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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag of 'Scrooge' in b&w and colour, 9 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Scrooge (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
This is a review of the 2-disc Collector's Edition of 'Scrooge' Scrooge (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD], a boxed set which includes both the original Black & White release from 1951, a 'Colourised' version of the same film, and a varied set of extras. I found this set to be a mixed bag of delights.

The 'digitally restored' black & white version is generally very decent, with good clear image detail and sound. However the picture suffers from too much contrast between glaring whites and deep blacks, which I found a strain until I changed my tv setting to a dimmer mode.

The 'colourised' version on the 2nd disc is rather woeful, because the transfer has chopped off some of the original picture. This was most noticeable in the Jacob Marley & First Ghost scenes, where the top half of characters' heads were missing! No matter which tv setting I used - even on 4:3 ratio - I wasn't able to view the whole picture as it was meant to be. Given that I'd bought this double-dvd set so that I could occasionally watch the tepid colour version, I feel rather short-changed.

There are quite a few extras on the discs - none too exciting, unless you're interested in a rather bored George Cole trying to summon up memories of a film made 55 years earlier! Alas there are no subtitles nor trailers. If you want a full breakdown of all the extras, search through the previous reviews for Trevor Willsmer's excellent one of 17 May 2011.

This box set was published by DD Home Entertainment in 2005, so if you're just looking for a decent b&w print of 'Scrooge' you could perhaps try Scrooge [DVD] [1951] which was produced by the same company in 2008.
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