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3.0 out of 5 stars Why have Disney cut the best bit from the DVD?, 21 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Muppet Christmas Carol [DVD] [1992] (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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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2011 14:53:02 GMT
Countertenor says:
It is the pivotal part of the film and clearly illustrates the beginning of Scrooge's transformation. Can't we get some kind of petition up to persuade them that they need to re-instate it?

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2011 19:57:28 GMT
* Ellie * says:
Belle's song is beautiful and an important part of the film... its a huge disappointment that it is cut from the DVD, I couldn't believe it when I first watched it, thought I had missed it, but no. Such a massive shame, it's a lovely song.

Posted on 29 Dec 2011 14:11:46 GMT
wish I'd read these reviews before I bought the DVD; The Love is Gone was one of my favourite bits! Could have saved myself a bit of money - the shortened version has been on TV several times this Christmas!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2012 01:24:34 GMT
Alan says:
That's true that it's on the US version released by Disney; BUT the song ONLY appears in the FULL SCREEN version on the DVD.

Posted on 8 Dec 2015 19:42:33 GMT
P. Stark says:
The Region 1 DVD from produced in 2005 has both versions.

Disney's Intended Theatrical Cut in 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen.

Brian Henson's extended Home Video Version in 1.33:1 4:3 format. I haven't seen an image comparison so cannot say if this would be classed as Pan & Scan or open-matte (unmated).

If you have a multi-region DVD player you could try importing this.

I bought an amazon USA exclusive 2012 Combo-Pack containing DVD (Region 1 Locked)/Blu-ray (Region Free)/DisneyFile Digital Copy (EXPIRED/US ONLY).

The SD DVD says 20th Anniversary Edition but the files were created 28/09/2005 so it is the same old Kermit/Muppets '50th Anniversary' DVD with a new label. I used my PC to open the disc to find out if this was an older American DVD. It was.

For information only -
UPC (Barcode): 786936829563
Note: Amazon Exclusive - now Out-of-Print.

DVD version (2005) -
ASIN: 078885996X
DVD Release Date: 29 November 2005

My 2012 DVD from 'The Muppet Christmas Carol: 20th Anniversary' edition is actually the 2005 DVD with both versions on it I decided to check the American Region 1 NTSC DVD reviews for their stand-alone 2012 DVD.

Because Amazon link their reviews even the Americans are confused!

You may be able to make your existing player multi-region for free:

2012 SD DVD 'The Muppet Christmas Carol: 20th Anniversary'
UPC (Barcode): 786936286991
DVD Release Date: 06 November 2012
Note: Details on amazon UK for the new 2012 DVD are for the 2005 version including the release date. The UK page uses the current 2012 ASIN (B000ATQYT2) and not the 2005 one (078885996X). The USA site has different pages for these DVDs the UK one does not work quite the same way. Given this information plus my disc in the Combo-Pack including the 'full' version then I'd probably risk it!
On SD DVD if amazon UK have it right the 2005 Kermit's 50th & 2012 Muppet CC 20th 'Anniversary' DVDs are the same.
USA Product Page:
UK Product Page (Region 1 DVD): The Muppet Christmas Carol [DVD] [1992] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Good luck to all who try!

It would be nice to know if I'm right about the stand-alone SD DVD from 2012. I'm assuming it is the same as mine.

The 2005 American DVD sells for extortionate amounts of money 2nd hand whereas the 2012 SD DVD can be imported for just over £10! A big difference.

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