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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Deluxe Edition) (1966)

Boris Karloff , Thurl Ravenscroft , Chuck Jones , Ben Washam  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, Hans Conried, June Foray, Chuck Jones
  • Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam
  • Writers: Dr. Seuss, Bob Ogle, Irv Spector
  • Producers: Chuck Jones, Dr. Seuss
  • Format: Full Screen, Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 26 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HA4WDY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,721 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Deluxe Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes "Horton Hears A Who"
  • New featurette "Dr. Seuss and the Grinch - From Whoville to Hollywood"
  • "Songs in the Key of Grinch" featurette with composer Albert Hague and vocalist Thurl Ravenscroft
  • TNT's How the Grinch Stole Christmas Special Edition featurette with Phil Hartman
  • "Who's Who in Whoville" biography gallery
  • Jump to musical selections
  • Grinch pencil test
  • New digital transfer

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Every who down in Who-ville likes Christmas a lot, but the Grinch who lived just north of Who-ville did NOT! So the cuddly as a cactus Grinch (with termites in his smile and garlic in his soul) tries to wipe out Christmas for the cheerful Who-villains, only to discover: maybe Christmas, he thought doesn't come from as store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more! Magnificently narrated by Boris Karloff and animated by cartoon legend Chuck Jones, it's an award-winning Who-roast-beast-feast of a holiday classic!

Accept no substitutes. The 1966 television adaptation of Dr. Seuss' timeless book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!--about an anti-Santa who tries to heist the holiday only to learn a powerful lesson--is a classic in its own right, and looking better than ever in its 50th Birthday Deluxe Edition. (For those doing the math, the 50 years is counting from the book's 1957 publishing date rather than the show's broadcast date.) The most significant improvement is in the digital transfer, cleaning up fuzz and specks and restoring the proper colors to the program. While the awful earlier DVDs showed the Grinch in a mustard-yellow color, this edition restores his proper green gleam. Special features are mostly ported over from the previous DVD--the Horton Hears a Who program, a featurette on the songs, Phil Hartman's special edition version, pencil tests, etc. minus the commentary track--but there is a new 15-minute featurette, "Dr. Seuss and the Grinch: From Whoville to Hollywood." While it starts out as a fluff piece aimed at the younger set (interviews with kids, some rapping), it does provide some interesting information, including interviews with the widows of Theodore Geisel and Chuck Jones and clips of Geisel and Jones' Private Snafu. (No mention of Jim Carrey, however.) --David Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality DVD November 27, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was hesitant to buy this because there are so many reviews that say the color transfer was bad, but it seemed to be the only option to own this movie, so I decided to risk it. Colors on our copy were brilliant and the sound quality was great and clear - much, much better than the worn out video I grew up with. The Grinch was definitely very green. I assume that there must have been a problem with a batch of these DVDs that has since been fixed. I'm really happy with this purchase.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embodies the true spirit of Christmas! November 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
HANDS DOWN my all time favorite holiday special. When I find myself starting to hate the whole Christmas season [the crowded stores, combat drivers, and the noise, noise, noise....] I take the time to watch this show. Then I feel I have the stength of ten grinches plus two and the true meaning of Christmas comes shining through! From the memorable songs to the Chuck Jones animation. The brilliant casting of Boris Karloff to narrate and the uncredited singing of Carl Ravenscroft [voice of Tony the Tiger] for "You're a mean one mr. Grinch" really make this a great holiday special with a lesson for us all. I also have the privalage of working with a girl whose great uncle was Theodor Geisel [Dr. Seuss]. Although she never met him, I still think that's pretty cool!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Grinch in blu ray January 25, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have always been a fan of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and ordered it in blu ray. It is beautiful in that the colors are vibrant and clear. The sound is excellent. Yet none of the original charm is lost.
I also like the way it allows me a free digital download of the film.
Highly recommended.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MY GRINCH WAS PERFECTLY GREEN! December 9, 2010
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I wanted to take the time to post this comment because I know that the re-colorized version has a horrible BROWN Grinch and that some comments mention their copy of the DVD had the same "ugly" Grinch. I almost didn't buy it because of that fact but decided to purchase it anyway since my daughter loves it so much and I didn't think she would mind a brown Grinch. However to my pleasant surprise he was green and, in fact, the colors were beautiful! As for the story - it's a classic that leaves me a bit teary-eyed in the end.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grinch is Gloriously Green on DVD-and-Blu-ray September 20, 2011
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I just purchased "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"[Blu-ray], which comes with a DVD copy. GOOD NEWS! I'm writing to report that THIS dvd (unlike earlier versions) has ALL the correct colors intact. In earlier dvd versions, the Grinch was either brownish or a mustard-yellow. THAT PROBLEM IS OVER!!! The Grinch is his original green, and the entire production's colors look exactly as they were originally drawn to look. FANTASTIC!!! .....and the Blu-ray looks superb, too!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This video deserves 5 two! December 3, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is my all-time favourite Christmas video. It tells the well-known story of...well.."How the Grinch stole Christmas"! (the title says it all!) But more importantly, it communicates a very powerful message about Christmas. We get so caught up in all the "floof" and "fuzzle" that we forget what Christmas is really about.
"Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, were singing without any presents at all. He hadn't stopped Christmas from coming, it came! Somehow or other, it came just the same."
The video also features memorable songs, I mean, who doesn't know the Whoville Christmas song? My favourite is "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch". Listen to the lyrics, they're very funny! All in all, I highly recommend this video to any Who of any age. Have fun watching it and Merry Grinchmas!
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars help my eyes! December 15, 2008
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The color on this version is terrible. Completely oversaturated to the point where much detail is lost. It is so bright that it is distracting. Yes, the Grinch is green - an unpleasant, over-the-top shade of green. They have also tried to justify the "50th Birthday Deluxe" title by creating some weird panning effects that are not on the original version. I was so distracted by the color and 'effects' that I found myself cringing rather than smiling nostalgically. I would not recommend this for those of us who grew up loving the original TV version. Cleaned up of dust etc. is one thing, but a reinterpretation is another. That is what you are buying here. A kindler, gentler, less heavy-handed approach to remastering is what I was expecting and sadly did not get. Now I have to find a different version. This one is going in the dustbin.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Green Grinch! December 16, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I haven't the foggiest what the previous reviewers were viewing when they said the Grinch was mustard green, but it surely wasn't this film! I can't believe I almost balked on buying it because of those reviews. The Grinch is as green and evil as ever, and I found the quality to be excellent. I'm so happy I bought this; the holidays just aren't the same without it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Need I say more
So glad they did a newer version of this movie!! I always watch them both every December!!
Published 1 day ago by amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's part of Christmas
Published 1 day ago by Amethyst
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Great! Just like on TV! The grinch was bright green in color- no brownish color like some reviewers mentioned. Our family loves watching this movie.
Published 4 days ago by Courtney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic that you will never grow tired of. A must for your Christmas collection.
Published 4 days ago by CHARDY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as a stocking stuffer
Classic Christmas movie in a Deluxe edition. Great as a stocking stuffer!
Published 12 days ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 24 days ago by amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Christmas story with very vibrant colors
Well, what can you say, its a classic. Actually, my wife thinks the colors are too vibrant and prefers the more subdued colors on VHS tape. I like this but the colors really pop.
Published 25 days ago by OldMarriedGamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excelent family viewing
Published 1 month ago by T. Battista
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed..
Honestly-- I read a lot of reviews before I purchased this copy but I thought the "weird color" of the grinch was just an exaggeration. It's not. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kelly Sebelist
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat the original
Love this original. My grandson watches it again and again - even in the summer.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Kevern
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Color Transfer
The 2006 transfer is remastered and the Grinch is green again. The awful mustard yellow Grinch and the grainy dirty transfer of 2000 is a thing of the past. This is a must own edition of this classic.
Dec 14, 2006 by Baba O'Riley |  See all 4 posts
50 years?
The 50 years refers to the book's anniversary (1957), not the cartoon. 1957-2007

** The release of the DVD now (2006) is to take advantage of the Christmas season.**
Dec 14, 2006 by Baba O'Riley |  See all 4 posts
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