It’s been over a month since Christmas, but nobody told Mel Gibson and Co.
For those who still have their Christmas trees standing and their lights hung, you can now pour yourself another glass of eggnog, grab a gingerbread cookie and curl up for one more holiday movie night with “Fatman” on Blu-ray, DVD or digital.
“Fatman” isn’t your typical warm and fuzzy Christmas flick, though. Anyone who’s seen the trailer knows that Eshom and Ian Nelms’s action comedy is a much darker take on the most wonderful time of the year.
Gibson stars as a declining Chris Cringle, and business is anything but booming. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and as a result, the Fatman finds himself entangled in a partnership with the U.S. military – which means ‘ol Santa Claus is armed with more than just presents and cheer this year. That’s good new, though, considering Saint Nick is being tailed by Skinny Man (Walton Goggins), a highly-trained assassin hired by a 12-year-old out for revenge after receiving coal in his stocking.
If you prefer shootouts and explosions to feel-good family films, “Fatman” may just be your new favorite holiday tradition, and with the new home release, there are plenty of bonus features that come with it.
Let’s take a look.
Special Features on Blu-ray Disc
- Deleted and Extended Scenes – Check out two new deleted scenes and four extended scenes from the film, all with optional directors’ commentary available.
- Storyboard to Film – In this 10-minute featurette, brothers and co-writer/directors Eshom and Ian Nelms walk viewers through the creative process behind two of the film’s biggest scenes: “Breaking the News” and “The Showdown.” Featuring original storyboard images alongside footage from the film, watch it all come to life.
- Filmmaker’s Commentary – Watch the entire feature film accompanied by commentary from star Mel Gibson, writers/directors Eshom and Ian Nelms, producer Michelle Lang and cinematographer Johnny Derango.
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.