A Christmas Carol [Blu-ray] [1951]

  • SKU: 20571604
  • Release Date: 11/06/2012
  • Rating: NR
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (63 out of 64)

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

Synopsis


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



Customer rating

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Classic!

    Posted
    kevman79

    This version of Charles Dickens' classic tale is by far the best. I personally recommend the previous dvd incarnation over this particular dvd due to the new-high def restoration. For some reason, I have found that many recent high-def restorations of old black & white films turn out rather poorly due to overlighting the film element in order to bring out definition, and in doing so, ruins the original intended cinematography. However, don't let the high-def restoration deter you from buying this masterpiece if you don't have it already. Also beware the incorrectly altered widescreen version available on this disc (this film was originally shot and shown in theaters with a 1.37:1 full-screen aspect ratio, and a theatrically incorrect widescreen version has been included here to cater to fans of the widescreen format.).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All Time Favorite

    Posted
    Yara
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    This is my all time favorite version of "A Christmas Carol". Alastair Sim gives a great performance as Ebenezer Scrooge. He doesn't play Scrooge as a "mean" person, so much as one that doesn't care about anything or anyone. When he's transformed after the visits of the 3 spirits you can feel that giddiness/happiness with him. You can also feel the remorse he has about how he has treated others & the resolve he has on changing his life by helping others. The only acting that is too over-the-top for me is Michael Hordern's Jacob Marley.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Bluray!

    Posted
    ODSS81

    For years I have scanned cable to view my favourite version of The Christmas Carol. I saw everyone except this one which we watched growing up every Christmas eve.The Bluray captures my memory of this film perfectly. I enjoyed the extras about the cast and directors. I would recommend this product to anyone who enjoys this version of The Christmas Carol.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best of the Remakes

    Posted
    KISSfan4ever

    A Christmas carol is one of my favorite Christmas movies. Of all the remakes, this 1951 version with Alastair Sim is the best..The blu ray quality is phenomenal and the Dolby 5.1 is pretty good..Excellent movie. Excellent quality and excellent price..9.99 in the store...If you like this movie this version is worth getting as it also includes a DVD copy..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Dickens adaptation of Scrooge to film

    Posted
    kevman79

    This version of Charles Dickens' classic tale is by far the best. I personally recommend this particular dvd over the new-high def version as I have found that many recent high-def restorations of old black & white films turn out rather poorly due to overlighting the film element in order to bring out definition, and in doing so, ruins the original intended cinematography.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie!

    Posted
    Jenny
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    We enjoyed watching this movie on Christmas. My husband was surprised I found the Alistair Sims version, and I was happy to surprise him! We got the package very quickly. Ordering from the website was easy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie at a great price.

    Posted
    bob153
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    This is the best version of " A Christmas Carol ". It has always been one of my favorite holiday movies. I was happy to see it released on blue ray so I bought it. I did not own it before because the quality of previous releases was not what I wanted.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A very good purchase

    Posted
    Frankie1980

    There are many different versions of this Charles Dickens' classic. Many of them are good and worth watching, but this is the one worth owning. Alastair Sim has been the face of Mr.Scrooge for Many of people. When you watch this dvd, you will know why.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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