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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (DVD, 2001, Widescreen)

Ron Howard, Ronnie Howard, Jim Carrey | Rating: PG (MPAA)
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Director Ron Howard casts comedian Jim Carrey in the title role in this live-action adaptation of the famous Christmas tale by Dr. Seuss, giving this rendition of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS a delightfully manic spin. Carrey is virtually unrecognizable in his elaborate green makeup, but his anarchic comic touch is unmistakable. He manages to fully embody the grumpy title character, while still supplying his own comedic touches, and it is his performance that makes the film a treat for adults and children alike. The candy-colored set design for the town of Whoville and the jubilant score contribute to the overall feeling of innocuous fantasy that the Grinch disrupts with his dastardly deeds. The familiar story of the Grinch stealing every present in town on Christmas Eve has been expanded to incorporate flashbacks to the Grinch's childhood, which serve to explain his hostility toward the Whos. As Cindy Lou-Who, a little girl so sweet she sees goodness even in the Grinch, young Taylor Momsen strikes just the right note of adorable ingenuousness. Howard gets the performance the film needs from her, as her character makes the Grinch's eventual change of heart both believable and touching.

Product Details
  • Edition: Widescreen
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • Features: Letterboxed
  • Sound: Stereo Sound, Surround Sound
  • UPC: 025192067723

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Genre:Comedies
Format:DVD
Display Format:Widescreen

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Editorial reviews

"...Mr. Carrey's ability to pentrate his character's disguise and get away with his usual mugging and clowning is technically no small accomplishment..."
New York Times - Stephen Holden (11/17/2000)

"...Fantastic....A hugely imaginative technical achievement....Carrey wears the costume well..."
Variety - Dan Jolin (01/01/2000)

"...Thanks to makeup whiz Rick Baker's surprisingly flexible latex work, Carrey's patented rubbery expressions are allowed to come through unimpeded..."
Hollywood Reporter - Michael Rechtshaffen (11/17/2000)

"...HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS still has heart....Carrey gives a maniacal performance..."
Box Office - Michael Tunison (01/01/2001)

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Created: 12/19/10

"Too busy" on first view but now I love it!

Review For: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (DVD, 2001, Widescreen)

Even better than the book and the old animated classic, which is rare for a movie to do.

It really all comes down to Jim Carrey, a great script and a budget large enough to recreate the Seuss world from How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Jim Carrey is beyond great in this. He is already "out there" with characters like Ace Ventura and "The Mask", but I believe wearing the Grinch costume for this movie took away the last scraps of inhibitions that might have held back this loose cannon. He was 110% in character for this movie and really over the top, (hard to say with Jim Carrey). He recreated, and defined, the Grinch as an extremely intelligent, and supremely funny, being.

The film seemed too busy when I first watched it. There's a lot to take in, (building a Seuss live action set to seem real), and the Grinch, (Jim Carrey), is fast and sometimes hard to follow. I settled right in on the second viewing and caught more of the little adult humor that is mixed in the the constant kids funny stuff.

BOTTOM LINE
The kids love it. I love it. It appeals to kids and adults. One of Jim Carreys' best developed characters. Classic story we all know that can be viewed many times. Not a rental, but rather, this is a movie you will play several times. Own it.

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Created: 09/13/09

R U Kidding!! G-R-E-A-T Christmas Movie!! A MUST HAVE!!

Review For: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (DVD, 2001, Widescreen)

I have never saw a cartoon/Book brought so wonderfully to life, as this one that Ron Howard directed.

I guess the Grinch IS obnoxious, but wasn't he in the book, too? And for the make up on the Who's go, They came pretty darn close to how the Who's looked in the cartoon.(Little noses, way off the wall hair do's, funny clothing, big feet.Also, Max the Grinch's dog is just TOO TOO cute :)
They also did a good job on the Grinch's appearance.

The thing I love most though, is the way they did the town, with all the shops, post office, etc. MILLIONS of dollars went into this, and such DETAIL on EVERYTHING!!!
It is just wonderful to watch! The DVD has TONS of extras on it too.Games, songs, etc, for the TV AND PC.

The movie is a couple hours long, but what movie isn't ? Actually, it is one hour and forty five minutes long.
Like I said , the movie is wonderful, the sets and the actors (especially Jim Carrey) are flawless, and I give it an overall 2-thumbs-up!!
It is great for kids and adults alike.

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Created: 09/28/11

Get the 1966 Chuck Jones-directed version instead.

No, I would not recommend this product.
Review For: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (DVD, 2001, Widescreen)

My wife asked me to pick this up. I'll say it up-front. Personally, I'm not a fan. If you want true Seuss-y enjoyment, you can get a copy of the original How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (with the exclamation-point) on DVD (with extras) and it includes the almost as great Horton Hears A Who, both of which had the direct-input and approval of Dr. Seuss.

Screenwriters Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman (and, I'm certain, an uncredited squad of fixers and hacks) added an unnecessary back-story to the Grinch in an attempt to give the miserable SOB "motive" and to make him, for some reason, more sympathetic. They give him a public-humiliation in grade school, something with which any viewer can relate, but even in that they hedge their bets, making him a vicious little monster as an infant as if they simply can't decide how they want to present his character. Is he naturally cruel, or the creation of his tormenting classmates? Most bewilderingly perhaps is that the Whos, previously so pure and joyful in their observation of Christmas, are turned into petty, greedy, consumption-obsessed nitwits, many with less-than-noble ulterior motives. Carey and Howard pack everything they can into the film in order to make Hollywood Holiday Blockbuster Magic and, in that at least, they succeeded, garnering a worldwide gross at the time of this writing of over $345 million, but where is the joy? The action is frenetic, Carey is manic, the cute and funny dog is cute and funny in all the right places, and the comedy is in turn satirical and slapstick. Somewhere in there, a holiday about love and selflessness gets lost.

Art direction, it should be said, was delightful. The sets and costumes, hair and makeup are all very well-executed eye-candy, and have a definite true Seuss look. They got that much right at least. But then, they had Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel's wonderful drawings to use as a blueprint. If only they had kept true to the spirit of his story as well.

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Created: 09/29/06

Filled With Holiday Fun And Some Scares

Review For: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (DVD, 2001, Widescreen)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas, with Jim Carey, is a great movie to add to your holiday movie collection, or any collection at all! The movie tells of the classic Dr. Seuss tale, yet it has a modern flare.

The makeup and props in this movie are amazing... realistically distorted! I will say that I am not sure this movie is for the younger kids, unless they aren't afraid of scary looking things. The Grinch isn't the only scary thing in this movie, even the Who's are a little scary. It's really fun though and I enjoyed watching it with my nephews!

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Created: 09/16/08

Great Xmas Classic!

Review For: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (DVD, 2001, Widescreen)

This movie is great. Jim Carey nailed the role as The Grinch "to the T." Ron Howard is such a great director as well as the rest of the cast.

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