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Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Grinchmas Edition (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

October 28, 2017 by  



“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a Christmas classic which was a wonderful adaptation of the popular Dr. Seuss book.  Featuring a fantastic performance by Jim Carrey and young Taylor Momsen and wonderful makeup and set design, due to Carrey’s performance, it may spook young children but for adults, teenagers and older children, the film will no doubt entertain the entire family.

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TITLE: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

FILM RELEASE: 2000

DURATION: 1 Hr. and 45 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:85:1), English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese, Norwegian, Icelandic

COMPANY: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: PG (Some Crude Humor)

RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2017


Based on the Book by Dr. Seuss

Directed by Ron Howard

Screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman

Produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard

Associate Producer: Linda Fields, Aldric La’auli Porter, Louisa Velis, David Womark

Executive Producer: Todd Hallowell

Music by James Horner

Cinematography by Donald Peterman

Edited by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill

Casting by Janet Hirshenson, Jane Jenkins

Production Design by Michael Corenblith

Art Direction by Lauren E. Polizzi, Dan Webster

Set Decoration by Meredith Boswell

Costume Design by Rita Ryack


Starring:

Jim Carrey as Grinch

Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who

Kelley as Max

Jeffrey Tambor as Mayor August Maywho

Christine Baranski as Martha May Whovier

Bill Irwin as Lou Lou Who

Molly Shannon as Betty Lou Who

Clint Howard as Whobris

Josh Ryan Evans as 8-year-old Grinch

Mindy Sterling as Clarnella

Rachel Winfree as Rose


Discover the true meaning of the holiday season with the live action adaptation of the beloved classic, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch, director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer reimagine one of the most enduring holiday stories of all time. Why is the Grinch (Carrey) such a grouch? No one seems to know, until little Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) takes matters into her own hands and turns both Whoville and the Grinch’s world upside down, inside out… and funny side up. Filled with dazzling scenery, special effects, makeup and costumes, this is an adventure “that can make your heart grow three sizes – if you’re not laughing too hard!” (Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


Actor and filmmaker Ron Howard has had a successful career directing.

From “Splash”, “Cocoon”, “Willow”, “Backdraft”, “Apollo 13”, “Ransom”, “Far and Away” and “Edtv” in the ’80s and ’90s, Howard would kick of 2000 with a Christmas comedy based on the popular 1957 Dr. Seuss book, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.

The film featured a screenplay by writing duo Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman (both wrote “Shrek the Third”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Wild Wild West”) and would star Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show”, “Dumb and Dumber”, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), Taylor Momsen (“Gossup Girl”, “We Were Soldiers”), Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”, “The Hangover”, “Arrested Development”), Christine Baranski (“Into the Wood”, “The Good Wife”, “The Big Bang Theory”), Bill Irwin (“Interstellar”, “Rachel Getting Married”, “Lady in the Water”), Molly Shannon (“Saturday Night Live”, “Never Been Kissed”), Clint Howard (“Apollo 13”, “Rock ‘n Roll High School”, “The Waterboy”), Josh Ryan Evans (“Passions”, “Ally McBeal”), Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers” films) and Rachel Winfree (“Donnie Darko”, “Old School”).

And with the holidays around the corner, the film will be released on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film begins with All the Whos down in Whoville celebrating Christmas and when a group of teenagers try to go near the Grinch’s lair, he scares them and the teenagers come to town to tell them that the reason why they are scared is because of the Grinch, which gets the citizens of Whoville all riled up.

With the exception of six-year-old Cindy Lou (portrayed by Taylor Momsen), Cindy Lou curiosity leads here to want to learn more about the Grinch and she begins interviewing people to find out more about him.

She finds out that while the Grinch was raised with love, it was because he’s different that other children treated him differently.  Born green with a lot of fur, he was subject to a bullying and a lot of ridicule.

But something happens as a child that made the Grinch say goodbye to his family, Whoville and dislike Christmas for many years.

But when Cindy Lou wants to show her support to the Grinch and nominates him as a main participant of the Whobilation, to the dismay of Mayor May Who (portrayed by Jeffrey Tambor), one of the Grinch’s bullies from his past, what happens when the Grinch feels humiliated once again as an adult?  And can Cindy Lou find a way to show him the true meaning of Christmas?

VIDEO:

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1).  The film looks fantastic in HD as you can see wonderful detail of the Grinch, his fur, the wrinkles on his face with clarity.  The film is vibrant and just looks great on Blu-ray.  There is a good amount of grain and no signs of artifacts.  While the film looks great, the special features do not and looks quite aged.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD MA. Dialogue and music is crystal clear, as with action sequences which utilize the surround channels quite well.  The musical soundtrack is fantastic for this film and if anything, overall lossless soundtrack is fantastic!

Subtitles are in English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese, Norwegian, Icelandic

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”” comes with the following special features:

  • Spotlight on Location – (7:16) The original featurette for “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on the making of the film.
  • Deleted Scenes – (9:26) Multiple deleted scenes from the film.
  • Outtakes – (3:15) Outtakes from”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.
  • Who School – (5:41) A featurette on creating the Who’s in Whoville and how they move and making them different than regular humans.
  • Makeup Application and Design – (6:55) Rick Baker discusses creating the makeup and a new world and characters with the Grinch and the Who’s.
  • Seussian Set Decoration – (5:14) A featurette on the Michael Corenblith on set design for”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.
  • Visual Effects – (10:15) A featurette featuring Kevin Mack discussing the visual effects created for”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”/
  • Faith Hill – “Where Are You Christmas?” – (4:12) A music video featuring Faith Hill.
  • Theatrical Trailer – The original theatrical trailer.
  • Audio Commentary with Director Ron Howard

 

EXTRAS:

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Grinchmas Edition” comes with the Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital HD Code.  Also, included is a green furry Blu-ray case holder.


I think that when “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” came out, it was something that people just couldn’t picture in their head ever happening.  Dr. Seuss characters are often thought of as characters that would work as animated films but for live, I suppose one would think it as impossible.

But in 2000, Ron Howard and Bryan Grazer were able to achieve success with “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.  May it be people who wanted to see a Christmas film, a Dr. Seuss film or the fact that Jim Carrey was a sure winner in the box office with a string of successful films, the film would earn $345.1 million in the box office (the film was budgeted at $123 million) thus achieving the success despite film critics feeling that the film was dark and creepy.

There is no doubt that Jim Carrey saved his film with his portrayal as the Grinch.  The character is meant to be creepy, crazy and outlandish but you have to give major props to Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman for creating an adaptation that goes much further than the original book and running with it, creating an outlandish way to showcase the Grinch in all his glory.

Ron Howard and crew were able to create a wonderful world with Whoville and a lot of planning in creating the look and movements of the Who’s but the makeup/costume design for the Grinch was effective.  And really, this film was sold on Jim Carrey’s ability to take on many characters which had exhibited for years, not just on film but many of us have watched him throughout the years on television via “In Living Color”.

And of course, bridging this film to make it a family film is through the cuteness of a very young Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who and the film also features good performances from Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin and Molly Shannon.

If anything, I felt the Ron Howard and crew were successful with their adaptation and the film has become a Christmas classic, but with that being said, as a family film, is this film more for the adults or the children?  I think that older children would enjoy the film, while younger children would be scared by the Grinch.  Afterall, the character is a sourpuss for most of the film, doing not so nice things that a few children and the character’s appearance may simply spook young children.

But other than that, you either enjoy”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” or you don’t.

I enjoyed the film, the makeup and set design and also its musical soundtrack and for what it’s worth, it was a creepy yet fun Christmas film.

As for the release of”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and the Grinchmas Edition, you get the Blu-ray which comes with a DVD and Digital HD code.  It also comes with this green furry cover (for those who want to feel the Grinch’s fur) meant to house the Blu-ray.

Picture quality for the”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is great in HD.  Colors are vibrant, close-up details of the Grinch are fantastic and there is a good amount of grain.  The dialogue and music are crystal clear.  And there are also numerous special features included as well.  It’s just that the special features look very aged and almost looks like it was created in the ’80s as opposed to pre-2000.

Overall,”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a Christmas classic which was a wonderful adaptation of the popular Dr. Seuss book.  Featuring a fantastic performance by Jim Carrey and young Taylor Momsen and wonderful makeup and set design, due to Carrey’s performance, it may spook young children but for adults, teenagers and older children, the film will no doubt entertain the entire family.






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