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on January 6, 2011
I always loved this movie, so was excited to finally add it to my DVD collection! However, when I watched it I realized they had cut some stuff out -- like one of the songs! If you're a true Muppet Christmas Carol fan, I'd buy the older version.

if you've never seen it, it's a fantastic family movie and one of the best versions of this story I've ever seen. You can watch it over and over again and still see something new in it.
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on January 6, 1997
Being a literature professor who specialized in Charles Dickens, I have had a number of people mention in a teasing way "The Muppets Christmas Carol." They expect me to burst an artery in fury and indignation and are surprised to find me not only acknowledging the film but also praising it. One would think that someone who cherishes the original story as I do would detest a version in which Fezziwig becomes Fozziewig (owner of a rubber chicken factory) or in which an extra brother (Robert) is given to Jacob Marely or (even more incredible) Dickens himself becomes a blue long nosed creature (Gonzo, and who knows what he is?!). And yet this version of the Carol remains at its base exactly what Dickens intended it to be--a story of loss and reclamation. It often surprises those friends of mine who bait me to learn how much of the Muppet Carol remains true to Dickens' vision, even containing elements which match the text better than other versions. For example both the aging of the Ghost of Christmas Present before Scrooge's eyes and the gentle quality of the Ghost of Christmas Future as it leads Scrooge to view his horrible future are elements found originally in the book which are faithfully depicted in this movie if not in many others. However the major reason the film works so is because Michael Caine plays Scrooge straight. He allows the Muppets do their humor, but he portrays the agonizing process needed to change a human being from a self centered man of business to "as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the good old city ever knew." What would Dickens think of this version? I can't say, but I do know that he had no difficulty in having his stories brought to all members of society especially to children. He wrote a children's version of the New Testament as well as several children's versions of his own novels. I think he would have liked the film even with the addition of Robert Marley. END
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on November 25, 2010
We wanted to replace our old VHS version of this movie with the DVD and so we bought this the beginning of the film we chose to watch the Widescreen Version and noticed that one of the scenes was missing. I was disappointed about this, but upon further investigation found that the Full Frame Version included on this DVD has the deleted scene in now we are extremely happy to own it on DVD:)
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on December 2, 2003
A full five-stars for the wonderful "The Muppet Christmas Carol." I am amazed that a fresh and interesting take can be found on the often re-made Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." Muppet movies are hit-or-miss at best, and this one is either the top 1 or 2.
Michael Caine is brilliant as Scrooge, and the combination of the completely straight Caine and the antics of the muppets creates a wonderful reality, blending the original ghost story with a heartwarming chaser.
The DVD contains two really nice special features, including a very interesting "Making of..." featurette , and a nice "Christmas's Across the World" featurette. The "Making of...." featurette is one of the most interesting that I have seen, quite long with cast interviews, special effects, song information and pretty much everything you could want.
However, several really disappointing choices were made on this DVD release, including producing a full-screen edition and eliminating the song "The Love is Gone" from the UK edition. When I buy a DVD, I want to full movie, not 75% or it with the edges trimmed off. Also, the exclusion of "The Love is Gone" from the UK edition makes no sense, as it is singled out to be the most important transition point of the movie during the "Making of..." featurette.
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on December 15, 2003
This is a great film. If you have a heart you will love this. Michael Caine gives an amazing true to life performance here. Somehow tapping into the very depth of the character and you can't help but feel that he's somehow living out his own personal demons from his own life. Who would ever believe that someone could give such a performance for a silly muppet movie? Yet Michael Caine somehow takes hold of this role and makes it his own and turns this into a wonderful film of incredible human depth and meaning. And more interesting is the fact that he plays the role of a Scrooge who is less of an evil man and more of a blind heartless man. Thats really how Dickens wrote it. In that regard everyone can see himself as a potential Scrooge and can identify with the things they've done in life which have been Scrooge-like. I've seen grown men sob and have to leave the room after watching the scene in which Scoorge see's himself as a young man foolishly losing the only woman that ever loved him. It's a moment in which love dies in his life and he doesn't even know it. As a young man, he simply walks away - he feels nothing. But now an old man many years later, he's a broken soul and all he can do is stand behind this lost love, who is now only a shadow of the past and sob in terrible sorrow. He asks the ghost of christmas past, "how can you take delight in showing me this?" With that moment, the truth of life is made reality and he understands the past can never be undone or changed. There is something very beautiful and great about this film and no matter what religion or belief you have, the message is universal. You can easly identity with the most important message. Don't waist your life in fear and pride and ignorance. Open your heart and stop yourself in your tracks. The future.. your future, is unwritten. It's wide open before you. Make good decisions. Follow your heart. Believe in your heart again. It does matter! This great message is mixed well with the muppet characters that you remember and love from the 70's and also really great songs that are just dazzling, "where-ever you find love, it feels like christmas."
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on December 15, 2005
I love this movie, so getting it on DVD was great. It's a family and friends tradition ever since I saw it in theatres...probably about 10 years ago. I watched it this year with some "newbies" and I was afraid that the charm was just nostalgia, but they liked it too. The one disapointing thing was that one of the songs is cut. The sappy love song from the middle with Scrooge and Belle. I'm not sure why they did this. I'll still watch my old VHS copy just for that moment.Otherwise, the opening menu with Kermit is a BLAST!
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on December 13, 2002
Be forwarned by the warning on the DVD case, "This film has been modified from its original version. It has been formatted to fit your TV." Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island are wonderful films, possibly the best Muppet movies, AND they were released in widescreen to the theatres with lots of delightful imagery in those outer regions. So what does Disney do for DVD? Releases them in fullscreen, cutting off about 1/3 of the picture. If you like looking at half of Muppet heads, then these are for you. But what a stupid statement that warning is. Widescreen fits my TV, too, guys. The Muppet Movie, The Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan and Muppets From Space are all double-sided DVD releases, with widescreen on one side and fullscreen on the other side, released in excellent transfers by Columbia Tristar. I think Disney needs to re-release these as double-sided disks. If this "reformatting" is Disney policy, I can't wait to see how they screw up the magnificent 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea when they finally release that!
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on November 27, 2002
Released in 1992 'The Muppet Christmas Carol' is a TRUE CLASSIC. Brian Henson directs a true masterpiece, a great tribute to the genius of his father. The Muppet Christmas Carol remains astonishingly true to the Dickens classic. Michael Caine delivers a fantastic performance as Ebeneezer Scrooge, the mizerly, bitter old man who's anger at Christmas and all it encompasses touches everyone around him. On Christmas Eve Scrooge is visited by three spirits who show him the true meaning of Christmas. With Kermit as Cratchet and Miss Piggy as his wife and the ensemble cast of the Muppets filling all the other pertinent roles this is a fabulous film for the entire family. There is something for everyone in this wonderful, magical film. With the exception of 'The Muppet Movie' the 'Muppet Christmas Carol' is probably one of the most spectacular muppet movies to come out of the Henson studios. I am dissapointed that this film is not widescreen, however, you cannot miss this opportunity to own a great film which will enrich your life and those around you.
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on November 22, 2002
This is my absolute favorite "Christmas Carol" adaptation. What makes the Muppets so great is their versitility --they can be used to tell any story, and this proves it. Kermit is Bob Crachit, Gonzo is Charles Dickens (a brilliant touch) and Academy Award-winner Michael Caine is Ebenezer Scrooge. The songs are as touching and as funny as any Muppet production in history, and Brian Henson is doing his father proud, helming these classic characters the way he has.
The only beef I've got is with Disney's production of the DVD -- NO WIDESCREEN VERSION! Blast it, why are we still being subjected to fullscreen? TVs are going to be widescreen in a few years anyway -- the same people who whine about black bars at the top and bottom of their screen now will be whining about them on the SIDES then... The movie is nearly perfect. Five stars. The presentation is what yanks it down to three.
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on December 23, 2002
I LOVE this movie! I can't let a Christmas pass without watching it 3 or 4 times! I have even been known to watch it in the middle of summer!
The dialog by Scrooge and the other characters closely follow the book. What adds to this story, however, is the running commentary by Rizzo and Gonzo as Charles Dickens. Sure, they take license by adding a second Marley, but it seems natural, and by changing names of stores - Fozziwig & Mom's, for instance - but it only personalizes it and makes it all the more entertaining. The music is excellent and there is so much emotion in this movie - much more than in any other version I have seen!
I really think that this movie is by far one of the best Muppet movies I have seen. I only wish Jim Henson had been alive to voice Kermit (although he was done superbly!) and to see the end result!
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