Standing out in the crowded field of screen adaptations of the classic Dickens novel A Christmas Carol is hard to do, but this version pulls it off. When a transparent Jacob Marley walks through Ebenezer Scrooge's apartment door, you know you're seeing something both timeless and contemporary. Other strategically placed special effects--a funnel cloud that transports Scrooge and the ghost of Christmas present, the hollow spectre of Christmas future--keep you riveted without slipping into anachronism. But, as good as the technology is, the performances are what really... power this 93-minute television interpretation. Patrick Stewart brings a depth to Scrooge that allows the character to go beyond the cartoonish qualities that have made him a Christmas mainstay. That doesn't mean he's any less heartless with his hapless employee Bob Cratchit (Richard E. Grant) or any less dismissive of his well-meaning nephew. A frail-looking Joel Grey makes an excellent ghost of Christmas past, and a superb cast ably fill the remaining roles. Director David Jones, shooting on location in England and at Ealing Studios, has achieved a balance of science and sentiment that will help this version hold up for many years to come. --Kimberly Heinrichs [show more]
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Miserly money lender Ebeneezer Scrooge (Patrick Stewart) does not believe in the spirit of Christmas; he is bad-tempered and unpleasant to everyone he meets, including his loyal but badly underpaid clerk, Bob Cratchit (Richard E. Grant). Then one Christmas Eve Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him that three ghosts will arrive that very night and attempt to show him the error of his ways. Scrooge is shown visions of Christmases past, present and future which force him to reconsider his selfish lifestyle, but is it too late for him to change his nature?
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play. In just one night, he's seen his past, his present and his future...and they've all come back to haunt him. It's Christmas Eve 1843, and Ebenezer Scrooge (Patrick Stewart) has just buried his long-time friend and business partner, Jacob Marley. Understandably, Scrooge is in a melancholy mood as he returns to work. Seven years later, Scrooge's bad mood has become a perpetual state of mind. His loyal, but meek clerk, Bob Cratchit (Richard E. Grant), is the constant target of Scrooge's cruelty and bitterness. Scrooge' s nephew, Fred Bowley, spreads Christmas cheer, but all his uncle can say is 'Bah! Humbug!' Scrooge finds himself alone in his office on Christmas Eve. He hears the rattling of chains and sees before him, the ghost of Jacob Marley. Marley warns Scrooge that the suffering he causes others, he will have to repay - even in death, and warns him that there's only one chance to escape that fate. He also informs Scrooge that three spirits will visit him and he is to obey them in order to redeem himself. Actors: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Dominic West, Liz Smith Directors: David Hugh Jones Format: Dolby, PAL Language: English Subtitles: English Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.) Number of discs: 1