A Christmas Carol/Scrooge

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Batears52, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. Batears52

    Batears52 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Near Baltimore, MD
    I don't own any version of this classic Christmas story on any video format. Of all of the versions of this (how many are there?)...Alastair Sim, George C. Scott, Reginald Owen, Patrick Stewart...Which one (or two) do you think are the best to get? (I'm looking for the classic story...not something that was re-worked, like the Bill Murray film.)

  2. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    ...every year we watch...Alastair Sim, George C. Scott, Reginald Owen versions, and the Jack Palance Western version...Ebenezer!
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  3. pig whisperer

    pig whisperer CD Member

    Tokyo, Japan
    Alastair Sim all the way :righton:
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  4. vinnie

    vinnie Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Alastair Sim or Mr. Magoo ("Great to be back on Broadway!!!!")
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  5. Dawson

    Dawson New Member

    Albert Finney gets my vote. Thank you very much, Thank you very much....
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  6. rene smalldridge

    rene smalldridge Senior Member

    Alastair Sim. All the elements perfectly executed. Heartbreaking and uplifting. Simply a classic film. Wouldn't be Christmas without it.
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  7. FredCamp

    FredCamp Forum Resident


    Yeah, mine too.
  8. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England
    No question. The George C. Scott version is the best. My wife and I have watched it hundreds of times and enjoy it no less each time. Watch it and you'll see that no other version measures up to it. Perfect casting. Realistic sets. Great acting. Masterful direction. A Christmas tradition!
  9. ascot

    ascot Senior Member

    I like the Albert Finney version the best, and that's the 1970 musical adaptation in case you didn't know. Otherwise the Alastair Sim version is the way to go.
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  10. mcow1

    mcow1 Sommelier Gort

    Orange County, CA
    Alastair Sim for me. Michael Caine too (Muppet Christmas Carol)
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  11. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
    I was looking for a DVD of some classic that I don't have, and in particular, White Christmas, but the B&M store I was in a few days ago only had some kids cartoon Xmas movies, and Christmas with The Kranks :(

    Anyway, Alastair Sim and the other usual suspects -Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th, etc, will get their annual spin.
  12. thegage

    thegage Forum Currency Nerd

    The Mr. Magoo version scared the crap out of me for years when the ghost of christmas future appears. My favorite is a recorded version with Lionel Barrymore as Scrooge.

    John K.
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  13. reechie

    reechie Well-Known Member

    What, no votes for the version starring Fonzie? :D

    Alastair Sim and Magoo here. :righton:

    Other holiday watching planned, Charlie Brown, The Grinch (cartoon), A Wish For Wings That Work, the great Christmas With SCTV, and The Brian Setzer Orchestra's Christmas Extravaganza.

    We've also got one of those holiday fireplace DVD's too! :laugh:
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  14. Evan

    Evan Forum Resident

    Petal, Mississippi
    Get the 1951 Alastair Sim version. After watching it, I found myself wondering why anyone would need to redo this story. Alastair Sim is a powerful Ebenezer Scrooge. I was stunned by how good he is. So was my wife.
  15. larryk

    larryk Forum Resident

    Central PA
    My faves are Alastair Sim and George C. Scott. The version that came out a couple of years ago with Patrick Stewart was pretty good too, I thought. But then I'm a "trekker" so I'm a bit partial...
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  16. ZenArcher

    ZenArcher Forum Resident

    Durham, NC
    Alastair Sim is my sentimental favorite, but I think the George C. Scott version is extremely well done. It will become a classic, IMO.
  17. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    Alastair Sim's Ebeneezer Scrooge cannot be topped, and the George C. Scott overall production is as good as it gets.

    The Alastair Sim version is from 1951, and to date, no really great transfer has been done in any format. I hear of a Canadian version that might be as good as, or perhaps a small amount better than the Region 1 VCI version. There are rumors of a better release perhaps next year.

    I love the music in both versions, and both get played every year in our house, along with the Reginald Owen version, respectable in its own right, even with its Hollywood flourishes.
  18. John Moschella

    John Moschella Forum Resident

    Christiansburg, VA
    I would say the George C. Scott version is the best.
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  19. pig whisperer

    pig whisperer CD Member

    Tokyo, Japan
    George C. Scott is a great actor. You really can't go wrong with this TV version, either. Here is some trivia from the IMDB that is interesting:

    Director Clive Donner was the film editor on Scrooge [Alastair Sims] (1951).
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  20. NicS

    NicS Forum Resident


    Agreed !!!

    That version is a Christmas tradition in our house as well.

    Merry Xmas

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  21. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

    There's no hope for anyone who doesn't shed a tear when Johnny LaRue gets his Christmas wish (the crane shot)!

    Back to Scrooge - start with Alastair Sim, and then I also like the Patrick Stewart (sp?) version. Magoo too!
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  22. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden MichiGort Staff

    Livonia, MI
    Alastair Sim (live action) is the benchmark. His voice only take In the animated Richard Williams short ain't bad either. Best made for TV version is the George C. Scott.

    Good cartoon takes include the frequently mentioned Mr. Magoo version and Disney's "Mickey's Christmas Carol".

  23. Hawkman

    Hawkman Supercar Gort Staff

    New Jersey
    Alastair Sim all the way!!! It isn't Christmas unless I watch this in one form or another. It was a tradition in the family that when it played on tv at 12 A.M. on Christmas Eve...or more rightly Christmas morning, my brother and I watched it. Plus, for the reasons stated above, it hits on all the high points emotionally and dramatically. It's also cool to see a young Patrick MacNee as the young Marley. :)

    Fans of the music in the soundtrack will be happy to know that there is a 14 minute suite of music from the movie here....
    http://www.chandos-records.com/details05.asp?CNumber=CHAN 10046

    There was never a proper soundtrack release to my knowledge. Plus you get a lot of other great British film music that Richard Addinsell wrote.
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  24. Beatlelennon65

    Beatlelennon65 Active Member

    Ya know, I really should get around to watching the VCI Alastair Sim dvd. I remember one of my friends at VCI bragging about how they had the rights to the best version, but I wasnt sure if he was just happy to have the rights or if it really was the best version. I guess now is a good time to call him up and invite myself over to watch it. My favorite is the Muppet version, just watched it last night.
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  25. Hawkman

    Hawkman Supercar Gort Staff

    New Jersey
    A friend of mine lent me his VHS copy of the animated version with Sim's voice and it was great!

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