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A Christmas Carol [DVD] [1938] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Mel Blanc, Kathleen Lockhart, Terry Kilburn
  • Directors: Edwin L. Marin, Hugh Harman
  • Writers: Charles Dickens, Hugo Butler
  • Producers: Hugh Harman, Fred Quimby, Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Nov. 2005
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5XOZ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,244 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By swingingelectriceels on 24 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
Just to reiterate what's already been mentioned in other reviews: although this title is listed as a Region 1 disc, and the DVD artwork itself carries the Region 1 logo, the disc appears to be region-free, and plays fine on my Region 2 player.

Although this adaptation was bold enough to rewrite Dickens' original story in certain places, it nevertheless remains a really solid, marvellous little film. The look and feel of the film is a real joy, and the casting for the main roles was spot-on. Whilst the Alastair Sim version remains my personal favourite, this version is definitely not to be overlooked.

The DVD extras included are the theatrical trailer, "Jackie Cooper's Christmas Party" from 1931, "Judy Garland Sings Silent Night" from 1937, and "Peace on Earth", the Oscar-nominated cartoon short, from 1939.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 25 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Personally, my favourite version of the Dickens classic: 'A Christmas Carol'. Starring Reggie Owen as 'Scrooge' and the Lockhart family.

This version moves you to tears like no other in my opinion, and has a brilliant cast. I have a ritual of watching this every Christmas Eve and Night, and it never fails to charm. This has been lovingly re-mastered.

Don't take your eyes off 'Martha Cratchit' - played by the beautiful 'Bunny Beatty'. (rarely seen in Pictures) A lovely magical and melancholic performance from her, as she comforts her father Bob Cratchit after losing his position with old 'Scrooge' - confiding in his eldest daughter - marvellous!

Note: Though advertised as region code 1 and NTSC format, for some reason this DVD plays fine on a region 2 Player.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By saltypepper on 6 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
'A Christmas Carol' is not only the greatest Christmas story of all time, it is one of the greatest stories, alone, ever told. But when asked what I think the greatest adaptation of the novel is, I turn not to Alastair Sim's "Scrooge" which is, indeed, brilliant but to the 1938 Reginald Owen film.

"Why?", you might ask. It strays so far from the book, the writers literally rewrote the story in parts. However, for me, the spirit of the film is wonderful, evoking the Victorian England that Dickens was looking to portray. Indeed, being such an old movie, the film makers seemed to have a good idea of Victorian times. Reginald Owen was, of course, borne of the Victorian Era and seemed very at home in the role. He is the truly definitive Scrooge: old and convinced that he cannot change whilst seeming too miserly too eat enough to improve on his slight stature.

As mentioned, the script strays far from the novel and large parts are simply cut out (it is only around an hour in length). Bob Cratchit is fired, the Ghost of Christmas Past is a young woman, Tiny Tim and Peter become acquainted with Fred at the start in a snow sliding contest, and Scrooge comes bearing gifts at the end like an old Santa Clause. But the movie is filmed brilliantly, each shot escorting you back to the Victorian Christmas and each scene played with faith and good heart. The black and white quality gives the film a timelessness but if there is one thing that provides the movie with its undoubted atmosphere, it is the brilliant score and choice of music. It opens with "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and smoothly runs into the melodic music that is present throughout. In the scenes where Marley's ghost appears there is a terrifying quality but in the uplifting scenes, the music is joyful and bouncy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Dec. 2012
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A Christmas Carol is directed by Edwin L. Marin and adapted to screenplay by Hugo Butler from the Charles Dickens story of the same name. It stars Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Terry Kilburn and Barry MacKay. Music is by Franz Waxman and cinematography by Sidney Wagner and John F. Seitz.

I wonder just how many times A Christmas Carol has been adapted to theatre, film, television, radio or opera? Well it's a lot as we know, but my point being that it's one of those literary works that needs no introduction or plot synopsis. It's as famous as famous can be. With all the many "film" adaptations to view, there's often discussions about which is the best, which is the most loyal to the source and etc etc, what mostly comes through in such discussions is that it's such a brilliant piece of literary work it would take the work of an idiot to mess up the feel good factor come the story's denouement. Thankfully, in spite of tampering with aspects of the source material, Marin's 38 version is as pleasing as a glass of Xmas punch.

There are minor irritants here no doubt about it, Scrooge begins to turn from mean miser to good fellow a bit too early, and traditionalists do balk at the changes in the story such as a sex change for one of the ghosts, Cratchit gets the sack, the haunting grimness is missing with the ghost visitations and again etc etc, yet the essence is right and the key points are rightfully included. Given it's a film that runs just under 70 minutes some scenes are rushed, but it's very well performed by the cast (Owen wonderfully caustic as Scrooge after stepping in when Lionel Barrymore's ill health ruled him out of the production) and the joy that comes with the finale is simply impossible to ignore.
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