For what is an otherwise sharp release this is really the only area where the disc falters. This is such a bizarre (and fairly fun) film with what seems to be an intriguing back story and I was expecting a little more.
Helping somewhat in explaining the origins of the film (and also helping in explaining the ending of the movie, which I still feel doesnít entirely work) we get two short films. The first one, the 7-minute Rare Exports, Inc., was apparently made as a sort of holiday video by a production company for their clients and appeared on their website, gaining some acclaim and a cult following. Itís a sort of mock-promo video for a company called Rare Exports, Inc., which deals in (as I understand it) the distribution of Father Christmases across the world, and focuses on the hunting process of said creatures (itís sort of hard to explain beyond that.) Itís definitely cute, especially the training process to tame these creatures to serve as what I believe are to be mall Santa Clauses. Following this is a second 11-minute video called Rare ExportsóSafety Instructions, which serves as an educational documentary for employees of the company on how to handle these dangerous Santa Claus creatures (I particularly enjoyed a playful Matrix-like moment where I Santa jumps in the air to devour a ďnaughtyĒ victim.)
Theyíre both quite funny and fairly well done but work best on their own. I can see how they led to a feature film but I still donít know if the fitting of the Rare Exports business into what is otherwise a fun and offbeat monster movie really worked. But thatís beside the point I guess and Iím happy that Oscilloscope included these for some reference.
A 28-minute Making-of is included next, which appears to be more of a video journal. We get general comments about the production followed by footage of rehearsals, scouting, the actual production, and then its festival premiere. It offers a decent look into the making of the film with a fly-on-the-wall effect, just simply covering everything, but I canít say it offered anything truly insightful or surprising.
ĒBlood in the SnowĒ presents a look at the concept art made to help show investors their intent with the film. The artwork is shown with quick comparisons to the actual sequences. It runs about 3-minutes in total.
A 6-minute effects comparison compares two sequences before and after the special effects are added. Split in to two portions the top of the screen shows the raw footage from the shoot without any of the added effects, so you get green screens in the background in some cases and absent snow effects, while the bottom shows the complete sequence. The comparisons are of the ďSanta exchangeĒ sequence near the end and then the climax which involves a helicopter (trying not to give away too much for those who havenít seen the film yet.) These prove usually a little fascinating but this one was more fascinating if only because I was actually surprised by what was actually CGI in the film in some cases. There are cases where you can tell what is CGI but the work overall is very good and a lot of it does blend in fairly well.
A Finnish theatrical trailer is next followed by probably the coolest addition on here (and an exclusive to the Blu-ray) which is the (in)famous cult film Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. I didnít watch the whole thing (in all honesty the filmís never been my cup of tea despite my fondness for bad films and camp) but itís here. Unfortunately many may be disappointed with the presentation itís presented in standard-definition and has received no restoration what so ever. Colours are washed and pale, the print is in horrific condition with scratches and imperfections galore, and the audio drops out and just sounds terrible overall. The only plus is that the standard-definition transfer itself isnít half bad.
But forgetting that out-of-left-field addition itís a pretty sparse collection of supplements. But at least most of it proved interesting. 6/10