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The Grinch [DVD]

Jim Carrey , Jeffrey Tambor , Ron Howard    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Molly Shannon, Bill Irwin
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Producers: Brian Grazer
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Uca
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Dec 2007
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Y8SDL6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,468 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

Jim Carrey is up to all his old tricks (and some nifty new ones) in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, a live-action film of Dr Seuss's holiday classic. Under a thick carpet of green-dyed yak fur and wonderfully expressive Rick Baker makeup, he commands the title role with equal parts madness, mayhem, pathos and improvisational genius, channelling Grinchness through his own screen persona so smoothly that fans of both Carrey and Dr Seuss will be thoroughly satisfied. Adding to the fun is a perfectly pitched back-story sequence (accompanied by Anthony Hopkins's narration) that explains how the Grinch came to hate Christmas, with a heart "two sizes too small". Ron Howard proves a fine choice for the director's chair with a keen balance of comedy, sentiment and light-hearted Seussian whimsy. Production designer Michael Corenblith gloriously realises the wackiness of Whoville architecture, and his rendition of the Grinch's Mt Crumpit lair is a marvel of cartoonish, subterranean grime. Then there's Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen), the thoughtful imp who rallies her village to recapture the pure spirit of Christmas and melts the gift-stealing Grinch's cold, cold heart. You've even got a dog (the Grinch's good-natured mongrel, Max) who's been perfectly cast, so what's not to like about this dazzling yuletide movie? The production gets a bit overwhelmed by its own ambition, and the citizens of Whoville (including Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Molly Shannon and Bill Irwin) pale in comparison to Carrey's inspired lunacy, but who cares? If a film can unleash Jim Carrey at his finest, revamp the Grinch story and still pay tribute to the legacy of Dr Seuss, you can bet it qualifies as rousing entertainment. (Ages five and older.) --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com.

On the DVD: You'd be hard pushed to cram any more special features on to this disc: as well as four deleted scenes, there's over an hour of behind the scenes featurettes. From a documentary about the stunts, the Oscar-winning make-up and how the team visually translated Dr Suess' festive tale to the screen, to a segment on the visual effects and CGI, allowing you to follow the filmmaker's process from beginning to end. And just when you think you have filled up on Grinchy extras there's another menu with the cinema trailer, "Wholiday" recipes, statistics about the film, cast and crew biographies, a trailer for the PlayStation game and the Faith Hill music video "Where are you Christmas". In a bid not to exclude the kids in this DVD bonanza, the Grinch's canine chum takes you through "Max's Playhouse" including interactive games and music, Dress the Grinch, a read-along story and a rhyming game. The candy-cane colours of the Christmas-obsessed town of Whoville shine brightly in anamorphic widescreen; the Dolby 5.1 Soundtrack will fill your house with festive cheer; and the intelligent commentary from Ron Howard give you some great behind the scenes info. --Kristen Bowditch

Product Description

The Grinch (Jim Carrey) is a grouchy green monster who lives high up on a mountain overlooking the town of Whoville. The Grinch hates happiness, hates merriment, and most of all, hates Christmas. So one year, as the festive season approaches, he decides that enough is enough and draws up plans to steal all the decorations and all the presents from the poor, unsuspecting citizens below. Does this mean the Whos won't be celebrating this year? Not if little Cindy Lou has anything to do with it.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jim Carrey at his Over The Top best 12 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
This is one of those films that divides opinions. For some it's rubbish, for others it's a masterpiece. I veer towards the latter viewpoint - but with a few reservations.
First, this is a Ron Howard film and as such, has to be accepted as a film with a great sense of identity and even better storytelling. Jim Carrey was made for this part and his performance as the gruesome Grinch is extraordinary - full of caperings, facial contortions and madcap explosions of gutteral grunts and cackles. However - even he is very nearly acted off the screen by 'Max' his dog, played by 'Kelley' who quite rightly gets third billing when the credits roll.
The story is well known and I see no sense in providing yet another precis, save to say that the only really gross part is when the Whos of Whoville virtually force-feed the Grinch with food during part of their celebration. This is just a bit too much and is way more repulsive than the pile of garbage that makes up most of the Grinch's lair. This particular scene may just make the film a bit unacceptable for very young children.
A lot of praise also has to go to Anthony Hopkins who's interspersed readings of Dr Seuss's text is so well done and so central to the storytelling.
And when it comes to defining 'cuteness', Taylor Momsett as 'Cindy Lou Who' is absolutely perfect. She not only looks the part but is also one heck of a good actress. She plays the central character of the little girl who wants to trust the Grinch with absolute conviction - and without all the overblown sweetness that so often characterises childrens' parts in so many American films. Her song is perhaps the film's one lapse into maukishness, but this can be forgiven.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See it, see it, see it!! 27 Dec 2003
By Cat
Format:DVD
~"The Grinch that stole christmas" was one of my favourite childhood books, and for that reason I was dubious about this movie. I'm a big Jim Carrey fan and all, but I didn't think a film would capture the essence of the story (The essential Grinch-ness?) or would maybe be to saccharine.
I shouldn't have worried.
The jokes hit the spot every time. There is a bit of adult humour, sure, there is also quite a bit of toilet humour but it works. Believe me, I know. I've watched it at least twice~~ a week since I got it four months ago. There is nothing too disgusting and there are some on the floor laugh-out-loud moments. Carrey is fantastic as the Grinch, turning in an affecting performance and making the watcher care about the character who is, in effect, the bad guy.
Taylor Momsen as Cindy is easily the best choice for this role. Maybe not exactly the Cindy Lou of the book, but she makes the part her own.
The rest of the cast bring substance to the characters the play, even~~ though~~ they don't really have a lot of screen time. The eccentric Seuss-ian world is brought to life in a mix of colour, noise (NOISE, NOISE, NOISE, NOISE!), and classic performances.
If you like Carrey, you'll love this. If you don't, give it a try.
Who knows? This film could change your entire outlook.~
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The role of the grinch, a little crazy, a little creepy even a little schitzophrenic definately suits carrey. You plainly know its carrey because of the way he acts, he does a great job. The sets and the computer graphics meld together perfectly and look gorgeous, creating a sort of cartoon-esque look for the film.
So....why not five stars? It takes a lot for me to deem 5 stars really, the only thing I didn't like was that it felt a little long , even if it was entertaining to the end. Maybe I was just expecting the end to come earlier and should watch it again.
One last thing, it is funny, one scene that made me laugh quite a lot was when Jim Carrey sucked the cat up his presents vaccuum, but I wont give too much away, Jim definately is stealing the show here.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YAY!! 28 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
i LURVE this film!!!!! i recommend it for anyone of all ages, jim carey stars as the onion eating grinch, who resides upon mount crumpet, who's contempt for the happy-go-lucky people of who-ville has made his heart 2 sizes too small, When he decides to sabotage christmas for all the residents of whoville he comes upon little cindy-lou who, who teaches him the value of christmas and family gatherings etc.As the story unravells you find out why his heart is undersized, and why he shuts himself off from the in whoville. Anthony hopkins narrates. An all round feel good comedy, suitable for all ages:)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grinch >:D 28 Nov 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:DVD
Although I am ten years old I still LOVE this film and have done since I were very little. I still laugh at the silly and humorous things he gets up to! Great for ALL the family. Such a legendary DVD. Go on, buy it, have a laugh and watch it time and time and time and time again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHO'S THAT GUY DRESSED IN GREEN AND HAIRY? 14 Jan 2002
Format:DVD
Why it's none other than superstar Jum Carrey!
The film u will like it's full of great rhyme
And the sets and the costumes of Christmas time!
Carrey is superb as the mean spirited Grinch
And even Max the dog is a canine cinch!
Its fabulous effects and wicked cool story
Take all the classics of Suess's fame/glory
So sit back and watch a in a nice comfy seat
And thank Amazon for delivering a brilliant treat!
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