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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Widescreen Edition)

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Product Description

Discover the magic of the Mean One this holiday season! Oscar-winning director Ron Howard and Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer bring Christmas' best-loved grump to life with the help of the irrepressible Jim Carrey as The Grinch. The Grinch is a celebration of the holiday spirit no home should be without! 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 in her search for the true meaning of Christmas.

Additional Features

The best of the half-dozen short segments on The Grinch DVD mirrors the best part of the movie itself, namely Rick Baker's Oscar®-winning make-up. Baker and star Jim Carrey are such interesting personalities that their stories about the time-consuming process are entertaining. For the kids, Max's Playhouse has some simple games and three sing-alongs. How interesting you find the rest of the extras will depend on how much you liked the film. An unhosted segment on deleted scenes is nothing special, and the segment on how the movie extras, including members of the Cirque de Soleil, worked on their bits could have been far longer. Trying to match the movie's scale, the DVD even boasts recipes. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

  • Spotlight on Location
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Who School
  • Makeup Application and Design
  • Seussian Set Decoration
  • Visual Effects
  • Faith Hill "Where Are You Christmas" Music Video
  • Wholiday Recipes
  • By the Numbers
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Recommendations
  • DVD-ROM Features
  • Grinch Game Trailer
  • "Where Are You Christmas" Sing-Along Song
  • "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" Sing-Along Song
  • "The Care and Feeding of a Grinch" Read-Along
  • Dress the Grinch Game
  • Rhyme Time Game

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin, Molly Shannon
    • Directors: Ron Howard
    • Writers: Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman
    • Producers: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Live, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Dubbed: French
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
    • Run Time: 105 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,149 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00005LOUP
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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    205 of 247 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 10, 2006
    Format: DVD
    Many kids

    Enjoy Christmas

    They like it a lot

    And this film

    Is about the Grinch

    Who did not

    The film gives the background, and fills in some blanks

    The Grinch as a child was subjected to pranks

    He fancied a Who, with the name Martha May

    He tried to impress her and to his dismay

    They laughed at his efforts, his gift and his face

    So he destroyed the classroom and fled from that place


    He moved to Mount Crumpet

    And made him a home

    While the green hairy creature seethed under the dome

    Until one cold day at the town Christmas party

    When young Cindy Lou showed him how to be hearty

    Then Mayor May-Who went and spoiled all the fun

    By taunting the Grinch 'til he came all undone

    He went up his mountain, and he started scheming

    And when he was through he was smiling and beaming

    He'd ruin their Christmas; he knew what to do

    Revenge is the sweetest when it's overdue

    If you've read the story you know how it ends

    How the Grinch stole that Christmas from his former friends

    So what happened next?

    I won't give it away

    This Christmas this movie will show every day

    So if you're a Grinch you can run, but not hide

    As you try to stifle the feeling inside

    Just gather the kids for a clean yuletide treat

    Merry Christmas to all!

    (Now this poem's complete)

    Amanda Richards, December 10, 2006
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    56 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Peter Gardner on November 22, 2000
    The new film version of the classic tale "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" has gotten mixed reviews. I went in with my hopes down, not excited by the frenzied trailers and reading comments like "gross out humor" and "charmless"...
    In the week that it's been out, I've seen it twice and I'm going back a third time after Thanksgiving dinner...
    When all is said and done, "The Grinch" is a wonderful movie; true to the original while taking justified liberties and expanding it, and maybe providing it's own, new unique riches the book and the animated version don't have. This film has been quite unfairly lambasted and compared. I'm sure no one will argue that Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" is more of a classic than "The Grinch," How many versions of THAT do we have? With how many variations and elaborations, from Bill Murry to Mr. MaGoo?
    Taken on it's own terms, "The Grinch" is a new holiday classic, hillarious and moving. Jim Carrey is magnificant; absolutely hillarious while always portraying the Grinch as a three-dimensional character, one who (believe it or not) is a grown child nursing a long buried wound. When it comes time to bring that wound to the surface and heal, it's a perfect and moving combination of Carrey, Ron Howard's direction and James Horner's score. Carrey, I think, deserves an Oscar nomination.
    Visually inventive, wonderfully acted, it is the best fantasy film in a long time.
    A Christmas movie that makes you laugh so hard so consistantly and then move you to tears by the end? Bah Humbug, critics and nay-sayers. A new classic for all ages, for all time.
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    24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ernest on October 2, 2002
    Format: DVD
    Its the classic tale of the hate-filled outcast who with time grows to be accepted into society. In this instance, the Grinch, a hideous abnormality that lives off his passion for yuletide misery, is eventually persuaded from obscurity to join the Whos in their picture-perfect village. Under the layers of leathery green skin, Jim Carrey is instantly recogniseable as he writhes and extends his facial features to the limit capturing the loveable rogue stature perfectly. Ron Howard's takes charge of the direction and provides an magical yet comprehendable depiction of the dedicated Whos as they prepare for the festivities. Its not laugh a minute entertainment but it is inventively produced and provides a credible reproduction of Dr Seuss classic childrens stories. Hilarious in parts and cringeworthy in others, this is family fun encroaching upon the the best in DVD entertainment.
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    21 of 24 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 26, 2001
    Format: VHS Tape
    For all you Christmas lovers this would be a great film for you. The Grinch is a great film which everybody enjoyed. Children under the age of five might find The Grinch abit frghtening to look at but there is no need to be scared.The Grinch is a nice monster once you get to know him. This film really gets you in the Christmas mood. It would be a great film to watch on Christmas Eve.
    I really, really really enjoyed the film. My mum and dad did as well. I can tell you that there not a film person, but they liked this one especially. I would say this is the best film I have seen. If you haven't seen the film yet, you must get it on video.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on November 25, 2001
    Format: DVD
    Why is it that Hollywood moviemakers seem incapable of understanding the simple fact that works that start off as drawing art (be they in the form of stills or animated cartoons) have a tough time translating to the live action format? It didn't work with "The Flintstones," for instance, and it works even less well with "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Ron Howard's labored and lumbering attempt to bring the whimsical Dr. Seuss classic to the big screen. Unlike the beloved half hour animated version made for television in the 1960's, this non-animated edition ends up burying the wise and witty tale under gobs of overproduction. Despite the best efforts of the costume designers, set decorators and makeup artists in bringing the Grinch, the Whos and their village of Whoville to life on the screen, the sad fact is that what appears charming on the two-dimensional printed page can often become grotesque when transferred to the more three-dimensional world of live action filmmaking.
    Even more detrimental than the film's garish visual style is the fact that the beautiful simplicity of the streamlined tale has been padded out and stretched to the breaking point to fulfill the demands of a 105-minute running time. Although the film adheres fairly closely to the original plotting in its final third (even using a portentous recitation by Anthony Hopkins of Dr. Seuss' original rhyming text), the first hour or so is overloaded with dreary subplots involving the various Who characters, a silly flashback showing how the Grinch came to hate Christmas, and enough Jim Carrey shtick to make us wish he had never left "In Living Color" to embark on a movie career. Much as I have loved Carrey in some of his earlier filmic efforts, I must say that his act is fast losing much of its original freshness and charm.
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