The classic celebration of the spirit of the holidays comes home. Acclaimed director Ron Howard, his longtime partner and producer Brian Grazer, plus Jim Carrey (as the Grinch) brings Dr. Seuss' beloved tale to life in this adventure "that can make your heart grow three sizes - if you're not laughing too hard!" (Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
With dazzling scenery and special effects, narration by Oscar®-winner Anthony Hopkins and Jim Carrey's own rendition of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," this gift from the heart is a "holiday package that kids will embrace and parents will adore" (Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News).
A lot of people poo-poo Ron Howard's 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' as desecrating a classic. No it isn't as memorable as the original Dr. Seuss 'Grinch,' but it doesn't need to be. All a Christmas movie needs to be is rewatchable and family friendly. When Christmas time rolls around all the Christmas movies come out. It really doesn't matter the quality of the movie (unless we're talking about 'Surviving Christmas'), they all get watched. The live action 'Grinch' starring Jim Carry is every bit as rewatchable and family friendly as any other Christmas movie out there.
Ron Howard has taken the 'Grinch' story and fleshed it out a bit. He gave the Grinch a believable backstory about how he came to be in Whoville, and how the other kids made fun of him because he had facial hair at a young age. As one who has had the ability to grow copious amounts of facial hair since the early junior high days, I feel his pain.
Whoville is full of loving Whos who live for the Christmas season. The Whobalation is the biggest event in Whoville. Everyone gathers for a giant Christmas party. Little Cindy Loo Who feels bad for the Grinch who's stuck living in Mt. Crumpet. So, in the spirit of Christmas, Cindy Lou Whoinvites the Grinch to the party and even nominates him for the role of Cheermeister.
Jim Carrey, as the Grinch, is…well…Jim Carrey. That's fine though, because he does what Jim Carrey does best, outlandish voices, strange facial contortions, and creating a sense of mayhem. He's perfect for the part, and makes the role his own. Sure, he's not the original Grinch, but he doesn't need to be. That's the point of remaking something, taking the original idea and building on it.
Howard's makeup and set decoration are phenomenal. Carrey is virtually unrecognizable in his Grinch suit until you see him contort his face in a way that only he can do. The Whos and Whoville are perfect Seussian adaptations. It's a wondrous world that's been created and will be enjoyed by children and adults for years to come.
I don't understand why some people get so bent out of shape about this film. Christmas movies exist in a different universe, and should be judged accordingly. Does the movie demonstrate the spirit of Christmas? Yes. Can it be watched again and again every holiday season? Yes. Can it be watched as a family? Yes. Does it provide an overall fun and light-hearted experience? Yes.
This VC-1 transfer of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' is a dismal attempt. It's drab, colorless, and feels like you're watching something that was filmed with a gray filter on the camera. Contrast is terrible! Screwing up the color on this release is unforgivable, seeing that it's one of the most colorful films out there. Errant noise from the original print persists throughout the film. Delineation is ugly too, but when everything has a shade of gray applied to it, what do you expect? There's not much right about this transfer, other than the detail has been ramped up from the DVD release. This is a sickening, drab looking Blu-ray that will disappoint HD enthusiasts and pretty much everyone else.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio track for the film is put together a bit better than the video transfer, but in the end it still comes across as underwhelming. Ambient noise is the biggest problem here, with the rear speakers being more silent than not. The sub woofer does add some bass into the mix, but it's infrequent and at times a little soft. Dialogue is nice though, giving a crisp and accurate presentation of the voices. I did, however, notice just a couple misplaced directionality issues with the timing of voices that were off camera. The soundtrack of the film is about the only source of frequent ambient sound offered here. While it's not as bad as the tragedy that is the video presentation, this soundtrack still lacks the punch that it needs to make it memorable.
The film comes with a DVD copy of the film too. So disappointing (and cheap) that Universal didn't spring for a double disc case and instead throws the DVD in the case in a paper envelope. A trailer for the film is also included.
This film is harmless enough and adds a family friendly Christmas film to the Blu-ray collection. If you think it's a total degradation of the original then stay away. However, this one is really hard for me to recommend do to the terribly poor quality of the disc. The video presentation is nigh unwatchable, and the audio presentation is just above mediocre. Because of the flub ups with the disc itself I'll have to only recommend the movie to fans of it. If you like the movie, maybe you'll overlook the shameful quality of the disc.