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A Christmas Carol [Blu-ray] [Import]

Alastair Sim , Jack Warner , Brian Desmond Hurst    NR (Not Rated)   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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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

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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do "NOT" Buy This Version...!!! Dec 26 2005
By stryper TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Granted, the sharpness of the picture is better then the VCI version, but there are persistent, light white scratches, that appear horizontally across the middle of the screen for great amounts of time, usually right across someone's face, that are so annoyingly distracting that watching this version is not much fun (it's kind of almost as bad as watching a cheap DVD that has a line going vertically, through the it for a nice chunk of time).
I checked out two different copies of this DVD and tried them on two different DVD players, to make sure that the scratches had nothing to do with my equipment.
The VCI version is the one to get, as though the picture may be a tad softer, there are no annoying scratches on the print (and until I actually did a side by side comparison of the two, I didn't even notice the VCI version being at all, soft)
Also, the booklet that comes with this new version has nothing of any importance, what so ever, where as the liner notes on the VCI DVD are way more informative.
The only thing that this version does have over the VCI version is the inclusion of an unremastered trailer (which isn't really all that great, as trailers go, anyway).
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HOPE FOR A BETTER RELEASE Dec 27 2005
By Koukol
I own various dvds of this DEFINITIVE production, naturally i was so excited to see a restored version of this movie. However, this EMERALD EDITION dvd is a HUGE dissapointment. The booklet claims the dvd was created from 7 different prints. That would explain why specks come and go, lines (film scrapes) appear for some scenes, sound changes through out (hissing comes and goes), and worst, imo, the tint changes when Marleys ghost enters the room (turns slightly greenish) All of this is very annoying. Keep your VCI version for now, and hope for a proper restoration by someone like CRITERION.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this DVD! Jan. 24 2006
A Christmas Carol: Emerald Edition is a very disappointing release. A restoration should be pristine or as close to it as possible. This release is not even as good as previous releases. A waste of time and money.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By MsMandi
I was sent this version, the Emerald Edition, of the Blu-ray releases by error. Amazon has refunded my money and boy am I glad. This version is exactly the same as the DVD version of the Emerald edition, scratchy in some scenes, blurry in others, green tint, and hissing and popping sound. It would be one thing if they took an entire scene from ONE bit of stock footage, but when the hissing comes and goes during a scene (like in the scene where Scrooge and Marley meet for the first time) and the picture changes, it's just not enjoyable. It might be forgivable and that's a very slim "might", if it only occurred during scene changes, but it doesn't and the Emerald edition is very annoying to watch. I was more than sorry when I bought the DVD and when Amazon sent me this version of the Blu-ray by mistake I was very disappointed. I popped it in my blu-ray player because the version I bought was supposed to be subtitled and when I discovered this one wasn't that is when I realized there must have been an error in shipping. If you want to purchase this movie in blu-ray I urge you to purchase the other blu-ray version they have listed. I finally got that one which is the one I had originally ordered and it is outstanding! I would rate the other version A Christmas Carol [Blu-ray] well more than five stars.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Four Ways to Enjoy A Christmas Carol Sept. 27 2007
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Gene Shalit said, "There have been at least eight movie versions [of A Christmas Carol] . . . but the single enduring version is the 1951 film starring Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge . . . an incomparable Christmas present." If this is your favorite version of A Christmas Carol, you should definitely buy this collector's edition.

If you haven't seen this version, let me characterize it for you. The film story closely follows the Dickens original with its emphasis on how Ebenezer Scrooge went from being a caring person who wanted to do good for others to someone who only cared about money, until four spirits (his dead partner, Jacob Marley; Christmas past; Christmas current; and Christmas future) visit him and scare Scrooge into reforming which he does on Christmas day. The acting is often overdone, featuring overreactions of the sort that were popular in vaudeville and silent pictures. Many of the actors seem miscast because they are quite plump and prosperous looking, even though they are supposed to be quite poor (this is especially true of Mervyn Johns who plays bob Cratchit, Scrooge's browbeaten, underpaid clerk.). Naturally spirits require special effects and those are pretty primitive due to the year of the film.

So why do people like it? For me, the acting by Alastair Sim as old Scrooge, Patrick MacNee as young Jacob Marley, and Glyn Dearman as Tiny Tim were not only first-rate, they moved me in many ways. Dickens's concept for the story is also pure genius. There is also some wonderful signing of Christmas carols to get you in the mood. It was nice to see such a good performance . . . especially if I didn't look too closely at the actors who didn't please me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great tradition
Love Alastair Sim, he is so good in this. It was a tradition since it came out
in our family.
Published 9 days ago by Diane Trollope
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good original B&W edition
Published 17 days ago by Henry Schregardus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 1 month ago by cookmama
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent edition. Very clear and crisp.
Published 2 months ago by Gordon Tebbutt
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Carol [1951] [Blu-ray] [US Import]
A Christmas Carol [1951] [Blu-ray] [US Import] THE HOLIDAY PICTURE OF ALL TIME!

Alastair Sim's tour-de-force performance as the ultimate miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, has... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best version of A Christmas Carol (Scrooge) ever Love Alister Sims
Published 3 months ago by shyjohn
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This movie is a must-have for every family to view during the Christmas holidays!!! The only Scrooge is Alistair Sim!
Published 8 months ago by Kristin Knudsen
2.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Carol
I love this version of A Christmas Carol but was very disappointed that it was not closed captioned. With my hearing issues, I need closed captioning to understand the movie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brenda Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Like watching it for the first time again.
A Christmas favourite at our house. We had the patched together Millennium Edition release which had poor video and sound. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dartley
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as Advertised
It said it was the colorized version.

It was NOT.

This was a Christmas gift for family and they were really looking forward to it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paul Whitaker
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