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An Excellent Remastering of a Great Film
on 18 January 2009
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.