'Santa with Muscles' [Blu-ray+Digital]
(Hulk Hogan, Mila Kunis, Don Stark, Garrett Morris, and Clint Howard, et al / Blu-ray+Digital / NR / (1996) 2019 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan stars as an evil millionaire who gets amnesia during the holiday season and becomes convinced that he is Santa Claus.
This less-than-conventional Santa is using his new identity to fight crime and bring good cheer to all good boys and girls. You better watch out!
Blu-ray: In truth, this film was one of the most underrated kid flicks of it's time! Unfortunately it came out at the same time as 'Jingle All the Way' so it didn't get the proper attention it deserved (in my humble opinion).
'Santa with Muscles' is a lighthearted, sweet and fun feelgood film with zany antagonist characters, great sight gags, and a happy ending that would delight little kids and adults as well!
Hulk Hogan plays mean wealthy egoist health food tycoon Blake Thorne who ends up running from the cops after a awry paintball incident and hides out in a shopping mall while disguised as Santa.
A head injury leaves him suffering from amnesia, an opportunistic elf convinces Blake that he is the real Santa. Blake starts doing good deeds and takes on a villain who wants to shut down an orphanage for some magic minerals.
Interestingly enough, it's also a lovely film to catch Mila Kunis, Adam Wylie and Aria Noelle Curzon in as youngsters as they have all, as we well know now, have gone on to bigger projects in their impressive careers.
Ed Begley Jr., Steve Valentine, Don Stark, Robin Curtis and Garrett Morris all give fun quirky performances that will keep you laughing and feeling like it's Christmas all year round!
In closing, 'Santa with Muscles' isn't as bad a film as you might have been told and is, for my money, a wonderfully unpretentious and delightfully entertaining flick to catch at Christmas time. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.