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#1 of 24 Jo_C

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Posted June 15 2003 - 06:33 PM

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 of 24 RobertR

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Posted June 15 2003 - 06:52 PM

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

#3 of 24 Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 15 2003 - 08:55 PM


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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#4 of 24 David Lambert

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Posted June 15 2003 - 09:45 PM

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You guys should know that the DVD is being released because the HTF membership asked for its release.


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#5 of 24 Brian Kidd

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Posted June 16 2003 - 12:58 AM

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#6 of 24 RobertR

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Posted June 16 2003 - 03:00 AM

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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.


Ron, this is as good DVD news as I've EVER heard! I'm forever grateful to Mr. Blythe and the fellow HTF members. Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

#7 of 24 Greg_M

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Posted June 16 2003 - 04:01 AM

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 of 24 RobertR

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Posted June 16 2003 - 04:10 AM

Scrooge means more to me than all those other titles put together, Greg. Posted Image

#9 of 24 Joe Caps

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Posted June 16 2003 - 06:14 AM

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 of 24 JaredB

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Posted June 16 2003 - 06:35 AM

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 of 24 Steve Phillips

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Posted June 16 2003 - 06:39 AM

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

#12 of 24 Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 16 2003 - 08:35 AM

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.

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#13 of 24 Shaun C

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Posted June 18 2003 - 01:49 AM

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 of 24 RobertR

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Posted June 18 2003 - 02:54 AM

It's obvious that posts were lost due to the database problem the Forum experienced.

#15 of 24 David_Jr

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Posted June 18 2003 - 05:12 AM

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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#16 of 24 oscar_merkx

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Posted June 18 2003 - 05:21 AM

Yep I was wondering the very same thing.

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#17 of 24 Andrew Radke

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Posted July 28 2003 - 07:39 PM

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.
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#18 of 24 Brian Kidd

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Posted July 29 2003 - 12:19 AM

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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#19 of 24 Benjamin.D

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Posted July 29 2003 - 03:07 AM

This news is absolutely wonderful. Thanks to Martin Blythe and everyone else involved!

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#20 of 24 Jeff_HR

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Posted July 29 2003 - 04:40 AM

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I think this is the best version of "A Christmas Carol"
This is nice for those who are fans of this version. But I beg to differ about it being the "best" version. IMHO I believe that "best" version is the 1938 M-G-M version.
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