How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Deluxe Edition

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Around Christmas, it seems like people are a little happier and things are just a little brighter. This is the case in Whoville to be sure, as the Whos spend all year getting ready for the holiday celebrations. Each year, the Whos hang their stockings, put up their lights, leave out the milk & cookies, all the things you do when this time of year rolls around. And each time, the Whos have a wonderful time on Christmas and fun & fellowship is shared between all the residents of Whoville. But close to this magical place is someone who doesn’t like what he sees. It’s The Grinch, who dislikes the Whos and all their good times, as he never seems to have any himself. Each year, while the Whos have the best Christmas ever, he sits in his cave and watches them, plotting how to stop them. But this will be the last time, says The Grinch, as he can’t stand one more round of songs and merriment from the Whos. So when the Whos have drifted off to sleep, he dons his Santa Claus suit and slips into town, where he steals all of their presents, lights, trees, and all elements that coincide with the season. Will The Grinch really be able to ruin Christmas?

This is the fourth incarnation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas on DVD, so fans are probably growing tired of shelling out bucks for updates. This one is worth the cost however, as the new digital transfer is a big improvement and the new extras are better than expected. Between the gorgeous new transfer and nice selection of bonus goodies, this disc is the only Grinch that appear in your collection come the holidays. The price is also very low and that adds even more value to this release, no real reason not to pick this one up. I think this is a true Christmas classic, which even after forty years, continues to be popular and gains new fans all the time. Of course the magic of Dr. Seuss has a lot to do with it, as the characters are so memorable, but I think the animation work also stands up very well. Perhaps not from a technical standpoint, but I think the style used here would be hard to improve upon. I think this disc belongs in collections all across the world and with a new, low priced deluxe edition, why not pick this one up and enjoy the Grinch whenever you want?

Video: How does it look?

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is presented in full frame, as intended. This is the reason you should buy this new version. The print has been cleaned up a lot, so grain and debris are not as bad as before, which really allows the visuals to shine. I found colors to be brighter and contrast starker, not to mention a sharper overall presence that is sure to delight fans. This still can’t compete with more recent animated material of course, but when compared to previous editions, this one is by far the best.

Audio: How does it sound?

The included soundtrack is better than the televised edition, which is all you hope for in the end. The songs sound as good as ever, though a new surround mix might enhance the tunes even more. The narration is clean and effective, while sound effects come across with no issues in the least. Not much else to discuss here really, it all comes through just fine by me. The disc also includes language tracks in French & Spanish and subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

Supplements: What are the extras?

So what’s new? A fifteen minute featurette that explores the influence of the book, titled From Whoville to Hollywood. While not that substantial, it is a fun piece to watch and has some great interviews, though the hip hop verses were better left out. The rest is ported over from the previous releases, with Horton Hears a Who! animated short, a look at the music from the film, pencil tests, and a second featurette. This was first aired on TNT and is a general overview of the film’s production, which includes interviews, pencil sketches, sound design, and more. This is a very cool featurette and I am pleased it has been included on this disc. So not a lot new, but at least Warner added something to increase the value.

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