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How the Grinch Stole Xmas

Boris Karloff , Thurl Ravenscroft , Chuck Jones , Ben Washam    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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This all-time classic now has Horton Hears a Who! on the same video for a great double bill.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
To heck with the kids--this is one of the best holiday presents you can give yourself. Adapted from the children's book by Dr. Seuss, this charming story is one to watch every holiday season. It is just edgy enough to help you forget the more cloying aspects of Christmas, yet it is also sweet enough to remind you of the reason for all that holiday cheer. Animation genius Chuck Jones directed this 1966 television production featuring the voice of Boris Karloff as the mean greenie. Bitter and selfish, the Grinch decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, the sweet little folk who live at the bottom of his mountain home. When little Cindy Loo Who returns his hateful act with kindness, she melts the old miser's heart. There are many reasons to watch this: inventive wordplay, Karloff's impressive narration, and a very memorable soundtrack. --Rochelle O'Gorman

Horton Hears a Who!
Chuck Jones was chief animator on this lively adaptation of the famous book by Dr. Seuss. The story of a friendly elephant named Horton who discovers--deep inside a daisy--a tiny city called Whoville with tiny, intelligent residents--this film (fleshed out a bit from the source) is strong on character and has striking, appealing visuals. The little folks of Whoville, with their natural air of aristocracy, are a kick, and when they come to see Horton as a hero for his democratic view of all life big and small, the effect is quite touching. This should be a real treat for kids already familiar with the book, and just might inspire those who haven't read it to pick it up. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

The quality of the digital enhancement is not as wonderful as expected. Color definition is better, as are the cuts between scenes. While some dirt has been cleaned up, the print is still not pristine by any means. --Doug Thomas

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Dec 11 2010
By DaniR
Format:DVD
We were really disappointed. The item description on Amazon made it sound like these were the classic shows that we watched as kids, but the only one that was the one we wanted was the original Grinch. The others were actually sequels. The originals for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman were NOT on here, but some different sequels that came out after apparently that neither one of us had seen. This was NOT the one we wanted and we were disappointed, but of course couldn't return it because we took the plastic wrap off to watch them, only to find out as we were watching them that they weren't the right ones...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By BuyerBuyer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Some people on here wrote some very upsetting reviews. I ordered anyways. I don't know what the problem is. I got all the movies that were described here and some. No errors with the discs another person said. As for the Grinch this is the original Grinch, it's the same as the deluxe version you can buy on here. The original Grinch was 30 minutes long. Same with year without a Santa Claus, it is also the same Deluxe version you can also buy.

These aren't the official classics but a few on here are classics. I'd recommend purchasing the other holiday classics sets.

This set has;

Grinch (Deluxe)(original Dr Suess classic)
Leprechauns Christmas Gold
Pinocchio's Christmas
The Stingiest Man In Town
The Year Without A Santa Claus(Deluxe)(original Rankin/bass classic)
Rudolph's Shiny New Year(the original Rankin/bass classic)
Nestor, The Long Eared Christmas Donkey
Frostys Winter Wonderland.
Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Frostys Christmas In July (not listed on the box anywhere but Included.)

The Other Set;

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (original Rankin/bass classic)
Cricket on the Hearth
Frosty the Snowman (original Rankin/bass classic)
Frosty Returns (original Rankin/bass classic)
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (original Rankin/bass classic)
Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol
The Little Drummer Boy

Hope I've cleared up some confusion. Have Fun. I have both for my Christmas collection.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars And all the viewers cried "boo who who who".... March 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Everything you read is true! This Grinch is yellow and drab. The disk lacks the wonderful bright colors that everyone has a right to expect when buying the DVD version of a TV special they could see every year for free. Not that there is anything wrong with original--it's fabulous, 5-stars as far as Christmas specials go. But this version is thoroughly ruined by bad mastering. Wait for the re-release. Don't get caught! The correction is probably on its way and you can be sure they won't sneak it out--it will have new packaging, probably some new extras, and be clearly marked "remastered".
If you own the DVD and have your doubts (some reviewers seem to), try this: Take a look at the documentary extra hosted by Troy McClure. Throughout the documentary, they run clips of the Grinch in the background where the color is RIGHT! A beautiful bright-green Grinch--just like you remember. Compare that to the main feature (the thing you actually paid for), where he is washed out and nearly yellow.
After living 15 years in Denmark I really came to miss some of the Christmas specials from my youth in the USA. I suppose anybody in the US with cable gets quite sick of these, but for me, the Grinch and Charlie Brown's Christmas were always an important part of building the Christmas spirit. Well, the spirit here seems to be all about greed and incompetence; sell the defective version this year, then sell the corrected version to the same people next year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great set April 9 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We've enjoyed this DVD set many times if you like Christmas you'll love this DVD combo pack. Highly recommend both seller and product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars :D Nov. 27 2012
Format:DVD
I LOVE THIS. I LOVE IT SOO MUST. BETTER THAN THE FREAKING JIM CARYY MOVIE. I LOVE THIS SO MUSH!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lamyas review of the grinch (age 6 ) Dec 9 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I love this video because its funny and the Grinch has a funny smile.He was very mean because he had a small heart like a strawberry. I watch this a lot and with my friends.I feel bad for the Grinchs dog because he doesnt want to be mean. I would like to visit Whoville oneday and visit the Grinch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're a Mean One Mr Grinch! Oct. 1 2001
Format:DVD
Chuck Jones, America's premiere comic animator was firing on all pistons when he adapted Dr. Seuss' famous tale of the small hearted Grinch and his good hearted dog Max who almost stopped Christmas from coming. This version is new and improved. While the last DVD included both stories of the unlucky "Whos" with a blow by blow commentary, the new digitally enhanced version includes a sweet little documentary hosted by our sadly departed Saturday Night Live comic Phil Hartman. There is only a slight improvement in the digitally enhanced version over the early analog copy. One of the things people find most peculiar things about watching the Grinch is that he is mustard yellow with a brown collar. This is extra disturbing now as on the DVD cover and the new Jim Carrey live action Grinch is very green. When the Grinch steals into Whoville on Christmas eve you will notice he becomes a bit greener because it is a convention in animation to add blue to the paint at night. So rest assured, especially those of you who purchase the digitally enhanced copy, they did not screw up the color. Notice the green packages and the plonking Who-blonkers have many perfectly subtle shades of green when the Grinch stands near. An interesting bit of Grinch trivia is the identity of the deep voiced singer who sang the song about the evil Mr. Grinch. Why it is none other but the voice of children's cereal favorite Tony the Tiger, Thurl Ravenscroft. He was hired to do the voice at the last minute and did the whole thing in just a couple hours and left. He was never credited in the film and Dr. Suess apologized to him later as his voice helped make the film immortal.Boris Karloff narrates and voices the Grinch. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good buy, but a little disappointed
I don't know why but there doesn't seem to be a full Rankin Bass box set and this Christmas pack doesn't include Jack Frost, apparently it's only available by itself. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2011 by Sparkle
5.0 out of 5 stars WRONG DVD?????
I purchased this DVD set and, like many others, received the wrong The Year Without s Santa Claus. I tried to exchange, but it did not help. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2011 by Glenn Esau
1.0 out of 5 stars shorter grinch,not classics
i wanted to buy this for my daughter last year to introduce her to all the classics.i also thought frosty and original classics were on this and did not realize until i watched it... Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2011 by Kristin
5.0 out of 5 stars the best holiday movie
I adore the movie. It has to be the best Christmas movie out there! It teaches children to not be greedy, and to lve and share not matter how you feel about that person. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2005 by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC CLASSIC!
This is just one of the great holiday classics from the sixties. A true holiday treat that never goes out of style. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by Bobb Chappelear
4.0 out of 5 stars As Dour as You Want to Be
One of Christmas specials' enduring images is Max the dog, done up like a reindeer trudging up the mountain hauling the enormous bag of presents and trees. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by John IV
1.0 out of 5 stars The Grinch in desert camo?
Whoever did the digital enhancement should be fired for putting this to press. The Grinch is GREEN! Not yellow, not brown, GREEN! All the colors seemed to be off. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by jp
2.0 out of 5 stars Marginal improvement over VHS quality
These are two excellent stories and my kids love them as much as I do. Unfortunately, Warner Bros appears to have done the DVD on the cheap. Read more
Published on Dec 25 2003 by Milton Prell
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