Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Anthony D.P. Mann in A Christmas Carol: Review by William Mortensen Vaughan

TitleA Christmas Carol

My Rating**

Adaptation:  Starring Colin Baker as Charles Dickens

Date of Release:  Friday, November 20, 2015

Format:  DVD, feature-length, live-action film

Is this adaptation reverant?  Yes.

Does it include the phrase "God bless us...?"  [TBC]

Does it mention "God" or "Christ"?  [TBC]

What does my wife think of it?  She thinks that the Director, Anthony D. P. Mann, looks too young and fat to play Scrooge.  She also thinks it's perhaps the worst musical she's ever seen.  Furthermore, she dislikes the way some of the footage is shot up the actors' noses.

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens?  This adaptation follows the original novel fairly well.  There are some modifications to the original story.  For example, the scene in which Scrooge's door knocker resembles Marley's face, is missing.  Also, Scrooge, played by Anthony D.P. Mann, doesn't go home from work on Christmas Eve; instead, he stays at his office.  He sings a song to a portrait of his partner, Marley, played by Terry Wade.  Later, he notices that Marley is missing from the portrait, and suddenly discovers that Marley's ghost is seated in his office.

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (Pamela Prendergast) is a tall woman dressed in black, like a widow at a funeral, showing her face, speaking, and singing!  The Ghost of Christmas Present (Andrea Hiltz) is a fat woman.  The Ghost of Christmas Past (Sherri Paterson) is a blonde woman.

What dialect is used?  Old fashioned English.

When and where does this adaptation take place?  Victorian England.

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel?  No.

Is this adaptation supernatural?  Yes.

Is this adaptation "framed"?  Yes, by a narrator, Charles Dickens, played by Colin Baker.

How many original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included?  Various orginal songs are included.

How attractive is the visual art?  The period costumes look well made and believable; the architecture and sets are adequate, but unimpressive.

How creative and instense are the transitions?  The transitions are acceptable.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation?  I found the original songs very moving and/or entertaining.

What extras are included on the DVD? The DVD includes a behind the scenes featurette, starring Colin Baker.

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