Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Featured In Issue 117, February 2007

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas is Dr. Seuss' creation, and it comes to life with Anthony Hopkin's narration. It's a tale of town filled with folks known as Whos, who have quirky Who snouts, and rather large Who shoes. No Who could be cheerier than around Christmas time, when Whoville is decorated absolutely sublime. But high above Whoville on a mountain top, lived the Grinch who wanted to have Christmas stop. Now the Grinch is not heartless, but his heart is too teeny, so he's a grouchy cheer-monger, Who-hating meanie. But there's one Who in Whoville, named Cindy Lou Who, who can save all of Whoville, and that nasty Grinch too. Whoville is sure to have a Christmas that's Merry, and yes, in that Grinch suit, is the one-and-only Jim Carrey. (Suzanne Hodges)

Special features on the hi-def side include commentary with Director Ron Howard and My Scenes. On the flip side, you will find Ron's commentary (again), three games, eight recipes from your favorite Whos, and Wendy's PSA.

It would be easy to assume this brightly colored film would look good as a VC-1-encoded 1.85:1 HD DVD, but the image is often too soft and colors are not as vibrant as they should be. The entire picture seems to be covered by a hazy shroud. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1-channel soundtrack generally has good fidelity, but distortion can be distracting. (Danny Richelieu)