Review: How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Christmas has just come early this year with the Warner Brother’s of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Ultimate Edition.
This holiday classic originally aired on CBS in December of 1966. 52 years on and this 26 minute special can still make you laugh, cry and cheer. It is simply the best Christmas special ever created. Boris Karloff gives the perfect vocal performance as title character while composer Albert Hague and vocalist Thurl Ravenscroft add their own dose of holiday cheer with the infectious soundtrack. The best thing about “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!”is that it doesn’t hit you over the head with it’s message of holiday cheer and love. Instead, it unfolds simply as The Grinch discovers for himself what the feeling of Christmas is all about. It is masterful storytelling as only Dr. Seuss could do.
Watching the Grinch every holiday season has always been one of my favorite things to do and now with this release there is even more to enjoy. The Ultimate Edition is loaded with special features including: Making Animation and Bringing It To Life, Audio Commentary with June Foray, the voice of Cindy-Lou Who, Dr. Seuss and The Grinch: From Whoville to Hollywood, Songs in the Key Of Grinch: Interviews with Composer Albert Hague and Vocalist Thurl Ravenscroft, TNT’s Special Edition Featurette with the late Phil Hartman and much, much more.
(Oh, by the way: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray™ but the opinions I share are my own.)
So, back to what you can expect. This new reissue includes the original holiday classic, plus two sequels, newly remastered but not so great: The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat and Halloween Is Grinch Night. The latter two specials are certainly not up to the quality of the original but it’s still cool to finally have all three in one place, for you completists.
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Ultimate Edition is a must for your holiday film collection. Buy it now, watch it often and let your heart grow a size or two!
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