DR. SEUSS' THE GRINCH  (2018)

4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD | Universal | 2018 | 86 min | Rated PG | Feb 05, 2019

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video

Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Upscaled 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision + HDR10
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Director: Scott Mosier, Yarrow Cheney 
Starring the voices of: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Tristan O'Hare

Audio

English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

| Video |

This is probably one of the best on a CG animated feature for 4K we’ve seen.  From the snowy landscapes around Whoville, the mountains and the freshly fallen snow.   This is the way to see this film.   The Doby Vision colors shot out at the screen. 

| Audio |

Included in this film is a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.   The biggest impact comes from Danny Elfman's score and as well as the songs. Watching the film in Dolby Atmos was pure fun.

| Special Features |

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch contains several bonuses and three mini movies. 
 

> From Green to Screen: Building the film from the Seuss source. The piece also features interviews with the voice cast and production crew, a discussion of the Grinch's backstory, talk of casting and the qualities the actors brought to the characters, and story resolution.

> Illuminating The Grinch: This piece explores the challenges of maintaining the original Dr. Seuss visual stylings and bringing them into a complex digitally animated feature.

> Who's Who in Who-Ville: An interactive supplement that offers viewers the opportunity to select from a handful of characters and view one of four options: Character Profile, Animation Tests (or Walk Cycle depending on the character or characters selected), Progression Reel, and a Photo Gallery. The first is for The Grinch. Selecting Character Profile opens additional featurettes that explore character details and story. Animation Tests (or Walk Cycle) allows viewers to watch very short and early stage digital test runs. Progression Reel features a scene from the film in four different stages of completion, from hand-drawn storyboard to finished product. Photo Gallery features a handful of stills from the film which auto advance and do not play to music. These same extras are also available under pages for Cindy-Lou Who, Max & Fred, Head Who's, and Cindy-Lou's Crew.

> My Earliest Grinch Memories: Cast and crew discuss how the character and story impacted their lives.

> Grinchy Gadgets: A quick look at the Grinch's tools of the trade.

> Lyric Video: Lyrics appear on-screen for "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."

> Lyric Video: Lyrics appear on-screen for "I Am the Grinch."

> Songs from His Little Heart: A discussion of the film's "immersive musical landscape" and how singing and vocals define the film. It looks at the qualities Composer Danny Elfman brought to the film.

> Any Who Can Draw: Learn to draw The Grinch, Max, and Fred with Head of Story Mark O'Hare.

> Christmas Around the World: A rapid-fire look at some of the more unusual Christmas traditions from around the world.

> Cindy-Lou's Yule Log: A fireplace scene inspired by the film set to music and dialogue. The Grinch systematically removes the Christmas decorations from the fireplace area.

> Production Babies: A first-name list of the babies who were born to the crew during the film's production.

> Mini-Movie: Yellow Is the New Black: The Minions escape from prison with a little help.

> Mini-Movie: The Dog Days of Winter: With The Grinch sick, Max ventures out into the cold to get him a much needed cup of hot tea.

> Mini-Movie: Santa's Little Helpers: Minions bound for Miami end up in more frigid conditions and find themselves in training to be Santa's elves.

> The Making of the Mini-Movies: Cast and crew highlight the many contributions that go into the making of these movies, allowing new talents to strut their stuff.

| Overall Reaction |

This is pure family fun.  It's a nice re-telling of a holiday classic that kids will dig. Illumination has once again made a top notch animated film.  With tons of features including 3 mini films, this disc won't disappoint.  

SUMMARY:   (out of 5)

FILM:  3.5          VIDEO:  4          AUDIO:  5          EXTRAS:  4          OVERALL SCORE:  4