This week’s pick… The Wizard of Oz
This week’s DVD… A Christmas Carol (1999 TNT film)
When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in the nineteenth century, he created something so ahead of its time, the tale is still misunderstood today. (And that’s amazing when you consider that in the last century we’ve become much more accustomed to unique structures for sci fi and fantasy tales.) As a result, adaptation after adaptation has fallen short of the source material, with some versions too willingly slipping into parody. Thankfully, the 1999 Hallmark made-for-television TNT adaptation starring Patrick Stewart is a version that would have made Charles Dickens proud.
Why does this one work so well? Indeed, why does the original novella work so well? There are two main reasons.
This week’s DVD… Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.
Aliens attack the North Pole. Who will save Christmas?
This week’s pick: Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings.
This week’s pick… The Harry Potter DVD Collection