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Scrooge

review by Zach B.

 

 

 

In this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic, Ebenzer Scrooge (Albert Finney) is a crumedgenoly miser with a terrible attitude and soul. But on one special Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by three ghosts (one for he past, the present and future). Will Scrooge be able to change his ways? Will Tiny Tim say "God bless us everyone" at the end? Will lives be changed and will one man learn the error of his ways? If you don't know the answer to those questions and more, go away.

Fun Facts: "Scrooge" was nominated for four Academy Awards®, and Albert Finney won a Golden Globe for his performance.

 

 

The movie is over 30 years old, and this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is very respectable. The movie looks pretty fantastic actually, with wonderful fleshtones, strong shadow levels and excellent detail that is very precise. The film's fine production design and strong cinematography look quite nice on this transfer, as the movie looks very sharp - the darker scenes have a lot of flair, while the daytime scenes are quite boisterous as well. Colors are well saturated too (got to love Christmas colors), and the source print is amazingly clean. The only downside to this pretty remarkable transfer is slight edge enhancment, and a little bit of grain. Nonetheless, this image should please all who watch it.

 

 

The movie has been remixed into 5.1 Dolby Digital (in English) and it actually sounds very nice. This is a musical after all, and the sound stage on this track is quite broad. The vocals are clear and the music spreads through the channels very nicely. The musical score also sounds pretty good, while subwoofer use is average at best. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, and the dialogue nor other sound elements overtake the others (which is easy to do in a musical). Surround effects are pretty nice, but can be a bit sparase - they're usually reserved for doors opening, people passing, footsteps and the like - but some can be a bit powerful (ghosts, anyone?). This remix is fine and works well. Also included is an English Dolby Surround track, English closed captions and English subtitles.

 

 

Not even a lump of coal! DAMN YOU CHRISTMAS GHOSTS, DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!

 

 

Depending on what "Christmas Carol" variation you want to own, I'm sure most families will opt for "Scrooge." The movie does have its fans, and while this release doesn't have any extras to speak of, the movie looks and sounds good - and in pure Paramount catalog fashion, the price can easily be justified.

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $`14.99

Features: None

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (14 Scenes)

Released: September 23rd, 2003

 

 

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 114 minutes

Starring: Albert Finney, Dame Edith Evans, Kenneth More, Laurence Naismith, Michael Medwin, David Collings, Anton Rodgers, Suzanne Neve and Sir Alec Guiness

Screenplay, music and lyrics by: Leslie Bricusse
Based on "A Christmas Carol" by: Charles Dickens

Directed by: Ronald Neame