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The Nightmare Before Christmas (Special Edition) (1993)

Danny Elfman , Chris Sarandon , Henry Selick  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,238 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Paul Reubens
  • Directors: Henry Selick
  • Writers: Tim Burton, Caroline Thompson, Michael McDowell
  • Producers: Danny Elfman, Tim Burton, Denise Di Novi
  • Format: Animated, Black & White, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Letterboxed, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • 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: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,238 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305949980
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nightmare Before Christmas (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making of Documentary
  • Gallery of Concept Art, Character Design and Animation Tests
  • Deleted Footage - Animated Sequences and Storyboards Not Used In The Final Film
  • Tim Burton's Short Films Vincent and Frankenweenie

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

Using the exhaustive laser disc version as a start, the Nightmare DVD is a fascinating disc with more than 450 production and design images, a deft storyboard-to-film example, and deleted scenes. Director Henry Selick delves deep into the making of the film in his audio commentary and in a 20-minute documentary. The film also features two Tim Burton shorts, the stop-motion Vincent (his first film, which is rarely seen) and the half-hour Frankenweenie. In a welcome trend, the disc contains DTS and Dolby Digital soundtracks. --Doug Thomas

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Enter an extraordinary world filled with magic and wonder -- where every holiday has its own special land ... and imaginative, one-of-a-kind characters! THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS tells the heartfelt tale of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, and all things that go bump in the night. Bored with the same old tricks and treats, he yearns for something more, and soon stumbles upon the glorious magic of Christmas Town! Jack decides to bring this joyful holiday back to Halloween Town. But as his dream to fill Santa's shoes unravels, it's up to Sally, the rag doll who loves him, to stitch things back together. This critically acclaimed movie milestone captured the heart and imagination of audiences everywhere with its Academy Award(R)-nominated stop-motion effects, engaging Grammy(R)-nominated music, and the genius of Tim Burton (BATMAN, PLANET OF THE APES). THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHIRSTMAS -- a delightful treat the whole family will enjoy!

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122 of 130 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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71 of 77 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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180 of 204 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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53 of 58 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is my daughters favorite movie.
She wore out our DVD so I bought her another copy on Blue Ray. Unfortunately, the copy I ordered had the wrong country code so I had to send it back.
Published 8 days ago by gade04
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Flick
Could watch over and over again. Great story. Christmas or Halloween, every one can enjoy this film. Recommended for all
Published 10 days ago by Kevin Luitweiler
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
Bought this to replace the one we had on VHS. It was great back then and is still great now,
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Successfully Blends the Best of Everything Christmas and Halloween
One might think Tim Burton teaming up with Walt Disney's company would lead to a muted, if not disastrous, movie. Not so. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie
Makes my daughter very happy. Her favorite director and Jack Skelington is a great character, great story. Great family movie
Published 14 days ago by Michael M
4.0 out of 5 stars NIGHTMARE BEFORE XMAS.... wanted the 3D....but still have not seen the...
I Already owned the dvd, but wanted the 3D bluray ! And have not even watched this movie ever! Only parts!
Published 19 days ago by Liz Maldonado-askedall
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic tale
Fun alternative to traditional holiday tales. My partner and his children watched this year after year when the girls were younger; I've heard quotes and songs from the movie. Read more
Published 20 days ago by hike2day
5.0 out of 5 stars The NBC
This animated movie is wonderful and the 3 disc copy plays great. Recommend this for people of all ages. Thanks
Published 22 days ago by Robert W. Baughman
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MOVIE
Ok so I got this movie foe my niece because I love it I started to bye her all the Disney movies that I have and of occurs this just happened to be one of them and I am pleased to... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Elvira Zuniga
5.0 out of 5 stars gift for son
I bought this for my son since he loves Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas. He was pleased to receive this and still enjoys watching it.
Published 26 days ago by Jeri 907
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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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