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My personal favourite version of this story!
on August 4, 2016
Although Alistair Sim's 1951 version is considered the benchmark for this story, I greatly prefer this version as it closely mirrors the original story written by Charles Dickens. This version originally aired in 1984 on the CBS network and became an instant classic and favourite among viewers. I recall watching this film as a young child in 1984 but it wasn't until 2007 (when AMC network secured the rights to air it since it's 1984 CBS debut) that I began to appreciate this film. This has become one of my favourite Christmas films to watch during the holiday season.
This film tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge who on Christmas Eve, is visited by three Christmas spirits who shows him the error of his ways in hopes of making him a better man. George C. Scott does an excellent job portraying the grumpy miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his thrifty and cold-hearted derision is quite convincing in many scenes. The film is also backed by a talented supporting cast which includes Edward Woodward, Roger Rees, David Warner, Susannah York, Joanne Whalley and Angela Pleasance. It should be noted that this film is directed by Clive Donner who was the editor of the 1951 Alistair Sim version.
There are no DVD extras and film is presented in full-screen format (1.33:1 aspect ratio). Film includes English and Spanish subtitles and audio is presented in English Dolby Surround. Runtime is 100 minutes.
Although this film has been airing regularly every Christmas season these past few years on AMC, this is one Christmas classic that I don't mind having on DVD to watch anytime I like. For a made-for-TV movie made in 1984 (Note: In 1984, this film was released theatrically in Britain but aired on network television in North America) the sound and picture quality on this DVD transfer is very clean and crisp. I often forget that this movie originally aired on CBS.
Overall, this is a fantastic movie that's now being offered at a fantastic price. I originally purchased this directly from Amazon for $4.99 while the Blu-Ray is usually priced around $15.