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(aka 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!')

 

directed by Chuck Jones + Ben Washam
USA
1966

 

Every Who down in Who-ville likes Christmas a lot & ; But the Grinch who lived just north of Whoville did NOT! So the cuddly as a cactus Grinch (with termites in his smile and garlic in his soul) tries to wipe out Christmas for the cheerful Who-villians, only to discover: Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a 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!

 

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Television Premiere: December 18th, 1966

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Warner Home Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Warner Home Video - Region FREE Blu-ray
Runtime 25:32 25:45.001
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.10 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Feature: 6,927,438,925 bytes

Disc Size:  4,497,678,336 bytes

Codec: VC-1 Video / 23.976 fps

Video Bitrate: 21.76 Mbps

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DVD

Bitrate

Blu-ray

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0, DUB: Spanish, French 2.0

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, none English (SDH), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video
SD-DVD

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

Horton Hears a Who (25:31)
Songs In The Key Of Grinch (8:02)
Pencil tests
Who's Who in Whoville
Song Selections
Commentary by Cindy Lou Who and animator
TNT's How the Grinch Stole Christmas documentary (19:18)
“Nine Doug Christmas” trailer


DVD Release Date: October 31st, 2000
Snapper case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video
Blu-ray

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1 matted to 1.78

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Feature: 6,927,438,925 bytes

Disc Size:  4,497,678,336 bytes

Codec: VC-1 Video / 23.976 fps

Video Bitrate: 21.76 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

Commentary by June Foray (Cindy-Lou Who) and animator Phil Roman

Dr. Seuss and the Grinch - From Whoville to Hollywood: A Rapping, Rhyming Chronicle of the Original Book and This Beloved Animated Adaptation
Songs in the Key of Grinch - Interviews with Composer Albert Hague and Vocalist Thurl Ravenscroft
Who's Who in Whoville: Biography Gallery
Grinch Song Selections
TNT's How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Special Edition Featurette with Phil Hartman
Grinch Pencil Test

Disc 2

DVD Deluxe version and Digital Copy

 

DVD Release Date: October 6th, 2009
Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard sleeve

Chapters 17

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Firstly my SD-DVD is the snapper-cased issue from 2000 - NOT the Deluxe Edition Anniversary one from 2006 although it is Included with the Blu-ray - see capture sample below!

Colors take a dramatic shift in Warner's new How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Blu-ray. The Who-ville trees and wreaths become fluorescent and the Grinch himself goes from a brownish pale to a brilliant lime green. I can't really talk about the colors as I have no idea what the animator's original intention was but the DVD looks a lot more like the broadcast version I've seen every year of my life at Christmas. The Blu-ray seems more in-line with the Jim Carrey variety of Grinch. Frankly it didn't take me long to adjust as seeing it look so different - and it had it's appeal but essentially it will be a personal preference as to your acceptance of it. Another big difference is in the prevalent artifacts on the single-layered SD-DVD transfer - plus there are less speckles and dirt on the new Blu-ray. We get a tad more information in the frame on the 1080P rendering. The disc itself only takes up 7 measly Gig (the feature itself a puny 4.5!) - making it the smallest Blu-ray of all time but it eclipses the 3.5 single-layered DVD with almost 4 times its bitrate.

Audio-wise it appears as though Warner haven't budged an inch with the same 192 Kbps track that appears on the DVD although Mr. Karloff sounded cleaner to some degree. NO HD-option, NO DUBs (the DVD has optional French or Spanish) and only English subtitles are available as an option where the DVD gives French and Spanish again too. My Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

Extras - well - we actually lose Horton Hears a Who! narrated by Hans Conried - added to the DVD but absent from the Blu-ray as Warner deemed it appropriate to come out with the big elephant's Blu-ray of his own (and the little kangaroo said 'Hummphh' too!). However, the Deluxe DVD version is available (same extras) as a second included disc with a Digital Copy imbedded but still no Horton! Everything else appears to be there - nothing in HD and the commentary with animator Phil Roman and voice of Cindy-Lou Who, June Foray, is there but unlisted on the supplements (that I can see) but it exists when you click the audio button.

Hmmmm... it seems that Warner's heart could indeed be two-sizes too small with this Blu-ray release especially at the asking price. It's my favorite of the Holiday viewings - interspersed with It's a Wonderful Life and A Charlie Brown Christmas but I'm not convinced of any huge value jump here folks. If not for it's almost essential presence in many houses I'd give serious debate about upgrading... for many mouses.

My suggestion is to stack a Blu-ray (it has the space!) with a whole pile of Christmas favorites (ex. like this and A Charlie Brown Christmas, and throw in Horton! a non-holiday favorite etc.) - don't spread them across multiple disc packages!    

 -Gary Tooze

 



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DVD (offers DUBs)

Extras: DVD has Horton!

 
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