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The Muppet Christmas Carol [DVD]

Michael Caine , Dave Goelz , Brian Henson    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 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: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, Icelandic, Dutch
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B7VZJM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,940 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Product Description

Please note this is a region 2 DVDMichael Caine appears as Ebenezer Scrooge in this riotous musical adaptation of the Dickens tale alongside Kermit, Miss Piggy and all the popular Muppet characters.


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192 of 194 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Belle's song is pivotal to the story 23 Dec 2006
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film, poor DVD 10 Dec 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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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53 of 55 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 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing key scene - When Love Is Gone 8 July 2012
Format:DVD
Don't know why they would bother releasing a version missing a key song! Sort it out. This film is a Christmas tradition in my house and everybody noticed it was missing this scene.
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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They've killed it! 23 Dec 2006
Format:DVD
This is a perfect example of how to ruin a brilliant film. I've been watching this favourite every year on VHS and when the Anniversary Edition DVD appeared I leapt at it. Unfortunately about a third of the way through I switched off. An entire scene (including the best song in the film) has been removed from this version without explanation. For those unfamiliar with the movie I am referring to the character Belle's wonderful rendition of "When Love is Gone" and a touching performance from Michael Caine where we see Scrooge's humanity for the first time. True, even a cut down Muppet Christmas Carol is still a great family film, but I certainly wouldn't want to read a novel with some of the key pages missing and I won't watch this abridged DVD. Looks like the squeaky old videotape is going to get dusted down for another year.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second DVD release, and STILL cut... 24 Nov 2005
By Mr. R. J. Clark VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The Muppets Christmas Carol is perhaps the best of the Muppets movies, with Gonzo doing a fantastic job as Mr Dickens, and Michael Caine doing a decent job as grumpy old Scrooge.
This is the second version of The Muppets Christmas Carol released on DVD. Unlike the first release, this one's in widescreen (yay!). However, the song 'When Love Has Gone' still does not make an appearance - and we lose a big bleeding chunk of the film's heart as a result.
Disney could also have taken the opportunity to include the deleted song 'Room in Your Heart' (sung by Honeydew and Beaker), but we just get the same extras as last time.
So - a five star film is only a four star DVD. If we wait another couple of years maybe we'll be able to have the chance to give Disney more money so that we can finally see the entire film as it was meant to be...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
This movie is a must have for Christmas. Bought it for my brother for Christmas, and it was a great success.
Would recommend...
Published 12 days ago by Kristín Guðbrandsdóttir
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
An excellent dvd. Brought to replace a video version. My kids all enjoy watching this each Christmas now they are older still enjoy watching it. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Tinkerbell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Muppet Christmas Carol
What is there that is not to like? The fabulously insane Muppets and Charles Dickens - what more could anyone ask for.
Published 1 month ago by pixiestix
3.0 out of 5 stars The Muppet Christmas Carol
I love this film even with the deleted song .
But why oh why are Amazon selling what are obvious counterfeit copies ? Read more
Published 1 month ago by MR ME
3.0 out of 5 stars Xmas classic
A great family movie Xmas Classic Michael Cain is exceptionally good in his role very entertaining for both adults and kids
Published 1 month ago by KIRK
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas Muppet fun
Bought this for our Grandson as his Mum (our daughter) loved it when she was little. He's not a year old yet but I'm sure he will love it as much as she did. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs W
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
is there a better christmas movie? pretended i bought it for the kids but thats a lie. it was for me
Published 2 months ago by kevin brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Great film for the entire family! Had read reviews to say that there were major parts cut out of the film however I did not notice this and it did not affect the film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms. Mj Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
I adore this film anyway and couldn't believe how cheap this DVD was going considering it was brand new! It arrived so quickly and always makes my Christmases so much better!
Published 3 months ago by Jenefer Trapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas classic
In my humble opinion it doesn't feel like Christmas until you have watched this movie. My Dad brought it on VHS and we used to watch it every year. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Semolina-kid
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