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A Christmas Carol: The Musical [DVD]


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Product details

  • Actors: Kelsey Grammar, Jennifer Love Hewitt
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A16I78
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,068 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Ever since that Christmas Eve seven years ago when Ebenezer Scrooge (Kelsey Grammer, Frasier) buried his longtime friend and business partner, Jacob Marley (Jason Alexander, Seinfeld), Scrooge's melancholy has settled into an eternal bitterness toward the holidays and his fellow man. His loyal but meek clerk, Bob Cratchit (Edward Gower), is the constant target of his cruelty and even Scrooge's own nephew inspires in his uncle no Christmas sentiment warmer than "Bah! Humbug!"

But this Christmas Eve is startlingly different. Scrooge has company, the ghost of his old partner has arrived to warn him of the consequences of the suffering he has caused and to extend an invitation for redemption.

Charles Dickens's classic story of the Christmas spirit that still lives within embittered Ebenezer Scrooge is magically transformed into a musical event featuring a visitation of spirits from past, present, and future.

Featuring memorable songs from Oscar nominee & Tony winner Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Anastasia) and Alan Menken, the Oscar-winning composer of Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

Starring: Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Jane Krakowski (Ally McBeal) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (Garfield, Party of Five).

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Jane on 12 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
Let me start by saying that I have seen numerous adaptations of "A Christmas Carol", and I have read the book, so I know the story inside out. This is, without a shadow of a doubt, the worst adaptation I have ever seen. I love musicals, but I could not get through this. I absolutely agree with all the other reviewers about the acting and the songs - both are terrible.

Even though it costs £2.99 (+ p&p), it is just not worth it, so take my advice and go for one of the better versions, such as "The Muppet Christmas Carol", "Scrooge (Albert Finney version)", "A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version)" or "A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart version)" (I have not seen the Alistair Sim version, but I plan on watching it this Christmas).

EDIT: OK, I watched the Alastair Sim version last night, and it was brilliant!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Xtal on 14 Mar 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Although this film was well made, it was a bit like an opera in that there was very little in the way of the spoken word and lots, and lots, and lots of singing. I like musicals, but I like a balance between the music and verbal interaction between characters. Certainly not my favourite 'A Christmas Carol' film.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A C Quigley on 14 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
This has got to be one of the worst films that I have ever seen. I am not even sure that I can bear to watch Kelsey Grammer in Frasier any more and that is one of my all time favourites. This is really Hollywood at its schmutziest, sugary worst. Think Oliver crossed with the Waltons but with even worse acting and music. The same phoney Cockney accents, a London so spruce and perfect that even today Londoner's wouldn't recognise it, let alone an inhabitant from the 19th Century East End. Dickens must be spinning in his grave!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon Shipton on 4 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
Please,please avoid this!
This is one of the worst films ever.

The Acting (without exception) is terrible.
The songs (without exception) are utter drivel:- the most tuneless crap I have ever heard. The normally fine Alan Menken to blame here. (Edit 14/11/11; I have been a Menken fan since 'Little Shop of Horrors 1986, but his work here is lacklustre at best!)

One of the main problems with the music & songs, is that it borders on being an opera. With almost every line of dialouge sung. Now for a well written opera, fine. But here the style is extremely tedious, especially with no memorable tunes, or songs.

The production has had no thought at all, Victorian London was never this clean & they didn't light the street lights during the day. (like they do here), Everything too, is bathed in glorious sunshine. No fog, no atmosphere of any kind! Truly awful.

If you do watch this, you too may laugh at Jane Krakowski (Ally McBeal) Ghost of Christmas paaaast(dodgy accent alert!) pole dance for scrooge. (I'm not kidding!) She is very attractive, but utterly, utterly wrong here!

Kelsey Gramar is terribe as Scrooge too!
He overacts like his life depends on it, with a squint, a limp and an accent that is far worse than Dick Van Dyke's in Mary Poppins.
With absolutely NO redeeming qualities, not one, over any other version; I cannot suggest strongly enough, you give this a miss!

Which all go to make up a GOD-AWFUL film.

If it's a musical Christmas you want, then look no further than the 1970 SCROOGE (1 Oscar, 6 nominations) Need I say more?

If you read (& believe) the 5 star reviews, then watch this....Well; You were warned!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. W. Bailey on 27 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
This version is pretty good if you love musicals, if not don't bother, although Kelsey Grammer plays a reasonable good part, the story relies to much on the music and not enough on the story. If you want a real good Scrooge, them go for Alastair Sim, The definative and the best Scrooge by a good mile, but saying this, if you want a more up to date version of the Christmas Carol, George C Scott and Patrick Stewart also make a convincing Scrooge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ella-maria on 17 Mar 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
when bored with t.v. and want something comical to watch its perfect, even all year round not just at christmas
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K Coleman on 18 Oct 2011
Format: DVD
Without doubt not only the worst adaption of a Christmas Carol ever, but in my opinion
one of the worst films ever made. Absolutely awful with no redeeming qualities what so ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 May 2011
Format: DVD
Having already made one decent enough version of Dickens' perennial tale with Patrick Stewart, kings of the mini-series Hallmark took a second bite of the Christmas pudding with 2004's A Christmas Carol - The Musical, though it's the audience that's left with indigestion. It's not the first version to take liberties with the plot, this time replacing Scrooge's unhappy childhood with Dickens' own, but Lynn Ahrens' script is as messy as her lyrics and Alan Menken's music isn't always good enough to compensate for their banality (it's certainly not another Beauty and the Beast or Little Mermaid despite his involvement). But far more than turning the Ghost of Christmas Past into a scantily-clad Jane Krakowski pole-dancing around Scrooge's four-poster bed as part of a `reimagining' of the three spirits, the thing that really hobbles it is the colossal miscasting of the lead, with Kelsey Grammer's atrociously amateurish display of staggeringly bad overacting bidding fair to be the worst screen Ebenezer Scrooge ever, leaving the film with a huge hole in its heart. Arthur Allan Seidelman's uncertain direction and the poor editing of the already slightly under-rehearsed choreography do it few favors either, though somehow the power of the story does win through and some moments - generally the ones where Grammer is kept firmly on the sidelines out of harm's way - manage to work regardless. But you're still better off sticking to the Albert Finney musical version.

The only extra is a trailer.
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