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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part I

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"Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause"  (Blu-ray)

Santa Clause 3Synopsis

As Christmas nears, Scott Calvin invites his in-laws to join the festivities. The holidays take a chaotic turn when Scott discovers a way out of his "Santa Clause" and the mischievous Jack Frost puts the big freeze on Christmas' big cheese! Unless Scott can save the day, it's going to be a very chilly Frostmas at the North Pole and all around the world. Will Scott be able to get his job back in the St. Nick of time?

Specifications

    • Walt Disney Pictures
      2006, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 32 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • 1080p
    • English PCM 5.1
    • English/French/Spanish DD 5.1
    • Directed by Michael Lembeck
    • Starring Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Judge Reinhold, Ann Margret, Eric Lloyd, Alan Arkin, Martin Short
Rating
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  • Violence: Mischief
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Call me the reluctant viewer on this one. I wasn't that big a fan of the sequel to this film but I thought the first one was pretty good. The third outing is a bit of the same with just enough pranks to keep the story going. The younger audience will probably enjoy though, my daughter loved it which is always a good sign for a family film.

Technical

In a rare move for the mouse house, Disney has authored this one in VC-1 as opposed to AVC which has been their norm. It doesn't seem to affect the image much as both codecs seem to deliver the goods when used properly. As you would guess, this film uses a lot of colors and they do have a tendency to pop off the screen on occasion. Reds are impressive and the amount of fine detail resolved in just about everything is excellent. I did notice a bit of softness with some of the longer shots, but nothing too distracting. If anything this transfer's detail hurts the presentation a bit as the actor's makeup is revealed a bit too much. I guess studios are going to have to be a bit more aware of this as HD becomes more and more prevalent. The integration of the special effects is also not as good as some of the bigger budget releases out there and only exacerbated with the amount of detail in the image. I've noticed this trend quite a bit lately with these better transfers.

The audio is presented in uncompressed PCM 5.1 and is a lot of fun. There are a lot of gimmicks in the sound design, but it makes for an engaging mix. Dynamics are what I'd expect from a family film; a few low end treats here and there, but nothing too ominous. Surrounds are used extensively and add a lot to the soundstage. A fun mix, but nothing too extravagant.

Extras

Lots of extras on this one. Plenty of production features, bloopers, interviews and behind the scenes footage and a music video. There is also a virtual holiday decorator to give you tips on holiday decorations for the home. Last but not least is a christmas carol sing along karaoke style.