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  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Steve Valentine, Daryl Sabara, Sage Ryan, Amber Gainey Meade
  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (411 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WN2HFY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,148 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Robert Zemeckis's animated retelling of the popular children's classic, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, featuring the voice talent of Jim Carrey in the multiple roles of Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghosts which haunt him. Old miser Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future who aim to rid him of his contempt of friendship, love and all things Christmas. In order to do so, the ghosts take him on a journey through time, opening his eyes to the truths he is yet to face and the consequences should he refuse to do so. But in the end it is up to old Scrooge himself to realise the emptiness of his existence and open up his heart before it is too late. The film also features the voices of Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Robin Wright Penn and Bob Hoskins.

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Fans of Robert Zemeckis's brilliant special effects, and of Jim Carrey's transformative acting abilities, will be swept away by their collaboration in the stunning A Christmas Carol. Perhaps more surprising is that Charles Dickens purists will also be impressed and captivated by this version of the oft-told tale--which is dark, complex, and in its way, uncompromising. Which is all to say that this Christmas Carol is an instant holiday classic, easily taking its place alongside the Alistair Sim version, the Patrick Stewart version, and even the Mr. Magoo version of the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ultimate holiday redemption. Carrey is dazzling as not only Scrooge, the most miserable, and miserly, man in 19th-century England, but as the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future. As with The Polar Express, Zemeckis animates the film over the actors' physical performances onscreen, but here, the emotion is intact--even heightened by the brilliant effects. Joining Carrey in the cast are terrific players, including Gary Oldman (Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the ghost of Marley), Cary Elwes, Bob Hoskins, and Robin Wright Penn. But the heart of the film is Carrey, whose dramatic acting has shone in films like The Truman Show and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. The emotional connection Carrey makes with his characters is what brings Dickens's classic alive--and what connects the viewer with the true spirit of the holidays. "God bless us, every one". --A.T. Hurley

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Jan. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol is one of those films that almost finds new cinematic potential in Dickens' most famous and beloved tale before losing its way in his eagerness to show off his new technology at the expense of the story. It certainly starts off decently enough with Jim Carrey's animated Ebenezer Scrooge taking the coins from his dead partner Jacob Marley's eyes ("Tuppence is tuppence"), but you do start to wonder just why Zemeckis felt the need to render it in hugely expensive motion captured CGI - or at least until the camera takes exhilarating flight and soars above the rooftops and through the streets of a festive Victorian London. It's a joyous and expansive bit of showoffery that's a much more sophisticated throwback to putting the Cinerama cameras on a rollercoaster back in the 50s, setting the time and place and even finding time to give a brief nod to Seymour Hicks' 1935 version. Even when the camera comes down to earth it's often imaginatively conceived and directed despite its tendency to throw in bits of business just because they'll look good in 3D.

The computer animation at least has advanced since Zemeckis' previous MoCap epic Beowulf. There's none of the problem with dead eyes that plagued earlier Mocap films, though there's still a problem when presenting anyone who isn't a caricature or a fantastic creature: you simply wonder what is the point of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars rendering a real person into something that's neither cartoon nor convincing human. It's fine when you're dealing with the sharp chinned emaciated Scrooge or rendering Fezziwigg to something like the original novel's illustrations, but the supporting cast and bit players manage to be both undistinguished and odd at the same time.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 25 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD
this is an absolute delight to watch. one of the best versions of a christmas carol ever, probably the best since the allistair sim version. while it might be a bit too dark for young children, the whole family should enjoy this. it's very faithfull to the book, and indeed i was mouthing lines of dialogue before the characters! there are a few comedy slapstick scenes added on, but it's very tastefully done, indeed i think dickens himself would have approved of this film.
i admit, i did have reservations about jim carrey playing scrooge, thinking he would be dreadfully miscast, and i'm a big jom carrey fan, but somehow was expecting the worst from him, but i was very pleasantly surprised. in fact, this could very well be one of his best performances, and he plays the voices of the 3 ghosts as well. the rest of the voice cast are also excellent. in fact i'll go as far as to say that this is one of disney's best films in years, one of the best christmas films in years too, and ties with up as the best animated films of the year. i can't praise this film enough, the 3d effects are amazing. i think pixar might have some serious competition at next year's oscars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tubb poet/humorist on 21 Nov. 2010
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I loved this film...

A Christmas Carol has been a favourite of mine since I was young. It was the only Dickens book I was interested in reading as a child and it is still the only Dickens book I have read, I have read it many times, and this film version is now my favourite visual adaptation of this book.

Seeing it at the cinema I was enamoured with it, I felt it was a visual delight. As true a version of A Dickensian London Christmas as we have come to believe. I also felt that Jim Carrey made a very brilliant Ebenezer Scrooge and was also wonderful as the three spirits, especially the Ghost of Christmas present. The supporting cast were also wonderful, especially Gary Oldman as Bob Crachit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley and others. I also felt the CGI dealt exceptionally well with the magical aspect of the tale and made the scenes as lifelike as animation is possible of doing.

With this in mind, I knew I wanted the DVD when it came out and I got it and was not disappointed when I watched it on the small screen.

I would strongly reccomend watching it when it is Dark to enhance the gritty feel of the film.
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73 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 7 Dec. 2009
Format: DVD
Ignore those crying `bah humbug', Robert Zemeckis' motion-capture version of Charles Dickens' eternal Christmas classic is a hugely enjoyable yuletide movie, and arguably the best version ever committed to celluloid.

With Jim Carrey taking the lead and also playing the three ghosts, the film sticks to Dickens' story with only a few embellishments which only serve to make the experience more enjoyable. Dickens' overarching themes of poverty and the class schism in Victorian London are clearly flagged-up, and Zemeckis doesn't hesitate in adding scary and sinister touches - the nefarious ghost of Christmas yet to come is as frightening as you'd expect, and I would suggest a pre-screening before sitting down with children under 6. [ASIN:B000BAZD8S The Polar Express], Zemeckis' previous Christmas motion-capture effort, has often been criticised for weaknesses in some of its animation techniques - the eyes of the characters for example - but this time around these have been ironed out and the picture is superb. The 3D experience is simply the icing on the cake - most effective aspect being the falling snow.

Ultimately, this is A Christmas Carol for those who love the magic, chills, and sheer brilliant storytelling that made the novel such a classic, and I for one will be sitting down with this DVD and a glass of mulled wine for many Christmases to come - God bless us everyone!
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