The Muppet Christmas Carol (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
20th Anniversary Edition
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Greetings, holiday movie fans and culture lovers, I am the Great Gonzo...or, as I am better known to fans of this classic motion picture -- literary legend Charles Dickens. Ready to laugh, cry, sing, frolic, cavort and enjoy yourself beyond belief!? Well, you're in luck, because this 20th Anniversary Edition of Disney's THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL is guaranteed to put you in a holiday spirit that will stay with you forever -- or at least until your Aunt Ruth starts complaining that nobody is eating the fruitcake she brought...again! Available on Blu-ray with high definition sound and picture, so you can enjoy even more of my blue-ness, not to mention the incredible spectacle of Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit, Academy Award(R) winner Michael Caine (Best Supporting Actor, 1999, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES) as Scrooge, wonderful songs by Academy Award winner Paul Williams (Best original Song, 1976, "Evergreen," from A STAR IS BORN), and, of course, my pal Rizzo the Rat as...well, Rizzo the Rat. A heartwarming and hilarious holiday classic, told as never before by yours truly! Yule love it! Happy Holidays!
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The Muppet Christmas Carol 20th Anniversary. On Blu-ray, UPC 786936848748. If you are looking for the uncut version of this film, with the critically-important song "When Love is Gone", this is not it. Unlike the DVD release, where the song is at least present in the (horribly grainy) pan-and-scan version, you will not find this scene in an alternate version or as an extra. Once again, Disney has chosen to butcher the film. It would have been very easy for Disney to include the song, or to make a menu choice of "with" and "without". The file structure on the Blu-ray disc makes multiple versions trivial. Disney, are you listening? I am very tempted to return this. I still have my DVD, what do I need this for? Yes, I am very disappointed and disgruntled.
February 26, 2016 - Amazon is accepting my return, so I am sending it back. I'll buy it again when Disney releases it un-butchered.
I believe this is the first time the Muppets have taken a classic story and spun it into a film of their own. Well, a job well done. To this day, I still thoroughly enjoy this film. Michael Kane comes to the screen as Ebenezer Scrooge and he brings with him everything we know and love/loathe about this classic character...but I mainly envy him for getting to star with the Muppets. Since no adaption of "A Christmas Caroll" is complete without Charles Dickens's pros from the original book, Gonzo the Great steps into the writer's shoes to give us the background we need to be fully enthrawled in this story...it worked out perfectly, and having the wise-cracking Rizzo the Rat alongside him only made it better. Every classic Muppet character had their part and carried it out with the precition and high quality we have come to expect of this fine franchise. From Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchet to Statler and Waldorf as Jacob and Robert Marley (note that Robert Marley wasn't in the book but was instead created for this film so Statler and Waldorf could portray these "brothers"...no complaints here), there was no flaw in the casting and performances. The humor was classic of the Muppets as well as appropriate for this plot. Fans of the classic story will be hard-pressed to find a better adaptation...I recommend it to any of them as well as any fans of the Muppets. Enjoy...and whatever version you get, it can still be a great film...that part is ultimately up to you.
I, too, am wistfully wishing that Disney would release a ***COMPLETE***, WIDESCREEN version of this incredible classic. I bet they'd be shocked at how many copies they would sell!
I am a grown woman, not a kid, and this is my very FAVORITE Christmas movie! Maybe the sad song is a bit TOO sad for some children, at certain times, in certain situations, but that's what the fast forward button is for! And if Disney were really smart, they would just add an option so that one could either play the movie WITH that chapter or WITHOUT that chapter. Simple solution!
I'm hoping that the people at Disney will read this review, and understand that the ADULTS are clamoring for this film -- it's not just for the kids!
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