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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] (1964)

Pia Zadora , Bill McCutcheon , Wallace Worsley  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Pia Zadora, Bill McCutcheon, Ned Wertimer, John Call
  • Directors: Wallace Worsley
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N2Z1F6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A film this bad has never looked so good! Kino Classics proudly presents a fully restored edition (from HD elements and the ONLY VERSION AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY) of the notorious holiday classic. The Martians are irked that their children spend so much time watching TV shows from Earth that sing the praises of Santa Claus, so they decide to make a trek to the planet to capture Mr. Claus. During their mission, they also abduct two children who lead the aliens to the North Pole and Santa. The Martians take all three earthlings back to Mars, where, with the help of a native, they manage to spread Christmas cheer throughout the red planet. SCCTM took on newfound fame in the 1990's after being featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and became a holiday staple on Comedy Central in the years following its 1991 premiere, becoming one of the series' most popular episodes. It has since found new life again in the 2000's, having been riffed by Cinematic Titanic, which includes former cast members from MST3K, as of November 2008. Scenes from the movie were also used in both Comedy Central's ''A Colbert Christmas'' and ''Eloise at Christmastime''. SPECIAL FEATURES: ''The Retro Holiday Film Festival'' that includes Vintage Max Fleischer Holiday Cartoons, Seasons Greetings from Calssic TV Stars, Howdy Doody's Christmas Story, Rare, Remastered Holiday Commercials and much, much more!

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars S-a-n-t-a C-l-a-u-s, Hooray for "Santy" Claus December 19, 2003
Format:DVD
It's the kookiest Christmas ever when Santa Claus is kidnapped by Martians in this "you have to see it to believe it" Christmas "classic." Maybe you've seen this movie hilariously skewered on Mystery Science Theater 3000, but you have to watch it on its own to truly appreciate it. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is just so bad that I can't help but love it, and that explains why I am giving this deservedly one-star movie four stars. The Martian get-ups are more ridiculous than Marvin the Martian's normal attire, the sets redefine the very definition of cheap, the acting is over-the-top and generally horrible, and Santa is - well, he's just a little bit weird, if you ask me. Every time the guy starts in with his distinctive laughing (usually for no apparent reason), I am reminded of the fact that Satan is spelled with the same letters as Santa.
Things aren't going so well on Mars. It's bad enough that the Martians are all colored a ridiculous shade of green, dress like rejected superheroes, and wear ridiculous antenna-spouting helmets on their heads at all times, but now the children of Mars are all acting depressed and withdrawn; all they want to do is sit and watch Earth TV. Kimar (Leonard Hicks), the leader of Mars, seeks the advice of the planet's 800-year old wise man and is told that he must bring Santa Claus to Mars so that the children can actually have fun and be children for a little while. Voldar (Vincent Beck) opposes the plan every step of the way, arguing that Kimar's plan will soon result in a whole planet full of lily-livered, mush-brained nincompoops. Kimar wins out and sets off for Earth in the most pathetic spaceship of all time to catch Santa and bring him back to Mars - along with two Earthling children.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best version on DVD. November 9, 2004
Format:DVD
This DVD from Intermedia (Woodhaven), is the best version on DVD. The print quality used is much better that that used on other DVD's.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jolly Yuletide Classic December 21, 2004
Format:DVD
Yeah, "It's a Wonderful Life" is a pretty good movie. However, the movie I joyfully watch every Christmas is about martians who, lacking a Santa Claus to bring joy to martian kids, kidnap Santa from Earth, along with two children. "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" is almost sublime in its badness, and with painted-green martials in skintight suits, a Santa with a lewd chuckle instead of a "Ho Ho Ho," incredible wooden acting by the cast (one of whom is Pia Zadora), unspeakable special effects, and a horrible theme song, it is a masterpiece of the so-bad-it's-good school of film. Just TRY getting the theme song out of your head.
The DVD from Laserlight looks exactly as one would expect it - awful. The supersaturated colour scheme has not aged well, and looks very grainy. There are many scratches, but that only adds to the film's strange charm. Unfortunately, the first fifteen seconds or so of the film's opening credits are not on this DVD, depriving loyal fans of seeing EVERY BIT of "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." Unsurprisingly, there are no extras, although the menus are pretty good.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this on Amazon! January 21, 2008
Format:DVD
You can get it for a dollar at Target. And, for only a dollar, it is the best value-to-price ratio ever. You and your friends will spend hours laughing at the silly quirks this movie is made up of. Voldar, Droppo, the whole gang are going to entertain your socks off.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Come on.....it ain't THAT bad! October 9, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Maybe I'm nuts, (some would not argue, including my wife) but I like this movie. It's one of those flicks that looks like you could make it yourself. Santa, played by John Call, looks very convincing as a Santa, but that manical laugh,(you've got to hear it). Sounds like Santa's a little deranged. Pia Zadora is cute as a little martian. It's hard to believe grown adults would wear those goofy martian helmets(they had to starving). But this is a fun movie. That bouncy theme song; Voldar the nasty martian; and, if I'm not mistaken, Stobo the martian has a striking resemblence to Jamie Farr. The final credits say Al Nesor, but I believe that was an alias acting name for Mr. Farr back then. No wonder he changed his name for the movie. See this movie with your kids, it's harmless, there is no nudity; and the violence, what little there is, is hysterical! If you like movies like Robot Monster, Plan 9 from outer space, and EEGAH! like I do, then this movie is for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, for that long lost piece of my childhood.... November 19, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This is a classic holiday film. I used to watch it every year on TV. The only film that seemed to get more air play was "Santa and the 3 Bears." Now, at a later stage in life, I can't wait to torture, whoops, I mean entertain my two young girls with this heart-warming tale of Kris Kringle's ability to win over a warrior culture via non-violent/peaceful means. Sure, if you're an old fart and haven't seen this film before, you'll find it to be lack (it certainly lacked a budget at the time). However, if you're still a kid at heart, you can't help chuckle at this very special piece of Christmas film history.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray For Santa Claus! December 26, 2001
By Dan
Format:VHS Tape
You've got to be in a silly or giddy mood to truly appreciate this '60's classic. From suspense formulation to character development, SCCM tosses convention aside and disobeys all film making rules. In fact, it is so poorly done, it is downright enjoyable! Enjoy it with your friends for a good laugh. Be enchanted with lovely Pia Zadora's film debut (I think) as the cute little Martian girl. Be inspired as Carl Don's character, the 800+ year old Martian wiseman, proclaims, "We Need A Santa Claus on Mars!" Get downright geocentric as the Earth's Christmas Holiday spirit prevails over the Red Planet's system of overbearing logic and Grinch-esque gloom.
Most importantly, jam to the film's wonderful jingle, "Hooray For Santa Claus", which I truly think is the best thing to come out of this movie. I believe this theme song is the most underrated Christmas carol of all time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be worse
Terrible in every way......
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
its an ok movie and not bad for the era
Published 28 days ago by Stephen Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brings back childhood memories
Published 1 month ago by georgia green
5.0 out of 5 stars yes we're slightly loony at our house
I have never watched this movie that i didn't laugh, we wore out our VHS copy and i was thrilled to get another one to replace it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vickie Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite bad movies of all time!
An absolute, must-have in any collection. Familiar, TV actors Vincent Beck, Ned Wertimer, Jamie Farr and a young Pia Zadora star in this always hilarious... Read more
Published 3 months ago by brian schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Better colors, clarity, & quality. Looks remastered.
I've only watched this via streaming/Roku. Looks how I assume it's meant to look. After years of watching dollar-store faded copies, this version doesn't look like a copy of a copy... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Swamp Thing
5.0 out of 5 stars How to rate movies you watch, and my rating for a wonderful low-budget...
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Another reviewer said that he loved Santa Claus Conquers The Martians but also called it a a "deservedly one-star movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BytemanProofreader at Gmail
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
If you are into movies that are so bad that they're good, you should watch Santa Clause Conquers The Martians. The film is so low budget and tacky, but it's hilarious. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars old sci-fi
never seen it before though it was a good idea the film had
degraded so watching was a little difficult
Published 7 months ago by BRIAN R SULLIVAN
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Movie I've Seen
I was curious. About 5 minutes was all I could stand. I am 60 and this is the worst movie I've seen to date. I doubt I will live long enough to see one more awful. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J.T.K.
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Amazon has the wrong info on this! It's already out!
I would also like some info on this. Is the one I have Preordered the short version? The info still has a running time of only 69 minutes. I just want to know if it's the same Blu as the one already out or are we all getting the first, short run, print of the movie.
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