Alastair Sim A CHRISTMAS CAROL November 3, 2009 - (UPDATE New 11-1-2011 Release)

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  1. ChadMcCallum

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    Looks like I'll be upgrading my terrible "Emerald Edition" dvd. At last I'll be able to own a watchable copy of this excellent movie.
     
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    Eric, I too noticed the missing scream on the last dvd but that was only on the 5.1 track. On the original mono I believe it is still there.
     
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    While it certainly looks promising, DVDBeaver is comparing ot to a really crap 10 year old version on dvd. NOT the restored one from 2 years ago.
     
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    Okay, I got confirmation that this release is indeed uncut. The missing scream has been restored, as has the shot of Fred's wife. So, I went ahead and ordered from Amazon, along with MGM's dvd release of L&H's Babes in Toyland/March of the Wooden Soldiers. I got free shipping on this order and paid around $27 (give or take a few cents.) Not bad.
     
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    Where'd you get that confirmation Eric?
     
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    A friend.
     
  7. Mike Frezon

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    Gotcha. Did they have any reaction to the BD presentation?
     
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    They said it looks better than it ever has. Not perfect, but I don't think this film ever was or ever will be. They said that the contrast is improved, as well as the framing. That's good enough for me! I'm a Christmas Carol lover....I have 10 versions and will probably add the Jim Carey version when it hits Blu.
     
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    The '51 is the only one for me...
     
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    I haven't found a PERFECT version yet. The '51 does come closest, though. I love the 1938 MGM version because it is so cozy on a cold winter's night. I like the Finney version for the scope. The Scott version captures the time period well. Sims is the best Scrooge ever, though.
     
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    The previous version had the 1935 Seymour Hicks version as one of its extras. I haven't seen that listed as being included in the new set. I sold my old version and had never gotten around to watching that one (the '35 movie). Maybe I'll buy that one separately (supposedly the previous version had an abbreviated version of the '35 movie).
     
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    While there are sections of this transfer that are nice and sharp in Blu-Ray, it's not a stellar transfer - many scenes are printed too dark, and the transfer is quite erratic. Wonderful Life, on the other hand, looks really nice.
     
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    I've never seen this version, but plan on buying it. Thanks for the review on the picture and audio. I saw DVD Beaver's review too.
     
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    I watched the film this week. Wow. I was very impressed with the picture and the sound was decent for an older film. If you are on the fence about this one, I would say go for it.

    I also watched It's A Wonderful Life on blu ray. This one also looked very good.

    I'm not sure how the restoration works with studios. It's A Wonderful Life may have been a bit cleaner, but both films had wonderful detail. The sound is 5.1 for A Christmas Carol, but there's a lot of limitations with the audio track but it still sounds good. I just notice some things in the audio going up and down a bit. I believe this is due to a limitation with the audio and the age?

    The sound on It's a Wonderful Life is mono, but it sounds good too.

    I'd recommend both titles. Next up will be the old and new Miracle on 34th Street blu rays.
     
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    Intellectually, I know I probably don't need to upgrade this title to Blu...but as it's a favorite, I know all I need to have happen is to see it in a store for a reasonable price....

    Amazingly, that hasn't happened yet.

    But, I kinda know it will...eventually...
     
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    As I was saying in the other thread, VCI needs to get their act together with this title. It looks wonderful, if it weren't for the frame jumps that do not seem to be the cause of missing frames, but rather a problem with the transfer. It happens so much that it is beyond distracting. I almost had to take the disc out because I couldn't stand it anymore. Also a weird glitch when Scrooge is sitting in his chair before Marley comes in....the carpet behind him separates from the rest of the frame! Weird. Anyway, I guess this is the version I will watch because the black and white is beautiful and there are no edits to picture or sound. But they need to go back and retransfer their restored elements or find out where the problem started with the final product. I will not be rebuying this title.
     
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    And that never happened. I NEVER saw this title in ANY stores this past holiday season.

    But I see now that amazon has it listed for $14.49! It is now in my shopping cart.

    As I look around at what else is out there on blu-ray to fill out an order to get free shipping from amazon, I MAY just bite the bullet and say this is one of those movies that gets enough viewings in my household to deserve the upgrade from DVD.
     
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    From VCI - On sale 11-1-2011 ($17.99 at amazon):






     
  20. Andrew Budgell

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    I've got my copy on pre-order from Amazon. Since I just got a Blu-ray player this year, I hadn't got around to upgrading yet. I'm interested in seeing the new bonus material. The introduction by Leonard Maltin is already on YouTube. It's not very festive... I much prefer the Patrick MacNee by the Christmas tree and the fire introducing the film.
     

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