Christmas Carol, A (BLU-RAY/DVD Combo)
Blu-ray: Alastair Sim - 1951 version "There's no Christmas Carol quite like this British version!" - Leonard Maltin
Alastair Sim's tour-de-force performance as the ultimate miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, has almost single handedly made this beloved version of Charles Dickens' story into one of the best-loved Christmas films of all time. Some of Britain's best filmmakers united behind Sim, who was joined by a delightful cast of accomplished and acclaimed English actors; creating what many today believe to be the best and most faithful production of Dickens' immortal tale. Cranky and curmudgeonly Scrooge learns the error of his unkind ways and is taught the true meaning of the holidays when he is visited by the ghost of his late business partner and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future. This Blu-ray edition has been digitally restored from a new 1080p, 24fps high definition transfer master produced from the 35mm negative. Special Features: Commentary Tracks by Marcus Hearn and George Cole; Introduction by Leonard Maltin; "Dead to Begin With: The Darker Side of a Classic (exploring the films bleaker themes and how they rivaled London of the 1950's, featuring British film historian and culturalist, Sir Christopher Frayling); "Scrooge By Another Name: Distributing A Christmas Carol" featurette detailing the American release of this British holiday classic. Featuring US distributor Richard Gordon: "The Human Blarney Stone: Life and Films of Brian Desmond Hurst" Chronicling the awe-inspiring life of Ireland's most prolific filmmaker. Featuring Allan Esler Smith, the great, great nephew and biographer of Hurst; "A Scholar's View" Video narrative by Fred Guida, author of "A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations"; "Slim Dickens" A collection of early examples of Dickens on film. (includes "Scrooge: of Marley's Ghost" (1901), "Scrooge" (1913, 1914 and 1922 versions), and "Bleak House" (1922); "Campbell Playhouse: A Christmas Carol" A 1939 radio dramatization narrated by Orson Welles and starring Lionel Barrymore; and an audio-only bibliographic essay by Fred Guida (10 mins)"
- Commentary Tracks By Marcus Hearn and George Cole
- INTRODUCTION BY LEONARD MALTIN
- 3. 'DEAD TO BEGIN WITH: The Darker Side of A Classic''- An all-new documentary exploring the films bleaker themes and how they rivaled London of the 1950's. Featuring British film historian and culturalist Sir Christopher Frayling. (25 mins)
- 4. 'SCROOGE BY ANOTHER NAME: Distributing A Christmas Carol''- An all-new featurette detailing the American release of this British holiday classic. Featuring US distributor Richard Gordon. (10 mins)
- 5. 'THE HUMAN BLARNEY STONE: Life and Films of Brian Desmond Hurst' An all-new documentary chronicling the awe-inspiring life of Ireland's most prolific filmmaker. Featuring Allan Esler Smith, the great, great nephew and biographer of Hurst. (40 mins)
- 6. A SCHOLAR S VIEW - video narrative by Fred Guida, author of A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations (35 mins)
- 7. SILENT DICKENS a collection of early examples of Dickens on film. (includes HD: Scrooge -1922, Bleak House 20 mins) 9051 BONUS DVD! More Extras:
- 1. MORE SILENT DICKENS (SD A Christmas Carol 1914, Scrooge, or Marley s Ghost 1901, Scrooge 1913)
- 2. 'CAMPBELL PLAYHOUSE: A CHRISTMAS CAROL'- A digitally remastered version of original 1939 radio dramatization, narrated by Orson Welles and starring Lionel Barrymore.
- AUDIO ONLY (54 mins) BIBLIOGRAPHIC ESSAY by Fred Guida (10 mins)'