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Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 127 (Jan 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Elizabeth Mtichell, Judge Reinhold, Wendry Crewson, Ann Margret, Eric Lloyd, Spenser Breslin, Liliana Mumy, Alan Arkin, Martin Short & Tim Allen

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include up-front previews; a blooper reel (three minutes); Music & More, which has seven Carol-oke songs to sing along with and a music video Greatest Time Of Year with Aly & AJ; and Back Stage Disney, which has an alternate opening and the following featurettes: Jack Frost & Mrs Clause: A Very Different Look (four minutes), The New Comedians: On The Set With Tim & Marty (three minutes), Creating Movie Magic (four minutes), and the option to view the film with commentary. In addition, the Blu-ray Disc includes the virtual holiday decorator Deck The Halls, and a Movie Showcase.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 53706
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

For all ages
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/20/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michael Lembeck
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Scott Calvin (Allen) a.k.a. Santa Clause is in a bit of a time-crunch for Christmas number 3 (okay, its number 12) under his direction. After making a scene at the Council For Legendary Figures, Mother Nature (Aishja Tyler) and Father Time (Peter Boyle) decide to give the jolly elf an Escape Clause and send cold-weather sprite, Jack Frost (Short), to help out. But Jack has a more permanent solution in mind

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.84:1 DVD exhibits a bright picture with a bold color palette and contrast that is rendered well. The result is an image that really pops from the screen and should help keep young kids interested. Fleshtones have a pink hue that makes everyone look sunburnt. Black levels are deep and shadow delineation is decent, but there does seem to be some crushing in the near blacks. Pixel breakup can be noticed at times throughout, and while edge enhancement is minor, it can be seen on high-contrast transitions. (Danny Richelieu)

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