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Product Details

  • Actors: Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, Barret Oliver, Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon
  • Directors: Henry Selick, Tim Burton
  • Writers: Tim Burton, Caroline Thompson, Leonard Ripps, Michael McDowell
  • Producers: Danny Elfman, Denise Di Novi
  • Format: Special Edition, NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: Oct. 3 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 267 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305949972
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Enter an extraordinary world filled with magic and wonder -- where every holiday has its own special land ... and imaginative, one-of-a-kind characters! THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS tells the heartfelt tale of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, and all things that go bump in the night. Bored with the same old tricks and treats, he yearns for something more, and soon stumbles upon the glorious magic of Christmas Town! Jack decides to bring this joyful holiday back to Halloween Town. But as his dream to fill Santa's shoes unravels, it's up to Sally, the rag doll who loves him, to stitch things back together. This critically acclaimed movie milestone captured the heart and imagination of audiences everywhere with its Academy Award(R)-nominated stop-motion effects, engaging Grammy(R)-nominated music, and the genius of Tim Burton (BATMAN, PLANET OF THE APES). THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHIRSTMAS -- a delightful treat the whole family will enjoy!

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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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
One of my teenage years' favorite movies... and it just grew that much more on me as the years went on.

This is one close to perfection film, and much has been said about it, written, filmed or else, so there's little new I can tell you about the classic it has become.

Although I can say I bought the VHS waaaay back in 1993 when it first came out and it wasn't a hit back then. It grew into the cult classic it now stands for, yet classic doesn't mean "money maker", so its final box office was $75 million, which wasn't considered much of a BIG success even back in the days, but it didn't matter.

The colors, animation, designs, direction, voice acting, all brought in their special charms to help make this film a very special masterpiece... and people always said "it's a Tim Burton film"... but the director IS Henry Selick, whom went on to direct ParaNorman and Coraline.

Let's hope less people attribute the direction to Burton and give credit where credit's due.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD for my Grand daughter as she had requested it for a Christmas present.
I have seen the movie before and thought it was interestingly done and she was into this type of thing being a teenager. I know she liked it me I thought well ok then , but not my kind of thing.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Film itself is a 5 star. Disc (new) arrived packeged well BUT did not play properly. Refused to play in two different places. Was able to polish out the first start dvd again then hit a second. Again lots of polishing to get it to play. I do not appreciate getting new DVDs in this condition.
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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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Format: DVD
The Nightmare Before Christmas centers around the character of Jack Skellington. Skellington is well-known in his world of Halloweentown. However, he wants to do something different for the tradition of Halloweentown and has an idea to try to take on the role of Santa Claus. Skellington manages to use his leadership skills to convince other Halloweentown residents such as rag doll Sally and the Mayor of Halloweentown to help him with his plans for Christmastown. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a comical family movie filled with a little bit of dark humor. For this aspiring writer/scriptwriter I also saw character development around what can happen if a person may try to do something, even under the best intentions if they were actually wired for something else (i.e. Jack Skellington is made for Halloweentown and actually has a big heart of gold but wants to change up his life by spearheading Christmas traditions). For me, watching The Nightmare Before Christmas is interesting timing because I’m in the process of deciding between two long-term career goals that may affect how my life turns out in the 2030’s when I’m in my 50’s (one is filled with more excitement, higher pay comparable to what I had while in the U.S. navy for repaying my student loans, and opportunities to work anywhere even within the company I currently work at but the only catch is that it would require more schooling, entry into the field is more exclusive/competitive, and/or may or may not fit with what my soul’s natural gifts are while the other idea seems to fit with my soul’s makeup and is more wide open with less barrier to entry,but does not seem as exciting, higher pay in the long-term is not guaranteed for repaying my student loans, and less job stability/job security).Read more ›
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Format: DVD
This movie is beyond enchanting, delving into the realms of spellbinding. I never thought that an animated film could be so stunning with its cinematography mixed with the music. That's the amazing beauty of Tim Burton's world: it's filled with contrasts. In particular is Sally (voiced by the Canadian goddess Catherine O'Hara) the ragdoll who externally is not the most beautiful thing with her stitchings and patched clothes, but internally she is pure and filled with love for Jack. Even her singing (again Catherine) sounds like an innocent child, straight tone (no vibrato) and a flowing, velvet soprano.
The world of Halloweentown is dark, but filled with beauty and rich melodies straining through (by the genius Danny Elfman). The construction of the film is so perfect making Halloweentown filled with browns and blacks whereas Christmastown is bright and cheerful, joyful as we expect Christmas to be and the real world is somewhere in between. All of it pulls together beautifully to create a timeless story and the most magnificently filmed ending with Sally and Jack in the snow.
Just proves the genius of the film makers.
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