Rejoice! SCROOGE is finally coming to DVD!

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  1. Jo_C

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    Just read on one of the web sites that SCROOGE has finally been announced for DVD! I know many fans have been wanting this on DVD for many, many years, and finally it seems Paramount/CBS finally relented and decided to put this on DVD.

    I think this is the best version of "A Christmas Carol", having seen it years and years ago on NBC during an IBM-sponsored presentation.

    I remember the end credits how greatly they were done. But alas, I learned that they were done specifically for television. The theatrical version had all the credits at the beginning and a simple "Merry Christmas" at the end, as it was supposed to be intended. I think it is that version that will be on the DVD.

    I also remember all the songs that were in it...I listened to a promotional album some years back promoting the NBC telecast featuring all the songs Albert Finney sang in the movie.

    No other version of "A Christmas Carol" compares to this. Way to go, Martin Blythe at Paramount/CBS!
     
  2. RobertR

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    This is utterly fantastic news. Do you have a link?
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    Confirmed. May I also give special thanks
    to Martin Blythe. You guys should know that
    the DVD is being released because the HTF
    membership asked for its release.


     
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  5. Brian Kidd

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    Hey Nonny Nonny and a Hot Cha Cha! I'm a very happy boy.
     
  6. RobertR

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  7. Greg_M

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    This title was mentioned for year end release way back in a March/April Paramount thread. So it really isn't new news.

    Paramount has released a number of films this year which they acquired through a CBS license. When asking Paramount to release some of their musical films, Martin finally said they would give us "one" - "Scrooge" the one musical in the list that wasn't made by Paramount!


    Still waiting for the often requested Paramount filmed musicals:
    On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
    Li'l Abner
    Darling Lili

    Also like to see
    Oh! What a Lovely War
    Half a Sixpence
     
  8. RobertR

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    Scrooge means more to me than all those other titles put together, Greg. [​IMG]
     
  9. Joe Caps

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    You guys know I'll never rest to we get HALF A SIXPENCE out there.
    to MARTIN BLYTHE. Since Its not possible to release Half a Sixpence on dVD at this moment,can you convince your company to atleast add the stereo track to the prerecorded VHS you've had out for years?
     
  10. JaredB

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    Great news.
    For years I grew up watching this movie on a little black and white TV. Then, as an adult I realized that the film was actually in color. Then two years ago I tracked down the laserdisc and finally saw it in widescreen.
    Now, I'll get to see and hear it on DVD. Fantastic.

    This movie has become more synonymous with Christmas to me than any other film or TV show. My whole family will be getting copies. : )
     
  11. Steve Phillips

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    I'll rejoice if the DVD is in the original 2:35 to 1 aspect ratio.
     
  12. Ronald Epstein

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    Greg,

    If it was news (and it was merely hinted)
    back in April and May, I was asked not to talk
    about it on the forum. Paramount obviously wanted
    to keep it fully quiet a little longer.

    If you have a complaint that this is the only
    musical Paramount is releasing, please start
    another thread to talk about it in so those of
    us who are rejoicing about what Paramount has
    done here don't have to read these kind of
    complaints. Trust me, I am sympathetic towards
    those who feel Paramount is not releasing enough
    musicals, but this could be talked about elsewhere.

    I'm just trying to keep this thread positive
    towards a studio that went out of their way to
    release both Little Big Man and now
    Scrooge at the request of this membership.

    Thanks for understanding.
     
  13. Shaun C

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    I like this version a lot, although it's a toss-up between this and Muppet's Christmas Carol as my favorite, i really think Michael Caine did a great job as Scrooge, too.
     
  14. RobertR

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    It's obvious that posts were lost due to the database problem the Forum experienced.
     
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    Yes they were. Digital Bits has it listed in the September releases for Paramount. Any word on actual street date, features, etc...?
     
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    Yep I was wondering the very same thing.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Andrew Radke

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    I've never seen this particular version. Out of the versions I have seen, my all-time favorite is still the Alastair Sim version. In my eyes, that is the DEFINITIVE version of "A Christmas Carol". Every Christmas Eve you'll find me watching it along with "It's A Wonderful Life".

    While on the topic, was the Alastair Sim version of ACC filmed in 4:3 or widescreen? It's from the early 50s so I'm not entirely sure. It's been released on DVD a few times, and all versions I've seen are full screen.

    EDIT: I just did a search and read an old thread pertaining to t he 1951 version of the movie and learned that it is indeed full-screen.
     
  18. Brian Kidd

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    Andrew, SCROOGE is quite faithful to A Christmas Carol, at least in tone. It doesn't cover every page of the book, but all of the main points are there and they have the feel of the story down pat. The music is great and Albert Finney makes a wonderful Ebenezer Scrooge. If you love the story and you love musicals then I think you'll love SCROOGE.
     
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    This news is absolutely wonderful. Thanks to Martin Blythe and everyone else involved!

    Ben
     
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