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As with other reviews I purchased this dvd specifically because I love the song 'The love has gone'. How disappointed I was to realise this song had been omited. I feel so cheated and would very much like to take Disney to task for this and would like an explanation. I would never have purchased it had I known.
I understand why they cut the Belle song. The voices were not great but, really, no one listens to muppets expecting good singing. What we do miss, by the omision of the song, is emotional impact, and sympathy, at what is a turning point for Scrooge. Dear Disney, please reissue uncut, I want a little cry!!
I bought this solely because the reviews said this would include the "Love is Gone" sequence...it doesn't. When selecting to watch the extended version from the menu it's exactly the same length as the theatrical version, with no "Love is Gone" sequence. Shipping was fast and the quality was good, but I would return this if I hadn't already removed the packaging.
We ordered this Blu-ray version to replace our older DVD, only to discover that "The Love Has Gone" song was not included. The DVD had the option of watching the theatrical version, or the longer one. I don't see that option on the Blu-ray copy. We will give this one away and keep the DVD!
We purchased this Blu-Ray version. I wanted my wife (who had never seen this) to experience what I considered the BEST version of A Christmas Carol. I was appalled when I discovered (while viewing) that the song "When Love Is Gone", sung by Belle (during the portion with the Ghost of Christmas Past) was NOT in the film - a jarring cut, with character reactions that seemed overblown to the moment. Apparently, then head of Disney Jeffrey Katzenberg felt the song was too sad for a children's movie, so he had it cut from the theatrical version. Apparently he never watched a Disney movie. It was THIS seen, and Sir Michael Caine's unspoken reaction to the moment, that solidified his performance to be THE BEST Scrooge ever.
Do NOT waste your money on this version. There are talks that the original footage has been found and may be digitally restored for a future release. The copy that I have will be going in a donation bin. I can NEVER watch this again knowing that most impactful scene was removed. I will wait until a fully-restored version becomes available.
The Muppet Christmas Carol is a wonderful movie for ALL ages. The quality of the Blu-Ray is superb. Not having the "When Love Is Gone" scene is criminal.
This version does not contain the very moving and necessary song by Belle, "When Love is Gone". It seems that that song had been cut from the theatrical release but as most of us grew up with the home video we've come to expect it. Too bad it's not here!