Another X-Mas withOUT Albert Finney in SCROOGE on DVD - UPDATED NEWS JUST ADDED!

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  1. Mark Walker

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    Yes, it is that time again.
    I get cranky from pushing my plastic to
    its spending limits, and then go home
    and pop in my FAVORITE holiday film of
    all time...
    except it is STILL not on DVD!
    [​IMG]
    Where oh where is SCROOGE???
    Albert Finney is amazing!
    Sir Alec Guiness is a delight,
    as is the rest of the cast.
    Great songs.
    Great dance.
    Great production design.
    Great everything.
    C'mon FOX!
    Sick o whining,
    Mark
     
  2. RobertR

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    I agree with you, Mark. This is an all time holiday classic, and I love it. It's CRYING out to be on DVD.

    HOWEVER, according to information in a recent thread, Fox does NOT hold the rights to the film. They are now held by Paramount. So they should be the ones encouraged to release it.
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    I dunno....

    Peter Staddon heard many of us

    ask for this title to be released.

    I know he was looking into it since early 2000.

    There's got to be a reason why it could not be

    released THIS year.

    Let's hope it's on Fox's roster for 2002.
     
  4. Brian Kidd

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    I'm right there with you. This has been one of my favorite Christmas movies throughout my life. I've been dying to see it in OAR! All I have is a lousy P&S transfer from like ten years ago. Come to think of it, I don't even have that at the moment. I loaned it to a friend who had never seen it and he NEVER GAVE IT BACK!!! Must kill.
    On a related topic, how is the OAR LD version? Worth searching for?
     
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    Brian,

    I have the OAR laserdisc of "Scrooge", and yes, if you have a laserdisc player it is definitely worth getting! Fox did a great job with the transfer and sound...and of course, you get to see a heckuva lot more "Scrooge" in its proper aspect ratio.

    Good as the LD is, however, it would still be nice to have "Scrooge" on DVD, SE or not, and the soundtrack finally released on CD.
     
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    "Scrooge" was one of the FOX titles that passed over to Paramount. This was a Cinema Center Film to which Fox/CBS held the video rights. Paramount released a VHS version in October 2001, why a DVD wasn't released is questionable. Martin Blythe is the one to contact at Paramount and not Peter Staddon at FOX.
     
  7. Ronald Epstein

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    I'll be talking with Peter Staddon tomorrow.

    I'll find out what the deal is with this film,

    and if it has passed over to Paramount, then

    I'll make a phone call to Martin Blythe and see

    if we can't get the ball rolling for next year.
     
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    Thanks Ron, you rule!
     
  9. Mark Walker

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    Ron-
    If I had a child, I would rename it after you!
    [​IMG]
    Mark
     
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    i put a bid on a used SCROOGE widescreen LD on ebay recently. the auction ended @ $112.00!!! too rich for my blood, no matter how much my wife loves this film.

    i'd much rather give someone $30 for a great new DVD version.
     
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    I bought the LD, even though I don't own an LD player.

    AMC kept showing snippets in one of their holiday

    documentaries in widescreen, and it was just too

    painful too see all that glorious widescreen image,

    and not own it.

    I had a friend copy it to VHS for me,

    since I own the LD and am keeping it,

    this is perfectly legal.

    Now I get to watch it widescreen at least,

    but want the DVD as badly as I want the

    Original Star Wars Trilogy on DVD.
     
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    When you see people buying pan and scan dvds or VHS dont you find yourself muttering "I hate people!"
     
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    UPDATE

    Some interesting news.
    I spoke with Peter Staddon of Fox today,
    while I was at a Press event in New York.
    Peter confirmed that Scrooge, along
    with many titles in the CBS/FOX library were
    reverted over to Parramount Pictures.
    So, I picked up the phone and called Martin
    Blythe over at Paramount. Martin was in his
    usual fun mood. Although it seemed he never
    heard of this title, he did confirm that
    Paramount had a lot of CBS/FOX titles and that
    he would look into getting it out next Christmas
    as long as the source material was in decent shape.
    He also told me that along with Saturday
    Night Fever, I would be extremely happy about
    their releases in 4th quarter 2002.
    Looks like Paramount is revving up for a banner year.
     
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    Great news Ron!!! Although I own the widescreen LD, my player has been somewhat unreliable as of late (probably due to limited use). This is a film I would pick up immediately if released on DVD. Let's just hope that Paramount does it right!! "AS long as the source material was in decent shape" does make me a little nervous however. I personally think there is a broad appeal in this film and large potential DVD audience. Paramount should consider this as this is one of the finest Christmas movies ever made IMHO. Thanks again Ron.
     
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    I have the 1984 CBS/FOX laserdisc pressing of Scrooge that is not widescreen. It is viewed every season. Happly Holidays. Dana
     
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    Everyone sing along with me in the "Scrooge" spirit to thank Ron E. and Martin from Paramount...
    Thank you very much,
    Thank you very much,
    That's the nicest thing that anyone's ever done for me![​IMG]
     
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    Getting things like this done is one of the reasons why HTF is one of the best resources on the Net, Ron! Thanks!
     
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    If they use the same "source material" that Fox previously used for the widescreen laserdisc, then there shouldn't be a problem for Paramount creating a new DVD. Definitely something to look forward to next year!!
     
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    Excellent news! Thanks again, Ron, for your hands-on involvement. You're a true friend to film buffs.
     
  20. John Kilduff

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    Well, I can't say I've ever seen the movie, but I have heard a song or two from it. I think this is gonna be good.

    Sincerely,

    John "Has an Academy Awards video where Sally Kellerman, Burt Lancaster, Ricardo Montalban and Petula Clark perform a multi-lingual version of 'Thank You Very Much'" Kilduff
     

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