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'Lost Christmas'
(Eddie Izzard, Jason Flemyng, Larry Miles, et al / DVD / NR / (2011) 2014 / Inception Media Group)

Overview: 'Lost Christmas' is an Urban Fairy Tale set in Manchester about how a series of tragic events that blight a young boy's life are reversed one Christmas Eve giving him and those around him the happy ending that they were destined to have.

DVD Verdict: In truth, the story of 'Lost Christmas' doesn't exactly start off in the Christmas spirit of heartwarming, cozy up with the family for a Holiday tale! I mean, our "hero," Goose (don't ask!) decides that he doesn't want his father to go to work, so he hides his keys. That backfires when his mother says she'll take him to work instead, and on that fateful drive to his work they get involved in a horrible car crash that kills them both!

See, I warned you! Anyway, the tale warms up as orphaned that previous Christmas, young Goose (Larry Mills) now looks after his demented grandma (excellently played by 'Father Brown's detecting number two, Sorcha Cusack). He's also selling stolen goods to soft-hearted fence Frank (a brilliant Jason Flemyng) on his Manchester, England estate. On this new Christmas Eve, Goose meets Anthony (a downplayed role by comedian Eddie Izzard), an enigmatic, fey stranger with apparent psychic powers, able to tell by touching them what people have lost, from Frank's first edition of Oscar Wilde to a retired doctor's wife.

Hoping that its return will lead to him finding his lost dog, Goose persuades Anthony to help him retrieve a bangle he stole and ends up meeting the wife of his probation officer, whose young daughter died on the same day as Goose's parents. But Anthony is not what he seems to be at all and is capable of changing everybody's life for the better when his true identity is revealed!

In closing, the overall performances of the cast were brilliant and intense. I fell in love with Anthony's innocence, inherent sweetness, fearlessness and brutal honesty. Eddie Izzard's performance is flawless and stellar. The way Eddie brought Anthony to life is done in such a manner that I will remember Anthony for each Christmas to come in my life. He might be the Ghost of Christmas Lost but I'll see him as an Angel too. I have seen almost all of Eddie's work and I must say this performance has to be one of his best. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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