DVD Review: Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: Collector’s Edition
Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is being released on DVD and Blue-ray today, August 26, in a special Collector’s Edition version.
I was lucky enough to get an early copy and I wanted to make sure and let you know what a great buy it is.
But first let me say that I am not someone who buys products derived from movies or TV shows (except DVDs and books), but The Nightmare Before Christmas is the one exception to that rule. I love it so much that I am always on the lookout for some cool items featuring Jack and other characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas. I don’t know why, but I just do.
Now that that’s out of the way let’s move on to the review of the DVD:
Film: The film has been digitally restored with its original deeper and darker qualities, which makes it even more enjoyable to watch, especially now with televisions having higher and higher resolutions. But apart from that, I just really love the story and how the film was created. From all the movies that I have seen, this one really stands out as something creatively original and just great. If you haven’t seen this yet, you might want to get it, it will be a nice change from all the mainstream movies we watch everyday.
DVD Extras: One of the reasons for buying the Collector’s Edition is all the extra features about the making of the movie.
NEW! What’s This? Jack’s Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour – Viewers choose the way they want to tour Disneyland’s Holiday Haunted Mansion. “On Track” explores a tricked-out version of the Haunted Mansion, while “Off Track” reveals what went into creating all the creepy fun.
NEW! Tim Burton’s Original poem narrated by Christopher Lee – Tim Burton’s poem that inspired the creation of the movie. Now, the original verse comes to creepy life as performed by legendary actor Christopher Lee.
NEW! Film Commentary – commentary by producer and writer Tim Burton, director Henry Selick and composer Danny Elfman.
NEW Introduction To Frankenweenie! – A new un-cut version introduction by Tim Burton.
The Making of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – Go behind the scenes of the very first full-length stop motion animated movie with the filmmakers.
The Worlds of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – Witness the creation of the film’s richly imagined dreamscapes, including Halloween Town, Christmas Town and the Real World.
Storyboard to Film Comparison
Original Theatrical Trailers and Posters
PLUS Tim Burton’s Complete Short Film Vincent
EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURE:
Includes all DVD Bonus Features, Plus:
A Special Blu-ray Only Introduction by Tim Burton
I personally was overwhelmed by all the extra features. There is so much to watch. I think my favorite was the Deleted scenes. I wish they had been included in the film, especially the storyboards deleted scenes. The other cool thing is the Storyboard to Film Comparison. These two were my favorites to watch. And for fans of Tim Burton, check out “Vincent” and “Frankenweenie.” These two films were really fun to watch as well.
Overall: From the really cool design of the box to everything inside, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: Collector’s Edition DVD is definitely a great buy. Oh and did I mention that as a bonus you also get a digital file of the movie for either iTunes or Windows Media format, so you can now watch it on the go. How awesome is that?!
Or for the real collector, you can also buy the Ultimate Collector’s DVD Set .
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Film Info:
Director: Henry Selick
Cast: (Voices) Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, Ken Page, Edward Ivory, Susan McBride, Debi Durst, Gregory Proops, Kerry Katz, Randy Crenshaw, Sherwood Ball, and Carmen Twillie
Release Date: August 26, 2008
Synopsis: Bored with his perennial role as Halloween Town’s frightening Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington wanders off and discovers the cheerful village of Christmas Town. Determined to shake things up in Halloween Town, he enlists the help of some mischievous trick-or treaters to kidnap Santa Claus and takes over the job of delivering gifts to the children of the world himself. When his plan goes awry, Jack attempts to restore Santa to his rightful place. But first, he must rescue St. Nick from the clutches of the evil Oogie Boogie!