Smithsonian Networks & Infinity Entertainment Group Proudly Present
In Search of Santa Claus
Celebrated Around the World ... But Who is Saint Nick Really?
The True Story Delivering on DVD Oct. 20th
LOS ANGELES ó Oct. 1, 2009 ó For Immediate Release ó A beloved and iconic figure in a multitude of cultures around the world ... but do you know the true story behind this ubiquitous legend? Find out in In Search of Santa Claus, delivering on DVD Oct. 20 from Infinity Entertainment Group.
Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Santa Claus ... From Armenia (Gaghant Baba) to China (Dun Che Lao Ren), India (Ganesha) and Yugoslavia (Deda Mraz), this beloved and iconic symbol of holiday cheer is known by dozens of names.
But who was he? Was he the fourth century miracle worker Bishop Nicholas of Myra in modern day Turkey? Or the sixth century Abbot Nicholas of Zion? Did these Middle Eastern holy men become the jolly old Saint Nick of popular lore?
Is our modern-day image of Santa the brain child of Civil War-era cartoonist Thomas Nast, looking to comfort weary soldiers during the holidays ... and of savvy Coca Cola ad men who adopted the image 50 years later?
Smithsonian Networks takes a revealing pop history look at the amazing transformation of a holy man into a treasured icon of Christmas joy.
In Search of Santa Claus is presented in letterbox with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound and 2.0 stereo. Special features include subtitling for the deaf and hearing impaired.
About Smithsonian Networks
Smithsonian Networks (SN) is a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution. It was formed to create new channels to showcase scientific, cultural and historical programming based largely upon the assets of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. Smithsonian Channel features original documentaries, short-subject explorations and innovative and groundbreaking programs highlighting America's historical, cultural and scientific heritage. Visit Smithsonian Networks on the Internet at http://www.smithsonianchannel.com.
About Infinity Entertainment Group
Infinity Entertainment Group, headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., is a multi-service home entertainment retail distributor specializing in independent films, television programming, special-interest, documentaries, anime and music. Clients include Smithsonian Networks, iN DEMAND Networks, Falcon Picture Group, Bandai Entertainment, Roxbury Entertainment, SJ2 Entertainment and Retromedia. Hit titles include the iconic Route 66 television series, now available on DVD for the first time, and Spike Jones: The Legend. The company was launched in 2006 and is a division of Infinity Resources, Inc., a privately-held, multi-channel marketing and service enterprise with general offices based in suburban Chicago, Ill.
In Search of Santa Claus
Infinity Entertainment Group
Format: DVD Only
Running Time: Approx. 47 Minutes
Suggested Retail Price: $9.98
Pre-Order Date: September 15, 2009
Street Date: October 20, 2009
Catalog #: IEG2198
UPC Code: #617742212198
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News Editor October 4, 2009, 3:48 pm