November 9, 2023

SCROOGED (4K): Have a Murray Christmas

SCROOGED 35th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD)
1988 / 100 min
Review by Stinky the Destroyer😼

The very definition of high-concept (especially in the ‘80s), Scrooged had it all…a huge cast, gratuitous cameos, mass-appeal direction by Richard Donner, a playful score by Danny Elfman and, of course, a classic story updated and tailor-made to suit the talents of Bill Murray. In terms of bankability, Murray’s comedic appeal was rivaled only by Eddie Murphy back then. 

Residual audience goodwill from Stripes and Ghostbusters turned Scrooged into a moderate hit at the time, but it wasn’t quite in the same league as those classics. Personally, I think that’s because it plays like it was specifically assembled as a Bill Murray vehicle and all other aspects of the film were of secondary importance. I realize it's a minority opinion, since this comedic update of A Christmas Carol remains a perennial holiday favorite in a lot of households, as countless home video releases will attest.

"You coulda knocked."
Just in time for the holidays, Scrooged is now being released on 4K, which will be of great interest to longtime fans for more reasons than one. I’ve never watched previous DVD or Blu-ray editions, but the overall video quality of this one is great. Textures, depth, details and colors look sharp and natural. The DTS-HD 5.1 audio is also nicely balanced. But the real treat for fans might be the bonus features. They aren’t actually new, but have never been included in previous editions. 

Whether one considers Scrooged to be a holiday comedy classic or a high-concept product of its decade, this is a great 4K UHD release from Paramount. Those who love the film enough to watch it every year will certainly enjoy the upgraded transfer and impressive collection of vintage bonus material. But of all the movies showcasing Bill Murray’s unique comic abilities, I don't think this one ranks among his best.


FEATURETTES - A Christmas to Remember; Updating Ebenezer; Bringing the Ghosts to Life; The Look of Scrooged; On the Seat with Bill Murray.

AUDIO COMMENTARY - By director Richard Donner.



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