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A
Christmas
Carol

(1977)
starring
Michael Hordern
Review
by
William Mortensen Vaughan
As of:  6:25 p.m. E.S.T., Thursday, November 29, 2018

Title:  A Christmas Carol

My Rating:  ****

Dove Foundation Rating:  [NOT RATED]

M.P.A.A. Rating:  TV-PG

Adaptation:  starring Michael Hordern as Ebenezer Scrooge

Date Released:  Saturday, December 24, 1977

Format Reviewed:  DVD

Is this adaptation reverent?:  Yes.

Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."?  Yes.

What does my wife think of it?  She hasn't paid any attention to it.

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens?  This adaptation follows the original novel, A Christmas Carol, fairly well, although in an abridged form.

What dialect is used?  Old English.

When and where does this adaptation take place?  This adaptation takes places in England, circa 1840.

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel?  No.

Is this adaptation supernatural?  Yes, this adaptation is supernatural, with ghosts and time travel.

Is this adaptation "framed"? No.

What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included?

This film includes several musical accompaniments, including instrumental and vocal renditions of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."

How attractive is the visual art?  The set and wardrobe are acceptable.

What use is made of background extras?  When and where appropriate, there seem to be plenty of background extras.

How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another?  The transitions are effective - well shot and edited.

What nap-of-the-Earth footage, if any, is included?  [TBD]

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation?  The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, that, in this adaptation, Scrooge tells his nephew that he had hopes and plans for him, which Fred dashed when he married a poor girl.

What extras are included on the DVD?  [Not applicable, since I viewed this on YouTube.]

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