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Biography - Santa Claus

4.1 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Celebrate the enchantment embodied within the legend of one of history's most beloved figures. Though rooted in various religions, Santa also symbolizes the secular spirit of generosity. Adored by children worldwide, but often with a different name and emanating from disparate myths, he continues to create instantaneous mirth and joy. Join us on a jolly journey through time to reveal his roots--from the Roman Befana to the Germanic Berchta and Knecht Ruprecht, from Saint Nicholas to Santa Claus.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Santa Claus, St. Nick, Kris Kringle
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AABL0S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,938 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jeffery D. Elliott on December 12, 2000
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This is by far the best history of Santa Claus I have seen (and I've searched them all out). A respectful treatment of the religious tradition of St. Nick and a very extensive history to the modern legend of Santa Claus. I can not recommend this video more highly
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I had purchased the VHS version of this show some years ago. It is a great video. Jack Perkins has one of those great "booming baritone" voices for doing voice-over work and a great personality to go along with it. When I saw that a DVD of the show was available, I bought it. Within minutes of playing it, I discovered that this DVD version is NOT simply the VHS version on DVD but an entirely different one. So if you're thinking that this DVD is just a "remastered" version of the original VHS version, be forewarned. I can't speak highly enough of the "original" VHS version. Absolutely one of my favorite Christmas videos.
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My children were coming to the age where they did not believe in Santa as a live person who comes down your chimmeney. They had a lot of questions about how he got to be the icon that he is and what exactly he had to do with Christmas a very religious holiday. This explains alot of who the real Santa Claus was and how he got to be so commercialized. Good for some children and all adults.
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For the most part, I thought this was a very interesting DVD. However, I let my 3 and 7 year old children watch it with me. Near the beginning, there was a graphic cartoon image of three little boys who had mutilated and stuffed into a pickle barrel. St. Nicholas brought them back to life and was able to reassemble their bodies. I really didn't think it was necessary to have such a violent visual image. Also, near the end of the movie, there was a brief segment about how Santa is not always seen as a good guy---there was a movie clip of some murderer in a Santa suit chasing a person with an ax. Again, was that really necessary? There should definitely be a warning at the beginning of the show telling parents that there are some images which might not be suitable for young kids. Or, here's a crazy thought, just delete the violent scenes! It's a Christmas DVD which the whole family should be able to watch.
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A delightful chronological review of the Santa Claus figure from pre-Christian through St Nicholas and most fascinating, just how the standardized modern Santa evolved to his present form. Great fun and does not destroy the Santa myth since the spirit of Santa is the same whatever he looks like.
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A&E's Award Winning Series BIOGRAPHY featuring non-other than SANTA CLAUS.

This 50 minute color DVD uncovers the real history of this endearing Christian character. Pieces of todays 'Santa Claus' through this biography are derived from fact, legends, traditional folklore tales from all over Europe, Mideast and North & South Americas. A very interesting woven tapestry of information about this lovable Christmas Spirit of love and giving. Even a Patron Saint of children, sailors, merchantmen and more.

A very enjoyable and enlightening story. Very educational and provides many pictures of this jolly old elf.

I highly recommend this holiday treat!! Enjoy!!!
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By Kayla on December 2, 2012
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I got this movie for my 5 year old son because he quit believing in Santa so I was hoping to show him that Saint Nick was a real man at one time so maybe my son would at least know some where it all came from. It showed him a little bit but things need to be explained to him in a different kind of way. This movie basically just kept saying "Maybe Santa is real and maybe he's not." My son Knows hes not real (he's got a mind like a scientist, you have to physically show him things or he just doesn't believe. Everything needs to be proven too him) so this movie just wasn't for him. But I guess it was alright other then the fact it was not what I was looking for.
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I purchased this movie for my middle school students. I needed something to end our "non-fiction" writing unit, and since we'd studied biographies and it was December, this seemed like a good pick. Unfortunately, I liked it a lot more than they did. The guests they interviewed and the history behind Santa was captivating for me, but the kids all fell asleep! Basically, I think you'll enjoy this if you are a History Channel lover like me, a Christmas fan, or just someone who likes stories behind pop culture. However, the kids said it was "soooooooo boring". I should've known! :)
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