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"How The Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000, Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

A live action version of the classic Dr. Seuss book, "Grinch" stars Jim Carrey at the title character, an outcast from the town of Whoville that is unable to get into the holiday spirit as his heart is "two sizes too small".

 

 

 

 

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2000, Color, PG, 105 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Jim Carrey
  • Directed by Ron Howard
    Rating
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  • Violence: Cartoonish Violence
  • Sex: None
  • Language: None

Commentary

I'm sure almost everyone is familiar with the classic Dr. Seuss story, and has most likely seen the TV version of the story at some point. Unfortunately, I was not a fan of this new version at all. I found it to be overly bold and obnoxious, and very overlong as what was a 26 minute story has now expanded to 105 minutes by creating a large back story about the Grinch. Since the original version is now available on Blu-ray as well, that is the one that I will be showing my kids in the future.

Technical

The picture for the film is sharp, but not as razor sharp as the best transfers. However, they picture just doesn't have much of a punch to the colors and everything seems a bit muted compared to how it should look. The soundtrack was well done with good use of all channels, and dialog was nice and clear.

Extras

Extras include deleted scenes, special features on the costumes, makeup, and set design, music videos, and commentary from the director.