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A Christmas Carol (1984)

George C. Scott , David Warner , Clive Donner  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (789 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George C. Scott, David Warner, Susannah York, Anthony Walters, Frank Finlay
  • Directors: Clive Donner
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 1999
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (789 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006419KA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Christmas Carol" on IMDb

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Christmas elicits nothing more than "Bah, humbug!" from Ebenezer Scrooge (Scott), a miser whose sole pursuit of financial success has left him a bitter and lonely old man. But a Christmas Eve visit from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future ultimately teaches him to open his heart to the spirit of Christmas and to the joys of friends and family.

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304 of 316 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite adaptation of my favorite Christmas tale December 11, 2002
Format:DVD
Christmas just isn't Christmas unless you watch at least one version of A Christmas Carol, and this is by far my favorite. George C. Scott gives one of the greatest performances I have ever seen an actor give; he truly becomes Ebenezer Scrooge to the fullest degree possible. Scott can say more with just the slightest hint of a facial movement than many actors can say during the course of an entire movie. All of the performers here are excellent, bringing to life adored characters such as Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge's nephew Fred. All four spirits are remarkable, none more so than Scrooge's old partner Jacob Marley; having Marley's jaw drop after untying the burial cloth holding his mouth closed is an important aspect of the story and certainly does make an impression on the viewer. This is just one example of the moviemakers' faithfulness to Charles Dickens' original story; another would be the inclusion of the two miserable children, Ignorance and Want, beneath the robes of the Ghost of Christmas Present.
This timeless tale works extremely well on its own, but the unsurpassed acting skills of Scott make it almost more than real. The change wrought in him during the course of the night, as he changes from a man of crass materialism and unkindness to a repentant soul pleading for a chance to change his ways, is powerfully presented and really touches the viewer emotionally. The simple happiness revealed in the lives of Bob Cratchit and others are as heart-warming as the forgotten mistakes and pains of a younger Scrooge are agonizing. If there is any heart out there that is not touched by the goodness and courage of Tiny Tim, I don't even want to know about it.
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120 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of all possible Scrooges. December 14, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The celebrated version of "A Christmas Carol" is the one starring Alastair Sim, who gives the definitive version of the traditional, crabbed miser performance of Scrooge. It indeed is very fine, but this version is better. It is probably the most faithful of all the screen "Christmas Carols" to the original Dickens story. It pulses with color and life, and the ancient Midlands town of Shrewsbury makes a delightful stand-in for 19th-century London. But what really makes this version unforgettable is the superb, surprising casting, beginning with George C. Scott as Scrooge. Scott plays Scrooge not as a crabbed old coot, but as a man whose imposing, smug facade masks enormous sorrow and insecurity--a man who suffered greatly, lost his way because of it, and needs to find that way again. It is a brilliant performance, and the supporting players shine like rubies: Frank Finlay as a truly terrifying Marley's Ghost; "Tom Jones" co-stars David Warner and Susannah York as Bob and Mrs. Cratchit; Edward Woodward, taking time out from "The Equalizer" to make a delightful Ghost of Christmas Present. This version of "A Christmas Carol" remembers that the story is, first and foremost, a ghost story; when the Ghost of Christmas Present reveals Ignorance and Want to Scrooge, every viewer will be thoroughly unnerved, and thoroughly moved. The terror, of course, is all the better to appreciate the abundant joy with which the story ends. Once you see this version of "A Christmas Carol," you will settle for no other.
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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Holiday Must See November 12, 2002
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George C. Scott makes an outstanding Scrooge in this 1984 TV production of the Christmas classic. The story is once again told of a miser, miserable and alone. He shuns Christmas and helping others, only doing things that will increase his personal wealth. But then one fateful Christmas Eve, he's visited by four spirits who try to show him another way. Will it be enough to redeem him?
I love this story, usually enjoying it in a couple forms over the course of December. This particular film version is my favorite. Probably helps that I've watched it almost every year since it came out. The acting is superb, especially from Scott. The costumes, scenery, and effects are wonderful as well, and they stick very close to the original story. Just watching a few minutes, I get... in and want to watch the whole thing all over again.
This DVD is the perfect way to watch the film. The picture and sound are remarkably clear for an almost 20 year old made for TV film. Definitely better then my old recorded from TV tape. The film is presented in its original ratio - full frame. While it would have been nice to have an extra or two, the quality of the movie makes up for this absence in my opinion.
If you're looking for a film version of this classic story for the holidays, look no further. This movie is sure to become a tradition in your family.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why (Officially) I Love This Movie! January 9, 2004
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Every winter, I enjoy watching A Christmas Carol on TV whenever I can, and the 1984 version is my favorite. The production and performances add up to a moody, realistic and touching adaptation of the Charles Dickens' classic.
Director Clive Donner (editor of the much celebrated 1951 Alastair Sim version of Scrooge) presents a stunningly authentic recreation of Dickens' London. From effectively foggy streets to Ebenezer's own cobwebbed-infested manor, Donner provides a gritty, appropriately dark atmosphere, enhanced by the wonderful score.
The film's pacing is exquisite. In showing Ebenezer the error of his ways, the filmmakers give equal time to his past, present and future, never once lingering to the point of boredom. Thus the story seems to fly by compared to the other adaptations.
George C. Scott is excellent as Scrooge. Like all of those who've portrayed the character, his old miser starts out mean and bitter and ends up joyous and thankful! But throughout his performance, true sadness runs deep. Scott makes his emotional transformation subtle, painting a realistic portrait of a man haunted by the mistakes of his past, taking his pain out on the world.
But what separates the 1984 production of Christmas Carol from all others is the terrific supporting cast. David Warner may give the warmest performance of his career as Bob Cratchet (all the more poignant considering the many villains he's played over the years). Frank Finlay is the most compelling Jacob Marley I've ever seen. You can almost feel this man's torture just by gazing upon his unblinking expression. Edward Woodward brings great depth to the Ghost of Christmas Present, communicating tremendous power, yet just the right touch of humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite version of A Christmas Carol
I've seen most of the Christmas Carol movies and this one is my favorite. The Muppet version would be my 2nd. George C. Scott is excellent as Scrooge. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Susan A. Marchant
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Carol
I absolutely Love this Classic movie of A Christmas Carol. I watch this every single year at Christmas time along with many other classics.
Published 11 days ago by Rodney Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars collectable
add this to other VERSIONS of the infamous Christmas Carol even the Mickey Mouse version and 20th century re-writes with diverse cultural characters have pieces that students can... Read more
Published 11 days ago by lady
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Carol
Very happy with whole order, I feel he does about the best job with this christmas story, I remember him in 1984 when first came out.. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Todd H Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Charles Dickens....
Its Charles Dickens' classic Christmas Ghost story.... Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Crachchit, Tiny Time! If you don't know who these characters are then you definitely need to see this... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Cindy Tauer-Eckart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Version
First saw this as a Xmas TV special sponsored by IBM. It's a really cool version of the Dickens tale. G.C.Scott is great, the ghosts are way cool.
Published 17 days ago by River_Guide
5.0 out of 5 stars love this version, so very glad to have it in my collection
George C. Scott is remarkable in this role, a great one and a perfect duo to pair for interest with the Alastair Sim version
Published 1 month ago by Diane Kirkpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars My husbands favorite version
This is my husbands favorite version of A Christmas Carol. He states George C. Scott is the scariest, gloomiest Scrooge. And yet, by the end, you are so glad to see him happy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cathy
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible video
This has the worst video quality of any Blu-ray I own. Contrast is poor. Fine detail is almost nonexistent and picture sharpness is not what I expect from a Blu-ray release. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Christmas Movie
They don't seem to play this on TV anymore so had to buy it but it is totally worth it! Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without watching this version!
Published 1 month ago by wanderinggal
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