Santa Claus (1959) (Blu-ray Review)
Director: Rene Cardona
Where to get it: VCI Entertainment
Santa Claus, high above the North Pole in his cloud-borne castle equipped with more surveillance devices than the Impossible Mission Force, prepares to deliver presents on Christmas night. Santa is especially interested in helping Lupita, the daughter of a poor family who wants nothing more than a doll; and a young boy whose parents are so wealthy they never spend any time with him (Santa fixes this by feeding them Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters). However, the Devil will have none of this and sends his minion, Pitch, to foil Santa’s plans. Pitch in turn recruits three Naughty Boys to help him set traps for Santa.
What we have on our hands here is one of the strangest films I have ever seen. And this is of course a film intended for the family, but man does this thing just go all over the place. We have devils, children of basically every race, and a plot that is silly but ultimately harmless. I know if I was a kid and it was Christmas time I’d have loved every moment of this corny film, but at my age now some of the things in this movie are clearly lost on me. However I still will be easy on this one because I know who the targeted audience is and I think as far as that goes it will hit the mark. But I do admit as a big time horror fan that it is amusing to see Santa does battle with a devil.
Now one of the things people are going to really take a look at with this release is the HD transfer and it its moments where it looks really good. Of course on the other hand it also has its moments where it does seem to be lacking. But I think some of that can be forgiven when you look at the date of this one. Overall I’d say that if you have kids that they will enjoy this one. If you grew up on it then nostalgia will be a key as well. If this is your first time checking it out don’t be shocked if you find it a little lacking in a lot of areas for obvious reasons.
The Movie: (5/10)
The Transfer: (5.5/10)
– Contains both American and Mexican versions
– Making of
– Animated Stills
– TV and Radio spots
– Bonus Santa Novelty Short Subjects
– Bonus Trailers
– Bonus “A Howdy Doody Christmas”