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Santa Claus the Movie (Widescreen Edition)
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There is an excellent director's comment track with questions being asked by the Special Projects Consultant for Anchor Bay (the company distributing the DVD) and answered and expanded upon by the director, Jeannot Szwarc. It is worth the price of the package alone. However there is also a great "making of" feature that was produced as a TV documentary at the time of the theatrical release of the film.
This is a really great Christmas film for the whole family. The first hour telling the story of how a simple wood cutter and toy maker become Santa Claus is completely charming. David Huddleston is a wonderful Claus. Dudly Moore is excellent as the elf, Patch, who is into everything and constantly inventing new gadgets. He shows his tender side as he grooms and takes care of the reindeer. It is really tragic that Mr. Moore now has the disease that make it impossible for him to perform any longer. That makes this film that much more of a treasure as it shows him at the top of his form as an actor. (Too bad the producers couldn't have used his musical talents in some way.)
John Lithgow is a delightfully hammy villain in the second portion of the film showing the early stages of the character he later does in "Third Rock From The Sun". The two children are also great, very real and not the cloying poor child actors that could easily have been used.
Trim the tree, light a fire in the fireplace, pour an egg nog and enjoy the very special Holiday treat!.
The late Dudley Moore played head elf Patch. His name was Ollie in an early draft. John Lithgow is campy and over the top as corrupt toy maker B.Z. David Huddleston is warm, sincere and earnest as a flesh and blood Santa Claus. Carrie Kei Heim and Christian Fitzpatrick play kids who become Santa's friends. Burgess Meredith played The Ancient One. Santa Claus The Movie is impressive on a technical level and it was made on a $50 million budget. The filmmakers used over 20 flesh and blood reindeers as well as animatronic ones. The visual effects by Roy Field, David Lane, and Derek Meddings were state-of-the-art in 1985. It was made before movies used too much CGI. The script for Santa Claus does have some plot holes and there's McDonald's product placement in the middle of the film. Some people think of Santa Claus The Movie as "ponderous". At one point, the Salkinds tried to hire John Carpenter, Guy Hamilton, or Robert Wise to direct the film. The role of B.Z. was offered to Harrison Ford and Dustin Hoffmann. The Santa Claus The Movie novelization by Joan D.Read more ›
The Salkinds, the same people who brought you Christopher Reeve as "Superman," spared no expense in this epic tale of another high-flying force for good, Santa Claus, appropriately dubbed "Santa Claus the Movie.Read more ›
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ive always loved this movie but couldnt find it but of course i should have gone to yal first. thanks !Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this movie as a kid and was happy to see it was available so I could share it with my husband, who had never seen it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miranda M.
Not a great story line .... I thought it would be better considering the actorsPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great Holiday movie for kids and adults. A real 80's classic I remember as a youth.
We have a super hero origin of Santa, but then the film's focus shifts mostly to... Read more
We watch this DVD around Christmas every year and it gets a little tiresome after awhile. But the scenery of Santa's workshop is very interesting and well done. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Galen Halimar
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