Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas [20th Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray] [1993]

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99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1215 out of 1230)

Synopsis


The Nightmare Before Christmas
This stop-motion animated fable was a big hit when it was released -- not only at the box office, but critically. It was praised for its stunning originality and for the excellence of its execution. In addition, it was praised for being a completely absorbing fable that both grownups and children can enjoy, so long as the children are able to its handle scary bits (beginning perhaps at age seven or eight). In the story, Jack Skellington (voice of Chris Sarandon) is the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, a realm of reality where the inhabitants make it their life's work to scare humans on Halloween. He's good at his work, and is very popular around town, but it all bores him. In a funk one day, he wanders into a wood where every tree is the doorway to realms serving one or another human holiday, and falls through the doorway into Christmas. There, he sees scenes of such glee and good will that he is overwhelmed. He returns to Halloweentown with the inspiration to persuade his fellow citizens to kidnap Santa and do Christmas in their own Halloweentown way -- complete with snakes and shrunken heads. Despite strong arguments against this project by Jack's otherwise loyal girlfriend, Sally (voice of Catherine O'Hara), Santa (voice of Edward Ivory) is duly captured, and the townspeople prepare a very special Christmas for everyone. Jack is excited about the new plan, and at first doesn't notice that Sally isn't around much anymore. Meanwhile, Oogie Boogie (voice of Ken Page), a sinister opponent of Jack's, has re-kidnapped Santa and has captured Sally as well. Since Sally is the true love of Jack's life and (he eventually realizes) the only one who can be relied upon to tell him the truth in every circumstance, a confrontation with Oogie Boogie becomes inevitable. In addition to being a monumental work of animation (it took over 120 animators and many more technicians more than two years to film it), this show features ten very appropriate musical numbers by composer Danny Elfman, who also supplies Jack's singing voice. In October 2006, fans of the innovative animated classic got to experience The Nightmare Before Christmas in a whole new dimension when the film was re-released into theaters in Disney Digital 3-D -- a process developed to add remarkable new depth to films that were originally released in standard 2-D. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Danny Elfman
    Danny Elfman - Jack Skellington/Barrel
  • Chris Sarandon
    Chris Sarandon - Jack Skellington
  • Catherine O'Hara
    Catherine O'Hara - Sally/Shock
  • William Hickey
    William Hickey - Dr. Finklestein
  • Glenn Shadix
    Glenn Shadix - Mayor



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Magical Trick of a Halloween Treat

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    Galadrielle

    Like trick-or-treating itself, The Nightmare Before Christmas is offbeat crazy fun! From the delightfully swirly curlicues of the Halloween Town landscapes to the tacky beauty of the aluminum tree, lit by a 1960's color wheel that many grownups may fondly remember, the entire movie is a sheer silly delight. Halloween is the day set aside for nothing but wild merriment, and if a pumpkin is carved slightly wrong, then maybe that wrong is right after all! The hero Jack Skellington embodies the scariness and the wackiness and the spirit of the October holiday. There is also a charming romance between Jack and savvy Sally the Halloween Town rag doll, who is almost, but just not quite, pretty enough to be a Christmas present herself, but rather than being a Christmas present, she is the recipient of one - Jack's true love, as he proposes to her on Christmas Day! Danny Elfman's catchy songs are easy to sing and are good to have on the iPod and on the brain, should the need to cut loose with some silliness arise, as it often does! And yes, what a great last name - Elfman! The whole movie, like one of your best childhood Halloween memories, is an outrageously sheer delight, as well-written and as well-produced as a hundred well-carved pumpkins!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas

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    benstonecrowe
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    The hero of the animated musical fantasy Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG) is a friendly corpse named Jack Skellington. Jack’s head is like a waxy, misshapen golf ball with huge black sockets where the eyes should be; his mouth, a stitched slit full of pegged teeth, breaks into a ghastly open wound of a smile. He looks like a jack-o’-lantern after a car accident, and his skeletal body isn’t much more appealing. Clad in a tattered tuxedo, it’s so tall and straight and spindly it isn’t quite there. The latest of Burton’s sad-sack, eternal-adolescent outcasts, Jack lives in Halloweentown, a fabulously gnarled, horror-movie underworld that suggests a Dr. Seuss dreamscape as redesigned by Hieronymus Bosch. A ringmaster among freaks, Jack gets a charge out of frightening people. But then he visits Christmastown and discovers (well, sort of) the spirit of Christmas. He learns that what he really wants is a friend.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Epic

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    Akipanda
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    I loved this movie ever since i first saw it. And it came out on my birth year which is pretty cool. This personally is one of my favorite tim burton movies (of the animated or non-animated), and it has the best soundtrack and storyline of all. (plus it can be watched for the halloween season or the christmas sesason). Now more specifically about the 20th Blu-ray, it has loads of special features like the how it was made ones, a tour of Disneyland's (or World's?) haunted mansion which is based off Tim Burton's tale, a Vincent short featurette which is pretty cool, and it even has original concept art and poem that the movie was based on, read by Sir Christopher Lee, who has been the voice of Sarumon, to DiZ/Ansem from Kingdom Hearts, to King Haggard in the Last Unicorn. The blu-ray is high quality HD awesome in a convenient carry case to cherish for all time ^^ Definitely a great buy for anyone who loved NB4C, or who likes Tim Burton.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Burton and Elfman Masterpiece

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    Hartley1980
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    I saw this in the theater originally when I was was a young adult and immediately knew I had witnessed something new and wonderful -- I just wasn't sure exactly what it was, but I knew it was fantastic. Kidnapping Santa -- really now? Jack Skellington is true genius. The marriage of this somewhat unique idea with Tim Burtons' wonderfully warped mind, a reinvention of stop motion photography and Danny Elfman nearing his peak output all combine to produce one of the finest pieces of animation I've witnessed. This ain't your mother's Disney that's for sure and we're all better for it. This Bluray presentation is close to perfection as well. With a visual and audio style that greatly benefits from a High Definition medium, this disc is a wonderful experience and makes a great way to show off your new toys if you're so inclined.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good film but I have a point to make

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    CKCSWHFFAN
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    I have always enjoyed the film I watch it every Halloween & Christmas season It holds up The film has grown in status Now, I have a bone to pick on this. You can make a joke at my choice of words This film has been released MULTIPLE times now on DVD & blu ray And, twice on 3D blu ray What the? Example, the 1992 huge Disney hit, Oscar winning "Aladdin"was only released on DVD once. Disney completely missed 2012 for the 20th anniversary & their advertising material said it was to come out early in 2013 but did NOT A huge of a film "Aladdin" was & still no blu ray on this but Nightmare has been released how many times? Same extras on this as in previous releases which is another disappointment Good film, good music, just take a break Disney & Tim Burton on releasing this over & over again

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A well done film

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    CKCSWHFFAN
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    I have always liked this film. As the years have gone by since it’s fall 1993 release I like it even more. A good story. A film YOU CAN WATCH FOR 2 HOLIDAYS!! Halloween & Christmas. Easy that my favorite character is the lead character Jack Skellington. A good, but not great soundtrack. I was looking forward to this 2 disc edition. The 1st release of the film on DVD was called "A Special Edition" & did have extras. This DVD package was a good improvement. Making Of specials I normally like. MY FAVORITE EXTRA IS THE PARTIAL SHOWING of "The Haunted Mansion Holiday" is my favorite. I have been unable to go to “Disneyland” in many years which I hate It is so glad to get to see part of this holiday themed change to the classic attraction. Film is too short. But, considering what it is & what it took to make it the length makes sense.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing & spectacular world of animation

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    Coolfox

    I bought a ps3 so I could finally enjoy the experience of blu ray. The nightmare before christmas was my first blu ray, and it looks incredible. The best way to describe it is to say that it was so pleasing to my sense, I felt as though I could almost taste it! This movie is absolutely 100 % incredible, the animation and sounds make this movie an entirely new experience, than ever before. I remember being a kid and loving this movie, as I got older I seemed get less excited about ever watching it, yet this experience changed all of that and I was ravished by its spectacular colors. I bought this blu ray on sale for 25$ , however since I have not had a blu ray player long it seemed a little much, but I was completely mistaken! It was worth every penny, seriously if you can, just buy this dvd!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie!

    Posted
    redandblack6s

    This was a great movie, my wife and I love it! Even though we despise singing in films, this was still good. We can handle a couple of songs, but it takes away from the plot when they brake into a song every 5 minutes. After fast forwarding through all the singing, this is a great 45 minute movie. The only song we did like was the opening song 'This is Halloween' sung by Marilyn Manson on the soundtrack, (it should've been in the DVD). This was a good movie for everyone, not just kids. I highly recommend it! Also, some other good kids movies by Tim Burton are Coraline, Sweeney Todd, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and his latest Alice in Wonderland. Fun for the whole family!

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