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Biography - Santa Claus (2005)

Santa Claus , St. Nick  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • 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 (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AABL0S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,444 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

Customer Reviews

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most complete histor December 12, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the "VHS" version December 25, 2008
By Syrinx
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Biography Santa Claus November 28, 2005
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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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for younger children December 30, 2008
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars educational fun St Nick December 11, 2007
Format:DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History of Santa was cool :) September 20, 2007
Format:DVD
I have had this for a few years and we watch it every Christmas-time.
Very informative and totally enjoyable!!!!

Nice addition to your dvd or vhs library :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for adults, not kids January 6, 2012
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BAA HUMBUG!
THIS EXPLAINS THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA CLAUS AND HIS ORIGIN; SCARY. DEFINITELY GOOD FOR THE GRANDCHILDREN WHO KNEW THERE IS NO SANTA CLAUS.
Published 6 months ago by KENNETH A COX JR
1.0 out of 5 stars This was not what I asked for-
I originally selected "The Legend of Santa Claus" is what I thought I was getting! The information was not detailed, it sucked and all my students went to sleep on it!
Published 7 months ago by kelvin caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Biography - Santa Clause
very interesting research into Santa Clause, learned somethings I did not know. Was very happy with it & fouond it of great interest.
Published 17 months ago by Raul A. Marin Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tape
I would recommend this tape to anyone who loves santa claus and who doesn't. It is a wonderful done tape!
Published 17 months ago by Louie
5.0 out of 5 stars A&E Biography - Santa Claus
Although this is not the complete 1994 A&E version with Jack Perkins, which I have on VHS, this has most of what that version showed and then much more. It's even BETTER. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Barb from Florida
2.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
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... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kayla
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Christmas!
Shipped fast. I was thrilled to find this A&E Biography, I have been looking for it for a while. I grew up watching it, A&E interviewed my Grandpa and most of the images used were... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Cathleen Reddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Christmas Time
If you're in the mood to relax and watch a well-told history of the man in red this is the DVD for you! Read more
Published on October 18, 2011 by Eric Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A great historical recapitulation of the legends that evolved into...
This is a historical recapitulation of the facts and legends that have been modified and combined to create what we now know as Santa Claus. Read more
Published on August 28, 2011 by Charles Ashbacher
4.0 out of 5 stars Santa Claus DVD
It was a gift but the recipient said that it made it in good time and was in good condition.
Published on February 18, 2010 by Kristine E. Allen
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