A Christmas Carol [VHS] 
Miserly money lender Ebeneezer Scrooge (Patrick Stewart) does not believe in the spirit of Christmas; he is bad-tempered and unpleasant to everyone he meets, including his loyal but badly underpaid clerk, Bob Cratchit (Richard E. Grant). Then one Christmas Eve Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him that three ghosts will arrive that very night and attempt to show him the error of his ways. Scrooge is shown visions of Christmases past, present and future which force him to reconsider his selfish lifestyle, but is it too late for him to change his nature?
Standing out in the crowded field of screen adaptations of the classic Dickens novel A Christmas Carol is hard to do, but this version pulls it off. When a transparent Jacob Marley walks through Ebenezer Scrooge's apartment door, you know you're seeing something both timeless and contemporary. Other strategically placed special effects--a funnel cloud that transports Scrooge and the ghost of Christmas present, the hollow spectre of Christmas future--keep you riveted without slipping into anachronism. But, as good as the technology is, the performances are what really power this 93-minute television interpretation. Patrick Stewart brings a depth to Scrooge that allows the character to go beyond the cartoonish qualities that have made him a Christmas mainstay. That doesn't mean he's any less heartless with his hapless employee Bob Cratchit (Richard E. Grant) or any less dismissive of his well-meaning nephew. A frail-looking Joel Grey makes an excellent ghost of Christmas past, and a superb cast ably fill the remaining roles. Director David Jones, shooting on location in England and at Ealing Studios, has achieved a balance of science and sentiment that will help this version hold up for many years to come. --Kimberly HeinrichsSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
To begin with, several reviews have already bemoaned the fact that Stewart doesn't 'fit' with their idea of how Scrooge should look.
Perhaps not, but this was an attempt an contemporizing this classic, and Stewart pulls this off superbly.
In a nutshell, forget the creaky old 'classic' versions (and I'll get shot down in flames for saying that!), and go for this lavishly stylish production.
The whole atmosphere of this film exudes the magic of Christmas Spirit, whilst the directing is tightly-polished enough to ensure that your whole family will quite happily watch this year-after-year.
Don't hesitate - buy it now!
Many "traditionalists" here criticize his decisions as an actor, but every choice he makes is perfectly motivated. One person was very upset that he did not anticipate his name on the tombstone until he actually saw it, but considering he does not even recognize his own room in which the body lies, this willful ignorance is not extraordinary. His fear of the body, as a neglected body, not as his own, is described in detail by Dickens in the book: "Oh cold, cold, rigid, dreadful Death, set up thine altar here." His sarcasm with Marley, the fact that he is still a curmudgeon after his awakening (just one that can laugh at himself) and his approach to just about every line (his quiet condescension as he says "I wish to be left alone") are clearly deliberate choices of one who knows the text VERY well. Traditional it is not, but it is believable and consistent, and the mark of a fine classical actor.Read more ›
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It's not Christmas without seeing this. One of my fave Xmas watch's. Lots of different versions of this over the years Patrick Stewart is by far the best scrounge.Published 28 days ago by tori
THIS IS AN ALL TIME CLASSIC DVD.
WE WATCH IT EVERY CHRISTMAS YOU HAVENT WATCHED IT. GET IT
Probably the nbest of the various versions, largely due to Sir Patrick Stewart.Published 1 month ago by Mike Gee
As it happened i had a copy already a paper freebee but thats fine this is a great seasonal film classic.Published 2 months ago by Trevor H.
Didn't open straight away.... when i did wrong disc inside very unhappy so thrown it away!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I just love this film and had to buy the DVD to watch it as often as I want!! Arrived quickly. Packaged well. Film perfect, very clear and of good quality. Sealed and unused. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lin
A good old dvd about a good old boy from good old London Town ( sorry!!)Published 3 months ago by Mrs Jennie Smart
My husband loves this movie so was pleased to find that it was still available when our last copy was damaged.Published 3 months ago by Louise Segar