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The Nightmare Before Christmas (Bilingual)

Chris Sarandon , Danny Elfman , Henry Selick    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
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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

Special Features

This Special Edition contains a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film; theatrical trailers; and two Tim Burton shorts, Vincent (his debut) and Frankenweenie (a typical Burton mixture of genres, this time putting a cute pooch in the shoes of Frankenstein). The film is presented in the widescreen format for the first time on VHS.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect edition of this film, except ... Dec 24 2000
By R. Byrd
Format:VHS Tape
So, for the holidays, I decided to buy some of my favorite seasonal films, and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was on my list. I like eye-candy, and thus I like Tim Burton. But I'm not reviewing the film so much as this version of it. This is a special, widescreen edition that includes: an original trailer, a "making of", "Vincent," narrated by Vincent Price, and "Frankenweenie".
What it *doesn't* include, however, is the ending I saw in the theater. This version ends with the song near a pumpkin patch (as I clumsily try not to spoil the film for anyone who hasn't already seen it), and not the closing narration. Okay, so I'm picky. I thought I was getting the entire film, and I didn't. The closing narration wasn't long or even, to my mind, boring. Granted, it probably wasn't necessary either, but then, how was including "Frankenweenie" necessary?
It's a wonderful movie and a really cool edition considering what all you get in it. However, if you intended to get the *complete* film that you may have seen in the theaters, you may want to hunt around for a different version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic May 6 2001
By Noctem
I remember seeing this back in '93. It was the late showing and I was the only one in the theater, a very cool way to see this film for the first time. The Nightmare Before Christmas showcases two of Tim Burton's trademark influences: German expressionist films and stop-motion animation. The dark, foreboding sets, high-contrast lighting, and stark angles of The Nightmare Before Christmas harken back to German films of the silent era, such as Nosferatu and The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari. Burton has employed stop-motion animation in several of his earlier films, such as Beetlejuice (by the way, if you look closely in one particular scene, you can see Jack Skellington's head atop Michael Keaton's carousel hat). The Nightmare Before Christmas follows the animated movie tradition of using music and songs to progress the story. Naturally, being a Tim Burton movie, the songs are provided by his frequent collaborator, Danny Elfman. The music and the visuals are inseparable. The wonderful songs breath life into characters who are at home with their dark, sinister nature. Anyone can enjoy Danny Elfman's music, which is easily the best you'll ever hear in an animated musical. The voice talent for The Nightmare Before Christmas is a splendid bunch, drawing from the stable of Tim Burton regulars and improvisational comedy geniuses. Children will be able to grasp the story with little difficulty, and most will be able to grasp that these characters are not at all scary.
The original DVD release, while it contained an excellent Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and an exemplary video transfer, albeit non-anamorphic, had a dismal lack of extras. It's these extras that make the new DVD worth buying. First up, you get a commentary track with director Henry Selick and director of photography Pete Kozachik.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 15 2014
By km
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
amazing movie. a work of art!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this if you don't live in Europe! July 6 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a REGION "B" Blu Ray... which means it will NOT play on any players in NORTH AMERICA. The NAGIRY company is based in Germany so I'm sure most of their DVD/Blu Ray selection will have similar issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful movie May 1 2014
By Sabkids
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I just loved this movie. The kids not so much. Great music and wonderful animation. i liked the original story. i would recommend this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie, great quality. April 24 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I watch this movie every year, fun soundtrack and great memories. the blu-ray delivers high quality sound and amazing picture. love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare before Christmas Jan. 30 2014
By Patti
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
An all time family favourite. Holds dear to our heart as my daughter who loved it the most passed away in 2007. Bittersweet but oh so worth watching
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Dec 10 2013
By Kelsey
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
An all-time Halloween and Christmas favorite from my childhood. The Blu Ray edition is crystal clear and beautiful. Highly recommend.
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