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Christmas Carol
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A Christmas Carol

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Director: David Jones

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Richard Grant, Joel Grey

 

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Patrick Stewart stars in this made-for-TNT adaptation of A Christmas Carol that comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette and

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Patrick Stewart stars in this made-for-TNT adaptation of A Christmas Carol that comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette and cast profiles. Anyone looking for family friendly holiday fare should enjoy this DVD. This is a solid, if unexceptional, release from Warner Bros.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
One of the best of the numerous adaptations of author Charles Dickens's holiday classic, this made-for-television original movie produced for the TNT network benefits greatly from its closer-than-usual adherence to the source material and a career-high performance from leading actor Patrick Stewart. The actor perfected his role in a long-running one-man stage show version of the tale, and his years of acing the part of Scrooge come through in every scene, whether he's mindlessly tapping his toes to a long-forgotten tune, dusting off a laugh that's cracked and dry from disuse, or scowling with contempt at charity workers. The technical credits here are excellent, with the benefit of modern special effects and the cinematography of Ian Wilson even garnering an Emmy nomination, but what sets this A Christmas Carol apart from the rest is the quality and believability of Stewart as the embittered antihero, a role that's difficult to attenuate: too campy, and the end result is the Mr. Magoo cartoon; too sour and you get George C. Scott in the overly gruff 1977 TV variation; too mean and there's Reginald Owen in the first big-budget treatment of the tale from 1938. Alastair Sim in the 1951 classic is widely considered the high-water mark of Scrooge portrayals and it's a testament to Stewart's commitment and talent that his is probably the best work in the role since then.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
UPC:
0053939816129
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
11,020

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentaries with Patrick Stewart and remaking a classic; Interactive menus; Cast/director profiles; Scene access; Subtitles: English & Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Stewart Ebenezer Scrooge
Richard Grant Bob Crachit
Joel Grey Christmas Past
Ian McNeice Albert Fezziwig
Saskia Reeves Mrs.Cratchit
Desmond Barrit Christmas Present
Tim Potter Christmas Future
Dominic West Actor
Trevor Peacock Actor
Liz Smith Actor
Elizabeth Spriggs Actor
Kenny Doughty Actor
Laura Fraser Actor
Celia Imrie Actor

Technical Credits
David Jones Director
Peter Barnes Screenwriter
Joyce Gallie Casting
Roger Hall Production Designer
Robert Halmi Executive Producer
Charles Knode Costumes/Costume Designer
Dyson Lovell Producer
Dave Martin Editor
Patrick Stewart Executive Producer
Stephen Warbeck Score Composer
Charles Dickens Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Marley's Funeral. [3:01]
2. Workplace Chill. [3:35]
3. Christmas Lunatics. [3:34]
4. Surplus Population. [5:15]
5. Indigestible Visions. [3:01]
6. Marley's Ghost. [4:50]
7. Accursed Spirits. [2:24]
8. Christmas Past. [3:28]
9. Boyhood Holidays. [3:17]
10. Fezziwig's Festivity. [4:06]
11. Released by Belle. [6:21]
12. Christmas Present. [2:13]
13. The Cratchits. [7:10]
14. Nice Gesture. [2:53]
15. Christmas All Over. [1:57]
16. Fred's Festivity. [5:35]
17. Ignorance and Want. [2:48]
18. Christmas Yet to Come. [2:34]
19. Spoils of Scrooge. [4:51]
20. Emotions of Death. [4:46]
21. Carved in Stone. [2:35]
22. Christmas Morning. [4:06]
23. God and Family. [4:44]
24. Christmas Well Kept. [3:12]
25. End Credits. [1:09]

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A Christmas Carol 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first found this movie on TNT. It was halfway of the movie, and I found that all the actors were exceptionally good. I liked Patrick Stewart who played Mr. Scrooge, and I liked the actors who played the Cratchit Family. They successfully played the cold, stingy Mr. Scrooge; and the warm, loving Cratchit Family. I liked the movie so much and purchased a copy after watching it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patrick Stewart is a phenomenal actor, and he really shines in this movie. He once traveled around the country performing a one-man show of this story, and you can tell that he knows his part and the story intimately. This is the only adaptation of ''A Christmas Carol'' I've ever seen that remains almost one hundred percent true to the book. I highly, highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful and faithful adaption of a great story. Patrick Stewart is a remarkable actor and he brings great power to this role. The supporting cast is wonderful. It's become a tradition in our family! This is a terrific movie!
sfe84105 More than 1 year ago
Patrick Stewart plays the Ebenezer Scrooge effortlessly and flawlessly. Every Christmas season we watch all of the Christmas Carol movies that are true to the book. While I enjoy the old classics, it is this version that is my favorite. All of the characters are played so well by the cast. I find that I am whisked away to another time period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book by Charles Dickens and I liked it and I have seen several of the different movie adaptations and have liked most of them but this one starring Patrick Stewart is my absolute favorite. It is an outstanding production and Patrick Stewart is superb as Ebenezer Scrooge and the rest of the cast is great too! I highly recommend this DVD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although made for TV, this is a beautifully produced, and acted, film. Patrick Stewart is awesome and fully imerses himself in to the lead role of Scrooge. Christmas ghosts ,especially Joel Gray, are a delight as they teach Scrooge the consequenses of his approach to life and relationships. Although this was screened several times on TNT last year, it is a superb addition for any collector who appreciates fine film-making. Simply, magical,
JavysMom More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Christmas movies. I love this version because of Patrick Stewart, he is Scrooge. My son and I make this one of our every holiday season must watch.
Yaholo More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite movie version if A Christmas Carol. My family watches it every year as a tradition. This version, from the beginning, focuses on the dynamics in the relationships, and not just on hating Scrooge. The movie preserves the many subtle mystical and spiritual messages in the story, making for a very rich experience. Plus it has Patrick Stewart... ;)
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First of all, I love Patrick Stewart. He is such a consummate and versatile actor. Every character he plays is a new creation. The rest of the cast is good, too. Now, I'm really not such a fan of ''A Christmas Carol,'' but this movie had me weeping the first time I saw it. I saw it again a few years later and I thought, ''Oh, it won't make me cry this time.'' Well, I remembered when all the sad parts were coming and started crying before it got sad. I don't cry easily, so any movie that can make me shed tears is worth its salt.