Santa Claus (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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1: Commentary track by K. Gordon Murray documentarian Daniel Griffith
2: "SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE DEVIL: A Retrospective" Produced by Ballyhoo
Motion Pictures STANDARD DEFINITION
3: Three Archival K. Gordon Murray Short Subjects (in STANDARD DEFINITION):
"SANTA CLAUS AND HIS HELPERS" (1964)
"SANTA'S ENCHANTED VILLAGE" (1964)
"SANTA'S MAGIC KINGDOM" (1966)
4: Deleted Scene (in STANDARD DEFINITION):
"Extended Hades Musical Sequence" (In Spanish Language Only)
5: Original K. Gordon Murray Scenes (in STANDARD DEFINITION):
"Toy Factory Musical Sequence"
6: "SANTA CLAUS" Theatrical Trailer (in STANDARD DEFINITION)
7: "SANTA CLAUS" TV Spot (in STANDARD DEFINITION)
8: "SANTA CLAUS" Radio Spot
9: "SANTA CLAUS" Promotional Gallery
(NOTE: The post is NOT a review.)
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrible, nonsensical movie. What's even worse is the English translation. Why is it not available in the original Spanish? Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mellyovon
Greatest Santa Claus movie ever made.
Weird & Wonderful, it wowed me the first time I saw it, and now it's as much a holiday tradition around here, as Rudolph, a Charlie Brown... Read more
While I enjoyed the utter insanity that is contained in this movie, I do have one complaint with this particular release: The subtitles. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris Smith
This is clearly a film of it's time. There are some pretty bad racial/cultural stereotypes. The filming is pretty rough to watch. The music isn't great. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adam M. Botsford
I so wish there was a no stars rating, it is that bad, not even lsd would make this watchable.Published 3 months ago by JAMES