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Santa Claus (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]

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The producers packed every magical, wacky, and just plain weird, holiday oddity known to man in to this wild-n-wonderful, and strangely charming, children s classic! It s not enough that Santa must deal with the usual suspects the good little boys and girls, and the not so good little boys and girls but this season Lucifer himself is out to ruin Christmas and has sent his chief minion, Pitch, on a mission to Earth to turn all the children of the world against Santa. But wait, there s more! Santa s workshop is located high above the North Pole in a Toyland castle in outer space, where he plays the organ and keeps watch over the children on earth through specialized equipment, while readying his mechanical reindeer for Christmas Eve action. Santa also enlists the aid of Merlin the Wizard, who provides him with magic sleeping powder and a flower that makes one disappear. But wait, there s even more! Santa also receives a magic key that will unlock any door on Earth from Vulcan himself! Bonus Features: Commentary by Daniel Griffith (K. Gordon Murray Historian) Making of Featurette Animated Stills Gallery Original Santa Claus Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots and Radio Spots Bonus Santa Claus Novelty Short Subjects Bonus K. Gordon Murray Trailers A Howdy Doody Christmas classic Castle Films Short Subject" Product Specs: BD50; PCM 2.0; RT - 179 minutes; B&W; Aspect Ratio - 2.35:1 / 16x9 Widescreen; Year - 1959; SRP - $19.99

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  • Actors: José Elias Moreno, Cesréo Quezadas, José Luis Aguirre, Armando Arriola, Lupita Quezadas
  • Directors: René Cardona
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Collector's Edition, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005L2EOLS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,190 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel C. Griffith on December 6, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The NEW VCI special edition of K. Gordon Murray's SANTA CLAUS is not only digitally restored and remastered from the original film negative, it also contains a vast array of historical bonus features, including:

1: Commentary track by K. Gordon Murray documentarian Daniel Griffith
2: "SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE DEVIL: A Retrospective" Produced by Ballyhoo
3: Three Archival K. Gordon Murray Short Subjects (in STANDARD DEFINITION):
4: Deleted Scene (in STANDARD DEFINITION):
"Extended Hades Musical Sequence" (In Spanish Language Only)
5: Original K. Gordon Murray Scenes (in STANDARD DEFINITION):
"Main Titles"
"Toy Factory Musical Sequence"
6: "SANTA CLAUS" Theatrical Trailer (in STANDARD DEFINITION)
8: "SANTA CLAUS" Radio Spot
9: "SANTA CLAUS" Promotional Gallery

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By LorenGIII on December 4, 2004
Format: DVD
Typical manic editing for the dubbed US release, here only given a SEVERELY modest fullscreen (non pan-and-scan) DVD release from Westlake Entertainment(and honestly it seemed to me it was a different 'edit' entirely from the US network television airing of this film I once saw when I was younger... but it could just be my imagination too;).

Still, this version of director Rene Cardona's brilliantly flawed surreal masterpiece is like a Ken Russell Christmas fable. It's metomorphic, yet simple and crude. It has wonderfully bizarre music and set design, as well as beautiful costumes, colors, and lighting (unless this film was originally B&W and I'm not aware). I loved the regional representations of the children, and the awful english dub is obviously a cheesy B-movie fan's lemon or love. I love it.

The print on this DVD is fullscreen and has severe specks and scratches, the picture quality is rough at times... And either a digitally remastered audio track or print has been presented here. It's not really specified on this Westlake Entertainment DVD release. There is NO DTS track, though-- that seems to be incorrectly listed as a feature of this particular 2004 Westlake Ent. DVD release here on Amazoncom.

But it's still worth it to see a goofy gem of an X-Mas film, full of wild ideas and imagery (A TALKING CHILD LOCATOR? YIKES!)--Some of which is very much a precursor to the newer much beloved shows like Pee Wee's Playhouse and HR Puff-N-Stuff (one never knows). Fun film for the whole family in this edited up version for the US audiences. Pitch the devilish demon is harmless pseudo-relgious/spiritual nonsense, while ol' Saint Nick is portrayed like a GOD.

Fun concepts abound, but the dub is BAD. But fun.

Highly recommended, and the DVD has a nice cover that looks almost like a silver-age comic book cover!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on December 1, 2005
Format: DVD
Far out in space, but directly over the North Pole, lives Santa Claus in his castle in the clouds. From his majestic home, he oversees the Christmas preparations handled by his team of children from around the world. Though, it seems they spend most of their time performing regional songs in a trance-like state. All seems to be going well this year, until one of Satan's devils, Pitch, is ordered to cause Santa trouble again. As Santa Claus spies on the children below with bizarre gadgets that look to be stolen from Peewee's Playhouse or Sid and Marty Krofft and prepares for his annual journey by gathering supplies from his cohorts, Merlin the wizard and a magical blacksmith, Pitch is busy on the ground teaching children to hate Santa Claus and to steal and vandalize. Pitch focuses his energy on three wicked brothers and a poor little girl named Lupita who is desperate to get a doll for Christmas. Lupita's resistance is unyielding, however, and Santa is determined to reward the unfortunate and tormented child. The three bad little boys, on the other hand, are playing right into Pitch's hands. A fourth little boy is also a subject of concern. The boy is rich, but he's also a good little boy who is neglected by his parents. In order to grant the request in the child's letter, Santa will have to remind the parents how much they love their son, something he does by drugging their drinks while making his rounds with his disturbing, wind-up, albino reindeer that have a vampiric reaction to sunlight. For the most part, though, it's all an epic battle of wits between Santa and Pitch, on which the fate of Christmas all depends!

In 1959, the world of cult-film was given a magical Christmas gift in the form of "Santa Claus," a Mexican film by director Rene Cardona.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kim D on August 27, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I have to disagree with the reader below...yes this movie is awful, but this movie as mocked by MST3K is utterly hilarious. In fact, it is a yearly ritual of my family to watch this every Christmas day...the tears of laughter run down our faces. It's easily the scariest Santa ever, he looks utterly insane and a little bit perverted. Also there are bizarre details, like the tiny dolls that run across the screen in the background for no reason at all. And the plot is as stupid as they come. Enjoy!
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