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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Michael Caine , Dave Goelz , Brian Henson  |  G |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,023 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz
  • Directors: Brian Henson
  • Writers: Jerry Juhl, Charles Dickens
  • Producers: Frank Oz, Brian Henson, David Barron, Jerry Juhl, Martin G. Baker
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,023 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065V41
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Muppet Christmas Carol" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Frogs, Pigs & Humbug: Unwrapping a New Holiday Classic
  • Christmas Around the World
  • On the Set

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good movie

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269 of 287 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Be advised: widescreen version is not uncut. September 1, 2005
By Paul
This DVD contains a 4:3 version and a 16:9 widescreen version.

Disney Home Video reps have confirmed that only the 4:3 pan & scan version is the home video version which contains the full version of this movie. The widescreen version is the theatrical cut and does not include the song "When Love is Gone".
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285 of 312 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointed in Disney again! September 27, 2012
Reading the Blu-Ray description included here, it says that the running time is 85 minutes, which is four minutes shorter than my copy on laserdisc. This can only mean that the exquisite song "When Love Is Gone" is STILL not being included in this release ...

... which means I'm not buying it.

Sorry, Disney, but I refuse to spend my money on a sub-standard presentation, no matter how HD it is.

The story of A Christmas Carol is about Ebenezer Scrooge, not the Muppets. His character arc is the most important factor. Michael Caine gives a fantastic performance, and his greatest moment is during this scene as he tries to sing with the woman that Ebenezer loved and lost -- and he winds up losing his emotional control, unable to finish the song. This is why he turns to the Ghost of Christmas Past and says, "Spirit, show me no more. Why do you delight in torturing me?"

If "When Love Is Gone" is not included, that question has no meaning.

This wonderful film should not be released on Blu-Ray without including that moment! Disney, where's your brains?
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127 of 137 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars For goodness sake, read the reviews! December 22, 2008
By x-high
I was happily watching my VHS copy of The Muppet Christmas Carol with my lovely wife the other evening and decided it was time to own it on DVD. I popped open my laptop and ordered it as the movie was playing on the TV. Sadly I did not take time to read the reviews before placing my order because if I had known that the song, "When Love is Gone", was omitted from the widescreen version, I would have saved my money. So I can watch the complete film by choosing the 4:3 aspect ratio option but the image quality is vastly inferior to the 16:9 presentation. Basically I paid fifteen bucks for nothing. Thanks a bunch, Disney. Bite me.
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94 of 101 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Removed "When love is gone" what more is there to say? December 20, 2005
By GatoRat
The song "When love is gone" is a major turning point in Scrooge's change; it's the first time his cynicism totally falls away. It's a poignant, touching scene and crucial to the movie.
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112 of 123 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "When Love is Gone" is omitted. October 15, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First of all, the most of these reviews are for previous releases. Second of all this blu-ray will not include the song, "When Love is Gone." I will not be buying this anymore. The songs adds so much, and the edit is so glaringly obvious and not smooth at all. I am also surprised that in this day and age, 2012 (almost 2013) Disney can't just release the complete version. Have they never heard of seamless branching? Anyway, I won't be buying this.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Major disappointment December 4, 2005
I own a copy of this film on laser disk and looked forward to seeing this edition for months. It was a major disappointment to me. I seems to me that most DVD producers put their special features with a wide screen edition. Unfortunately Disney elected to associate the comentary and extended version with the full screen version which omits a lot of visual detail from the sides and is more grainy than the wide screen edition. And one of my favorite songs from the laser disk is only found on the full screen version. For those who own the laser disk edition I would recommend that you don't purchase this DVD.
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Classic! Disappointing DVD! December 2, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A full five-stars for the wonderful "The Muppet Christmas Carol." I am amazed that a fresh and interesting take can be found on the often re-made Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." Muppet movies are hit-or-miss at best, and this one is either the top 1 or 2.
Michael Caine is brilliant as Scrooge, and the combination of the completely straight Caine and the antics of the muppets creates a wonderful reality, blending the original ghost story with a heartwarming chaser.
The DVD contains two really nice special features, including a very interesting "Making of..." featurette , and a nice "Christmas's Across the World" featurette. The "Making of...." featurette is one of the most interesting that I have seen, quite long with cast interviews, special effects, song information and pretty much everything you could want.
However, several really disappointing choices were made on this DVD release, including producing a full-screen edition and eliminating the song "The Love is Gone" from the UK edition. When I buy a DVD, I want to full movie, not 75% or it with the edges trimmed off. Also, the exclusion of "The Love is Gone" from the UK edition makes no sense, as it is singled out to be the most important transition point of the movie during the "Making of..." featurette.
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132 of 147 people found the following review helpful
Disney has ruined THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL yet again by only including the cut theatrical release version of the movie, minus the song When Love is Gone. This is a song that not only is the heart and soul of the entire movie, but it was at one point added back into the film BY THE DIRECTOR, Brian Henson. Nobody involved in the production wanted the song removed -- it was taken out by the studio because they felt little kids would get bored during it. As it is, the film still has an awful cut where that song was supposed to be...and the intended, full version of the film will remain sitting on a studio shelf because Disney wants it that way. Pathetic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Family Favorite
What can I say. It is the Muppets, irreverent and fun. Morley and Morley are my absolute favorite. Hecklers to the core.
Published 2 days ago by FawnM
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
Watching A Christmas Carol every year is a family tradition from my childhood that I shared with my children and still try to keep with my grandchildren. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Malana Ashlie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Muppet Christmas Carol
OMG what kind of person could actually go a Christmas without watching The Muppet Christmas Carol? Even my kids love this classic.
Published 7 days ago by Rodney Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Caine and The Muppets in a Charles Dickens Classic
An Oscar winner playing opposite The Muppets, in a classic story written by Charles Dickens. The idea of casting Michael Caine as Scrooge, cold-hearted employer of Bob Cratchit... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Tsuyoshi
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
The only Muppet thing I really like.
I REALLY like it. I've watched it several times and still laugh.
The rest of the Muppet movies don't do much for me. Read more
Published 11 days ago by bjrolland
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Family Christmas tradition
This has to be my all time favorite Christmas movie. We watch it every year as a family. It's so well done and probably the best Muppet production ever. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Marc
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular
Great Xmas movie a must see an academy award quality this is a Dickens of a good good good movie
Published 21 days ago by Howard D. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars the song is in it
the song that everyone is complaining about is in the dvd version its in mine. and this was a great movie.
Published 23 days ago by Kristin Teeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
I forgot how good this movie is! And I am so glad I found this to purchase. Made my Christmas a little extra special this season. :)
Published 27 days ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again....
The Muppets do a great job! Yes, this movie is rather old but it's still a good one! Even though it's not Christmas anymore, it's still a good movie to watch. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Amber the Latina
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Is there a DVD version of the movie that includes the song? I've had the VHS tape forever, and want to get the same version of the movie on DVD.
Dec 12, 2012 by T. Benefield |  See all 5 posts
When Love is Gone
So angry! I love that song! My college roommate stole my VHS copy years ago. I can't believe that song is missing. That is just ridiculous. It it my favorite song in the movie!
Nov 30, 2009 by K. Meinka |  See all 12 posts
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