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

José Elias Moreno , Cesréo Quezadas , René Cardona  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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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
  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005L2EOLS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,384 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lump of coal for VCI this year December 10, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a Slightly More BIZARRE Christmas Film?! 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Is good but I thought it was in spanish :c
Published 1 month ago by Aurora Zacarías
5.0 out of 5 stars classic!!!
buenissima...
Published 1 month ago by jose velasquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brings back childhood memories
Published 2 months ago by Kristy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 3 months ago by Merrie
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 6 months 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 months ago by Jake Crawford
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