Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)

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Released 13-Nov-2007

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Family Karaoke
Music Video
Featurette
Outtakes
Featurette-Making Of
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 88:10
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (48:19) Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 4 Directed By Michael Lembeck
Studio
Distributor
Disney
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Tim Allen
Elizabeth Mitchell
Eric Lloyd
Judge Reinhold
Wendy Crewson
Spencer Breslin
Liliana Mumy
Martin Short
Ann-Margret
Alan Arkin
Abigail Breslin
Art LaFleur
Aisha Tyler
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $29.95 Music George S. Clinton


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Polish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English Audio Commentary
Czech
Polish
Greek
Finnish
Bulgarian
Slovenian
Romanian
Serbian
Croatian
Slovak
Czech Audio Commentary
Polish Audio Commentary
Greek Audio Commentary
Finnish Audio Commentary
Bulgarian Audio Commentary
Slovak Audio Commentary
Slovenian Audio Commentary
Serbian Audio Commentary
Croatian Audio Commentary
Romanian Audio Commentary
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes, Copiously, though humourously
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    After the failure of his conventional holiday sitcom Christmas with the Kranks, Tim Allen returns to his North Pole cash cow franchise for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. As cynical as I may sound, this return works out for the best of both the audience and Allen himself. While The Santa Clause 3 is by no means a classic it's entertaining enough holiday fare.

    Once again the centre is in a pickle, Mrs Claus is due to give birth any day now and the toy factory is running behind schedule. To make matters worse another imaginary character, Jack Frost (Martin Short), has decided that he needs greater recognition and should hijack Christmas (or Frostmas as he would have it). Frost's plans are quickly thwarted and as penance he offers to help the centre out in getting Christmas back on track. While Santa convinces his in-laws (Alan Arkin and Ann-Margret) that they are actually visiting Canada (which they never knew was populated by midgets), Frost gets the toy factory working overtime. Little does Santa realised that Frost is really just trying to steal Santa's job, impose a fascist regime and commercialise Christmas. Christmassy hijinks ensue.

    The Santa Clause 3 will certainly appeal more to the younger members of the family, but there is enough in there to keep the whole family entertained. Essentially this is exactly what it advertises to be. Check your brain at the door and it's a pleasant enough way to spend 90 minutes of your holiday.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The film is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is 16x9 enhanced.

     The video quality is generally excellent.

    The image is shown up with no sign of grain or low-level noise.

    Colours are warm and vibrant, with great depth.

    There are no signs of any MPEG artefacts or film artefacts.

    The disc features a wide variety of subtitles including English and English for the hearing impaired. The English appear both accurate and well timed.

    This is a RSDL disc. The layer break occurs at 48:19 but was not noticeable on my equipment.

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Audio

    The film features English, Czech and Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384 Kbps) audio tracks and a Polish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 Kbps) track.

    The dialogue is clearly audible at all times and reasonably well synchronised to the video.

    George S. Clinton has provided a gratingly generic orchestral score for the film, which suits this generally by-the-numbers affair.

    The film features modest surround channel usage and subwoofer usage, though nothing that would not be taken for granted in a modern studio production.

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Extras

Audio Commentary with Director Michael Lembeck

    A wholly unnecessary but occasionally interesting, though overly technical, commentary track.

Outtakes (2:59)

    A series of outtakes from the film, several of which were also featured over the end credits of the movie.

Christmas Carol-oke Featurette (6:25)

    Seven Christmas carols with a bouncing ball to sing along to.

Greatest Time of the Year Music Video (3:18)

    Aly & AJ sing a sugar pop song that will rot your teeth and your mind.

Alternate Opening Sequence (3:34)

    A slightly different opening sequence, featuring a handful of different jokes and a quick recap of the first two movies.

Jack Frost & Mrs. Claus: A Very Different Look Featurette (4:03)

    Two of the characters underwent radical costume and makeup changes during the early stages of production on the film. This featurette looks at what they were and why they were.

The New Comedians: On set with Tim & Marty Featurette (3:00)

    Tim Allen and Martin Short are comedians, allegedly. Here is a featurette to convince you of that fact.

Creating movie magic Featurette (3:54)

    A visual effects featurette. Features a decent introduction to the concept of compositing green-screen.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 1 version of this disc features both widescreen and full frame versions of the film on the one disc. Otherwise the two versions of this film are identical (save for PAL/NTSC differences).

Summary

    A by-the-numbers, but entertaining enough, holiday distraction. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is pretty much exactly what you would expect of a Tim Allen Christmas flick.

     The video quality is excellent. The audio is serviceable, albeit at a reasonably low bitrate. The extras are fair.

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© Adam Gould (Totally Biolicious!)
Friday, January 18, 2008
Review Equipment
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Display Samsung 116cm LA46M81BD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).
Audio DecoderPioneer VSX-D512. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX2016AVS
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