Blu-ray Review: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas: Grinchmas Edition

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Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas: Grinchmas Edition was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seama. The film stars Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin, and Molly Shannon.

The 2000 holiday classic takes place in the small town of Whoville and follows The Grinch (Jim Carrey), a green and hairy grouchy outsider who doesn’t fit in with the rest of the odd looking residents of the small town so he pretty much goes into exile except when it’s time to pull some pranks on the locals. There’s also young Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) who curiously decides to pay The Grinch a visit and invite him to join in with the holiday festivities. The Grinch is hesitant at first but he agrees to show up and when he does, things go south for him extremely fast.

The Grinch once again retreats back to his cave in the mountains where he comes up with an ultimate plan to get revenge and he ends up stealing all of the Christmas presents in Whoville. All of this ends up getting to him though and he begins to feel guilty for this and has a change of heart. The Grinch’s heart triples in size! The Grinch and his friend Cindy Lou take a wild trip back down the mountain to return all of the presents to the residents of Whoville where things finally end on a high note for the big green guy. This is where the Grinch lets out two very powerful words, “I’m Sorry” and all is forgiven and finally he is home where he belongs.

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 Okay, I remember when this movie first hit theaters back in 2000 and we went to see it and of course I ended up owning the DVD and I can’t even count the times it’s been on television during the holiday season. The story is fantastic and it’s like this magical world just leaped off the pages of the book and it all came to life with this live-action adaptation of the holiday classic. Ron Howard and company truly did create a magical world with the way everything and everyone looks in Whoville. Of course it’s Jim Carrey and his physical comedic style who brings the iconic Grinch to life and really does an amazing job and looks so great. All of the special effects helped make this movie something special, from the makeup effects to all of the visual effects that were created to bring the magical world of The Grinch to life on screen.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front of the packaging features the all-new Grinchmas Edition artwork and the back includes movie details, some images and the impressive list of extras. The Blu-ray disc features red artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition re-mastered upgrade were crisp and clear. This movie looks amazing in high-def!

Bottom line is, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas was already a beloved live-action adaptation to the beloved classic and one of my go-to movies during the holiday season and getting the revisit the movie with this Grinchmas Edition was so much fun and the movie has never looked better. The Grinchmas Edition not only celebrates the film’s 15th anniversary but it has also been newly re-mastered for improved HD picture and sound and looks fantastic. The movie truly is a special watch for kids of all ages and a movie that the entire family can sit down and enjoy. This Grinchmas Edition Blu-ray released on October 13th and comes highly recommended. It’s a classic!

Distributor: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Run Time: 105 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 English / DD Surround 2.0 Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Portuguese, Icelandic

Special Features: Good Stuff! This Grinchmas Edition Blu-ray is loaded with all kinds of extras previously offered on past releases. There’s some audio commentary, five featurettes, a music video, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a trailer. The full list is below.

  • Digital Copy of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Seussian Set Decoration
  • Who School
  • Makeup Application and Design
  • Visual Effects
  • Faith Hill “Where Are You Christmas?”
  • Trailer
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Spotlight on Location
  • Feature Commentary with Director Ron Howard

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