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Old November 8 2012, 03:25 AM   #1
tomswift2002
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The Santa Clause Blu-Ray

I received my copies of The Santa Clause and Santa Claus 2 on Blu-Ray a few weeks ago, and I just watched them.

Unfortunately, it looks like Disney took the easy route and just reused the files that were made back in 2002 and 2003 for the DVD releases in those years, and just upressed the movies to 1080p, since the 2002 and 2003 DVD's look just as good, if not a little bit better being upressed to 1080p than the actual 1080p films.

Plus the bonus features are a major let down. On both discs there is nothing new (on the first movie the short The Night Before Christmas is a copy from the 2002 DVD, minus the "Santa's Helper" game that you had to beat to unlock it; and for the short Disney didn't bother to use the remastered Treasures version, so quality wise the Blu-Ray ends up with a cartoon that looks just a little bit better than VHS, because Disney used a tape master from the 1970's or 1980's).

The audio on the main movie, when compared to [i}Santa Clause 3[/i] is nothing spectacular, since while it is in DTS-HD (SC3 offerred the English audio in both DTS and LPCM 5.1) 5.1, it is the exact same mix, for both movies, as was used on the respective 2002 and 2003 DVD's.

If you like the Santa Clause movies and have been waiting since The Santa Clause 3 was released on Blu-Ray in 2007 too have a Blu-Ray version of the first two movies, then this is a really disappointing release, and I would recommend the DVD's over the Blu-Ray's.
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