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A Christmas Carol [Blu-ray] [1951]

Release Date:11/06/2012

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (72 out of 73)

    Special Features

    • Introduction by Leonard Maltin
    • "Dead to begin with: the darker side of a classic" - featuring British film historial and culturalist Sir Christopher Frayling
    • "Scrooge by another name: distributing a Christmas carol" - featurette with US distributor, Richard Gordon
    • "The human blarney stone: life and films of Brian Desmond Hurst" with Allan Esler Smith, the great-great nephew and biographer of Hurst
    • "Alastair Sim version: too good to be shown only at Christmastime" - by Fred Guida, author of "A Christmas Carol and its Adaptations"
    • "Silent Dickens" - a collection of early examples of Dickens on film in HD (Scrooge - 1922 and Bleak House - 1922)
    • Bonus disc includes full length standard definition 'A Chrismas Carol' plus:
    • "Campbell Playhouse: a Christmas Carol" - original 1939 radio dramatization, narrataed by Orson Welles and starring Lionel Barrymore
    • "Bibliographic essay" by Fred Guida


    A Christmas Carol
    Widely considered to be the definitive of the many film versions of Charles Dickens' classic novel is this 1951 British adaptation, starring Alastair Sim (entitled "Scrooge" in its U.K. release). Sim plays Ebenezer Scrooge, a London miser who, despite his wealth, refuses to make charitable contributions and treats his sole employee, Bob Cratchit, as an indentured servant. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, who was as selfish as Scrooge in life and has been condemned to an eternity of wandering the Earth in shackles. Marley informs Scrooge that he's to receive a trio of spirits that night who will take him on a journey through Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. As Scrooge encounters each apparition, he is taken on a tour of his life and realizes what a wretch he is, transformed by greed from an idealistic youth into an embittered ogre. Infused with a new, cheery outlook, Scrooge sets about earning his redemption. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Alastair Sim
      Alastair Sim - Ebenezer Scrooge
    • Kathleen Harrison
      Kathleen Harrison - Mrs. Dilber
    • Mervyn Johns
      Mervyn Johns - Bob Cratchit
    • Michael Hordern
      Michael Hordern - Jacob Marley
    • Hermione Baddeley
      Hermione Baddeley - Mrs. Cratchit

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