Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas

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6.21 h 45 min2000X-RayPG
Oscar winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer go to Whoville to bring the world's best-loved grump to life in this hilarious celebration of the true holiday spirit, which stars Jim Carrey.
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Ron Howard
Starring
Jim CarreyJeffrey TamborChristine Baranski
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ComedyKidsFantasy
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Supporting actors
Bill IrwinMolly ShannonClint HowardTaylor Momsen
Producers
Brian GrazerRon Howard
Studio
Universal Pictures
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PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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Daniel LatuffReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Picture quality truly is superior. Really shows off 4K.
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**4K HI DEF BLU RAY REVIEW **
As far as image quality this is Leaps and Bounds above the previous DVD and Blu-ray releases. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray previous releases had a fuzzy or soft effect to the image since it was on both I assumed this was normal. Apparently it wasn't because this 4K Edition is crisp and clear and the details are dazzling. The special features are carried over from previous versions, but again this sound quality and image quality is worth this upgrade. It must be said however that it is missing the scenes that were edited in for the TV version. so do not expect to get them here, They are currently not available on any home video version, including this one. So if you're familiar with the TV version of this film you will notice some scenes are missing.
39 people found this helpful
Trin1974Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2016
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not Complete Movie
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There are parts of the movie that are not included on this DVD. The Christmas lights contest is one of the missing scenes. There are quite a few. Not very pleased.
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KathyGReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing - Missing parts
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I bought the Digital version of this movie. It's missing parts that I know should be there. First, when Cindy Lou announces to her classroom that she is going to write an article on the Grinch, that is missing. Then the lighting contest between Betty Lou Who and Martha May Whovier is missing. It's like I bought a bootleg copy of the movie and they didn't know how to properly copy it. Such a shame - all that money and it had parts missing. These are the two biggest parts I noticed. I'm sure there are other things that are off too. So, if you buy this, it seems in any format, you need to have a great memory from seeing it somewhere else in it's entirety. Others posted that parts are even missing on the DVD version!!
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Alan HolyoakReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is not just a movie to be watched, it's an event waiting to happen!
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This film is a family favorite. We watch it once a year. Here's when...

My wife puts together a Christmas paper chain every December. There is one link of the chain for every day between 1 Dec and Christmas eve. We open the link for a day in the morning and sometime during that day we do a family activity. One of these that has become a family tradition is our annual "Grinch Party." Everyone dresses in green, we eat green treats, drink green soda, and watch this movie.

Jim Carrey overacts the part of the Grinch to perfection. He is completely manic and fun. While initially coming across as terrifying he is the proverbial monster with a heart of gold, well, maybe tin, but some kind of metal. He is completely hilarious, and the quotable quotes never stop!

Though we watch the movie only once a year, it's quoted year-round.

The story line, the costumes, sets, caste, are all absolutely top-notch!

In my opinion this is not just a movie to be watched, it's an event. Make watching this movie an event at your place!

And though I would not say that if you are going to watch only one movie during the Christmas season that this should be it, what I WILL say is that you should make this a fun part of your Christmas season.

5 stars through and through! Christmas is coming....
40 people found this helpful
JewtzillaReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Grinch Carrey
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My favorite of the Grinch movies, to this day.
Showing the Grinch as a somewhat psychotic, eccentric loner who has a good reason for HATING the Whos.
Giving us a peek into the perspective of said Whos, turns out they don't like him either!
The Christmas obsessed Whos are driving him crazy with their supposed love of giving while dumping their old gifts on his mountain, -which provides him with all the misc. things he needs to build a garbage Man Cave to live in.
Literally living off their garbage.
One little girl starts to wonder, is Christmas just about gifts?
Or does it mean a little bit more?
Wanting everyone to be together for Christmas she goes out of her way to invite the Grinch to town for a Christmas celebration, but when things don't go well...
The Grinch gets an idea...
An AWFUL idea...
4 people found this helpful
N/AReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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BASED on the classic Dr. Seuss tale of "HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS", THE GRINCH not only proved the durability of the multi-talented JIM CARREY (comedies, dramas, now family films), but also proved that classic stories can be modernized and still be just as enjoyable.
Not only is the unique element of the story still there, but the silver screened edition adds more plot on many subjects. Most importantly - the Grinch's origin that explains his hatred and disgust for the Whos and their beloved holiday. Some will argue that this either perverts a classic or dulls it's shine. Not at all, and after seeing the movie you'll realize that it is in no way possible.
The movie can't tarnish that eternal shine, and really can only make the old classic even more popular than it already is. Here are some facts and comparisons:
Some say: "If you can't stick to the classic's criteria, there shouldn't be an updated version."
I say: "The classic is a 2 minute read and a 30 minute cartoon. There's no such thing as adjusting a 30 minute cartoon's subject matter into that of a required (atleast) 90 minute film. The updated version actually contains all that is in the cartoon and book, adding the rest was simply needed. Could you imagine stretching out 30 minutes of material into 90 minutes?! Anyways, THE GRINCH is BASED on the classic childrens book. B A S E D."
Some say: "I went to THE GRINCH in hopes of seeing something alot more. That movie is basically the Grinch stealing Christmas, where's the rest? Surely the story needed something different!"
I say: "Saying you knew the Grinch would steal Christmas and that you expected more is like saying you went to TITANIC in hopes of the true story having a manipulative-movie-happy-ending where the boat doesn't sink. Too bad because besides the added origin/reasoning, great make-up (Oscar winning), excellent design and portrayal of the Whos and their town (Oscar nominated Art Direction)...you also get JIM CARREY who gives another Oscar-snubbed performance as the Grinch. Not only does CARREY go through with hours and hours of make-up each day to get the job done, he also makes the Grinch his own. He keeps the tone and attitude of the classic character solid while adding humor, plenty of facial expressions he could do without make-up, and most of all... ironically likeable."
Some say: "Where's the rhyming and Seuss-like feel? The movie had dialouge and singing...but that dialouge should be in rhyme!"
I say: "Pleeeeaaassseee!! That's the one thing this movie definetely did not need and wisely kept out! Constant Seuss rhymes would only bore the adults of the FAMILY MOVIE AUDIENCE much like Disney movie songs and Barney sing-a-longs. A little rhyming is allright, a whole 90 minutes..."
Some say: "Many parts of THE GRINCH are not for children audiences! Kissing a dog's rearend! Belching in someone's face? That is so immature and vulgar for a PG rated movie!"
I say: "Firstly, it's a PG (Parental Guidence suggested, let's all say it together...again...one more time). Lastly, it doesn't show a close-up (or at all) of the dog's butt meeting the lips of it's victim. It's not as graphic as you make it sound. Belching...yeah, gross. Nobody does that until they see a movie to influence them to do so. Yeah, whatever...next?"
Some say: "There's quite the run of dry spots that can drag on."
I say: "I must not have noticed, nor left the house with such a Grinch-like attitude. I went to the movie to have fun. The parts I thought were dry was the little girl singing "Where Are You Christmas", but atleast, thank god, they didn't go overkill with it. JIM CARREY also gets in on the singing with his version of YOU'RE A MEAN ONE, MR. GRINCH."
I haven't seen THE GRINCH since opening day (11/17/00) and would gladly deem it in the Top 5 Movies of 2000. AND, it certainly isn't as bad as THEY make it seem. Either they are JIM CARREY bashers or not a fan of modernizing classics, but I can't think of one real reason not to see it. Though I won't and can't ever forget this NOW-CLASSIC, I do highly recommend this one for everybody. At the moment I am wishing I had seen it more than once, 'cause now I'm suffering from withdrawls to know when it will be released to own on DVD! Remember, not all classics set the standards. Sometimes it can be the upstaged by it's successor.
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Michael JollsReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Howard’s most expensive comedy (a production budget of $123 million) ...
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Howard’s most expensive comedy (a production budget of $123 million), has a cinematic gloss opposed to any of his other comedies. How the Grinch Stole Christmas has a richness by means of the make-up, costumes, the sets, James Horner’s score – but most importantly Jim Carrey’s off-the-rocker performance.

As Michael Keaton’s crazed Billy Blaze of Night Shift livens the scenes he’s in, Carrey’s Grinch commands attention for every single frame he’s shot on. As embellished as the film is from Dr. Suess’ book, the adaptation succeeds because Carrey’s performance delivers on letting the audience see him interact with the villagers of Whoville.

The story’s modifications allows for the emotional orchestration of the Grinch’s backstory. The audience knows that the Grinch will eventually steal Christmas, but the inciting incident allows for Carrey’s (arguably correct) denunciation of Christmas frenzy.

While shifting between a faithful adaptation and an amplified backstory, the balance may seem a tad off, yet it reaffirms the Grinch’s intention to totally wipe out the holiday. Therein lies the Ron Howard snag: the juxtaposition of Carrey’s inability to actually steal the holiday and the young Taylor Momsen’s (Cindy Lou) inability to open up the hearts of the adults.
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Vanessa ReyesReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A heartwarming Christmas tradition
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his film is a family favorite. We watch it once a year. Here's when...

I put together a Christmas paper chain every December. There is one link of the chain for every day between 1 Dec and Christmas eve. We open the link for a day in the morning and sometime during that day we do a family activity. One of these that has become a family tradition is our annual "Grinch Party." Everyone dresses in green, we eat green treats, drink green soda, and watch this movie.

Jim Carrey overacts the part of the Grinch to perfection. He is completely manic and fun. While initially coming across as terrifying he is the proverbial monster with a heart of gold, well, maybe tin, but some kind of metal. He is completely hilarious, and the quotable quotes never stop!

Though we watch the movie only once a year, it's quoted year-round.

The story line, the costumes, sets, caste, are all absolutely top-notch!

In my opinion this is not just a movie to be watched, it's an event. Make watching this movie an event at your place!

And though I would not say that if you are going to watch only one movie during the Christmas season that this should be it, what I WILL say is that you should make this a fun part of your Christmas season.

5 stars through and through! Christmas is coming....
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