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The Muppet Christmas Carol [DVD] [1992] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Michael Caine , Dave Goelz , Brian Henson    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz
  • Directors: Brian Henson
  • Writers: Jerry Juhl, Charles Dickens
  • Producers: Frank Oz, Brian Henson, David Barron, Jerry Juhl, Martin G. Baker
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ATQYT2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,947 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Brian Henson directs his late father's creations in the Charles Dickens classic, the best known (and most oft-filmed) Christmas story of all time. Michael Caine plays the old miser Scrooge with Kermit as his long-suffering but ever-hopeful employee Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Cratchit's wife, and a host of Muppets (including the Great Gonzo as an unlikely Charles Dickens) taking other primary roles in this bright, playful adaptation of the sombre tale. Or at least it starts brightly enough--the anarchic humour soon settles into mirthful memories and a sense of melancholy as the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future take Scrooge on a journey of his lonely, wasted life. Michael Caine makes a wonderful Scrooge, delightfully rediscovering the meaning of life as fantastic creations from Henson's Creature Shop (developed specially for this film) take the reins as the three ghosts. While the odd mix of offbeat humour and sombre drama undercuts the power of Dickens's drama, this kid-friendly retelling makes an excellent family drama that adults and children alike can enjoy. --Sean Axmaker

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195 of 197 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Belle's song is pivotal to the story 23 Dec 2006
Like the other reviewers, we bought this on DVD to replace our worn out VHS version. We were gobsmacked and upset to the point that we couldnt watch it as the scene where Scrooge is seen to melt and become the man he was to be in the future, is cut, and the song removed, that he joins in at the end, with an Oscar winning (or should be) performance from Michael Caine. Its a disgrace that it was cut, and I wouldnt buy this DVD if you want the full and unabridged version that makes more sense. Otherwise why is Rizzo crying? BOO to the film editor. Stick with the VHS until they release a full version.
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137 of 142 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why have Disney cut the best bit from the DVD? 21 Mar 2004
I originally bought The Muppet Christmas Carol years ago when it came out on video. I thought it was wonderful, great fun and, even with the Muppets playing many key roles, it was extremely true to the book. My favourite part was where a young Scrooge tells his Belle, his fiancée, that they're going to have to postpone their wedding because he doesn't have enough money. Belle then says that he doesn't love her and sings a beautiful song called 'When Love is Gone'.
I bought a DVD player just before Christmas and since my MCC video was well watched and worn, I decided to buy the DVD version. What a disappointment. This beautiful song was cut out, which I think is wrong as it is pivotal to the story. Disney haven't given a reason for it and it wasn't mentioned during the Audio Commentary of the film. The extras on the DVD are ok, but overall this is way below the standard I'd expect of a Disney DVD, particularly for the price. This is more worthy of being in the 'bargain bin' rather than full price.
If you've got the video and are thinking of buying the DVD, don't bother - you're better off sticking with the video, and if you haven't got either, just get the video.
If I was rating the video version I'd give it 5 stars but am giving the DVD version three stars, because of the cut scene and the general poor value for money.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sheer delight but a disappointing DVD 15 Dec 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
The Muppet Christmas Carol may well be the greatest film ever made. It's certainly far and away the best screen adaptation of Dickens perennial even if Michael Caine's Scrooge is more game than great (George C. Scott is probably the definitive personification of Dickens' Scrooge while Alastair Sim is the most beloved, but that's another story in a much lesser movie). Aside from the real visual imagination on display, from the wonderfully stylised production design and warm photography to Jerry Juhl's genuinely witty script, it's also the only version I've seen that passes the Tiny Tim test: usually the part is played by such obnoxiously saccharine little tykes that you can't wait for that empty place by the fireside, but in this case you really do care for once. Pure greatness in every frame.

Unfortunately, the care shown with the feature has not been mirrored with the DVD, which has never had a satisfactory release anywhere to date. The UK PAL editions are missing a key musical number, 'When Love is Gone' (which features on the NTSC disc, but only on the fullframe version), which is particularly unfortunate since its absence leaves a gaping hole in the Christmas Past section of the movie. And it's still missing on Disney's impending US Blu-ray release on the grounds that it was cut from the US theatrical version, and it's that shorter cut they're sticking with.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD is cut! 26 Dec 2003
This is a fine film, full of great songs, muppet humour and yet remarkably true to the original story. A 5 star film.
However, you should know that having owned the VHS version for some years, we were disappointed to find that one of the best songs and most poignant moments of the film has been cut out of the DVD version. This is when Scrooge witnesses his parting from his only love Belle with the ghost of christmas past. What is left is a few lines, Gonzo and Rizzo inexplicably emotional and a cut back to Scrooge's rooms with a refrain from a song you haven't heard.
Why Disney chose to do this is unclear (It is only 4 minutes after all). Better to get the VHS version or if you have multi region DVD, the U.S. version which seems to have the correct running time
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film, poor DVD 10 Dec 2002
By A Customer
The Muppet Christmas Carol is a classic in its own right; wonderful entertainment executed with astonishing skill. But the Disney DVD release is extremely disappointing. The extras are nice and the menu design is fun, but Disney have done a serious disservice to the muppets in not releasing a definitive version of the film when transferring to DVD. Not only is the picture quality no better than the video, but the film has been cut in a pivotal scene, and has been released in 4:3 instead of widescreen. There is no excuse for this. Five stars for the muppets and all their human associates, but bottom marks to Disney. Buy the video version instead.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disney, what are you playing at?! 23 Dec 2003
By A Customer
Ok, first off, the film is worth 5 stars on it's own, but the DVD is terribly put together and an insult to fans of the film:
1) The cover is poor quality and grainy.
2) You'd expect a booklet inside to accompany it
3) It's not the widescreen version, it's 4:3 but if you play it on a widescreen TV the DVD stretches it to 16:9, tricking you into thinking it is the widescreen version, well, at least until an overly-wide Michael Cain appears
4) Disney have edited out an entire song from it's original release and this is NOT mentioned on the DVD's box.
Why? Oh, well, hopefully Disney will hear all these complaints and re-release the film. If you have the film on video already, don't bother buying the DVD.
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