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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) [HD DVD] (2000)

Jim Carrey , Jeffrey Tambor , Ron Howard  |  PG |  HD DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,065 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Molly Shannon, Anthony Hopkins
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,065 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IOLZZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,967 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Enhanced Feature Commentary with Director Ron Howard
  • Whobilation 1000 Games
  • Wholiday Recipes
  • Special Announcement: Wendy's PSA

  • Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com

    Under a thick carpet of green-dyed yak fur and wonderfully expressive Rick Baker makeup, Jim Carrey is up to all of his old tricks (and some nifty new ones) in this live-action movie of Dr. Seuss's holiday classic. He commands the title role with equal parts madness, mayhem, pathos, and improvisational genius, channeling Grinchness through his own screen persona so smoothly that fans of both Carrey and Dr. Seuss will be thoroughly satisfied. Adding to the fun is a perfectly pitched back-story sequence (accompanied by Anthony Hopkins's narration) that explains how the Grinch came to hate Christmas, with a heart "two sizes too small." Ron Howard proves a fine choice for the director's chair with a keen balance of comedy, sentiment, and light-hearted Seussian whimsy. Production designer Michael Corenblith gloriously realizes the wackiness of Whoville architecture, and his rendition of the Grinch's Mt. Crumpit lair is a marvel of cartoonish, subterranean grime. Then there's Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen), the thoughtful imp who rallies her village to recapture the pure spirit of Christmas and melts the gift-stealing Grinch's cold, cold heart. You've even got a dog (the Grinch's good-natured mongrel, Max) who's been perfectly cast, so what's not to like about this dazzling yuletide movie? The production gets a bit overwhelmed by its own ambition, and the citizens of Whoville (including Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Molly Shannon, and Bill Irwin) pale in comparison to Carrey's inspired lunacy, but who cares? If a movie can unleash Jim Carrey at his finest, revamp the Grinch story, and still pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Seuss, you can bet it qualifies as rousing entertainment. (Ages 5 and older.) --Jeff Shannon

    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.

    Customer Reviews

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    146 of 174 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Puttin' on the Seuss 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

    Then,

    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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    41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars "THE GRINCH" is a new holiday classic! 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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    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment at its most envious October 2, 2002
    By Ernest
    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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    33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Carrey's Grinch Is Fun For All, The Tall & The Small! November 24, 2001
    Format:DVD
    Pretty much all of us know the classic Dr. Seuss story about the Grinch, a somewhat green meanie, who wants to stop Christmas from coming to his local neighbor's, the Who's. Ron Howard's film version starring rubber faceman Jim Carrey simply takes that story and adds a bit more to it (to fill the extra hour and twenty minutes of running time as opposed to the original cartoon version's 25 minutes). I for one love the backstory that was created. I always wondered why did the Grinch hate the Who's so much. What made him hate Christmas? These questions are answered quite well with some well imagined backstory of the Grinch as a child who actually grew up among the Who's, only to be ridiculed and made fun of for his strange appearence and unique behavior. It seems that the Green one became interested in a young girl that another boy liked (and who ultimately would later became the Mayor of Whoville). The film evens goes on to have Cindy Lou Who (who's given a bigger part in the film) question her family's values of what Christmas is really about...presents?...buying stuff?..is that's all it's about?..she wonders. It is she who realizes the good in the Grinch and crusades for him to be head chairmeister at one of the Who celebrations. I'm not sure what other people were really expecting, but this is pretty much what I thought the movie should and would be like. The sets and costumes are amazing..very Seussian! And Jim Carrey?...Well, I personally believe that Jim is great in everything he does and doesn't recieve enough credibilty by critics and certain moviegoers mainly because of where he came from (i.e. comedy and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the film that made him a star). Read more ›
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