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A Christmas Carol (1999)

Patrick Stewart , Richard E. Grant  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (457 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Boulevard Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (457 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0043WC4JQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In just one night, Hes seen his past, His present and his future And theyve all come back to haunt him. ""Bah! Humbug!""... A TNT Original: Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation) stars as Scrooge, the mean-spirited miser who gets his terrifying comeuppance when he imagines he?s visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, and taken on a life-altering journey. Spellbinding special effects, a star-studded cast and a timeless holiday story make this brilliant presentation of Dickens? classic the most heartwarming, compelling and powerful adaptation ever filmed.Year: 1999 Director: David JonesStarring: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey

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186 of 196 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Stewart IS Scrooge August 26, 2000
By Jim Jr
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For years Patrick Stewart has done a one person stage version of "Christmas Carol" playing all the parts. Twice he has taken it to New York where he received rave reviews. Those of us who could not get to New York had to be satisfied with an audio tape version. Then someone had the brilliant idea of doing the video. Naturally it was expanded to have a full cast and sets. Because of his years of doing the stage version Mr. Stewart fits so easily into the role that he is not playing a part, he IS Scrooge. There are other fine versions of the story, notably the wonderful George C. Scott production, but none can compare with Mr. Stewart. The adaptation of the story to film is so true to Dickens, he must have sat on the script writers shoulder as it was written. I taped it from the TV broadcast and now can not wait for the DVD to be released. Anyone who makes "Christmas Carol" part of their holiday or just loves magnificent acting should definitely add this version to their library.
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115 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Performance from Patrick Stewart October 28, 2003
By M. Hart
Format:DVD
160 years ago (1843), Charles Dickens (1812-1870) wrote one of his most beloved short stories, "A Christmas Carol". After the advent of film early in the twentieth century, several different directors have attempted to capture Charles Dickens' story, and various actors have portrayed the story's protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge.
Such was the case in 1999 when director David Hugh Jones directed an updated version of the classic story for television, which stared the venerable Shakespearean-trained actor Patrick Stewart. (Patrick Stewart was also one of the film's executive producers.) Patrick Stewart, who is well known for his portrayal of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the 7-year TV-series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and 4 "Star Trek" feature films (as well as many other roles), has always used his Shakespearean training to create a very realistic performance in most anything that he does, and his portrayal of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge was no different.
Though some viewers have commented that the 1999 version of "A Christmas Carol" is joyless and that they haven't enjoyed it, the reality is that that more closely resembles the environment of Charles Dickens' original story. Hence, Patrick Stewart created a very realistic embodiment of what Charles Dickens envisioned for Ebenezer Scrooge: a joyless miser who has completely forgotten what it means to live and to love. Also, these same viewers neglect the amount of detail present in this rendition of the film that has often been absent in previous big-screen film versions, such as young Ebenezer's (Kenny Doughty) work for his first employer Mr. Albert Fezziwig (Ian McNeice) and the old women (played by Liz Smith and Elizabeth Spriggs) fighting over a deceased man's belongings.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "Christmas Carol" for the 21st Century. December 28, 2002
Format:DVD
Given the enormous potential for failure, it takes either a lot of guts or a big ego to remake a classic and step into a pair of shoes worn so well by the likes of George C. Scott and Alastair Sim - you don't have to have grown up in an English speaking country to take those two names and their portrayal of Dickens's miserly anti-hero for granted as part of your Christmas experience. And I suspect a good part of both guts and ego was at play in this production; but let's face it: after years of bringing Scrooge to the stage in a much-acclaimed one man show and after also having recorded the audio book version of "A Christmas Carol," a movie adaptation starring Patrick Stewart was probably due to come out sooner or later. Yet, while it does sometimes have the feel of another huge star vehicle for Stewart (even without the self-congratulatory trailer and brief "behind the scenes" features included on the DVD), his experience and insight into the character of Scrooge allow him to pull off a remarkable performance, and to make the role his own without letting us forget who originally wrote the tale. From a "humbug" growled out from the very depth of his disdain and his audible desire to boil "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips" with his own pudding and bury them with a stake of holly through their heart, to the "splendid" and "most illustrious ... father of a long, long line of brilliant laughs," coughed up and spit out after years of having been out of practice, this is the Scrooge that Dickens described; and Stewart obviously has the time of his life playing him. Read more ›
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Humbug! November 1, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I have read Dicken's A Christmas Carol and this movie is the closest to the book that I have ever seen. Patrick Stewart is an awesome actor and brings power to every performance he does.I think that is why he's the only actor from the Star Trek worlds not type cast. When I see anything he's in I don't think Captain Picard but whatever role he's playing. Now I'm not saying other actors have never been as good as Scrooge, but Steward and Alister Sim in his version are the only two who could make me hate Scrooge but at the same time feel sorry for him, because he is a doomed man, doomed to spend his life in his own misery. Sterward's performance at the end warms your heart also as a man who realizes something wonderful has happened to him, he has a second chance to save himself. Because there are so many versions of this story on film I think people judge them all the same, especially the new ones, but don't pass this one by, it has become a new Christmas tradition in my home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie it's a tradition in in our house.
Patrick Stewart is great in this part. This movie is a Christmas tradition in my house
Published 1 day ago by Edwin T. Askew
4.0 out of 5 stars We love A Christmas Carol at our house
We love A Christmas Carol at our house, and this was an excellent version. It's a little hard to get used to Captain Piccard as Scrooge, and there are a few differences from the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by C. Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 10 days ago by Michael William Vaughan
4.0 out of 5 stars Came quickly, looks good
This came very quickly. I have not opened it. I bought it as part of a Christmas Carol & Pinocchio- themed basket to raise money for a non-profit. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Julia Walter
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Stewart Does Not Disappoint
Great version of the classic story, with many points true to the book. Patrick Stewart makes a great Scrooge, not overplaying the old miser. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beemer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Tradition
We watch this every Christmas day. Love this version. Great acting. Patrick Stewart at this best! I wish the DVD had behind the scenes cuts.
Published 1 month ago by Gregg Staroscik
4.0 out of 5 stars can't quite decide on a fave
I might have every version of this movie ever made. There is something I like about each one. I think my favorite bit in this one is the ghost of Christmas past. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mule
5.0 out of 5 stars PATRIck stewart
IVE ALWAYS LOVED PATRICK STEWART; IVE SEEN HIM ON BROADWA;Y; IVE SEEN HIM ON COLLEGE CAMPUS AT FARMINGDALE; HE ISSO DOWN TO EARTH; NEVER DID SEE HIM IN A CHRISTMAS CAROL AND SORRY... Read more
Published 1 month ago by danielle vanvalen
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
I watch all the christmas carol movies, alistar sim's version I really love, but there is something about patrick stewart's acting, he really is Scrooge.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laurey Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Christmas Tradition
This version of "A Christmas Carol" is our family's favorite. We watch it every year and it wouldn't feel like the holidays without it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dewzon
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