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The Muppet Christmas Carol (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
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(Nov 06, 2012)
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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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We watched it last year and loved it! It was pricey so waited until the price came down then ordered it. Highly recommend.Published 8 days ago by Ruby Tulip
This is my favorite Christmas movie. My sister and I have watched it every year since we were kids (I still have the VHS) and I can't wait for when her kids are older so we can all... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Annie A.
What's not to love! Awesome movie! My son was 2 when this came out in the theaters, so I took him. His first time at a theater. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Valerie Sellars
Guess this will always be a favorite. The story, the music, the message, and of course, the Muppets!
Thanks to Jim Henson for his brilliance.
Be careful which edition you buy. I bought the DVD anniversary. It's the one where one side of the DVD has the song that everyone wants. The blu Ray does not have thatPublished 24 days ago by Luckywales
Director Brian Henson presides over this delightful 1992 retelling of the Charles Dickens classic--the first Muppet movie since the passing of his father, Muppets creator, Jim... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Deborah Earle
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