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The Christmas Carol
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Vincent Price's performance is a stellar example of why his name and portrait are used to market this DVD. His narration, given intermittently as the camera cuts to and focuses on him, is the most spectacular part of this movie. It gave me the impression that he had memorized the entire novel.
The only thing I remember about any of the other footage is that it's more abominable than Dr. Phibes! Except for the footage of Vincent Price narrating this tale, this movie screams, "Low budget, black and white!" The only version I've seen of "A Christmas Carol" that I consider worse is the version produced in 1910, which is not only black and white, but silent, as well.
In the years to come, I will probably play this DVD over and over again just to show off Vincent Price's talent, fast-forwarding through the parts he doesn't appear in.
I only recommend this version of "A Christmas Carol" to two groups of people:
1) hardcore fans of Vincent Price, and
2) collectors of various versions of "A Christmas Carol"
It's historic and certainly worth owning, as an earlier reviewer noted.
Amazingly, even though the film is less than 30 minutes long, the important aspects of the story are included. The acting is not always that great. I wasn't too impressed with the first two "ghosts", nor with Marley.
Special effects are non existent except for a thunder-like sound and black-out transitions. It is interesting to note that Dicken's original story does mention the loud thundering/echoing sound of doors as Marley's Ghost approached. This was probably the producers one attempt to add some kind of effects, loosely taken from the pages of the book itself. It doesn't work very well, however. Never the less, I will be watching it again.
Even though this made for early TV film isn't a showcase of exceptional workmanship, it is never the less an interesting addition to the Christmas Carol collection. For those that are either collectors of Christmas Carol films, or those who enjoy early TV (even when it isn't done very well), it's a great DVD to have. By the way, Scrooge is played by Taylor Holmes. The story was adapted by, and directed by Arthur Pierson.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
truly s great tribute by an A class Actor usually known for his nasty roles but in fact was a great kind generous and highly qualified actor.Published 2 days ago by Factual Hunter
I am always looking for new versions of the Christmas Carol. It' great for my collection.Published 5 days ago by Chartj
In our family, The Christmas Carole is an annual read. We also watch multiple movie versions. This one was a first for me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amarie333