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Illumination Presents: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch [DVD]

Illumination Presents: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch [DVD]


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Illumination Presents: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (cover may vary). Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, The Grinch is fun for the whole family!

Specification: Illumination Presents: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch [DVD]

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MPAA rating

PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Product Dimensions

0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches, 2.72 Ounces


Scott Mosier, Yarrow Cheney

Media Format

NTSC, Subtitled

Run time

1 hour and 26 minutes

Release date

February 5, 2019


Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, Angela Lansbury


French, Spanish


Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy


English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)


Universal Pictures Home Entertainment


Michael LeSieur, Tommy Swerdlow

Country of Origin


Number of discs


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12 reviews for Illumination Presents: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch [DVD]

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  1. marcos zaragoza

    It’s not the grinch movie at all

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  2. Calvin

    Our family has decided that this is our favorite “Grinch” movie.

    Well done. Expounds on the original and in our collective opinions, far exceeds Jim Carey’s version.

    A good holiday (new) classic. Excellent production and storyline.

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  3. Amazon Customer

    I saw the movie in theaters (didn’t buy from here) but I’m considering buying it; it’s awesome! It’s definitely my favorite version from all The Grinch movies so far. Illumination did an awesome job, and I just think animation is the best way to go with a storyline like this one where the Grinch has a sleigh stealing gifts and other things from an ENTIRE TOWN! If you haven’t seen it, please give it a watch. It also has several very life-changing messages in the movie as well. 100% recommend!! 🙂

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  4. Kevin H.

    This version of the Grinch is awful. They changed too much from the original and very few of the characters are likeable. I never thought it would be possible to make the Grinch without the main character actually being a Grinch. In this version he’s just a confused and lonely guy that lives on a mountain top. Even the narration doesn’t sound or feel like Dr Seuss. I’ll gladly stick with the Jim Carrey version for now.

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  5. sarah dunte

    I’m just gonna start off with sayingmy daughter is 9 months old and this is the only thing she will sit and watch and not take her eyes off she falls asleep to this movie and wakes up to it I bought it because she loves it so much and yes it is on Netflix right now but what will I do when when they take it off like they did every other Christmas movie this year so I found myself renting or buying Christmas to watch this Christmas as if$180 a year isn’t enough for Netflix to watch Christmas movies so yes for ten dollars this is a steal my daughter loves it it makes her happy and she enjoys it so much that it was well worth buying for her to have to watch every Christmas to me this was a more meaningful rundown of the grinch I love the original myself but this was very nice to see the grinch actually learn to love Christmas and that he only ever hated being alone and in this movie at the end is so nice and I can’t wait for my daughter to grow up and understand it Christmas itself isn’t what matters it’s having g family and friends I really loved this twist and recommend watching it (we have watched it (20 something times legit since December 5th and it’s only the 12th now so that says a lot ) I enjoy it myself 10/10 recommended

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  6. Dani

    Good family movie especially if you’re not into Jim Carey type films. Couldn’t find this during Christmas season but just found now for a good price so ordered and it came fast.

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  7. Rebekah

    Very disappointed in this version of The Grinch! I’m a HUGE Grinch fan & for them to change the movie so much, was a letdown. My husband & I had to force ourselves to finish watching the entire movie. 👎👎

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  8. David B

    What made the original poem fun is the nonsensical (Seusian) rhymes and the general flow. Tha fun was captured in the original cartoon. And Jim Carrey def added some of his own zest to Ron Howard’s live action version.

    This one: there’s nothing technically wrong with it. The voice acting, the story flow, the occasional gags, the quality of animation — it’s all there, it just so lackluster, I’m not sure why it was made.

    I suppose it’s good enough for kids, but kids also love watching shopkins and toys being unwrapped — so is that really a high bar?

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  9. emma j.

    DVD doesn’t work on our machine which is unfortunate, the plastic case was all broken, honestly looks like a copy, no plastic wrapping covering the case at all, and this is supposed to be new, absolute waste of money, save your £ and buy from a reputable company, very disappointed.

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  10. Michael J. Tresca

    My family is a big fan of the original Grinch movie and the 3D-animated version of Horton Hears a Who. 3D adaptations by necessity draw things out — although in the case of Horton there was at least two sources of material to draw from. The Grinch doesn’t have the benefit of more than one book, and it shows.

    Like Horton, The Grinch gorgeously realizes a world where Whos go about their business in amusingly odd ways. It doesn’t go quite as far as Horton though, so we don’t get Whos of different sizes and the fantastic machinery is mostly limited to the Grinch. This takes away some of the whimsy of the entire concept of Whoville, but more on that in a moment.

    The Grinch himself, as voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, sounds weird. I’m not sure what he was going for, but the Grinch speaks in a nasally whine that makes him unpleasant to listen to. His dog Max is adorable, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that the music is mostly terrible.

    There’s a subplot of Cindy Lou Who (Cameron Seely, who does a better voice acting job than Cumberbatch) with plans to capture Santa Claus so she can ask him to help her single mom. Part of the fun of the film is watching the Grinch’s plans and Cindy’s move to their inevitable collision.

    Speaking of voice acting, Pharrell is the narrator and his lisping cadence also sounds off. With the exception of Seely, it felt like everyone who acted in this movie was deeply uncomfortable with the source material but gave it their best anyway.

    The problem may simply be that, compared to the whimsy of the original, The Grinch just never fully commits. When you go Seuss-ian, you go all in — you either make music rhyme or you don’t, you either make the Whos all furry and weird or you don’t. The movie had a few funny moments (you saw most of them in the trailer), and fortunately ends on a sweet note while still managing to explain just how forgiving the Whos really are (hint: the Grinch helps make things right beyond just returning everything he stole).

    If the moral of the story is that forgiveness is a powerful thing, The Grinch gives us a little more plot to make that forgiveness palatable. My kids gave it a thumbs up. I am not quite so forgiving.

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  11. Doberdad

    Saw this week it was released. Fact its out in video the following month is telling. Onviously the people who loved this movie didnt go to see ” How the Grinch stole Christmas” because this didnt vaguely resemble the story it was puportedly based on. The Characters, the music, the narrator and Grinch himself were pale imposters to the mildly dark childrens comedy classic.
    Right from the start i scratched my head as the charming iconic Dr. Suess rymes and songs were replaced with rap. Whether you are a fan of rap or not, this was not the appropriate venue for rap music. From there it went down hill. Still confused with the back story as the Grinch came from an orphanage with noone in it. This somehow made him ” dislike” (strong no bullying theme in this story. I understand we need to teach bullying is wrong but to have to eliminate from movies as if it doesnt exist doesnt accomplish that. Quite the opposite in fact) Since the Grinch is never actually a bully, the change when he realizes its him, not the who’s fault, is hardly transcendant and doesnt purport the strong lesson of the real meaning of Christmas, good will toward man.
    On that subject, the movie also shifts from the Suessean theme to more political from its characters. While the Who’s were cartoon characters and were made to just roughly portray humans, they nevertheless weren’t. The story was about everyone, human nature as a whole. This clearly had ethnic undertones, a theme which really had no place in a Childrens cartoon based on a childrens book that wasnt political at all. Having Cindy Lou raised by a single mom was odd and was clearly done as further representation of themes not appropriate to this story.
    Life has become too political and “tradition” has somehow become a dirty word. I miss the old days when movies were just an escape and werent meant to “teach” morality.

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  12. Marnie

    Every year I buy a movie for Christmas day for our family to watch that none of us has seen, this movie was absolutely a wonderful new way of seeing the grinch from it’s original version and really nice to see most similar these days to a cartoon compared to most movies which are so computerized! Great for all ages 0-110! 🙂

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