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Santa Claus (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (1959)

José Elias Moreno , Cesréo Quezadas , René Cardona  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: José Elias Moreno, Cesréo Quezadas, José Luis Aguirre, Armando Arriola, Lupita Quezadas
  • Directors: René Cardona
  • Format: Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Collector's Edition, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 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 (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005L2EOLS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,784 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lump of coal for VCI this year December 10, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
While this is a fun disc and a beautiful print of the film, you do not actually get either the K Gordon Murray or the original Mexican versions of the film. What you do get is an edited down copy of the Mexican version so it fits the American version's soundtrack. But you don't get the American version's opening credits when you watch it, or the US names of the countries when Santa is playing his organ, checking in on his workshop. And you do not get the extended dance number in Hell that was in the Mexican version when you watch that option. Those things are included in the extras as deleted scenes, with the sound on the US version of the kids singing the songs from their countries sequence off by about 10 to 20 seconds. so yea, they found a way to make that bit even more annoying. To me, including what's missing as an extra doesn't count as actually getting both versions. The info on the back of the case lists separate running times for the US and Mexican versions. As far as I can tell it's the same film, just different sound tracks, so both versions run the same time. Should also mention that the Making Of Featurette is the same Santa Claus Conquerors The Devil video that was included on the MST3K DVD release of their version of this film. Don't get me wrong though, it's a lot of fun, the short films included as extras make the feature film look like Citizen Kane. And the copy of the film looks like it was filmed yesterday, just beautiful. It's just that the main selling point for me was to have the two different versions, and what you buy instead is as close to what they could get of one or the other, without giving you either.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic X-Mas film from a mondo era of cinema! 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Santa versus Satan! Now *that's* a Christmas movie! September 6, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
A seriously twisted 1959 Mexican Christmas movie that warps the Santa Claus mythology by moving his North Pole workshop to a floating cloud in outer space, populating his household not with the traditional elves but with dozens of annoying multicultural children singing native homeland songs and wearing indigenous costumes that reinforce every unfortunate ethnic stereotype including bone-haired African kids. Valiant yet witless attempt to meld Santa's mythology with that of Jesus: Santa's aided in his never-ending battle against Lucifer's servant (the prancing, Spock-eared, fuzzy-slippered, red-spandex-clad devil Pitch) by Merlin the magician, his four wind-up mechanical reindeer, a batch of vaguely obscene machinery for spying on Earth, and an annoyingly cloyingly sweet, relentlessly cutesy little tot named Lupita, who only wants a dolly for Christmas. Watch for the three "naughty" little boys who plot to kidnap Santa, knock him out, steal his toys, and make him their slave. This incredibly weird flick warped the minds of thousands of impressionable American kids in the 1960s and 70s when it was shown at shopping malls during the Christmas season, allowing parents to drop off the kids and do their holiday shopping while the young impressionables pondered this abysmally-dubbed, annoyingly scored (if they're not playing "Jingle Bells" in the background, they're playing "Silent Night"), incredibly slow (Santa visits four households out of Earth's six billion on Christmas Eve, and still finds time to shoot rockets up Pitch's butt, moonlight as a cocktail waiter (! ), and get treed by a dog). A mind-bogglingly pointless flick that effectively saps the expected joy and delight of seeing a Santa Claus movie through pitting Santa versus Satan. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Satan for Christmas!
The funniest, most unintentional creepy Christmas movie you will ever get your hand on. Its a family classic here, and I highly recommend it to anyone that likes campy movies
Published 13 days ago by Sam R
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Film
I remember watching this film almost every Christmas when I was a child. I always watched it in Spanish, but this disk with the English adaptation is pretty good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paula Cerda
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Movie!!
This is such a beautiful and entertaining movie!!! You will totally love it. I highly recommend it. Ans if you understand spanish i recommend you to watch it in spanish, is just... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martin Anthuan
1.0 out of 5 stars UGH
Bought this movie for my stepson. He requested it for Christmas. I'm not sure why. It was the most unbearable movie I ever had to sit through. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Corson
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story!
This movie kept the full attention of our 8 year old granddaughter and is full of moral lessons and touching scenes of love.
Published 3 months ago by P. Swiger
1.0 out of 5 stars What The Claus?!?
Creepy as hell, no pun intended. Would give kids nightmares, doesn't hold up to the test of time. I suggest the mystery science theatre version!
Published 4 months ago by Jake Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars Santa Claus (1959)
Seriously goofy, whacked-out Spanish language, Mexican made Christmas tale of Santa versus a devil called Pitch. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Celia DLF
5.0 out of 5 stars requirrrreee
Does anywhere sell this for REGION 2? Such a charming beauty of a film. would like to get it for my mum for Chrimbo
Published 4 months ago by Keiraxmaya
1.0 out of 5 stars Mildly amusing, yet disturbing.
In the 1960's I was one of the unfortunate kids dumped at the movie theater to watch this while my mom went shopping. This happened three or four years in a row. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hyperspacedweller
4.0 out of 5 stars Kitchy Crhistmas Joy
I went looking for this movie, after seeing (what I thought was the full movie) as a kid in the 1980's - turns out that was a shortened, edited version that got rid of most of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Victoria Mahon
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