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Lump of coal for VCI this year,
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This review is from: Santa Claus (Collector's Edition) (DVD)
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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Initial post: Dec 12, 2011 6:33:55 AM PST
Jason P. Pumphrey says:
also color bars appear for one frame at 49:59 during the film, hopefully VCI will press a corrected disc and have a replacement program
Posted on May 6, 2012 8:31:49 AM PDT
Chris Zimmerman says:
Also missing the K. Gordon Murray trailers as listed on the back of the DVD. I was hoping to see the trailers for 'Red Riding Hood", "Tom Thumb", "Puss in Boots" and some of the others, but this only had the main feature trailer.
Posted on Dec 7, 2013 2:04:49 AM PST
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