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Albert Finney is magical in his portrayal of Scrooge, transforming his physical appearance through the art of makeup and fine acting from a robust youth to an aged man during the course of the story.
The supporting cast is also remarkable, and the songs add flavor to the overall atmosphere of Dickens' era London, as well as great and unexpected depth to the core theme of the story: the precarious reclamation of a person's soul.
Dickens' brilliant story manages to convey religious themes without preaching, and provides an accessible character in Scrooge that we can understand, root for, and ultimately, rejoice with and learn from when his heart is turned outward to his fellow man.
Vastly entertaining and remarkably fresh, this life-affirming version of "A Christmas Carol," along with many of its songs, will stay with viewers long after the final credits have rolled. For me, "Scrooge" has become a treasured Christmas tradition alongside so many other beloved yule time favorites. I applaud its long overdue DVD release!
The newly released DVD looks fantastic. The film is 33 years old, and its production design and colors are rendered well on the DVD. The overture is included.
Here's some quick impressions after seeing the film again:
- Alec Guinness is a genius! As Marley's ghost, Guiness has some very funny moments. Watch his performance closely: Guiness achieves "ghostliness" without the aid of digital effects. Watch him "float" parts of his body, especially his hands when he sits down. The walk, the voice, the "floating". Simply brilliant.
- There are several very good songs. My favorites: "I Like Life", "Thank You Very Much", and "Happiness".
- I actually like the flashbacks when Scrooge is young and in love. Very touching. And pretty.
- They really edited this film for TV! There's scenes in SCROOGE that I've *never* seen before; specifically, the scene in hell at the end. Funny!
So, even though SCROOGE brought Christmas into my house in September, it was a welcomed, early celebration.
Dicken's timeless story.
The production values are scrumptious. The scenes of the streets and inhabitants of London are brought to vivid life.
You'll feel as if you are walking right along with Scrooge as he collects from those who owe him. Right down to wanting to partake of the hot soup a vendor gives him.
Scrooge's home, cold-cold grey and unloved and unlived in. A
haunting metaphor for his life as he lives it.
The songs tell the story almost better than Dicken's prose.
Alec Guinness is perfect as Marley's ghost.
All the visitations are splendidly moody and spooky.
Kenneth Moore as the ghost of Christmas Present is big and brassy and wonderful.
Dame Edith Evans is an effective Christmas Past with her distinctive voice and elegant bearing.
All the supporting characters are wonderful.
Bob Crachitt and family singing in their small flat is
Considering that Albert Finney was a very young man portraying an old curmudgeon, his performance was STELLAR.
The flashbacks of Scrooge as a young man in love and his burgeoning love of work and money, then to Scrooge, an old and isolated old man is a chance to watch a brilliant actor at work.
I watch this film each and every year. Watching Scrooge be redeemed and find his way is what it is all about.
I couldn't possibly choose a favorite song. They are all wonderful.
I Love this film.
Sure, there were liberties taken, but IT'S A MUSICAL, for crying out loud, and a handsome one at that. If you don't like musicals, stop reading my review and, in fact, why are you even reading any of the others? Unlike most musicals, however, this one manages to keep a strong storyline intact, with or without the songs, and nowhere is this made more clear than when Ebenezer Scrooge (Albert Finney), is confronted by the ghost of Christmas future. Some people have said that this movie tends to be scary, but I think it is more creepy than scary, except for this one pivotal scene. It is wonderful to see Finney at the top of his game (Isn't that common for him anyway?), as one of the most effective and sympathetic--at times even empathetic--Scrooges to grace filmdom? I love his portrayal of the old miser from the fact that he's such a tight rich man that he dresses lousy compared to the other rich people you see on the streets, and his house is dark, almost barren, not unlike the man himself.
I absolutely love David Collings' performance as Bob Cratchet, which is so well done that you understand how he and his family are richer than Scrooge in their poverty from the outset.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best Christmas Carol movies out there. The music was great and the acting excellent. This is one of my favorite musicals.Published 18 hours ago by Sandy V
Awesome version of the Scrooge. Been looking for this edition for a long time. Price was unbeatable!Published 23 hours ago by sherri morey
Arrived as expected. Had the vhs version, needed the dvd. Thanks Amazon!Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
The best musical version of this film (the street urchins irritate - over-acted) but well worth it to see this great classic story parodied into a musicalPublished 9 days ago by ArthurW
A must have in your "A Christmas Carol/Scrooge" collection. I'm not much for musicals, but I am a huge fan of "A Christmas Carol," so decided to make the purchase. Read morePublished 11 days ago by shutter bug1
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|Where is the soundtrack on CD?||
I have wondered about this too.
Dec 26, 2010 by Tom, no H | See all 6 posts
|He Just Wasn't That Into Her...||
That was the point. Scrooge's priorities were all wrong. He did not know a good thing when he had it in his youth.
Dec 22, 2010 by Robert E Wilson | See all 3 posts
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