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Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas: Grinchmas Edition (2000/Universal Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B-

Jim Carrey stars in the live action adaptation of The Grinch That Stole Christmas (2000) directed by Ron Howard, that is masterfully presented here on Blu-ray disc in this collectible new edition just in time for the holiday season. Having not seen the film in a while, I found it a refreshing take on the source material with incredible production design and special effects makeup with a fun performance by Carrey that would be hard for any other comedian to match. This is the second time the film has been issued on Blu-ray and it seems to have the same presentation as the previous release only this time with a few new extras.

The curmudgeonly recluse Grinch (Carrey), who hates Christmas, becomes annoyed with the out-of-control Christmas festivities in Whoville, the town lying below his cave dwelling on Mt. Crumpit. But after the Grinch conspires to deprive the Whos of their favorite holiday by sneaking into town on Christmas eve to steal everything associated with the holiday, he learns that the spirit of Christmas goes much deeper than tinsel and toys.

The film is presented in pristine 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a powerful, lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix that brings the film to life in your home. There are also several multi-language tracks masters in lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 and a digital copy of the film is also included. Special Features include:

Seussian Set Decoration

Who School

Makeup Application and Design

Visual Effects

Music Video: Faith Hill "Where Are You Christmas?"

Theatrical Trailer

Deleted Scenes and Outtakes

Spotlight on Location

Feature Commentary with Director Ron Howard

To me, this is one of the quintessential films to watch during the Christmas season and one of the best Seuss adaptations to film with the exception of Horton Hears A Who (which also featured Carrey) and far outweighs the horrible Cat In The Hat adaptation with Mike Meyers. It's too bad Universal doesn't make an anthology film with several short Seuss adaptations, I think that would almost be better than stretching out the story to feature length. Regardless, if you like this film and haven't seen it on Blu-ray I would suggest the upgrade but if you already have the 2009 Blu-ray release, there isn't much new here aside from extras.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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