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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.
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on January 12, 2017
This is as pure a rendition of the story as I've ever seen.

The quality of acting in this movie is something you might expect in a Shakespearean play. George C Scott is my perfect scrooge. He manages to pull off perfectly the arrogant defiance of a miserly Scrooge in the beginning, easing him into the more empathetic Scrooge by the end. Nobody can scowl like George C could. David Warner is amazing as always and really makes you feel for Bob Crachet and his family. Together with the rest of the cast they make a believable (in the context of a Christmas story) world that makes you invested in what happens.

This was a made-for-tv movie, so the picture quality and sound may not be the absolute pristine, but the costumes and set designs are fantastic and look totally believable in Victorian England.

It'll leave you with a great feeling and is one of the classics of classics when it comes to Christmas. Check it out.
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on December 16, 2017
I got one for me and one for a friend for Christmas. I love all the versions of this and have made it a tradition to watch all of them over the holidays.
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on July 25, 2016
For me this is the one and only Christmas Carol... with as sidekick... Mickey's Christmas Carol with the tiny Tim and the tiny turkey :-)
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on December 27, 2009
This is a must for us every Christmas -- Alistair Sim is simply wonderful as the miser-turned-philanthropist and manages tne transition so skillfully and with such conviction, you are inexorably convinced of his sincerity. The rest of the cast is also stellar -- with the late, great Hermione Gingold playing Mrs. Cratchit with much good humour, saving her tart tongue for her husband's boss. While the script of the movie departs slightly from the original novella, these additions are welcome ones of which Dickens himself might well have approved. I have to believe that he would have thoroughly enjoyed the idea of Scrooge giving his houaekeeper, Mrs. Dilber, a Christmas present and laughed at her initial impression that it was a bribe to keep her mouth shut about Scrooge's wild antics that Christmas morning. "The spirits did it all in one night" and this does it all in under 86 minutes.
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on May 16, 2018
Gift for charity
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on February 17, 2018
great DVD in BR
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on February 2, 2016
Great memories of my childhood Christmases. The DVD came in a decent case and is good quality as well.
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on June 11, 2017
An excellent performance by George C. Scott as Scrooge.
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on February 4, 2016
George C. Is as authentic as Alastair Simm in this updated version of the Dickens classic. Definitely a must see!
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