A long-lost, cut song from the Christmas classic will be reinstated in all new copies just in time for Christmas
The Muppet Christmas Carol movie is one of those, warms-your-bones, perfect festive family watches that gets better with time, and this week it was confirmed that the ballad, When Love is Gone, which was originally cut from the film and then accidentally lost entirely has been found and reinstated to the DVD.
When it was released in 1992, the song was removed by Disney as they felt it wouldn’t appeal to younger viewers, however, in the process of removing it they lost the video master and couldn’t find the negative either. The love song remained in the VHS copy, but when DVDs came along only the cinematic master was available.
But two weeks ago, Jim Henson’s son, Brian, received a call telling him the film was being remastered in 4K and asking him to check the new version of the beloved classic. However, he wasn’t told the lost film had been found.
Henson told BBC Radio 2, “I was so excited. They actually hid it… so I went down and they said: ‘But before we show it to you, we’ve got something else we want to show you’. And they put up reel four of Christmas Carol with When Love Is Gone.
“I was like, ‘No, you did not!’ and they said, ‘Yes we did! We found it!’ I was so happy, I was so happy.
“They are all set with the full-length version again. I don’t know if they are going to get it up on Disney Plus in time for Christmas because they have all these processes but it is coming back, the full-length version is coming back.”
When Love is Gone is sung by Scrooge, played by Michael Caine, when he is taken back to Christmas pasts and sees his younger self with his fiancee Belle. Belle sings a melancholy ballad because they broke up because Scrooge was more interested in his career.
Whether or not Disney Plus will be showing the restored movie at Christmas remains unknown, said Henson, adding “they can do it but they are going to have to scramble to do it in time.”
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