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A Christmas Carol [Blu-ray] [1938]

  • SKU: 25615723
  • Release Date: 11/11/2014
  • Rating: NR
$14.99

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (17 out of 17)

    Special Features


    • 2 festive vintage featurettes:
    • Jackie Cooper's christmas party
    • Judy Garland sings "Silent Night"
    • Classic Oscar nominated cartoon Peace on Earth
    • Theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    A Christmas Carol
    For a generation of radio fans, Lionel Barrymore was the definitive Ebeneezer Scrooge. Alas, Barrymore was crippled by arthritis by the time MGM got around to filming Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in 1938, so the Scrooge role went to contract player Reginald Owen - who, though hardly in the Barrymore league, does a splendid job. Hugo Butler's screenplay must make some adjustments from the source material. The Ghost of Christmas Past, for example, is played not by a robust middle-aged man but by a beautiful young woman (Ann Rutherford). Impeccably cast, the film includes such reliable character players as Leo G. Carroll (Marley's Ghost), Barry McKay (Scrooge's nephew Fred) and Gene and Kathleen Lockhart (Bob and Mrs. Cratchit). The Lockhart's teenaged daughter June makes her screen debut as one of the Cratchit children, while Terry Kilburn is a fine, non-sentimental Tiny Tim. Commendably short for a major production (69 minutes), MGM's Christmas Carol is one of the best adaptations of the oft-filmed Dickens Yuletide classic, and definitely on equal footing with the more famous 1951 Alastair Sim version. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Reginald Owen
      Reginald Owen - Ebenezer Scrooge
    • Gene Lockhart
      Gene Lockhart - Bob Cratchit
    • Kathleen Lockhart
      Kathleen Lockhart - Mrs. Cratchit
    • Leo G. Carroll
      Leo G. Carroll - Jacob Marley
    • Terry Kilburn
      Terry Kilburn - Tiny Tim



    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 17 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Christmas Movie & Bonus!

      Posted
      kevman79

      Of all the film adaptations of Charles Dickens' 'Christmas Carol,' It is my opinion that the 1951 British version starring Alastair Sim is the best. However, this 1938 rendition starring Reginald Owen, would be my second favorite. And it looks just breathtaking here on this re-mastered dvd that is well worth the buy. Even better, is that the animated short 'Peace On Earth,' which was nominated for an oscar, is included here, and it amazes me how relevant its subject matter still is today. Highly Recommended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Christmas movie finally on Blu-Ray

      Posted
      KISSALIVE75
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      It's nice to see this Classic Christmas movie on Blu-Ray. It has good picture and sound with good extras. It was kind of odd to see the Judy Garland extra of her singing Silent Night on this movie.. I would have thought it would show up on one of her movies. But, good to have it here. Just wish it was longer. If you don't own this movie yet, this would be the format and time to get it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

      Posted
      cruiser50
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      This is the all time great Christmas Carol movie cause it is the original. None of the remakes can compare with the actors in this movie. I watch this over and over during the Holiday season. Is by far one of my favorite movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Something old, something new.

      Posted
      Tarus
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      I grew up watching this movie as a kid. The last 2 years it has been hard to find it on TV anymore. So I bought this Blu-ray having not to wait to see it on TV. The remastered old version to Blu-ray is outstanding.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Transfer of an old Classic

      Posted
      KISSALIVE1975
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      This movie looks great on Blu-Ray. It looks as good as a movie from this era is going to look. The sound is good, as well. An interesting Extra is Judy Garland singing Silent Night as well as the Trailer for the movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Classic Version

      Posted
      RickyRicardo
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      Best version of A Christmas Carol! The cast is superb, especially Reginald Owen as Scrooge. This adaptation has a wonderful atmosphere that newer versions just can't match.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great B&W Movie

      Posted
      JeremyS
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      This is a classic holiday movie and one of the best versions of A Christmas Carol out there. It's black and white but still amazing! Reginald Owen is great as Scrooge!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bah Humbug!

      Posted
      soundlover
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      Love this version of the classic holiday movie . Good quality on DVD. There are several versions and this is a favorite.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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