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Scrooge [DVD] [1951]

Alastair Sim , Jack Warner , Brian Desmond Hurst    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley
  • Directors: Brian Desmond Hurst
  • Writers: Charles Dickens, Noel Langley
  • Producers: Brian Desmond Hurst, Stanley Haynes
  • 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: U
  • Studio: DD Video
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D0CE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,082 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Black and White Version

Review

...as satisfying a yuletide indulgence as a good Christmas pudding...Alastair Sim...is wonderful. --The Sunday Times


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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Remastering of a Great Film 18 Jan 2009
By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Made in 1951 on a low budget, Scrooge remains one of the best film versions of the "Christmas Carol" tale. This is partly due to Alistair Sim's moving performance, and also the fact that this version gives more backstory than others, explaining how Scrooge got the way he is. George Cole gives a fine performance as the young Scrooge and Jack Warner is clearly enjoying himself as the corrupt Mr Jorking. The film also boasts the radiant Carol Marsh as Scrooge's sister (with too little screen time but see her at her best in "Brighton Rock"), Patrick McNee, William Horden and (eye's peeled) Hattie Jacques as Mrs Fezziwig - with about 10 seconds of screen time.

This remastering does a very good job of improving the picture and sound - pretty low quality film stock was used (the film was made when post-war rationing was still in full force). This set also features a colourised version of the film which is well done (though the B&W version wins for picture quality and atmosphere). There are also two early silent film versions of the tale, two radio versions, and a surprisingly uninteresting interview with George Cole.

Often the film is very very moving - probably the most moving version of the tale; though at other times it does stoop to 1950's sentimentality (Bob Cratchit's family are a bit too sickly sweet). Overall it is a fantastic set and a must if you want a really atmospheric version of the tale.
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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasurable experience 24 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I have loved this film since I first saw it on television as a child, through worn out home video to a budget release some years ago.
I dragged a close friend along to see it last year when it returned to the cinema . A step that is always a risk in that one fears that it will not live up to expectations . I was thrilled that he was as moved by it as I was and continue to be.
Sim is faultless, the supporting cast superb and if you do not cry either at the death of Scrooge's sister ,feared death of Tiny Tim or the reconciliation then you are cold indeed!
Buy it in its spanking new remastering and you will have a treat that can be watched over and over again with renewed and increasing pleasure
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest version of 'A Christmas Carol' 1 Oct 2000
Format:DVD
In my opinion this is THE definitive big screen version of Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol'. The acting is brilliant, and the dialogue is very convincing. Being shot in black and white gives this film the right mood and feel. I bought this DVD when it was released last year and if you did not buy it then, then I suggest you buy it now. It is the perfect Christmas film.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE COLOURS ARE BETTER IN BLACK AND WHITE 24 Dec 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Well ... for anybody with any doubt as to which version of 'A Christmas Carol' (and there are many) is the one most likely to stand up to repeated and repeated and repeated viewings, the best thing you can do is have a look at just a few of the favourable reviews on here of this extraordinary and magical film.

Detractors' comments (the very few) are not worth taking seriously, and it can safely be said that this utterly English production is a true classic of cinema. So what if it's over 50 years old ? What's the problem with that ? Dickens wrote the original story nearly 200 years ago, and we don't turn round and quibble that it's 'dated' or 'old-fashioned' ... we enjoy it for what it is. Some works is any medium are timeless. This is one of them. The production values are high, the design is superb, and the photography is stunning.

You can safely sit back and revel in this. Not least because of the delicious central performances. Alistair Sim is a remarkable character actor with one of the most expressive faces in film history: the slightest twist of his countenance allows the audience to see into Scrooge's very soul. You will suffer with the old miser, cry with him, fear with him, and ultimately laugh with him. This is true star quality - a rare thing indeed.

Worry not that somebody had the wonderful idea of improving upon the original by drenching it in colour. You don't have to have it, and why this silly fad has come into being at all, I haven't a clue. It smacks of a certain contempt for the audience's taste and judgement. As a discerning viewer, be above all that: steer well clear of the colourised version - however much of a technical marvel it may be - and remember what is often said about radio drama: the pictures are better.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DEFINITIVE SCROOGE 5 Jun 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Anyone who still doesn't know the story of 'A Christmas Carol' should be boiled in his own pudding. Alastair Sim was the definitive Scrooge and always will be. But look no further. This is the 2-dvd set you have been waiting for. Everything has been restored, and not only does the set include the black and white and colorised versions but also a widescreen version which has been enhanced for widescreen monitors. For good measure, there is the 1935 film with Sir Seymour Hicks, although this copy looks old by comparison.
Extras include:
audio commentary by Marcus Hearn and George Cole,
George Cole remembers Alastair Sim,
Richard Gordon remembers George Minter and Renown Pictures,
before and after restoration comparison,
original American and British theatrical trailers.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great DVD 28 Jun 2005
Format:DVD
In 1951, veteran actor Alistair Sim (1900-76) starred in this black-and-white screen adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic book, A Christmas Carol. In 2002, Vci Home Video took recently discovered 35-mm original negatives, and digitally remastered them. This DVD contains both a black-and-white version (as it would have looked back in 1951!), and a colorized version, for those who prefer things in color. Also included is an old 1944 Max Fleisher cartoon of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and a nice introduction by Patrick McNee (who appeared in the movie as a young Jacob Marley).
This is a great movie, with great acting, and a very well produced production, and it's already one of my family's favorites. When you add to that the B&W/Color choice, this DVD became a must-buy for us! Overall, I found this to be a great DVD, one that is well worth the cost. My family and I all highly recommend this DVD to you and yours!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The best of all the Christmas Carol films.

Alastair Sim is superb and very amusing in the lead roll well supported by a host of others. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith F. Massey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Really really loved this version. Despite having watched lots of different versions of Christmas Carol this has to be one of the best in my opinion. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Budboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas DVD
Very dated, which is to be expected! Sound and vision is of quality poor BUT, very nostalgic and a must to watch on Christmas Eve,
Published 1 month ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars ALASTAIR SIM IN SCROOGE
This is simply the best Christmas film possible, if they ever make a film that defeats this one I will eat my hat, the acting , the emotional feeling, the sadness and joy that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jimmy budgie
5.0 out of 5 stars Black and white is Best
I hated this when it was 'remastered ' and colour added. I felt it spoiled my favourite Christmas movie of all time, so am delighted to get hold of a black and white copy.
Published 2 months ago by Bats
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless classic
Alistair Sim is so perfect in this role and though it has been remade so many times, this one is such a classic.
Published 2 months ago by Witchgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure
Enjoyed watching Scrooge in black and white and then in colour. The atmosphere of the whole film was kept as in the original. It arrived perfectly on time and well packaged. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. M. Godfrey
5.0 out of 5 stars scrooge,alistar sim
there is no other version of scrooge that can compare with this version,This is the best without a doubt.get it bought.
Published 2 months ago by MIKES 45
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrooge
A classic film starring a classic actor.I prefer the b/w version and it`s always on my viewing list around xmas
Published 2 months ago by David Sorley
4.0 out of 5 stars Scrooge
Well you either like this or don't. But I did as i think that Alistair Sim is a fab actor of his time and some fantastic facial expressions!
Love it 'Bah n humbug!
Published 2 months ago by Dee-dee
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