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"A CHRISTMAS CAROL/SCROOGE" 1951 Alastair Sim on DVD


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#1 of 197 Andrew Budgell

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Posted October 05 2004 - 07:47 AM

Does anyone know whether or not A CHRISTMAS CAROL/SCROOGE, the 1951 version starring Alastair Sim is a public domain title? I ask this because all DVD releases of the film seem to be issued by VCI Entertainment. I would love to see a restored print of this, done by a company like Criterion with some extras. In my opinion, it's too good of a movie to not be done properly.

On another note, I thought we would have seen the 1938 MGM, A CHRISTMAS CAROL on DVD from Warner this Christmas. I guess I'll just have to keep my finger's crossed for next year!

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#2 of 197 Mark Philp

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Posted October 05 2004 - 06:06 PM

I saw this on a list of PD titles somewhere, but have yet to see any versions from the usual PD distributors such as Madacy. This is my favorite version of "A Christmas CArol" and I too would love to see a beautiful restored version. We can only hope.

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Posted October 06 2004 - 01:43 AM

This one will be released on 11/02/04 by German DVD label Kinowelt. The only extra will be a trailer.

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#4 of 197 John Hodson

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Posted October 06 2004 - 02:08 AM

Be interesting to see how the transfer compares with the UK R2.
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#5 of 197 Paul Hillenbrand

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Posted October 06 2004 - 09:34 AM

Andy wrote:
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I would love to see a restored print of this, done by a company like Criterion with some extras.
Do you have the VCI Home Video version?

The overview of the DVD "A Christmas Carol" released 12/1/1998 which is really the 1951 movie entitled "SCROOGE" states:
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The producers are pleased to present this holiday classic, fully restored and re-mastered from the original 35mm negative discovered in England. Some of Englands best filmmakers united to produce one of England's greatest classics in this, the most well-known and critically acclaimed version of the Charles Dicksons' timeless tale. With an authentic, dramatic script by later-director Noel Langley, a superb performance by Alastair Sim and company, and under the careful direction of Brian Desmond Hurst, the 1951 filmed version of "A Christmas Carol" emerges as an outstanding cinematic presentation.

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This version is the best I've ever seen "Scrooge" look. The B&W is on one side and the Colorized version is on the other. The only advantage of making the colorized version, was the restoration and re-mastering of the B&W version. FYI, my children and grandchildren will only sit through the colorized version.:b

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#6 of 197 Andrew Budgell

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Posted October 06 2004 - 12:41 PM

Do you have the VCI Home Video version?


Yes, I do indeed have the VCI Home Video version. While I am happy with it, I believe that the film was restored in approximately 1989, judging by Patrick MacNee's introduction. After 15 years, and the growth in technology, I think that "Scrooge" could look even better today. Well, I can only hope anyway!

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Posted October 11 2004 - 01:13 PM

I see that VCI has a "new" version of this available tomorrow, October 12th. Does anyone know if this is any different than the old version they used to sell? Is this remastered, or just a marketing gimmick?
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Posted October 11 2004 - 02:33 PM

Rodney,

I have a feeling that it's just a reissue of the same disc, but who knows, I very well could be wrong. If someone picks this disc up, let us know!

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Posted October 11 2004 - 03:37 PM

It is a reissue, with the same opening seconds missing.

#10 of 197 Andrew Budgell

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Posted October 11 2004 - 11:51 PM

I didn't know there were opening seconds missing!?

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Posted October 12 2004 - 05:52 AM

The film is supposed to start in the library with a pan of the books on the shelf, then shows A Christmas Carol being taken down from the shelf...on the current dvd, the film starts as the book is being taken down.

#12 of 197 Andrew Budgell

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Posted October 12 2004 - 06:51 AM

Where did you find out that a portion of the opening is missing? Do you know if there is another alternative opening for American audiences, since the film was re-titled from "Scrooge" to "A Christmas Carol" in the USA?

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Posted October 12 2004 - 07:32 AM

The footage was on one of the video releases from the mid-'90's, plus everytime it is aired on television, the footage is included.

#14 of 197 Andrew Budgell

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Posted October 12 2004 - 11:05 AM

Scott,

I just compared my old VHS copy to my DVD, and you are indeed correct, there are a couple seconds missing in the opening sequence of the panning of the books. How strange. Any guesses into what could have possibly happened??

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Posted June 21 2005 - 07:41 PM

From Davis DVD:

Perennial Christmas favorite Scrooge, starring Alastair Sim, is being released by BBC Video on September 27th. Adapted from Charles Dickens' beloved "A Christmas Carol," the 1951 film has been restored and remastered to its original black-and-white glory. This definitive deluxe special edition features an exciting array of bonus features, including the rare 1914 and 1922 silent film versions "A Christmas Carol" and "Scrooge," as well as two complete radio plays from Christmas Day 1950 and 1965. Retail is $19.98.
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Posted June 21 2005 - 11:53 PM

Thank you for that great news, John. I just hope the bloodcurdling scream Alastair Sim lets out when Scrooge sees his name on the tombstone has been restored to this new DVD. I grew up hearing that scream (it's the scariest thing in the movie) and it was on all the old TV prints, but it's not on the current DVD. Looking forward to Sept. 27th.

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Posted June 21 2005 - 11:56 PM

Now the question is, will this be made available in North America? I have a version by Canadian distributor 'Morningstar Entertainment' which looks just ghastly. This is by far my favorite version of "A Christmas Carol". I would love to be able to own a top quality version.
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#18 of 197 Andrew Budgell

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Posted June 22 2005 - 05:44 AM

This release is suprising and completely unexpected. I am thrilled! This is such a classic piece of holiday entertainment, and is the centrepiece of my holiday viewing. I can't wait! This Christmas will be extra special, although when I have it in my hands on September 27th, I don't think I'll be able to wait until December!

Now the question is, will this be made available in North America?


The list price is in dollars, not pounds, so it looks like it will indeed be released in Region 1.

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Posted June 22 2005 - 09:07 AM

The big wow for me is the two silent versions being included. Very nice indeed!

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Posted June 22 2005 - 09:22 AM

Excellent. I had a hard time finding a copy of this last Christmas but I eventually did and the transfer wasn't pretty. I'll be picking this up for sure, assuming it is indeed coming to R1.





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