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.