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    Unique ID Code: 0000012700
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 15/1/2001 20:19
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    Scrooged (UK)

    8 / 10
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    Bill Murray is back among the ghosts. Only this time, it`s three against one
    Certificate: PG
    Running Time: 97 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    High-spirited high jinks on Christmas Eve put Frank Cross (Bill Murray) in a ghostly time warp in this hilarious take-off of Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol".

    Cross, who has made the meteoric rise from the depths of the mailroom to TV network president, is mean, nasty, uncaring, unforgiving and has a sadistic sense of humor - perfect qualities for a modern-day Scrooge.

    Before the night is over, he’ll be visited by a maniacal New York cab driver from the past, a present-day fairy who’s into pratfalls and, finally, a ghoulish, seven-foot headless messenger from the future.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Theatrical Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 Spanish
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 Italian
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 German
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 French
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Richard Donner

    Written By:

    Robert Mitchum
    Bob Goldthwait
    John Glover
    John Forsythe
    Karen Allen
    Bill Murray

    Casting By:
    David Rubin

    Soundtrack By:
    Danny Elfman

    Director of Photography:
    Michael Chapman

    William Steinkamp
    Fredric Steinkamp

    Costume Designer:
    Wayne A. Finkelman

    Production Designer:
    J. Michael Riva

    Art Linson
    Jennie Lew Tugend
    Raymond Hartwick
    Peter Frankfurt
    Richard Donner

    Executive Producer:
    Stephen J. Roth

    Paramount Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    Once again one of my childhood favourite movie and after
    10 years I was ready to see it again from the dvd disc.
    So the story reminds me about the mixture of Ghostbusters and some christmas movies.It`s a legendary story about the greedy man who gets scrooged and he`s gotta travel trought time with some crazy ghosts (The point is that he must change his life, because he`s such a "mean pig").Bill Murray is as funny as always and this sure is one of his best movies and also one of the funniest "Richard Donner has ever done.The transfer is quite compared to the age of this movie.It sure is clear & sharp with good colors.The audio is dolby digital 5.1 and sounds superb.The extras include some trailer nothing else.

    posted by Hamill82 on 30/1/2001 06:36
    7 / 10
    I think the majority of those reading this review will already know what the plot for this movie is all about. There`s a big clue in the title for those that don`t because this is just a modern version of the classic "Ebeneezer Scrooge" story (from A Christmas Carol).

    Bill Murray plays the familiar role of a mizerly spoil-sport and in truth, only the character name and setting differ from the original Dickens tale (he`s called Frank Cross, and is president of a TV station). I don`t think it`s a spoiler to reveal that Cross is visited by a variety of different spirits (including the ghosts of christmas past, present and future) who attempt to imbue a sense of regret and realisation in this mean-spirited man. Fans of Murray will have seen the film before and will remember how brilliantly he performs the role (especially in the first hour).

    In actual fact the movie has several captivating performances to speak of, especially Carol Kane`s insane fairy ghost who repeatedly assaults Murray`s character (and she somehow manages to seem `sweet` and likeable at the same time!). Bobcat Goldthwait has a part in it too and he`s just one of many elements that carry a distinct 80`s feel. Whether that`s a bad thing or not depends entirely on the viewer (is it slightly dated or slightly nostalgic?).

    It`s definitely the kind of tale that works better at Christmas, but I still find plenty to enjoy throughout the year. The finale is the only part that doesn`t really work out of season, although I`ve always thought the ending was over-cooked anyway. It`s SUCH a joy to watch Murray when he`s being cynical and uncaring, that any change in tone/mood seems a real shame!. I can`t fault the basic intention though and this is typical of Donner`s work (as the sentimental parts aren`t as cloying as they could have been). He`s the kind of director that makes you want to get involved in the storyline and the syrupy bits of his films are more palatable because you really care about the characters.

    The disc has a decent 1.78:1 anamorphic image and a good DD5.1 track too. The audio isn`t as lively as more recent offerings, but it`s certainly superior to the Surround audio on my VHS copy (and the Danny Elfman score has never sounded so good). It`s a Paramount back-catalogue title so "added value" comes in the form of a theatrical trailer (and nothing else!). It`s a missed opportunity extras-wise as there MUST be some other promo features lying around somewhere and I bet Donner would have been happy to do a commentary if he`d been asked. Still, good picture and sound are the most important aspects of any disc, so at least the basics are presented to a good standard.

    Basically, this is a solidly entertaining Christmas film with some nice performances and a good-natured feel. The final third is a bit too heavy-handed for my taste, but it works okay at the right time of year and there`s more than enough quality overall to make it work.
    posted by Tony Vado on 20/1/2002 20:57