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3.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy restoration, November 28, 2007
This review is from: A Christmas Carol (Ultimate Collector's Edition) (DVD)
I'm grateful that this classic has had some restoration but the result is just not good enough. Much of the film does look and sound better, but several scenes have obviously been pasted together from varying sources of quality. The result is a mish-mash that ruined the experience of watching the film.

The restoration was a sloppy job that is obviously a result of sheer laziness on the part of the restorer. Why, for instance, did they not fix the out of sync audio during the "rag shop" scene? Was anyone making aesthetic choices for why you would insert one angle with bad source quality in one scene and then abruptly paste in the higher quality in the reverse angle? It's very jarring. It would have been better to keep a lower quality for the whole sequence so we wouldn't be shocked by the inconsistent quality.

Even some frames have been dropped, which throw off the timing of crucial scenes, such as Scrooge's heartwarming asking of forgiveness at his nephew's party. This final scene is probably the emotional high point of the film, and the scene is so chopped up with varying levels of footage and dropped frames that it ruins the drama.

For those missing bits, why didn't they just use video from their last release of Christmas Carol on DVD? This footage would be better than the badly out of sync, wrong frame rate video we see here. I realize they are not Criterion and the price of the DVD is very reasonable. But at what cost? It would be much better for everyone if they had done the restoration job right and charged more.

For now, I'm going back to my old copy. Even it's musty patina is better than this Scrooged-up one.

PS; Never mind the absurd notion of cropping a classic into 16:9 for quasi-widescreen! That's an abomination. And colorization? Well...
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