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The Nightmare Before Christmas [Blu-ray] [1994] [US Import]

Danny Elfman , Chris Sarandon , Henry Selick    Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix
  • Directors: Henry Selick
  • Writers: Caroline Thompson, Michael McDowell, Tim Burton
  • Producers: Danny Elfman, Denise Di Novi, Diane Minter Lewis, Don Hahn
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Collector's Edition, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Touchstone / Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AIRUP4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,238 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



As fresh, engaging and original as it was when it was first released over 15 years ago, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is a showcase not just for the creative work of Mr Burton himself, but also the directorial genius of Henry Selick. For while it’s often assumed that Burton directed the film, it’s actually Selick behind the camera calling the shots. The same Henry Selick, incidentally, who directed the equally stunning Coraline more recently. That’s a film worth picking up too.

But it’s, with some justification, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas for which he’s best known. It almost feels like a timeless tale already, as Jack Skellington, bored of arranging his usual successful Halloween, has a stab at Christmas instead. As you might expect, things don’t go quite to plan, which gives Selick and Burton the chance to introduce a macabre set of terrific characters. And, set to some superb music from Danny Elfman, one of the more unusual festive fairytales goes about its business.

And for such a visually striking film, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas benefits heavily from high definition. The attention to detail with the stop motion animation is gloriously highlighted here, and with Elfman’s aforementioned music eating up the breadth of the soundstage afforded by Blu-ray, it’s a genuine home cinema treat. It’s also the kind of film that, as the past 15 years have proven, is set to be spun again and again. And this Blu-ray edition is unquestionably the best version of it you can have in your home. Whether you find it a Halloween or a Christmas treat, it’s strongly recommended. --Jon Foster


Tim Burton's stop-motion animated feature finds Pumpkin King Jack Skellington thinking the grass is greener over in Santa Claus's holiday. He marshals all his goblins and ghouls to take over Christmas, but alas--poor Jack belongs to Halloween. An amazing visual and musical feast that should be seen at least twice to catch all the kinks and quirks in the nooks and crannies. 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.

DVD Bonus Features
"Nightmare" haunted mansion tour
Tim Burton's original poem
New commentary
Plus the original special edition bonus features.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best quality Jack yet! 19 Oct 2008
By Cheatin' Jockey VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The re-mastering looks great in high-def and the sound is great too, with depth and detail to the music, singing and voices. There are also plenty of extras for the film buffs & Burton fans.

What a coincidence that it's been released just before Halloween! Having said that it works as a Christmas movie too as the people of Christmas Town are also involved, though I won't say any more as I don't want to give the story away for those that don't know it...

If you haven't seen it and like animated movies this one is a classic and should be in your collection; it is truly both original and magical. Enjoy!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic Masterpiece 19 May 2006
When this animated Tim Burton film was first released back in the early nineties, I was still a child and it rightfully and quickly engraved its place as my fravioute film of all time. I am extreme pleased to see that it has stood the test of time and established itself as a cult classic with huge populatily. It is nothing less than a cinematic masterpiece that can be watched again and again and again - as it was when I first got the film years ago on video. The Nightmare Before Christmas is an fanasty film that tells the story of Jack Skellington ( a skeleton ) who longs for a more meanful existence in his home of Halloween Town, and desides to spread his version of Christmas to all, but his well meaning plan goes wrong. If for some strange reason you have not yet seen this brilliant production you must do so as soon as possible. Even now in my early twenties I can really appreate the pure atmosphere and blissfull characters that are created in the world of The Nightmare Before Christmas. It is a must own at all costs kind of film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent fantasy musical 12 Nov 2006
By Stampy
Tim Burton's gothic styled genre is in perfect place once again in this very goolish story about a skeleton who wishes for a bit more to life, some more screams for his satisfaction.

The animation is fantastic in a predictable but fun narrative. The creation of the characters is simply outstanding and deservedly Oscar nominated for the 3 years of creation. It is truly remarkable and has made me more interested in the animation industry after watching the documentary in the extra features.

The plot moves steadily along with many horror conventions such as gools, ghosts and goblins. I loved the boogie man, especially his song but Jack is obviously the most noticeable character with his wonderful singing and attitude towards Halloween and Christmas.

The songs are great, fun to sing along to, and if you know the words then you will defiantly be doing it, they are that catchy. There are some which are a bit off putting but the few fantastic ones (when he enters Christmastown) are always enjoyable and satisfying.

A film to watch with the family as it is pretty child centred but can satisfy audiences of all ages.

If you like sing-a-long songs and stunning effects with engaging spooky characters then this is for you.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The nightmare before christmas 19 Dec 2011
This is what my 3D tv has been waiting for.Fantastic a must the quality is better than the cinema and the 3D effects are some of the best of any dvd
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Film.... Product not as shown in picture 31 Oct 2010
By Ben
I ordered this expecting special edition with two disks as in the picture but received a flimsy case with just one disk!
Great film but if you are buying it and expect what is in the picture think again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best animated musical ever? 17 Mar 2004
By R Jess
Format:VHS Tape
Stop-motion animation may be the most pain-stakingly labourious art-form around, but its effects can be quite enchanting. In 'Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas', the 3-dimensional puppets give a vibrant live-action look that would somehow be missing from run-of-the-mill 2-D cartoon drwawings.
The original inspiration for the film came from a poem that Burton had wrote while working for Disney in the early 80's. He was originally going to use it as a narration to a short animation feature he was going to make in the style of his early films such as 'Vincent and 'Frankenweenie'. After he left Disney, the company kept the copyright. Then came the enormous success of Burton's first 3 movies and suddenly Disney became interested again. Although the theme of the story is a little darker than the usual Disney fare, with Tim Burton's name in the title they were willing to take the risk.
Halloweentown is a fantastical space in which all the grotesque characters inhabit a culture where it's okay to be different, messed up and miserable. A Burtonesque utopia if you will. Although Burton's name lies above the title, the two biggest creative minds behind the project were director Harry Selick and composer Danny Elfman. One of Selick's biggest influences in formulating the look of the film was Charles Laughton's 'The Night Of The Hunter' which made such expressive use of lighting. Elfman's songs are a revelation and this without a doubt is the best animated musical I've ever seen.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "brilliant" idea: to hijack Christmas :) 5 Oct 2005
This movie, directed by Henry Selick and written by Tim Burton, is absolutely delightful. I recommend it for children, teens and adults with lots of imagination, who believe they are prepared to watch a different and sensibly darker take on Christmas.
The main premise is that, whether we know it or not, all holidays are planned in advance in diverse special towns. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" takes place in one of those towns, Halloweentown, that is the place where Halloween is planned each year. Te main responsible of that planning is Jack Skellington, also called the King of Halloween. However, not many know that Jack is bored to death of always doing the same thing. Jack knows he is missing something, but has no idea whatsoever of what that is. Of course, everything changes when Jack discovers Christmastown, the town where (of course) Christmas is planned. For Jack, Christmas is something totally new, and foreign. All the same, he falls in love with it, and has a "brilliant" idea: to kidnap Santa Claus, and to hijack Christmas.
Needless to say, things don't go smoothly, but that is a big part of the fun of watching this movie. Confusions abound when Jack and all his friends of Halloweentown try to plan Christmas for the very first time, and the result is extremely entertaining. That is specially true if you are bored of classic Christmas films that end up saying the same things all over again. This is certainly not the case in this animated film :)
All in all, I think you are highly likely to enjoy this movie. Notwithstanding that, I don't recommend "The Nightmare Before Christmas" for young children, due to the fact that some of the scenes might scare them a little. Having said that, I think that this film is a treat you are going to enjoy, and thus I highly recommend it...
Belen Alcat
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD PURCHASE
Had seen the film previously and wanted to own it. Amazon let me do this for a very good price.
Published 26 days ago by Miss A Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars 3D does help
In this case, the 3D version does look much better so I am glad I bought this version. But the story is not as good as I remember it.
Published 1 month ago by Arthur
4.0 out of 5 stars Like this film
Nice Christmas film. Lovely visuals. Some of Burton's best work.
Packaged neatly.
However, the postman did see fit to leave package on the doorstep rather than simply... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emily Jayne Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Good surround sound, I could watch this film at any time of the year, I enjoy the music just as mush as the film.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Cardwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great chrismas film
Bought for my son for christmas,he loves it as do i.A great little film but then i love tim burton films.
Published 1 month ago by Miss M
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack has never stood out so well
An old-ish film that you have probably seen already - but in 3d it really stands out as a classic of the genre.
Published 1 month ago by Mr G D Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie but not suitable for young children
Nightmare Before Christmas is fantastic has great musical
Numbers performed by Danny Elfman and Catherine O Hara.
The animated horror classic is cool. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. A. Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
one of my favourite Christmas/Halloween movies ever! and I would recommend it to everyone, its just a all together great film
Published 2 months ago by Amy Moscrop
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful film
This film is probably the worst film I have ever seen. Dark, not Christmassy atall. Me and my 9 year old truesvto like it but it was just not for us
Published 2 months ago by Karamu77
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Film
Interesting and dark for a children's Christmas film but as per usual, Tim Burton delivers a good movie for all the family to watch.
Published 2 months ago by Jenny Potter
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