Movie Review: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Illumination Presents Dr. Seuss’ THE GRINCH was directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier and the voice cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch as the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpit with only his loyal dog, Max, for company, Rashida Jones as Donna Who, Kenan Thompson as Bricklebaum, Cameron Seely as Cindy-Lou Who, and featuring legendary actress Angela Lansbury as the mayor of Whoville. The Grinch is narrated by Pharrell Williams.The film is based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved tale about a cynical grouch who goes on a mission to steal Christmas from others only to feel his own heart grow three sizes larger through unexpected friendships.

The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbours in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realises there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all.

The story centers around The Grinch, a lonely creature who lives high above Whoville in the mountains with his loyal dog Max. When he has to go into town to get some food for him and lovable dog it triggers some unhappy memories from his childhood so The Grinch decides it’s time to get even. He comes up with a hurtful plan to steal Christmas from everyone in Whoville but when he goes through with it the unexpected happens and it changes everything.

The Grinch bumps into young Cindy-Lou Who and because of this accidental meeting he sees the error of his ways. The Grinch’s heart grows big after he meets this little girl so he has to come up with a plan to return Christmas to Whoville. The Grinch delivers all the presents back to the people and apologizes but the strangest thing happens when he retreats back to his isolated home in the mountains. Cindy-Lou Who pays the lonely creature a visit and invites him to her house for Christmas.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray and DVD discs are color coded and feature the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is a timeless classic that’s been retold several times over the years and now it’s Illumination Entertainment’s turn. I’ve enjoyed everything that this special animation studio has cranked out over the years and now they’ve tackled this holiday tale and gave it their own special touch. I love the animation style and the unique look that’s an Illumination trademark. The story for this new movie was pretty much the same as the classic tale with a modern day twist. I thought the voice cast did a great job with their characters, especially Benedict Cumberbatch who lends his voice as The Grinch. The directing team of Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier did a really good job telling this story and bringing this amazing world to life in animation. Big props to all the amazing artists who worked on this movie, too! This is a movie the entire family can sit down and enjoy together so I’ll be adding it to my Christmas watch list from here on out. Illumination Presents Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch has been reissued on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) just in time for the holidays. This will make a great stocking stuffer for the kiddos!

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 / French Dolby Digital 7.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / DVS

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include stunning featurettes, a how-to-draw tutorial and much more.

  • Who’s Who in Who-ville (interactive map) – There are so many interesting characters that call Who-ville home that it’s hard to keep track of them all. This “Who’s Who” pop-up book uses animation to create a virtual storybook that takes us from Who-ville to Mt. Crumpit.
  • “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” Lyric Video – Tyler, The Creator puts a modern spin on the Seussian Christmas classic. (01:35)
  • The Making of the Mini-Movies – Mini in size but not in heart, these short films are fan favorites. From the Grinch and Max to the Minions – you’ll explore the themes of each of the mini-movies through the eyes of the filmmakers who made them. (05:53)
  • From Green to Screen – It takes a lot to bring grumpy green to your home screen. This inside look at the making of Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch features interviews and behind-the-scenes moments with the cast, filmmakers and artists whose hearts have all grown three sizes bringing this classic tale to life. (06:19)
  • Illuminating THE GRINCH – Using filmmaker and cast interviews, concept art and progression reels, we take a behind-the-scenes look at how the characters evolved from initial sketches to fully realized characters. (04:55)
  • My Earliest GRINCH Memories – The cast and filmmakers of Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch reveal their earliest memories of the grumpy green character and the enduring appeal of this Christmas curmudgeon’s journey to redemption. (03:10)
  • Grinchy Gadgets – From his body-size blow dryer to his moving mechanical chair, from his catapult to his dog drone-rig and more… you’ll get to explore the wondrous world of Grinch’s gadgets. (03:21)
  • “I Am The Grinch” Lyric Video – A stylized look at Tyler, The Creator’s original song created just for the film. (02:48)
  • Songs From His Little Heart – Take a deep dive into the toe tapping beats ofDr. Seuss’s The Grinch. From score to specialty songs, you’ll hear from the film’s A-list musicians on what it took to create the music behind the movie. (03:25)
  • X-mas Around the World – Every culture practices Christmas in a slightly different way. We’ll highlight some of the more fun permutations of the holiday around the globe. (02:20)
  • Cindy-Lou’s Yule Log – Nothing says the holidays quite like an animated fireplace blasting fake heat from your living room television. Just in time for winter, we’ll recreate Cindy-Lou’s living room on Christmas Eve for all to enjoy. (08:02)
  • Production Babies – A celebration of the babies born to the filmmakers during the production of Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch. (01:16)
  • Any Who Can Draw – Hosted by an Illumination artist and head of story Mark O’Hare, you’ll see step-by-step how to draw some of your favorite characters from this beloved holiday classic; Grinch, Max and Fred! (07:09)

Mini Movies: Three mini-movies: “Dog Days of Winter” starring the Grinch and his heroically loyal dog Max; and “Yellow is the New Black” and “Santa’s Little Helpers,” both starring the lovable Minions.

  • Dog Days of Winter – Max braves the harsh winter weather and an uncooperative Who to bring a sick Grinch his favorite hot tea. (04:04)
  • Yellow is the New Black – Before they all make their big escape from prison in Despicable Me 3, a couple of lucky Minions get a taste of freedom as they break free with the help of one of their fellow human inmates. (04:17)
  • Santa’s Little Helpers – Fan favorites – the Minions – are back for another adventure! Having been accidently dropped off at the North Pole, our Minion pals make the most of the situation by trying to become elves. (03:52)
  • Digial Copy

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