Any news on SCROOGE for next X-Mas (Paramount)

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mark Walker, May 29, 2002.

  1. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 1999
    Messages:
    2,969
    Likes Received:
    701
    Hey All-
    I figure now is about the time I should start begging
    Paramount to release the musical
    SCROOGE (starring Albert Finney) on
    DVD, so I can watch it next December.
    Any one know that status of this title?
    I remember Ron saying that the rights had passed
    to Paramount, and that Martin B was "looking into it."
    "I'll have a blue Christmas without you..."
    Mark
     
  2. Werner_R

    Werner_R Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2002
    Messages:
    161
    Likes Received:
    0
    I want it also, it's on my wanted list, release it ! [​IMG]
     
  3. Brian Kidd

    Brian Kidd Screenwriter
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2000
    Messages:
    1,932
    Likes Received:
    241
    I finally broke down and bid on the LD at eBay. Hopefully I'll get it in the mail soon. I've seen the LD go for a ton of money before, so I consider myself lucky that I got it for $26 incl. shipping. Thank you very much!
     
  4. Steven Wesley

    Steven Wesley Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2002
    Messages:
    291
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Steve
    "Thank you very much, thank you very mush, that's the..."
     
  5. alan halvorson

    alan halvorson Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 1998
    Messages:
    2,009
    Likes Received:
    0
    It's surprising how Ebay prices can vary. The widescreen version of this title was going for $200+, even $300+ just a few months ago. Now it's in the twenties. It's still pretty hard to find and as desirable as ever, so it's hard to understand the big price drop.
     
  6. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder
    Owner

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 1997
    Messages:
    47,705
    Likes Received:
    5,071
    Real Name:
    Ronald Epstein
    Spoke to Martin Blythe.

    His response was that it would not be
    released this year.
     
  7. Jefferson

    Jefferson Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2002
    Messages:
    979
    Likes Received:
    20
    [​IMG] To quote one of the lyrics, "I Hate People". When its released I'll change it to "Happiness" or "I Like Life".
     
  8. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 1999
    Messages:
    2,969
    Likes Received:
    701
    Bah- Humbug!
    [​IMG]
    Mark
     
  9. Derek M Germano

    Derek M Germano Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    398
    Likes Received:
    1
    To paraphase Mr. Garrison- Merry Bleeping Christmas!

    Oh well Tiny Tim, there's always next year...

    Boy am I glad I still have my wide screen Laserdisc.
     
  10. Dave Mack

    Dave Mack Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2002
    Messages:
    4,668
    Likes Received:
    4
    Ron... Do SOMETHING!!!!!!!!
    I don't have a LD and it's VERY painful to watch the VERY P+S VHS EVERY year!!! And now I have a 55" WS set! EEEK!!! Gonna look NASTY!!!!!
    [​IMG] D
     
  11. Robert Saccone

    Robert Saccone Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2000
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have two versions of this film on LD. Both are widescreen. The first version has very low color saturation and lots of film grain. In the beginning there is a still frame of the opening Scrooge title while the entrance music plays. The entrance music is an instrumental medley of the songs in the movie. The second version has more color saturation and less grain. The medley is still present in the beginning but the screen is black for the entire time.
     
  12. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder
    Owner

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 1997
    Messages:
    47,705
    Likes Received:
    5,071
    Real Name:
    Ronald Epstein
     
  13. Brian Kidd

    Brian Kidd Screenwriter
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2000
    Messages:
    1,932
    Likes Received:
    241
    Boy am I glad I got this for a song! Now that it's official that it won't be out anytime soon, I'm sure prices will go back up. Don't think I'll sell it, though. It's one of my favorites!
     
  14. Larry Bevil

    Larry Bevil Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 1999
    Messages:
    284
    Likes Received:
    0
    Did Paramount originally own this title? My widescreen version of Scrooge is on the Fox label. I must have missed someone saying it was really a Paramount movie. Fortunately I have it on LD, as I pull it out every year around Christmas to watch it. Scrooge and the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol are my two favorites.
     
  15. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder
    Owner

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 1997
    Messages:
    47,705
    Likes Received:
    5,071
    Real Name:
    Ronald Epstein
    Fox did own this title, however some of
    the rights on films they owned expired and
    those rights went to Paramount.
     
  16. DarrenA

    DarrenA Second Unit

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2000
    Messages:
    311
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have never seen this film except on television airings of it every Christmas. I never knew this movie was filmed in Panavision (Anamorphic) 2.35:1!! Holy smokes do we ever need a DVD version of this wonderful holiday film!!
     
  17. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder
    Owner

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 1997
    Messages:
    47,705
    Likes Received:
    5,071
    Real Name:
    Ronald Epstein
    If Fox had rights to this title it would
    have been out already.

    We only started campaigning for its release
    3 years ago. Peter Staddon (Fox) took a great
    interest in getting it out -- until he found
    that the title went to Paramount.
     

Share This Page