Have three times the fun as you celebrate the season with the complete Santa Clause trilogy – now available for the first time on Blu-ray in one spectacular box set! Superstar comedian Tim Allen delivers the perfect gift as he stars as the big man, himself, in three warm and wonderful movies about discovering the true magic of Christmas. See how it all began with Disney’s original classic, and hop on Santa’s sleigh for an exciting ride filled with belly laughs and family fun. Christmas gets a little nuttier when Scott Calvin unknowingly inherits the role of the legendary St. Nick. His ordinary life snowballs into a hysterical series of outrageous events as he fills out his Santa suit, meets the future Mrs. Claus, and faces his ultimate test against the mischievous Jack Frost.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Scott Calvin is an executive with a toy manufacturing company, he’s divorced and has a young son, Charlie, who still believes in Santa, but is at an age at which doubt is beginning to creep into the picture. And the fact that Charlie’s mom, Laura has a boyfriend, Dr. Neal Miller, who is a psychiatrist, isn’t helping the situation any. Neal, it seems, is adamant about counseling Charlie in the realities of life, which of course includes the real scoop on Santa, which doesn’t go over too well with Scott.
Then on Christmas Eve, which Charlie is spending with Scott, a strange thing happens. There’s a clatter on the roof, and Scott rushes outside to investigate, where he discovers a man in a red suit clamoring about on the roof of his two-story house. As Scott watches, the man loses his footing and falls into the snow on the front lawn. It’s Santa Claus and we’re thrust into a weak third act and two lackluster sequels.
The first sequel takes place almost a decade later. Scott Calvin has been Santa Claus for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best Santa ever. But Santa’s world is turned upside down when he’s dealt a double whammy of bad news: not only has his son, Charlie, landed on this year’s `naughty’ list, but if Scott doesn’t marry by Christmas Eve, he’ll stop being Santa forever. Now, he has to force a woman into a life of manufacturing servitude out in the tundra.
The second sequel happened in 2006. Martin Short shows up as a Jack Frost character, while Tim Allen looked like he awaiting anything from Pixar. Alan Arkin and the chick from LOST show up and they look bored. Everything about the movie feels unnecessary, but where do we go from here? There’s a reason why there isn’t a fourth Santa Clause movie and this is it. Sometimes, the well does run dry.
The Blu-Ray comes with commentaries, blooper reels and featurettes. However, there’s never anyone apologizing for the drop in creative quality. The 1080p transfer is pretty smooth with only minor digital noise on the transfer for Santa Clause 2. All of the movies are supported by a strong DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track. That being said, I’d still recommend a purchase to families.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!