Santa Claus: The Movie

Santa Claus: The Movie

Director: Jeannot Szwarc Cast: David Huddleston, Dudley Moore, John Lithgow
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DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Thx / Stereo)

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Santa Claus: The Movie

Santa Claus comes to life in producer Alexander Salkind's lavish production of Santa Claus: The Movie. Starring Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, and David Huddleston as the famed jolly fat man, Santa Claus: The Movie is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks only slightly above average. Unfortunately, the picture suffers from an excessive amount of grain and dirt. This fact is especially obvious during special effects sequences (of which there are many). The colors are usually bright, though show some signs of fading. The black levels show many instances of gray and are not exceptionally solid. Overall, this is an average transfer by Anchor Bay. A new Dolby Digital 5.1 remix is much better than the video portions of this disc. All speakers are engaged during many effects scenes, and composer Henry Mancini's peppy score comes in bright and bouncy. Anchor Bay has also included a Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround track in English that is less impressive than the 5.1 remix. Santa Claus: The Movie includes enough supplemental material that it feels like Christmas all over again. First up on the disc is a commentary track by director Jeannot Szwarc and special projects consultant Scott Michael Bosco. This is a fairly bland commentary with the director being asked questions and trying to recount stories about the production of the film. Also included on the disc is a featurette entitled "Santa Claus: The Making of the Movie," a 50-minute documentary about the production of the film. This includes interviews with the stars as well as Santa Claus himself. Finally there are U.S. and foreign theatrical trailers, as well as a few talent biographies for the cast and crew. For holiday movie buffs, this edition of Santa Claus: The Movie should make them happier than an eight-year-old on Christmas morning.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2002
UPC: 0013131123999
Original Release: 1985
Rating: PG
Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, stereo, THX-Supervised Mastering]
Time: 1:48:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Huddleston Santa Claus
Dudley Moore Patch
John Lithgow B.Z.
Judy Cornwell Anya Claus
Christian Fitzpatrick Joe
Carrie Kei Heim Cornelia
Jeffrey Kramer Towzer
John Barrard Dooley
Anthony O'Donnell Puffy
Burgess Meredith Ancient Elf
Melvyn Hayes Goobler
Don Estelle Groot
Dickie Arnold Goobler
Paul Aspland Reporter
Michael Drew Reporter
Walter Goodman Street Corner Santa
John Hallam Grizzard
Judith Morse Miss Abruzzi
Peter O'Farrell Honka
Michael Ross Policeman
Christopher Ryan Vout
Tim Stern Boog
John Cassady Wino
Sally Cranfield Reporter
Aimée Delamain Storyteller
Ronald Fernee Policeman
Jerry Harte Senate Chairman
Dorothea Phillips Miss Tucker

Technical Credits
Jeannot Szwarc Director
Don Dossett Art Director
Paul Engelen Makeup
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Pat Garrett Choreography
John Hobbs Songwriter
John Hoesli Art Director
Peter Hollywood Editor
Bill House Songwriter
Tim Hutchinson Art Director
Arthur Ibbetson Cinematographer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Stephenie McMillan Set Decoration/Design
Leslie Newman Original Story
David Newman Original Story,Screenwriter
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Ilya Salkind Producer
Alexander Salkind Producer
Penny Shwayer Makeup
Pierre Spengler Producer
Malcolm Stone Art Director
Stuart World Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start/Main Titles [1:09]
2. Once Upon A Time... [6:36]
3. The North Star [4:28]
4. Santa's Workshop [:24]
5. Meeting The Reindeers [4:04]
6. Making Toys [2:41]
7. Season's Greetings [3:50]
8. Benediction [2:30]
9. Joy To The World! [5:19]
10. Blue Christmas [7:55]
11. Mass Production [2:07]
12. Good Will Toward Men [4:15]
13. Sleigh Ride [2:08]
14. Toy Recall [9:09]
15. Patch Dimissed [1:18]
16. B.Z On Trail [2:49]
17. Patch's Proposition [2:11]
18. Special Ingredient [7:37]
19. Christmas II [5:33]
20. B.Z Busted [10:02]
21. S.O.S [5:44]
22. Santa To The Rescue [4:21]
23. Happy Ending [5:53]
24. End Credits [1:31]

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Santa Claus: The Movie 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I took my 3 daughters to see this movie when it first released in 1985. It was such a heart warming Christmas story to see. My daughters are now grown up but I would like for my 3 grandsons to be able to experience it for themselves. I was having a really difficult time locating a store who carried it in stock. I could order it online but didn't want to take a chance on it not getting here in time for the Christmas season. Barnes & Noble came through for me. Thanks Barnes & Noble and your employees were so helpful and kind, I truly feel they went out of their way to help this grandma. God Bless you all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Santa Claus the Movie shows the different ways in which people react to the season of Christmas. Some with belief, some with greed, some with child like glee. It is a wonderful Christmas Story that is fun to watch and will touch the spirit of anyone who truly believes in the true meaning of Christmas. Dudley Moore makes an adorable elf while John Lithgow comes through as a truly greedy villian. A must see for all lovers of Christmas themed movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember seeing this movie in the theater as a child and it is a must see for me every year now. I lost my VHS of it and was thrilled to see that B&N has it on DVD. Now I can continue to watch year after year. The story is wonderful and the sets are beautiful. It tells you a wonderful tale of how Christmas began and the true meaning of Christmas! I highly recommend it!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie so much. I used look forward to it coming on cable every year until now because I bought the DVD. There is just something charming about this movie. I actually just bought a DVD Player and this is the second movie I've purchased, I just had to have it and it is not even Christmas yet!