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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Danny Elfman , Chris Sarandon , Henry Selick  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,291 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix
  • Directors: Henry Selick
  • Writers: Tim Burton
  • Producers: Tim Burton
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 1997
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,291 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304711921
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nightmare Before Christmas" on IMDb

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For those who never thought Disney would release a film in which Santa Claus is kidnapped and tortured, well, here it is! The full title is Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, which should give you an idea of the tone of this stop-action animated musical/fantasy/horror/comedy. It is based on characters created by Burton, the former Disney animator best known as the director of Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and the first two Batman movies. His benignly scary-funny sensibility dominates the story of Halloweentown resident Jack Skellington (voice by Danny Elfman, who also wrote the songs), who stumbles on a bizarre and fascinating alternative universe called ... Christmastown! Directed by Henry Selick (who later made the delightful James and the Giant Peach), this PG-rated picture has a reassuringly light touch. As Roger Ebert noted in his review, "some of the Halloween creatures might be a tad scary for smaller children, but this is the kind of movie older kids will eat up; it has the kind of offbeat, subversive energy that tells them wonderful things are likely to happen." --Jim Emerson

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126 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be True to Your Ghoul June 17, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Note: This is a review of the 2008 DVD release

What's this? A new "Nightmare Before Christmas" DVD package? Actually there are three versions: this two-disc set that includes a downloadable digital copy, a Blu-ray version, and a collector's edition that comes with a bust of Jack Skellington with a detachable Sandy Claus beard and hat.

Though this version is billed as a two-disc set, it actually has three discs. The third one contains the digital copy. An instruction sheet spells out in clear steps how to download the file to an iPod or similar device.

The movie itself is a feast for the eyes, ears and imagination. A delectable witches' brew of stop-motion animation, catchy show tunes and a seriously warped creative license, it always stays true to its timeless message: to be happy, be yourself. Devilishly nonconformist, it's an enduring holiday musical for the whole Addams family.

Well, almost. Though all of its fright gags are played entirely for laughs, some of the imagery is downright creepy, especially for small children. Anyone older than say, 6, however, should enjoy every minute. Teenagers will love it.

The story -- the citizens of Halloweentown attempt to annex neighboring Christmastown -- comes from the macabre mind of producer Tim Burton, who wrote it in his spare time (as a poem!) while working as a Disney animator in the 1980s. The movie blends the tastiest bits of Burton's earlier
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183 of 208 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Special Edition that is TRULY Special December 10, 2001
Format:DVD
If you think the best movies are the ones that show you a world you've never envisioned before, then you will LOVE Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas". A benchmark in stop-motion animation, this incredibly difficult-to-make film (24 individually posed frames were needed to produce ONE SECONDS's worth of action) is a masterpiece of art direction, set design, and good old-fashioned storytelling. The plot revolves around Jack, the Pumpkin King of Halloween, and his attempt to run Christmas in place of Santa Claus. "Sleigh" becomes confused with "slay"; "stockings" become "stalkings"; and spirits go from joyous to ghostly as the two holidays clash together like oil and water, or fire and ice. One of the great surprises of the movie is that although it dances around material that could easily careen into cynicism, it remains refreshingly sweet and light throughout. Which is not to say that some of the comedy isn't a little dark and perhaps geared more towards older children and adults; for example, the brief scene in which a python puppet is shown swallowing a Christmas tree whole is hysterically funny, but not especially appropriate for the very young.
The special edition DVD is unquestionably the version of this classic to buy. Included are a wealth of extras: the teaser and theatrical trailers; a documentary on "The Making of ..."; deleted scenes and storyboards, etc, etc. The best bonuses are two short films by Burton: "Vincent", a poetic tribute to the magnificent Vincent Price, narrated by the subject himself; and "Frankenweenie", a canine send-up of "Frankenstein", starring Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, and a cast of talented character actors. This DVD is one that you can spend HOURS exploring happily! Highly recommended as both a Halloween and Christmas treat.
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare Before Christmas 2 Disk (Blu-ray + DVD) October 16, 2010
By L Smith
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Nightmare Before Christmas [Blu-ray]
Since there are a number of reviews listed on previous releases of this movie which describe the storyline of The Nightmare Before Christmas, I will just mention that I saw it when it was originally released in the movie theaters and have been a fan ever since. After being unable to find out sufficient details about the technical specs of this 2010 release on the Amazon and Disney websites, I decided to find out the information by visiting a "Big Box" store so that I could physically look at the Blu-ray/DVD cover. This version contains one Blu-ray disk and one DVD disk. The Blu-ray specs listed on the box are 1080p, with a 1:66:1 aspect ratio. The DVD specs are shown as "original theatrical format" with a 1:66:1 aspect ratio. If you do not already own a Blu-ray player, this version will work best.

After considering this information, I decided to order the Blu-ray + Digital (2008 release) from Amazon since I did not have any use for another standard DVD in my collection, and the Blu-ray disk has the same aspect ratio of 1:66:1. The Nightmare Before Christmas [Blu-ray] + Digital Copy The picture quality on this Blu-ray shows a vast improvement over the DVD Special Edition released in 2000.

For anyone who is a fan of this movie and is considering purchasing a Blu-ray version, I would tell them that it is definitely worth the upgrade.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3D Review by a 3D Connoisseur December 8, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
POST-PRODUCTION 3D (converted from 2D to 3D)

My ratings are based mainly on the QUALITY OF THE 3D, not the video content.

There are about 23 out of screen effects that extend about 10% of the way, from the screen to the viewer but 6 of them are very quick. 2 made it to 15% and 5 more at 25%.

The 3D looked somewhat inconsistent from scene to scene and it lacked the crisp details normally associated with animated 3D. This is partly due to originally being a 2D stop-motion film vs. a computer generated animation like most. The lack of colors and the many dark scenes it includes also hampered the 3D.

Active Glasses Users: I detected 19 instances of crosstalk but realistically only 5 times the ghosting was easily noticeable. (on my system)

MY 3D RATING = GOOD (poor, fair, good, very good, excellent)

Note: As far as the percentages go, everyone's eyes are different. What I see at 25% you may see at 15% or 35%. To fully realize how far something is out of the screen for you, pause on an effect and direct a partner with an extended finger to the tip of what you are seeing. You may be surprised.

Click on `See all my reviews' for the lowdown on other 3Ds
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Item came in great condition, thank you very much.
Published 3 days ago by Nicholas Youssef
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite in our house
We purchased this as a replacement DVD. Good thing DVDs don't wear out like VHS tapes, caused we'd be on the hint again soon.
Published 5 days ago by B. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Obvious and total classic. Burton's best work. My wife loves this and so does my young daughter. It has a dark edge to it but still somehow a positive light as well. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Frankie
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic movie everyone must own
Tim burton at his finest. Such a great movie, with great music provided by Danny Elfman. This was a fabulous movie with stunning visuals and amazing rewatchability. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Robert Nevitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Burton is always a joy to watch.
Bought this for my niece with A Corpse Bride, and she loves them. This makes a great gift.
Published 8 days ago by Misty Frogg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great timing!
Great movie, AWSOME cost, wouldn't mind purchasing more movies from here. Delivery date was sharp!
Published 9 days ago by Edwin Gonzalez
1.0 out of 5 stars review of amazon, not the movie. Disappointed to say the least!
this review is clearly about the title and amazon, not the movie. Amazon instant is in my opinion small. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Steve Milillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Movie!
One of my favorite movies of all time. Fun story with just enough to make it creepy wothout being scary for kids! Read more
Published 11 days ago by T. L. Lavin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it :)
LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! :)
Published 13 days ago by Jim B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this movie. My daughter loves Tim Burton's movies.
Published 13 days ago by B. Beal
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DEFECT ON DVD!! Has anyone else noticed this?
We just opened our copy. I noticed the same thing- I guess I will be returning this copy to Borders for another one. For a moment I thought our speakers were having issues, but a second play confirmed it was not our speakers.
Aug 31, 2008 by thebarkingcat |  See all 12 posts
why is this so expensive?
Because it's worth it!
Jul 2, 2012 by Jonathan Barton |  See all 2 posts
Disney File Digital Copy - Doesn't work.
For those with a gray screen...I just called the Disney Technical Support. They told me to Deauthorize my itunes (Located in the Top of the screen where "File, Edit, etc. is.....it's under the "Store" dropdown menu) , then reauthorize it and reboot itunes and it worked! The... Read More
Nov 24, 2009 by Jonathan G. Song |  See all 16 posts
Out of print for good?
I hope Disney realizes they are screwing themselves out of a bunch of money for not having this available on DVD. This is ridiculous. It's no problem to find Nightmare Before Christmas t-shirts, socks, scarves, figurines, backpacks and steering wheel covers... but that just makes it even more... Read More
Dec 17, 2007 by D. Berreth |  See all 13 posts
No Blu-Ray Ultimate Special Edition?
It'd also be nice if there was the 3D version as well, I'd like that better than the whole "disney digital copy" thing
Jul 23, 2008 by taleeya |  See all 10 posts
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