Every who down in Who-ville likes Christmas a lot, but the Grinch who lived just north of Who-ville did NOT! So the cuddly as a cactus Grinch (with termites in his smile and garlic in his soul) tries to wipe out Christmas ... more »for the cheerful Who-villains, only to discover: maybe Christmas, he thought doesn't come from as store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more! Magnificently narrated by Boris Karloff and animated by cartoon legend Chuck Jones, it's an award-winning Who-roast-beast-feast of a holiday classic!« less
Paul C. Visby | Eagan, MN United States | 11/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just purchased this new anniversary edition of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (50th for the book and 40th for the special). First, this is a single disc release - not the two-disc set that was originally announced. I stuck the disc into my player to check it out and I was pleasantly surprised. "The Grinch" has been cleaned-up and looks beautiful. And, yes, the Grinch is now GREEN! YEA!!! But be warned, "Horton Hears A Who" has NOT been cleaned-up. It is the same version that appeared on the previous release. There is a new special feature that looks interesting. BUT, there are a few things that have disappeared: Chapter stops for both specials are GONE!, Subtitles for both specials are GONE!, and the commentary for "The Grinch" is GONE! I suppose I can live without those in exchange for a green Grinch, though it is disappointing. Be prepared for the missing features if you plan to upgrade. I do recommend this, though, as "The Grinch" looks so much better than the previous release.
***UPDATE*** 11/9/09 This anniversary edition has been discontinued and replaced by a very similar edition. The new 2009 edition was actually created in 2008 (the trailers are for upcoming DVDs - one year ago) and there are a couple of changes. First, the "Horton Hears A Who" feature has been dropped, I assume, because it has since gotten its own release. Second, the audio commentary has been restored. And third, the subtitles have been restored. Chapter stops are still missing but that is ok as the special is only 25 minutes or so. I had a lot of trouble getting this edition. I went through two copies from Amazon (and got a full refund), a copy from Target, and a copy from Warner Brothers itself (they replaced the Target copy). The problem was that the cover was from the new 2009 version but the disc was the 2006 disc. I finally found a correct version at Walmart today. There is no way to know if it is correct until you open it. The 2006 disc label says "50th Birthday Deluxe Edition" while the 2009 disc label just says "Deluxe Edition." The transfer itself is still the color-corrected, green-Grinch version found on the 2006 DVD."
Accept No Substitutes
Mark Baker | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 11/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Grinch, who lives just north of Whoville, is tired of listening to their Christmas celebration each year. But this year, he's going to do something about it. Disguising himself as Santa, he sneaks down into the town to take everything Christmassy, and everything else, from them. But will that stop Christmas from coming? Is he beyond enjoying the season himself?What can I say; this is a great holiday special. There were only a handful I had to watch every year growing up, and this is one of them. That's extended to my adult Decembers as well. It keeps the story simple, not trying to expand it needlessly like the recent live action movie did. And the songs add to the fun, especially "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." That song alone is worth watching the special for.This DVD is a great way to own this classic. The picture and sound are good. I can't really tell that much difference in how the Grinch is supposed to look, and to me this is a minor issue anyway. The extras are a mixed bag. The audio commentary isn't that great because it's obvious that they really don't have that much to say. However, the special about the making of the cartoon and the separate interview about writing the songs are both interesting.This disc also includes another cartoon from a Dr. Seuss book, HORTON HEARS A WHO. I had never seen this special before I bought the disc, but I'm not a fan of it. Not sure why because I like the book. Maybe if I'd seen it as a kid I'd feel differently.Ultimately, the reason to get this DVD is the classic Christmas special that headlines the disc. Watching it always brings the warm fuzzies of Christmas past for a visit. You can't go wrong getting it."
THIS IS THE ONE AND ONLY
R. Penola | NYC, NY United States | 12/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Forget the hideously overblown film version -- if you want the real thing, buy this double treat and enjoy the Grinch's story the way it was intended to be seen. Boris Karloff's voice lends this wonderfully inspiring story a hint of real menace, and the animation, spare and imaginative, creates an oddly familiar world that is both melancholy and Christmasey -- the perfect combo. The songs have become holiday traditions. The story of the Grinch is as much a mystery of faith and joy as it is an entertaining comedy. You will get the additional family treat of Horton Hears A Who, also an inspiring tale that explores the value of life itself. Dr. Seuss' brilliance with conceptual family entertainment is on clear display in both of these classic stories; you will not be disappointed. Merry Christmas."
Color Comparison available on DVD itself
C. B. Curtis | Indiana, USA | 11/15/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you compare the colors of scenes from How The Grinch Stole Christmas with the exact same scene in the TNT special on the same DVD, you will notice a definite difference. The one has a Grinch that is mustard while the other has a Grinch that is definitely green. How anyone can say that the one Mustard Grinch is normal needs to check out the color of the Grinch in the TNT special."
"The Grinch found the straingth of ten Grinches--plus two!"
Jake Stitch | USA | 11/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a timeless tale of tolerance, discised as a fantasy. It's the perfect way to put your Little Cindy Lou Who to bed on Christmas Eve, or any night of the year. "Hurton Hears A Who" is another delightful story, which will be especially popular with animal lovers. The animated adaptations of these two stories are a "hatful" of fun! Here's more on each of the shorts, because a person is a person is a person is a person no matter how small, and you deserve some good protect information."HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS" is the story of the rotten-hearted Grinch, who, well, tries to steal Christmas! But he learns his lesson eventually, as everyone does--it's not about THINGS. It's about holiday spirit and being together. The anamation is as lighthearted as the pictures in the Dr. Suess picturebook, and the words are almost the same as the ones in the book. This one is sure to please, and will make a nifty stocking stuffer. But it's be even niftier when paired with...."HURTON HEARS A WHO" is a very cute adaptation of another Suess offering, taking place in two completly different worlds about to collide. Hurton the Elephent finds a tiny part of a flower, which contains a whole different world. Hurton makes contact with a scientist in this second world, and learns how different the worlds are. But because a person is a person no matter how small, Hurton decides to help his newfound friend. The one major problem here is that NO ONE BELIEVES EITHER HURTON OR HIS FRIEND. What will happen next???? This one will keep kids in suspense, but I like the former of the cartoons better.To end--The Grinch is a mean one, and your kids will think YOU'RE mean if you don't stuff their stocking with this. It's collectively a perfect video, and kids will be excited to hear that the soundtracks to both films appear unabriged on a single CD. A very special video release sure to satisfy the ones who aren't getting a lump of coal this year...."