RiffTrax Live! Santa Claus DVD Review
The “Rifftrax Live! Santa Claus” DVD is better than curly shoes.
If “Santa Claus” sounds familiar that’s because it’s another “Mystery Science Theater 3000” episode getting the RiffTrax treatment. This time, however, fans get to see the full unedited version! For those that need a refresher, “Santa Claus” is a bizarre Mexican holiday film dubbed in English. The film contains Santa (obviously), an innocent little girl (Lupita) who wants a doll, Merlin (don’t ask), a creepy castle, and a meddlesome Devil named Pitch.
Even though Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy crack plenty of funny jokes about Angelina Jolie, Robert Zemeckis, “Reservoir Dogs,” SNL, organ playing, Blitzen, Merlin’s “Dadundadun,” and Santa gassing kids, the longer cut isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I actually prefer the MST3K edit of the film as the pacing of the full version is sluggish to say the least. With that said, I would watch these three riff anything, anytime, anywhere. They’re the most consistently funny comedy act and “Santa Claus” certainly proves that.
“Santa Claus” aside, fans are also treated to a short film, but not any old short film. This one is part of the beloved “At Your Fingertips” series! This installment is titled “Sugar & Spice” and it features a plethora of sugar creations/crafts (if you want to call them that) that no one would ever make. It’s just as weird as the other ‘Fingertips’ shorts and the RiffTrax trio have no trouble whatsoever mocking it mercilessly.
Video quality wise, ‘Fingertips’ looks a bit washed out, but the “Santa Claus” print is actually amazing. The live show footage is predictably sharp as well.
In terms of the audio quality, both ‘Fingertips’ and ‘Santa’ are a bit on the low side, but they still sound OK. The riffs are never hard to hear and that is what matters most here.
Extras: More Christmas themed pre-show mock trivia slides with a few behind-the-scenes still photos. A couple never before seen slides are also included.
Overall Thoughts: “Santa Claus” is worth picking up just for the Merlin jokes alone.
“RiffTrax Live! Santa Claus” is available to purchase here: http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax-live-santa-claus
Note: If you purchase both “Santa Claus” and “Santa Claus Conquers The Martians” DVDs, you will get a free Ice Cream Bunny squeeze toy. Who doesn’t want that?
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