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Animated musical fantasy set in a parallel world where different lands represent different holiday periods. Our hero is Jack Skellington (voice of Chris Sarandon), a man from Halloween who becomes converted to Christmas and sets out to spread joy in the world. However, when Jack's new mission leads him to kidnap Santa (voice of Edward Ivory), it becomes clear that he is not really in tune with the Yuletide spirit. Produced and visualised by Tim Burton, this was the first full-length feature to use stop-motion animation throughout.
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
On the DVD: This edition is a must for all Burton fans with the biggest gem to be found on a DVD release--"Tim Burtons Early Films" which holds his first two works. Vincent is clear predecessor of Nightmare before Christmas using the same stop-animation style and voiced superbly by Vincent Price himself; and Frankenweenie--a B&W live-action flick--takes you back to early B-movie territory seen through the eyes of a boy. Added to these films is a great special-features menu including a short documentary offering an interview with Burton, which exposes the inspiration for this magical animation and presents the three-year task of making the "Nightmare". On top of this is an in-depth commentary by director Henry Selick and Art director Pete Kozachik and layer upon layer of "character development" offering an insight into the intensity of thought that went into making these animated figures real. You also get a great selection of storyboards along with the sequences they manifest into, deleted storyboards and an animated sequence with a surprise alternative ending. The menu is beautifully animated in keeping with the style of artwork in the film. With a 1.66:1 widescreen format and Dolby digital transfer this charming DVD is perfect for Halloween, Christmas and beyond! --Nikki DisneySee all Product description
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Burton's eclectic mix of styles is recognisable immediately with influences of: german expressionism, hammer horror, universal horror, Dr. Seuss artwork and the story of the outsider trying to fit in and eventually accepting or being accepted for who he is as a person. Danny Elfman's score and musical numbers are of course genius and perfectly suited for the film, which stands alone as a great score in it's own right; the film would not be the same without it (comes in 7.1 surround sound on this blu-ray).
Overall I would highly recommend buying this film in Blu-ray, there are a good deal of interesting special features available such as: documentaries, deleted scenes and original early short films by Tim Burton such as 'Vincent' and 'Frankenweenie'. The transfer looks and sounds stunning and as expected the film has never looked or sounded so bright, crisp, detailed and colourful - it looks 3D even in 2D!
Every aspect of the film was so good and enjoyable, the only fault is the length, which may be an unfair crisicism due to the extraordinary hard work that needed to go into its making. A ground breaker in every way.
I had lost my dvd & wanted an exact replacement & was looking forward to getting a nice new one with the cardboard sleeve. This product is obviously not as described.
OK. Now the review of A Nightmare Before Christmas (Collector's Edition).
Great sound, fantastic picture and a whole load of extras.
I love the original front cover artwork and the transfer of the film is top notch. All of the characters stand out and the background in each scene is really good.
I highly recommend this to anyone thinking of upgrading. I decided to watch my DVD version after watching the blu ray and after ten minutes I turned it off, put it in my 'don't want anymore pile', and that's where it's going to stay.
The extras include a great Tim Burton movie introduction, exclusive to blu ray, Tim Burton's first animated short film (Vincent), Audio commentary from the director Henry Selick, Tim Burton and the music designer, and best of all a behind the scenes the making of which goes into great detail and gives you a whole different perspective of this type of animated film. (as well as other extras you get iwith every blu ray)
Anyway, you get the idea. And for those real movie experience buffs here are the details.
VIDEO: 1080p HD / 16x9 / 1.66:1
AUDIO: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Dolby Digital 5.1
Hope this has helped you and once again you won't regret purchasing this great blu ray edition.