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A Christmas Carol: The Musical

Released on 06 November 2006

Featuring: Kelsey Grammer, Jason Alexander & Jennifer Love Hewitt

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) is Scrooge in the musical adaptation of Charles Dicken's classic tale.

Ever since Ebenezer Scrooge (Grammer) buried his longtime friend and business partner, Jacob Marley (Jason Alexander, Seinfeld), Scrooge's melancholy has settled into an eternal bitterness towards Christmas and his fellow man.

His loyal but meek clerk, Bob Cratchit (Edward Gower), is the constant target of his cruelty and even Scrooge's own nephew inspires in his uncle no christmas sentiment warmer than "Bah! Humbug!" But this Christmas Eve is startlingly different...

From legendary Executive Producer Robert Halmi. Sr. (Dinotopia), A Christmas Carol is a magical production that will touch your heart, featuring memorable songs from Oscar nominee Lynn Ahrens (Anastasia) and Alan Menken, the Oscar-winning composer of Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

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 Too Americanised and no atmosphere.

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I love the story of A Christmas Carol and have both the Alistair Sim version (in my opinion the best by far) and the Albert Finney musical version on DVD (as well as Scrooged with Bill Murray) I have also watched the Patrick Stewart version and even the obscure one with George C Scott and all have their charms.

HOWEVER - This version is just totally abominable and here's why;

Firstly it is very, very, very Americanised. For a Dickensian classic, this is a major mistake. The whole reason Dickens' stories are so enduringly popular is because they are accurate depictions of Victorian ENGLAND. They are quaint and atmospheric and steeped in character. This film version is brash and gaudy and almost Broadway, retaining NONE of the essence of the story or any of the brooding atmosphere of impending doom and melancholy.

Secondly, although the Albert Finney version is highly enjoyable, the story of A Christmas Carol is sombre and thought provoking. It is a morality tale and one of hope and faith in the human spirit. Now, I'm not saying there shouldn't be lighter moments, but having the majority of the story told in a low-key way serves to contrast much more effectively with the life-affirming ending. having Kelsey Grammer scampering about throughout the film totally misses the point of the story.

I just wish Hollywood would resist the urge to Americanise classic British stories when, in doing so, they inevitable destroy them.

Having said all this, if you are completely unfamiliar with the story and don't mind that this version bears little resemblance to the book in tone and style and are just looking for a fluffy little Christmas film then it may well be ideal, for anyone else I'd say - AVOID THIS LIKE THE PLAGUE!!

 It is cheesy but it makes you feel all christmassy!!

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I watched it and yes, it is cheesy and quite bad at times but it is not the worst film ever made. It is a nice christmas feel and some people (like me) will love it. I think it is a lovely film to watch just before christmas. It is a big improvement on the old version. A lot better with the music, however cheesy it makes it. Merry Christmas!

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ActorsKelsey Grammer, Jason Alexander, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jane Krakowski, Jesse L. Martin & Geraldine Chaplin
DirectorArthur Allan Seidelman
CertificatePG
Year2004
LanguagesEnglish
Duration1 hour and 27 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.