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

Reginald Owen , Gene Lockhart , Edwin L. Marin , Hugh Harman    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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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 (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5XOZ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,914 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent version. 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1938 classic! 25 Dec 2007
By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE
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
4.0 out of 5 stars "Christmas, Humbug?" 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive 'feel good' Christmas film 7 April 2008
Format:DVD
I captured this on video some twenty years ago, but, unfortunately, missed recording the first five minutes. Never mind, it has been a perennial Christmas favourite. Despite the passage of years, it still comes out each December. In fact, if it were not for this film I would probably not have retained my video player! A month ago, I left my previous job and was rewarded with a multi region DVD recorder/player. I immediately sent off for the DVD via Amazon. I can now see the whole film!!

The film is a marvellous evocation of a by-gone era, but one we would all like to still experience. The cast is consistently excellent, the musical accompaniment subtle, appropriate and totally unevasive, and the film captures the mood and spirit of Dickens' book (even if there are some variances).

It is my favourite film version of the book, and, if pressed, I might judge it to be my favourite film of all time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories 6 Feb 2014
By Wilquo
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Brought back a load of memories as used to watch the video every Christmas eve with my then wife and our 3 daughters. Getting it on dvd was fantastic to the extent that I also bought one for my youngest daughter who is now 29..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional 21 Dec 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I collect Christmas Carol films and this is now my favorite. A black and white film, no fuss or frills just a sympathetic version of an old favorite
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Film. 24 Feb 2013
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I bought this DVD because I remember watching it on the television when I was younger. When I saw on DVD, I had to buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to have to wait for a TV channel to screen it
As much as I was delighted with the pristine quality tv must show some crackly efforts! The pristine clean quality was unexpected and my computer had no problem despite the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by clothilda
4.0 out of 5 stars He's a Scrooge he's a Scrooge, he's Ebenezer Scrooge.
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. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Spike Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great version
I have to say that Alistair Sim's portrayal is the definitive one imho but this is great too, and is an absorbing watch that lasts just under 70 mins. Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Bogie Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent version of the old miser - plays on UK region 2 players
As other reviewers have already stated this is an excellent version, both in the story of "A Christmas Carol" and in the quality of the picture and sound. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Peter J. Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars it plays fine on uk dvd players. buy it.
got the dvd today, not watched it all yet. it say,s its region 1 but plays fine on my dvd players. its got a couple of extras on it including a colour cartoon. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2011 by markd.a.u.l.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant version
I thought i'd seen all the versions of this story, from the silent versions right up to the modern day and I didn't know about this one. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by John Bobbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Scrooge
I bought this and it plays on my UK DVD player.

The story is great like all the other Scrooge stories. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2006 by T. Shields
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