There are so many versions of "A Christmas Carol", it is difficult to pick a favorite.
I've always loved George C. Scott's version from 1984. It is imperative we watch it every year (probably twice). Scott was fabulous as Scrooge. The Ghost of Christmas Present was amazingly powerful. And all in all, I would have to say Frank Finlay's portrayal of Bob Cratchit is the one all the rest should now be measured by.
But lately it seems the 1951 version with Alastair Sim is taking over the 1984 version as far as 'best' goes, in my opinion. There is just something about the '51 version that gives it a sense of realism that makes it hard to beat. Last year I ordered the new DVD package of the '51 version, and it is magnificent. Both the black and white and color versions are provided. Strangely, it is the BW version I enjoy most. The 1935 Hick's version is added as a bonus. This is a highly-recommended DVD set for any fan of "A Christmas Carol".
And, of course, "The Muppet's Christmas Carol" is a 'must see' at our house every holiday season. I'm sure even Charles Dickens would approve of puppets doing such a fine job with his timeless tale.
Does anyone have a favorite version of "A Christmas Carol"?