man's. This boy is Ignorance, this girl is Want. Beware them both, but most of all, beware this boy!" Ebenezer: "But have they no refuge? No resource?" Spirit of Christmas Present (quoting Scrooge): "Are there no prisons?!? Are there no workhouses?!?"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jacob Marley: "It is required of every man that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow men! If it goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death! It is doomed to wander through the world! Oh, woe is me! And witness what it cannot share but MIGHT HAVE SHARED on Earth and turned to happiness!"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

First Collector: "I don't think you quite understand us, sir. A few of us are endeavoring to buy the poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth." Ebenezer: "Why?" First Collector: "Because it is at Christmastime that want is most keenly felt, and abundance rejoices. Now what can I put you down for?" Ebenezer: "Humph! Nothing!" Second Collector: "You wish to be anonymous?" Ebenezer: "I wish to be left alone. Since you ask me what I wish sir, that is my answer. I help to support the establishments I have named; those who are badly off must go there." First Collector: "Many can't go there." Second Collector: "And some would rather die."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

First Collector: "At this festive time of year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute." Ebenezer: "Are there no prisons?" First Collector: "Plenty of prisons." Ebenezer: "And the union workhouses -- are they still in operation?" First Collector: "They are. I wish I could say they were not." Ebenezer: "Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I'm very glad to hear it." (cont'd)

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tiny Tim: "God bless us -- every one!"


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Sep 22, 2011
  • rslade rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Scrooge (1951/Sims version of "A Christmas Carol")

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