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Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

Jim Carrey , Steve Valentine , Robert Zemeckis  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (806 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Steve Valentine, Daryl Sabara
  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Writers: Robert Zemeckis, Charles Dickens
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (806 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NFM3JK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Disney's A Christmas Carol" on IMDb

Special Features

• Capturing A Christmas Carol
• On Set With Sammi
• Deleted Scenes

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From Walt Disney Pictures comes the magical retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale — Disney’s A Christmas Carol, the high-flying, heartwarming adventure for the whole family, starring Jim Carrey. When three ghosts take penny-pinching Scrooge on an eye-opening journey, he discovers the true meaning of Christmas -- but he must act on it before it’s too late. Complete with spirited bonus features, this exhilarating and touching Disney classic is destined to be part of your holiday tradition, adding sparkle and heart to all your Christmases yet to come.

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106 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new holiday favorite!!! June 21, 2010
Format:DVD
As another reviewer stated I also consider myself a Christmas Carol afficionado. I read the book each season and watch every version I own, which is substantial. I find it to be quite faithful to the book exept for the few instances he mentions. Yet, the film does contain other minor details such as the fact that Scrooge was suffering a cold at the time. However, they do not ruin the movie for me at all. Can I do without them? Yes, I can but they do not in any way detract from a wonderful movie that stays very close story-wise and dialogue-wise.

This movie is absolutely gorgeous to view. I can not wait to get this on Blu-Ray. It completely captured the feel of an 1800's England Christmas. I found the ghosts to all be unsettling and as my wife said "That was actually scary!" It may not be for kids to be honest. And I think that was the point - this wasn't originally written for children, it is a Christmas ghost story which was a very popular thing to do at the holiday times then. The ghosts weren't there to be nice and helpful, they were in Scrooge's life to matter-of-factly show him how he screwed up. I never got the feeling in any CC media that the ghosts truly cared for Scrooge's well-being.

Anyways, this is now an annual staple for my holiday traditions. P.S., I never really cared for Jim Carrey either.
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65 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great representation of 3d July 6, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I couldn't disagree more with those who have given this a low rating. I saw this movie in the theater, in 3D and thought it was one of the better movies of the holiday season. Although I couldn't quite understand why it was released so early, it should have been more of a Christmas time release instead of Thanksgiving. As far as the film itself I thought it was a good update on a classic story. While I don't consider myself an aficionado, I do know the story well and found it stayed true enough to it. The warmth and humanity of the characters is definitely still present. Then of course there is the 3D aspect, which completely blew me away. I've seen most of the 3D releases in the last year or so, and with the exception of Avatar this movie did the best job of utilizing it. Actually, I am more excited about this movie being released in 3D than any other movie, including Avatar. I'm just happy you'll be able to buy this movie alone and not bundled along with a TV. Hopefully this is the start of 3D Blu Ray movies be released minus the bundle. And I know Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is currently available but it's no where as good as this movie is.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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I was expecting to dislike this film. The trailers for it made it seem like sugar-coated ephemera with little relation to Charles Dickens' original novella. Thankfully, the publicity was misleading. Dickens' subtitle for his tale was "A Ghost Story." And indeed he filled his prose with deliciously grotesque descriptions of London's dark alleyways (think Jack the Ripper's Whitechapel), a brooding sense that Scrooge has long been due his comeuppance, and, of course, the ghosts themselves. This film doesn't shy away from these darker elements of the story and perhaps comes closer than any other version to capturing its suspense. (The one exception is the classic 1951 Scrooge, directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and starring Alistair Sim, with its atmospheric black-and-white cinematography.) On one hand, this is a plus for fans of the book. On the other hand, as with 2007's Bridge to Terabithia, parents unfamiliar with the source material may be misled into thinking the film is lighter than it actually is, resulting in much disgruntlement. I fall into the former category and was able to relish the film as a genuine ghost story. Unfortunately, I found the film's stylistic and cinematic finesse often came at the expense of narrative depth.

The title sequence displays Zemeckis' eye for detail. He quite effectively evokes the Dickensian London: dirty, mean, teeming with life and social inequity. This is no idealized, picturesque Christmas town, but a city in the midst of an Industrial Revolution.
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156 of 197 people found the following review helpful
I came with an open mind. This, after all was the story my father had told us children, when we were snuggled up warm in our beds. He would plant a dining room chair in the hallway. And from memory he recited "the story of Scrooge." It was a little frightening, to be lying there in darkness, a bit of light streaming in from the hallway, as your father's voice suddenly turned all funny. He became, in turn, three spirits - voices different from Scrooge's own.

Dad did that each Christmas eve. Until we grew "too old for that," as he explained one year while putting his shaving soap on the tree, after putting up all the decorations, including the battered angel - the one my Mom got, that first Christmas in 1936 when Dad planted his first kiss on her lips, as they danced (he said) to English band leader Ray Noble's THE TOUCH OF YOUR LIPS.

Pardon my reverie . . . I just wanted to establish my credentials, for saying . . .

This is not merely the best version of my favorite story (Dad would tell you that; if he were alive this would be his 92nd Christmas). No, no. This is the most amazing "movie experience" that I have ever known. I cannot imagine how any film maker(s) could ever top this.

They had me hooked from the opening. The camera shows a beautifully bound copy of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. An invisible hand opens to the first page and those very words my own father composed . . .

Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge's name was good . . . for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's an Avatar of the fairy tales.
Zemeckis has perfected the all-CG cast movies. This one is such a fun to watch, and to recognize the work of Carry and Oldman and Firth and Hoskins. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mick Levin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
jim carey is awesome love it
Published 2 days ago by bubble
4.0 out of 5 stars Great holiday film
Another great animated Disney film, almost as good as the original 1984 film with George C Scott, but this flows well and the animation is great..... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Joshua W
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim?
not a big fan of Jim C. but love this story and have several versions of it. it is a funny kind of serious movie though.
Published 12 days ago by wickedj
3.0 out of 5 stars The technology has been getting better with each film
A new season, a new holiday, and just in time for Christmas, a new re-telling of the Charles Dickens
novel, A Christmas Carol. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Tom S
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy in a good way!
I like it quite a bit. I would have given 4.5 stars but it wasn't an option. It's creepy, in a good way, lol. The animation is really astounding and the best I've seen. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun and inventive twists on the classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazingly done!
Published 15 days ago by Charles J. Brown, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good.
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