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Charles Dickens' The Christmas Carol

Taylor Holmes , Vincent Price , Arthur Pierson  |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Taylor Holmes, Vincent Price
  • Directors: Arthur Pierson
  • Writers: Charles Dickens
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AMU6AG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Charles Dickens' The Christmas Carol" on IMDb

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Dickens' classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and three Christmas Ghosts that change his perception of life. Narrated by Vincent Price.

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111 of 121 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Stars as the Narrator! January 13, 2009
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When I received my copy of this DVD, I was surprised to discover that neither the "jewel case" nor the DVD listed any member of the cast, except Vincent Price, the narrator. His portrait fills the front cover of the "jewel case," and there is a thumbnail of this portrait on the disc. Although Vincent Price was a famous actor, may he R.I.P., I thought it odd that he, being the narrator, rather than playing the protagonist, Scrooge, was the only member of the cast even mentioned on the cover, until I watched the movie.

Vincent Price's performance is a stellar example of why his name and portrait are used to market this DVD. His narration, given intermittently as the camera cuts to and focuses on him, is the most spectacular part of this movie. It gave me the impression that he had memorized the entire novel.

The only thing I remember about any of the other footage is that it's more abominable than Dr. Phibes! Except for the footage of Vincent Price narrating this tale, this movie screams, "Low budget, black and white!" The only version I've seen of "A Christmas Carol" that I consider worse is the version produced in 1910, which is not only black and white, but silent, as well.

In the years to come, I will probably play this DVD over and over again just to show off Vincent Price's talent, fast-forwarding through the parts he doesn't appear in.

I only recommend this version of "A Christmas Carol" to two groups of people:

1) hardcore fans of Vincent Price, and
2) collectors of various versions of "A Christmas Carol"
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best transfer of this 1949 TV version so far! October 6, 2009
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While not HD clean and sharp, I found this version to be the cleanest, sharpest, and best transfer of this 60-year-old TV show thus far. I've seen several from public domain distributors. Sure, its production value is unsophisticated...after all, it's 1949. It's not fair to judge this television version of Dickens' Christmas Carol by the numerous film studio versions.

It's historic and certainly worth owning, as an earlier reviewer noted.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 1949 TV Short Story Version of Christmas Carol December 26, 2009
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Filmed for TV in 1949, this short story is an abridged version of Dickens' classic work. Most viewers today would not care for this version. It is obviously low budget (even for 1949), and I'm sure the biggest expense was paying Vincent Price to narrate it (which he does very well--as always). Never the less, it is an example of very early television, and it does get the story told.

Amazingly, even though the film is less than 30 minutes long, the important aspects of the story are included. The acting is not always that great. I wasn't too impressed with the first two "ghosts", nor with Marley.

Special effects are non existent except for a thunder-like sound and black-out transitions. It is interesting to note that Dicken's original story does mention the loud thundering/echoing sound of doors as Marley's Ghost approached. This was probably the producers one attempt to add some kind of effects, loosely taken from the pages of the book itself. It doesn't work very well, however. Never the less, I will be watching it again.

Even though this made for early TV film isn't a showcase of exceptional workmanship, it is never the less an interesting addition to the Christmas Carol collection. For those that are either collectors of Christmas Carol films, or those who enjoy early TV (even when it isn't done very well), it's a great DVD to have. By the way, Scrooge is played by Taylor Holmes. The story was adapted by, and directed by Arthur Pierson.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Side of Price August 22, 2012
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Having Vincent Price as narrator caught my attention which led me to purchase this early TV version. He reads from a book, then the scene switches to the actors. Surprizingly well done. I recommend it for those who, like myself, collect various renditions of the old classic, or anyone who likes Vincent Price. Seeing him as a gentle storyteller rather than in some horror scene was rather refreshing and unique.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Version But Good for Collectors... December 15, 2009
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After stumbling across this version on Amazon, it was purchased and recently viewed. It isn't the best version, but I'm glad I bought it as a collector of the older versions.

I guess I enjoyed watching it, but the Scrooge character, well, I don't know what to make of this performance really. I don't really know how to describe the Taylor Holmes portrayal other than... it's different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fans of the christmas carol... January 13, 2014
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If you are a fan or collector of the christmas carol story this would be a nice addition , with vincent price and all. over all though its a pretty weak telling of the story and not a very good production.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So-so November 25, 2012
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I liked Vincent Price's reading of The Christmas Carol, and if it had been just that, I'd probably give it 5 stars. But the acting of the scenes with Scrooge is just plain bad, and Marley is a joke. At first I thought it would be too short, but I was glad I didn't have to sit through a long version with the horrible acting.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Carol December 20, 2013
By Sue
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This older version of Dickens' famous story was disappointing. It was very short and the acting left a lot to be desired. It was nice to see a young Vincent Price doing the narrating though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not bad, not good either
Published 14 days ago by Charles Jensen
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointe
This short version of the Charles Dickens Classic is not worth the time or energy. Nothing against Vincent Price who was a great actor.
Published 5 months ago by Alexander M. Brezsnyak
3.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Carol
This was okay. Super short and skips through much of the story. Vincent Price just narrates the story, he isn't apart of the play. I was expecting something a little better.
Published 6 months ago by Tamara J. Christian
4.0 out of 5 stars Short But Interesting!
This is an old and very short movie of A Christmas Carol read in part by Vincent Price with actors depicting other parts of the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carole M
3.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Price has a fantastic voice to narrate anything.
It was fairly good, holding relatively close to the original. I guess I am spoiled, I would rather have seen it in colour.
Published 6 months ago by David M.
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
Its always fun to see Vincent Price, and here he narrates a so-so treatment of Christmas Carol. I am sort of a Christmas Carol groupie, and like Vincent Price. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John Carpenter
1.0 out of 5 stars R u kidding me?
Maybe worth a laugh? Seeing Vincent Price read Dickens as the narrator was interesting. The rest is pure aweful! Fortunately it's less than 30 minutes.
Published 6 months ago by Jennifer
1.0 out of 5 stars 0 RATED
TRIED TO RATE AND EXPLAIN WHY I DID NOT LIKE IT BUT I COULD SEND LOWEST RATEING FOR THIS ZERO!?
Published 6 months ago by tim berger
5.0 out of 5 stars Accidtnal gem
I was browsing Instant Prime and came upon this. Wish it were longer. Vincent Price has the most amazing style and voice and Ebenezer Scrooge managed to make the part his own... Read more
Published 6 months ago by MFM
4.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Price Narrates "A Christmas Carol"
As a TV narration it is excellent... it is short which is perfect for children. and the moral is clearly expressed in an entertaining way
Published 6 months ago by Pat Batey
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