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The Muppet Christmas Carol
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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".
... 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?
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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As a tradition my daughter plays the "Muppet Christmas Carol" on Thanksgiving Day. I've missed it since I've moved to the West Coast. Read morePublished 2 days ago by heladia
This is another one of those must own for the Christmas holidays!Published 3 days ago by Jamison D. Hurley
My wife and I love this movie. Michael Caine is outstanding. The musical score is fantastically fitting for every scene. Read morePublished 4 days ago by JWest
Remembered this in my childhood, forgot how unwatchable it is.Published 6 days ago by Ryan A. Lawrence
My wife's favorite Christmas movie and needed to share with the kids.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a GREAT Muppet movie. My all-time favorite Christmas movie ever has always been A Christmas Carol, ever since I was a child. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Carol W.
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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 10 posts
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I have a DVD version that includes the song. Bought it a few years ago.
Dec 15, 2015 by Moonflower | See all 2 posts
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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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