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Dr. Seussí How the Grinch Stole Christmas + Horton Hears a Who (Animation/Warner Blu-rays)


Picture: B+†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: B+/C+†††† Films: A/B-



Having already reviewed the 50th anniversary release of How the Grinch Stole Christmas on DVD there is not much left to say about the classic Seuss book adapted into a short film.The 26 minute animated feature has become a Christmas Season staple that without its presence would just not be the same.How the Grinch Stole Christmas elicits feelings of warmth, nostalgia and memories of a more innocent time; unlike any other animated feature.It truly is a classic that holds a special place in this reviewerís heart that only gets better with time.


The genius that was Dr. Seuss shines through in each scene and between the brilliant art and great tale the film appears to be flawless.


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Horton Hears a Who is another classic Dr. Seuss film (also adapted into a feature length film recently) that leapt off the pages and into our homes years ago with a short 26minute film.The animation is the similar to the Chuck Jones animation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and has all the same heart.Whereas the film is not nearly as special to this reviewer or many as the The Grinch it is still an amazing work that is worth both owning and viewing for children of all ages.


To read more about Horton Hears a Who, please follow the link below:




The technical features on both of these Dr. Seuss classics are admittedly not the best thing Blu-ray has ever seen, but they are passable.The picture on both is presented in a 1080p/VC-1 High Definition 1.37 X 1 that demonstrates brilliant colors, crisp line art, inky blacks and a solid contrast that all capture Dr. Seussí original vision excellently.Even with all of their positive attributes between the two Blu-ray sets; problems do remain as some background glitches, some debris, color inconsistencies and so forth.Overall the picture is well done but it can be better.The sound is a simple Dolby Digital 2.0 (same as the DVD on the Grinch) that gets the job done, but does nothing else to give a better presentation than a DVD would demonstrate.I would call the stereo tracks simple at best.


The Grinch has the same extras as those found on the DVD release, as does Horton Hears a Who from its Deluxe DVD edition.To expand upon the list of extras on Horton Hears a Who; the bonus features include The Feature Length In the Search of Dr. Seuss Ė Kathy Najimy Hosts this celebration of the authorís life via celebrity


skits, music and animated clips from his stories, 2 more delightful stories: Dr. Seussí Butter Battle Book and Daisy Head Mayzie.


Overall both films are classics that are a great addition to any animation enthusiastís collection.These are films that should be passed down form generation to generation and though the Blu-ray cannot step up the humble sound tracks, it is the best these films have ever looked visually.



-†† Michael P. Dougherty II


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