I saw this poster in a store window and thought. Correct: It’s never too late. Even the act of writing about childhood gives it color. So let’s write about our childhoods and lets think about writing in COLOR.
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I’ve written a little about my childhood. In most instances it reads a hell of lot better than the actual experience. In fact, as I write about myself as a child from my now older self’s perspective, I really appreciate her more–I’m kinder to her. Now I need to add the “color.”
Isn’t it great when we feel kinder toward ourselves over the years?
Perhaps colored pens. Right, Carol?
PRAY GOD! I just saw that THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL IS DUE OUT OCTOBER 2012 ON BLU-RAY. ] LET US WHO HAVE DREAMED OF THE POSSIBILITY PRAY FOR THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE THAT THIS RELEASE OF THE MOVIE WILL FINALLY BE BOTH COMPLETE AND IN WIDESCREEN ALL AT THE SAME TIME. WHAT A JOY THAT WOULD BE!=======================================The five PLUS stars are for the MOVIE, not necessarily this 2005 DVD resleae . . . . (Now that I have seen the new DVD, I give it 3 1/2 or 4 stars. See explanation below.)In Oct. 2002, Disney Home Video resleaed its first DVD formatted THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL. The response was both pro and con. The response that was negative dealt with two primary issues:(1) That the 2002 DVD was pan-and-scan (AKA full screen or 1.33:1 ) instead of widescreen, and, in fact, unlike many DVDs, did not even offer the viewer a choice between pan-and-scan and widescreen. For fans of the movie who prefer widescreen, this was a great disappointment!(2) That the 2002 DVD for Region 2 and perhaps other regions also removed the When Love Is Gone song. Disney has not, to my knowledge, offered an explanation for the removal. I would guess that it was because the song is sad and someone at Disney probably decided that such a sad song did not belong on a DVD intended for children.Thus, that 2002 DVD had TWO strikes against it as far as MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL purists were concerned. At the Amazon site for that earlier DVD, you can find more than 130 reviews, many of which express PROFOUND disappointment about the lack of widescreen and the missing song. (Note: Amazon has unaccountably merged those 2002 reviews with the 2005 reviews. Just got toward the end of the list to see the older reviews.)Fast forward to 2005, just a couple of months ago. Disney announced a new resleae of this film The Muppet Christmas Carol Kermit’s 50th Anniversary Edition. Eager fans immediately assumed that this would be the long-awaited anamorphic widescreen version. However, various statements and press resleaes listed the movie as 1.33:1 or, in other words, pan-and-scan. When this was discovered, the fans HOWLED at what seemed like a betrayal and an absence of common-sense by the people at Disney. THEN, within a few days of the official announcement, Disney back-peddled and issued a new announcement that the first one was in error and that the 50th Anniversary version would be in BOTH pan-and-scan and widescreen. The ***SIGH*** of relief was like a wind that rushed across the globe!But now comes the TRICKY PART that tries to answer your specific question. Some fans who have contacts within the industry or have means of mining the Internet, discovered that the CONTENT of the pan-and-scan and the widescreen versions that would be on the same disc would be different in that one would have the afore mentioned song and one would not. As mentioned HERE in these reviews for this new resleae, apparently the version to contain the song is the pan-and-scan version which, if it’s true is a totally incomprehensible creative decision. (Why would the the version that was TRUE to the widescreen format be missing the song, thereby compromising that version?)Right now, as a GIANT FAN of MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL, who has longed for a widescreen DVD since the advent of DVD, I am hoping that there has been some miscommunication going on (for example, look above at the official aspect ratio listed in the Product Details. On today’s date of Oct. 13, 2005, it’s listed as 1.33:1, so the facts about this resleae seem to be unfortunately garbled!)Incidentally, there exists a WIDESCREEN (though obviously not anamorphic) Laserdisc version of the film that INCLUDES the song When Love Is Gone. I know because I own it . . . and it is among my most precious possessions!!All we can do is wait until November 29 to find out what this new resleae will truly hold. I personally hope there will be an anamorphic widescreen version that also includes When Love Is Gone. ADDENDUM: Well, yesterday was November 29, 2005, and I picked up this DVD. There’s good news, bad news, and some qualified good news. The anamorphic widescreen image far exceeds any previous video or DVD version. However, the rumours are TRUE that the widescreen does NOT include the wonderful song When Love Is Gone, and that the fullscreen version DOES include it as Extended with Deleted Scene. However, for the diehard, there is this awkward-but-workable compensation: The two versions are on the same side of the DVD, thus when the widescreen version comes to the point when the song should be sung, you can use your
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