What movie the management of Radio City Music Hall was thinking of remains a mystery. In fact, for decades it fell in the shadow of the 1938 version starring Reginald Owen. Well, it is a ghost story, it's true, but the spirit of the story belongs in a different hemisphere altogether. Good casting can usually overcome any setback and A Christmas Carol is no exception. It works because Jack Warner, the actor-comedian playing him, is wonderful. It was scheduled for a showing at Radio City Music Hall until the Hall's management expressed the belief that the film was too depressing for its audience. The spirits show him how his behavior over the years has made him a lonely, bitter old man, and how his heart has grown colder.
I no longer have press material on the first Blu-ray release, but I'm wondering if perhaps that was sourced from a 35mm print. In this adaptation, a new character, Mr. Maltin talks about what an impression this film made on him as a kid, and also gives some background on the film. Tightfisted Ebeneezer Scrooge learns the error of his ways through the intervention of the ghost of his former partner and of the three spirits and, just in time for the holidays, manages to make everyone's lives a little brighter, his included! And while its adaptations to stage and screen are too numerous to count, one of them, the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim, has become almost as beloved as the novella itself. The film retains suitable but never overwhelming grain structure and looks very cinematic throughout its presentation.
The video offers covers of these sources so that interested people can track them down. The 1951 version was not, however, an instant classic. Producer: Brian Desmond Hurst Director: Brian Desmond Hurst Screenplay: Noel Langley from the story by Charles Dickens Cinematography: C. That release sported a generally superior video transfer, albeit one with a few issues, but it had only lossy Dolby audio. This is the classic, uncolorized version of the Alestair Sim version. But in the spirit of the story itself, his rewards were greater because he gave to the world one of the most powerfully uplifting and spiritual tales literature has ever produced. The box office was meager and as quickly as it came, it went.
Sim was the first to portray Scrooge as someone who wasn't a caricature, but failed to keep it up after Scrooge undergoes his change of heart. . When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, he struck a deal with his publishers to earn a percentage from its sales rather than an up-front lump sum. A Christmas Carol is a treasure of spirit and good will with which any holiday season is incomplete. The other change, much less but still noticeable, was the expansion of the role of Scrooge's charwoman to that of second lead. That presents both good and bad results. And the story in this adaptation succeeds despite a bit of tinkering with the designs of Dickens.
Check out this hailed classic and find out! Hubbins who can never quite pronounce the word correctly. Sometimes studios and distributors simply gussy up their covers and hope for the best, but occasionally at least they understand that consumers' patience with these kinds of marketing tactics is not going to last forever, and they actually do the right thing, offering at least something new to ameliorate the pain of having to shell out more bucks for a beloved title. Pennington-Richards Music: Muir Mathieson Film Editor: Clive Donner Art Direction: Ralph Brinton Cast: Alastair Sim Ebenezer Scrooge , Kathleen Harrison Mrs. Right off the bat, there's increased clarity, depth and especially contrast in the opening titles and that continues on into the opening scenes, where black levels are beyond gorgeous. Sales were good, in fact, very good, with the novella eventually going into 24 printings but the publication costs were extravagant and Dickens made little of what he'd hoped.
For more about A Christmas Carol and the A Christmas Carol Blu-ray release, see published by Jeffrey Kauffman on November 10, 2011 where this Blu-ray release scored 4. After being released in its native England under the title Scrooge, the film was shipped to America retitled A Christmas Carol for its holiday premiere by United Artists, its North American distributor. Dilber, is Kathleen Harrison and it's impossible to conceive of a better actress for the part existing in the world in 1951. If you can't catch one of his live performances, this one is a must-see. Three years later, it received a television showing and slowly, like another Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life 1946 , it began to gain ground in the realm of Christmas Carol adaptations.
Cratchit , Michael Hordern Jacob Marley, Marley's Ghost , Ernest Thesiger The Undertaker , Michael Dolan Ghost of Christmas Past , Francis De Wolff Ghost of Christmas Present , C. My appreciation for this version of A Christmas Carol was perhaps heightened by this luminous new presentation. Konarski Christmas Yet to Come. Using events from Scrooge's idealistic past, dreary present, and dismal future, the apparitions try their best to melt his steely soul. It's hard to believe now that the film had such a slow start, such an uneven and unheralded journey on its way to becoming a classic.
After resentfully allowing timid clerk Bob Cratchit Mervyn Johns to have the holiday to spend with his loving wife Hermione Baddeley and family, Scrooge is swept into a nightmare. Alastair Sim plays Scrooge so magnificently his performance has become the standard by which all other Scrooges are compared. Clarity, sharpness and fine detail are outstanding, and contrast is markedly improved. Dilber , Mervyn Johns Bob Cratchit , Hermione Baddeley Mrs. Generally what's been done here is to simply reproduce sounds in more than one channel, which creates a slight phasing-like sound at times, especially with regard to the closing narration, but overall this is a decent 5. Scrooge 1951 Crotchety Victorian businessman Ebenezer Scrooge Alastair Sim has no use for festivity, even at Christmas.
Hiss is more readily audible than it was before, and a couple of the film's flaws, notably some missing frames something I was hesitant to ascribe to that problem now have audible skips in the soundtrack where before the lossy Dolby tracks muffled those moments. Drama Fantasy Ebeneezer Scrooge Alastair Sim contentedly meanders through his life as a cruel miser until one fateful Christmas Eve when he is visited by three ghosts. Jorkin, was created to act as the sinister, tempting force that lured Scrooge away from the light and into the dark. There are still some niggling issues, including a few missing frames see the audio section below for a bit more information with regard to this , as well as softness and contrast issues in the opticals, which are to be expected. Sim was a damn fine actor who deserved an Oscar for this role alone. But it did become a classic and for that we can be thankful, forever and without condition. When A Christmas Carol was finally released in the states, it didn't help that its premiere night wasn't Christmas but.