The Nightmare Before Christmas
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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
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
- Whats This? Jack's Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour
- Tim Burton's original poem narrated by Christopher Lee
- Film Commentary
- Introduction to Frankenweenie
- The Making of the film
- The Worlds of TIme Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
- Deleted scenes
- Storyboard to film comparison
- Original theatrical trailers and posters
- Short film, "Vincent"
- A special blu-ray only introduction by Tim Burton
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I received the 20th anniversary edition, which does not include a digital copy as mentioned in some of the older reviews, nor does it come with a protective sleeve as pictured in some reviews. Just the normal, blue jewel case of your typical Blu-Ray disc.
A brilliant mix of stop motion animation, great music, and creepy but good fun, Nightmare Before Christmas was a staple in my household growing up. Definitely one of the darker Disney movies, so the young ones might be a bit frightened. That said, anyone old enough to ride the Haunted Mansion at Disney World or Disneyland should be perfectly fine!
Never has this wonderful world of Tim Burton looked better. Do your children (or your inner child!) a favor and pick this up. You'll be humming "What's This?" for days to come!
The 3-D is pretty decent as well, and was nice to add to the collection of 3-D titles, but the main reason for the purchase was simply for the standard Blu-Ray, which looks and sounds incredible.
I was a little shocked by the price tag (for the 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray 3D, Blu-Ray, DVD, & Digital Copy), but it is rather popular, and there are a lot of different formats being offered in one package.
All-in-all, well worth the money. Whether you’re an old fan looking to upgrade the copy you already have, buying it for the first time, or completely new to it and interested in checking out, you will not be disappointed.
And in fact he did. Burton wrote and produced a charming stop-motion musical called "The Nightmare Before Christmas," which is as close as we'll ever get to a Burton Christmas film. And there's rarely a dull moment in this town called Halloween -- from start to finish, it's a quirky, macabre, vintage-flavoured ride through the darker side of everybody's favorite holidays.
In Halloween Town, the undead Jack Skellington is king, and each Halloween the residents try to make their celebration even more horrible than the year before.
But this year, something is missing for Jack, and he starts wondering if scaring people is all his life has. He ends up wandering into a sort of holiday junction, and finds a portal to Christmas Town -- it's full of snow, lights, presents and innocent fun. Jack is instantly enamoured of Christmas, and decides that for this year, the residents of Halloween Town are going to celebrate Christmas.
He manages to convince the other Halloween residents -- except the sweet rag-doll Sally -- to go along with his plan. So Halloween Town is redecorated and filled with presents (in a suitably ghastly style) and "Sandy Claws" is abducted so Jack can take his place. But are the people of Halloween Town just not suited to innocent merriment, and can the Pumpkin King fill the capacious red suit when Christmas Eve rolls around?
The idea of Halloween ghouls and spooks deciding to take over Christmas sounds terribly twee in concept, like a gimmicky children's book. Fortunately Tim Burton's darkly humorous sense of humor and delightfully gothic designs -- as well as Henry Selick's brilliant direction -- end up turning the movie into something that is more than just another kid's movie. Think a Burtonesque "Princess Bride."
Much of its charm comes from the richness of Burton's visuals -- his Halloween Town is saturated in spiky iron fences, ghost dogs, insects, mad scientists, and a spooky cloudy night that never ends. And though the inhabitants of Halloween Town are devoted to being grotesque and spooky, there's a lighthearted benevolence in their actions at all times. It almost makes Christmas Town look... dull.
But it's also an incredibly funny, sweet little movie, with plenty of heart. There's an adorable little love story between Jack and Sally ("My dearest friend, if you don't mind..."), despite Jack's total cluelessness. And Burton weaves in lots of solid musical numbers ("There's children throwing snowballs/instead of throwing heads/they're busy building toys/and absolutely no one's dead!").
But the crown jewel is Burton's macabre sense of humor. Hardly a scene goes by without a creepy gag (one child's present is a shrunken head) or clever dialogue ("Jack, please, I'm only an elected official here. I can't make decisions by myself!"). But the best humor comes from the Halloween-town's residents eagerly trying to be festive, and only making Christmas even creepier than Halloween ever could be.
For a skeleton puppet, Jack Skellington is a pretty adorable hero -- he's earnest, generous, but suffers from a bit of ennui from the same old performance every year. His meditative songs about Halloween and his attempts at Christmas add an introspective note to him as well. And he's backed by a bunch of lovable characters, with Sally and the ghost dog Zero at the forefront.
"Nightmare Before Christmas" is a macabre, wildly adorable little movie that reminds us why we love Halloween (besides the candy). Sometimes the dark and fun go hand in hand.
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