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A Christmas Carol (Ultimate Collector's Edition)(B/W & Color)

Alastair Sim , Jack Warner    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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).
Hope this helps :)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best of the best Oct. 31 2003
I consider myself a student of "A Christmas Carol" of sorts, having sought down and seen or heard every version I know of. This tale is the most retold, in part or in whole, of any piece of literature outside of the Bible and Shakespeare. It has appeared in at least 25 film/animated versions, has been adapted to countless TV shows, and has been referenced even more than that.
Alastair Sim's Scrooge is among the very best portrayals, and the film on the whole is the best film version I've seen. I am reviewing the other versions individually, so I won't rehash them here, but this one is the best and my favorite film version.
Give me this one along with Patrick Stewart's solo performance and I'd be a very happy camper.
I've even grown fond of the errors in the film, like the stage hand that appears in the mirror reflection on Christmas morning.
A tremendous cast and a wonderful atmospheric quality make this film so memorable and re-watchable.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colouring a Classic Dec 31 2006
By Dave and Joe TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We watch "A Christmas Carol" every Christmas eve. I decided to buy this version even though, for the most part, I don't like the idea of colourizing black and white films. In this case, however, the colourized version transformed the film in only positive ways. The classic black and white film is hard to see due to the age of the film and this colourized version lights up the film and I felt like I was 'seeing' the film for the first time. Good heaven's I could see the chain around the waist of Marley's ghost! I could see the patterns on the wallpaper and curtains. Sim's portrayal of Scrooge is the benchmark and it was wonderful to see that performance afresh. So, don't hesitate to try this version even if you - like me - don't usually like them fiddling with classics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent release Dec 24 2011
Before the bluray came out, I had the 50th Anniversary "Emerald Edition" dvd with the UK version "Scrooge" as well as the US version, both restored from the best copies of the film then available, including some restored scenes that had been missing. There were only a few glitches in the movie, including a brief pause in one or two places.

The new bluray release is even better, taking advantage of the restored 35mm print, and adding subtitles (a lack in the dvd release) and a 5.1 track for those who prefer that to the original mono audio.

I didn't see any of the problems Badgley described, and I wonder what player he was using for playback. I use a Samsung bluray player that is a few years old now but doing well. The price is excellent too. I got it for 11.20 US+4.98 shipping, or 16.18 US. You can't go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent edition. Very clear and crisp.
Published 1 month 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 2 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 2 months ago by shyjohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Carol
This movie is a must-have for every family to view during the Christmas holidays!!! The only Scrooge is Alistair Sim!
Published 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 months ago by Paul Whitaker
5.0 out of 5 stars An eternal classic
This is a DVD which for me must be seen before the Christmas season can truly begin. Alastair Sim is the ultimate Scrooge.
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth Brockington
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Love the original Christmas Carol.. The movie is digitally restored, the sound is great and the pictures is very clear.
Published 9 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
absolutely my favourite Christmas Movie ever since I was quite young. I always pick a quiet day when I can sit down and watch it without interruption
Published 10 months ago by David Doerksen
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