The enhanced clarity of the Blu-ray format showcases the imaginative visuals in Tim Burton's ground-breaking The Nightmare Before Christmas
(1993). The cinematography in previous stop-motion films tended to be dull; the filmmakers locked down the camera and concentrated on animating the characters. In Nightmare
, the camera swoops through the opening parade in Halloween Town and slowly circles Jack Skellington as he lies in the arms of a graveyard statue: it's genuinely new and exciting. Blu-ray also enables the viewer to see details more clearly than earlier releases, from the subtle animation of Jack's long, skeletal hands to the multi-colored reflections on his ghostly face from the lights in Christmas Town. The HD version looks okay on portable devices, but it lacks the detail and crystal clarity of the Blu-ray. Like a Christmas stocking, the disc is stuffed with extras: a new commentary by Burton, director Henry Selick and composer Danny Elfman, short animated sequences that were deleted from the film due to time constraints, and a tour of the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland, redecorated with a Nightmare
theme. But two early shorts by Burton rank as the most entertaining extras. Vincent
, the delightfully macabre story of an eight-year-old boy who dreams of becoming Vincent Price, deftly blends 2D and 3D animation. The live action Frankenweenie
, in which a boy brings his dog back from the dead, is a hilarious but affectionate send-up of the horror films of the '30s. (It's currently being remade as stop-motion feature in London.) Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
was not a blockbuster when it was first released, but it has retained a devoted following, and merchandise of the characters remains popular. This new edition makes it easy to understand why. (Rated PG: violence, scary imagery) --Charles Solomon
Now digitally restored and remastered with state-of-the-art technology, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is deeper, darker and more brilliant than ever just as Tim Burton originally envisioned it on Blu-ray Disc Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere! Hear the genius of Danny Elfman's sensational music in 7.1 Surround Sound as the fantastic talents and imaginations of Tim Burton and Henry Selick come to life in stunning Hi-Def. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS now even more eerie and extraordinary on Blu-ray High Definition!
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is the first full-length stop-motion animated film ever created.
The movie contains more than 227 animated characters.
Santa Claus' head has more than 50 different working parts, and Jack has more than 400 separate interchangeable heads, each handcrafted with a different facial expression.
The smallest working puppet in the movie is a doll from the "real world" Jack visits that is only one inch long.
Sally is wearing a real miniature dress laid on top of foam latex so that the fabric doesn't move too much on screen.
At the height of production, the animators produced only 70 seconds of finished film per week.
To create Halloweentown's twisted look, the design artists often made their sketches using their nondrawing hand.
All-New Blu-ray Exclusive Tim Burton Movie Introduction
Storyboard To Film Comparison
Original Theatrical Trailers And Posters
What's This? Jack's Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour
FRANKENWEENIE (Uncut Version) With New Introduction By Tim Burton
VINCENT Short Film
Tim Burton's Original Poem Narrated By Christopher Lee
All-New Audio Commentary By Tim Burton, Director Henry Selick And Musical Designer Danny Elfman
Behind The Scenes Making Of Tim Burton's THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
The Worlds Of Tim Burton's THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Halloween Town; Christmas Town, The Real World