The New York Times has its Holiday Preview issue this week, which means no DVD column — the world will somehow have to do without my thoughts on Sony’s new Sam Fuller set until next week. But in the meantime, I can offer the latest installment in my quixotic campaign to convince the world that Bob Zemeckis is up to something extremely interesting with his performance capture technique. His latest, “A Christmas Carol,” features a stunning 12-minute take — the entire “Ghost of Christmas Past” segment — as well as some of the most elaborate and eye-filling camera movements in a Hollywood picture since the passing of Otto Preminger. Zemeckis’s pursuit of pure mise-en-scene has led him in some promising directions as well as down a few blind alleys, but he’s still in there pitching — and he’s got my gratitude for that. My interview is here.