Fred Claus (Blu-ray)

Directed By: David Dobkin Starring: Paul Giamatti Vince Vaughn

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This is a story you've never heard before, a hilarious and heartwarming comedy about Fred Claus, Santa's brother -- and complete opposite. After growing up in a saintly Nick's shadow, Fred becomes a grouch who's lost his belief in Christmas. Then, one magical December, Fred flies north (first class via reindeer) to find brother Nick is in trouble: a scheming efficiency expert is out to shut down Christmas fever! Expect fun by the sleighful as Fred helps save Christmas and rediscovers the gift of family. Join Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatii, Miranda Richardson, Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates, Kevin Spacey and more in a yuletide treat to enjoy for years to come.


Studio Warner
SKU 208920648
UPC 085391176480
UPC 14 00085391176480
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/2/2012
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 2270
Santa Claus
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Sibling rivalry takes on a new dimension in director David Dobkin's (WEDDING CRASHERS, CLAY PIGEONS) third collaboration with actor Vince Vaughn, FRED CLAUS. Ever since his younger brother, Nicholas (Paul Giamatti), was born, it seems that nothing Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn) does is good enough. Nicholas literally becomes a saint and is beloved by millions worldwide, but Fred is just a regular Joe. When Fred finds himself in need of big money in a hurry, little brother Santa is the only one he can turn to. Soon, Fred is working at the North Pole to earn some quick cash and shaking things up with the elves to the delight of efficiency expert Clyde Northcutt (Kevin Spacey), who is on a mission to close down Santa's operation. Can the dueling Claus brothers work together to save Christmas?^A sweet lesson is thrown in amongst the sibling rivalry and hijinx: there are really no naughty children at Christmas, just kids who may need a little or love or a second chance. Vaughn plays a character familiar to us now, fast-talking but likable with good intentions. He's at his best when teaching the elves the merits of rock & roll, or talking himself out of sticky situations. Giamatti is endearing as Santa Claus, who compensates for the stress of his job by overeating. Spacey's emotionally frozen Clyde Northcutt harks back to WILLY WONKA's Slugworth as a villain. Frank Stallone, Roger Clinton, and Stephen Baldwin appear in the film's funniest scene as siblings with rivalry issues. Rounding at the cast are Miranda Richardson as Santa's wife, Kathy Bates as Mother Claus, Elizabeth Banks as Santa's assistant, John Michael Higgins as Wiilie the Head Elf, Rachel Weisz as Fred's girlfriend, and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges as DJ Donnie.
Los Angeles Times "Vince Vaughn's take on sibling rivalry with his famous brother gives traction and a fresh look to a story about helping Santa during crunch time." 11/09/2007
David Dobkin
Paul Giamatti
Vince Vaughn
Cast & Crew
Miranda Richardson - Star
Ludacris - Star
Rachel Weisz - Star
Paul Giamatti - Star
Elizabeth Banks - Star
Trevor Peacock - Star
John Michael Higgins - Star
Kevin Spacey - Star
Kathy Bates - Star
Vince Vaughn - Star
Vince Vaughn - Co-Producer
Dan Fogelman - Screenwriter
Remi Adefarasin - Director of Photography
Christophe Beck - Composer
Joel Silver - Producer
David Dobkin - Producer
Jessie Nelson - Producer
Dan Fogelman - Story
Jessie Nelson - Story
David Dobkin - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 1000026378
UPC 00085391176480
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 115 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource Variety
Review The burden of having a famous sibling seems fraught with comedic possibilities, but whatever potential existed has been squandered and then some in "Fred Claus," dumping coal into everyone's holiday stocking. Although promoted as a comedy, this reunion of "Wedding Crashers" star Vince Vaughn and director David Dobkin alternates between unpleasantness and Hallmark-sweet sappiness, with the only clever (if predictable) sequence occurring well into the second hour...The shortcomings are nearly as bountiful as a child's Christmas wish list, but the movie's central problem begins with Vaughn's casting in the title role and the seeming inability to shackle his rapid-fire delivery and angry persona so that it adheres in even the smallest way to the fuzzy material...For studios, feel-good holiday movies should represent the ultimate commercial no-brainer, but "Fred Claus" follows in the feel-bad footsteps of "Deck the Halls"...In that respect, Hollywood might be making an inadvertent contribution to family values, what with the rather cynical image of movies as a means to escape family interaction around the holidays. Given options such as this, suddenly sitting around staring at each other doesn't sound quite so bad.
Reviewer Brian Lowry
ReviewRating 5
Review One scene will stay with me for the next six Christmases. Vince Vaughn, playing Santa Claus' dishonest brother Fred, attends a support group for second-banana siblings. Frank Stallone is there, sheepishly admitting that his faith in brother Sylvester faded with each new Rocky movie. Roger Clinton explains how difficult it was being "the First Brother." Fred tries to get a word in edgewise but ends up shouting at Stephen Baldwin...Fred Claus needed two or three more thinking-outside-the-box scenes like this to help it become more than what it actually is: a fragile premise stuffed with hollow Christmas jokes that would collapse in a holiday heap if not for Vaughn's demonstrated charms...Fred falters because director David Dobkin never definitively chooses between making a kid-friendly moneymaker or an edgy comedy aimed at our inner teenage boy. The PG rating suggests the former, with tall Vaughn looming over pint-sized co-stars and sleeping in undersized beds...But the concept of sibling rivalry, the outsourcing of elfin labor, and the need for an intervention will fly over the heads of young ones like Santa's sleigh above snow-covered rooftops on Christmas Eve. Ho, ho, oh well. Maybe next time.
Reviewer Sean O'Connell
ReviewRating 6
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Ella Taylor, LA Weekly Deftly blending disrespect and good nature, Fred Claus is a gas.
Jay Towers, FOX-TV Fun holiday cheer for the whole family.
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV Sure to be a holiday classic.
Laura Repstad, Premiere Silly, heartwarming, and fun.
Matthew Turner, ViewLondon ...well made, superbly acted and entirely watchable, provided you can stomach the sentimentality levels.

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