Scrooge - Blu-ray w/ BONUS 2nd Disc DVD: A Christmas Wish
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This classic film is the original and considered the best adaptation of A Christmas Carol ever made. Sir Seymour Hicks gives a riveting performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens's timeless classic, Scrooge. Scrooge is mean old miser who wants nothing to do with Christmas, bitterly rejecting the company and well wishes of his fellow man. But on this Christmas Eve, Scrooge's former partner, Jacob Marley, an invisible but forceful ghostly presence, visits Scrooge to warn him that his time is running short. Throughout the long, cold night, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future appear to Scrooge, taking him on a journey into the very spirit and magic of Christmas itself. Legend Films is proud to bring you this wonderful story of hope and redemption on high-definition Blu-ray Disc.
Also included in this Special Edition Package is a bonus DVD of one of the season's classic films: A Christmas Wish. Starring legendary crooner Jimmy Durante, the beatiful Terry Morre and loveable Rupert the Squirrel, this heartwarming family film follows the life of one family who was down on their luch at Christmas-time. Just when it seems that Christmas will come and go without so much as a Christmas tree, Rupert acts as the family's guardian angel -- not only saving Christmas, but changing their lives forever!
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Nonetheless, if we try to look at this film on its own terms, I think it would be fair to say that this movie is at least a fine representation of film from the era it was made within. Will every modern viewer enjoy it? Perhaps not.
But if the viewer can put aside their modern expectations for a brief hour or so, and look with the eyes of the past, they may see in this a charming, worthy version to entertain and teach for a brief moment in their lives.
Then, they can easily return to all the advanced special effects and artistic cues they have long since grown to expect.
But for a moment - the space of this film - the past might actually have a charming, enjoyable voice.
This affordable version is complete and uncut, and the picture is very clear. If you can't find the Image Entertainment official release, from October 2002, this is more than suitable. I have zero complaints. I'm just happy to have a complete and watchable copy.
There's no need for me to review the actual movie. I just hope this information helps someone else looking for the complete original, since there are so many bad versions out there, most of which are cut and butchered.
If you want a complete, clear copy at a fair price, this is your best bet.
The cover has "SCROOGE" in red lettering at the to of the case. Underneath that it shows people I don't recognize in a Christmas setting. At the bottom it shows Seymour Hicks as Scrooge sitting at his desk, and says Based Upon "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. There are snowflakes sporadically placed on the cover. The cover shows images in color, but the film is in black and white.
1) 2 guys asking Scrooge to donate money in his office, at the beginning.
2) Scrooge cutting himself shaving on Christmas morning after the ghosts had done their job.
3) Scrooge getting a snow bath at the butcher shop when the kid fails to show up with the prize turkey or the butcher.
4) Scrooge runs into those 2 men again, this time offering money and many back payments.....Also gives money to singers on the street.
5) The longer ending has Scrooge meeting Crachit in church to celebrate the Christmas holiday. He begins singing in church.
I don't know why some of these studios cut this movie up so bad, but they do. Try to get a version of the movie that is 82 minutes. That's the longer uncut version. Stay away from the 60 minute versions unless you have an original already and may want a colorized version. Maybe the 82 minute version will be colorized someday, but for now, we have to settle for the shortened color version....
I found this 1935 production fascinating; it was made just 8 short years into the 'talkie' era and still has some of the silent film era charm... more than that, it touched on more of the original story than the 1951 version does, and I value that highly, esp. in light of current movies like the "Hobbit" series which is clearly all about the money. It takes a little patience to watch this film but it's certainly worth it. Cheers!
The blu-ray brings a bit of improvement to the DVD version I own as part of VCI's "UCE" of the Alastair Sim version (which - like the BD under review - is also the 60-minute "cut" version of the 78-minute original). The included colorized version is so drab as to not seem to be in color at all. Little if any effort has been made to clean up or sharpen the film's image, though the soundtrack is relatively quiet for such an old film.
Still, it's good to have different versions of this classic story available on film. I would certainly rank this production higher that the horrible George C Scott version, which is over-produced to within an inch of its life, and which has in Scott possibly the worst portrayal of Scrooge ever set down on film.
Okay and nothing more.
The included bonus DVD of the 1950 Jimmy Durante vehicle "The Christmas Wish" (original title "The Great Rupert") is - at best - a C-level story that probably played better to audiences of its time, especially fans of Durante. I found it a chore to get through. The DVD includes the orginal B&W print as well as a colorized version.