Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” Arrives on Blu-Ray in Time for Holidays

Grab your googly glasses, popcorn, and some hot chocolate:  Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” arrives in stores on November 16, just in time for family gatherings and Black Friday shopping!

The computer-animated film, adapted from Charles Dickens’ much-loved holiday classic, is directed by Robert Zemeckis and features the frenetic talents of actor Jim Carrey in many of the film’s roles, including that of curmudgeon-turned-embodiment-of-Christmas-Spirit Ebenezer Scrooge.

The release itself is pretty exciting for fans of the film in particular and holiday movie buffs in general.  But the film also marks a milestone for the company:  it will be Disney’s first Blu-Ray 3D offering!

As usual, there will be many packaging options, available at a wide array of pricepoints, ranging from the single DVD disc (29.99) to Blu-Ray combo pack (49.99.)  The Blu-Ray, as we’re seeing with other releases this holiday season, also features a digital copy, for times when you forget to bring the disc, but remember to pack the laptop (a blessing if there ever was one for parents out there.)

In additon, there is a lot of bonus material to explore beyond the film.  Of particular interest:

  • The 3D Blue-Ray offers “Mr. Scrooge’s Wild Ride,” in which the director and cast explain how they utilized 3D technology to tell this story – one that has been adapted for film many, many times – in a completely new and captivating way.
  • “Behind the Carol:  The Full Motion-Capture Experience” takes viewers behind the scenes and offers a glimpse into the motion-capture process.
  • “Countdown to Christmas Interactive Calendar” – this is the feature that I most anticpate – a virtual advent calendar!  Viewers come back everyday for 25 days to discover new surprises awaiting them.  And unlike traditional, candy-filled advent calendars – no cavities!  Or calories!

For our household, this is sure to be a welcome addition, and a great way to introduce the children to a timeless literary classic.


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