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Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Starring: Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Paul Reubens,
Greg Proops, Ken Page, Susan McBride, Randy Crenshaw, Sherwood Ball, Glenn Shadix, Danny Elfman
Director: Henry Selick
Rating: PG
Year Made: 1993



- What’s This? Jack’s Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour
- Frankenweenie (Uncut Version) with New Introduction By Tim Burton
- Vincent (Short Film)
- Tim Burton’s Original poem narrated by Christopher Lee
- All New Audio Commentary by producer and writer Tim Burton, director Henry Selick and composer Danny Elfman.
- Behind-The-Scenes Making of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Worlds of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Deleted Scenes
- Storyboard to Film Comparison
- Original Theatrical Trailers and Posters



Languages: English/Korean/Spanish
Subtitles: English/Korean/Bahasa
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 17 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Now digitally restored and remastered with state-of-the-art technology, The Nightmare Before Christmas is deeper, darker and more brillant than ever- just as Tim Burton originally envisioned it.

Can Christmas be saved? Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere!


It took me 15 years before I actually sit through this Tim Burton’s produced stop-motion classic. Throughout the years, the movie has seen several incarnations of DVD versions and the various familiar characters are imprinted on merchandises during my visits to the happiest land on earth but still…it didn’t allure me to check out the movie until now. Okay I admit I find the characters’ outlook a tad creepy.

I have heard heaps of praise about it of course, notably from my fellow reviewer who has watched it 'X' number of times, the last being in 3D back in 2006. Upon initial watching, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" indeed IS a holiday classic and truly deserve the accolades it received.

The main protagonist, Jack Skellington is the pumpkin king who lives in a town of Halloween. The inhabitants of this town consist of citizens you probably won’t find on the surface of this earth. Creatures, hideous monsters, draculas, freakish scientist etc roam the place and their only job is to give people a good scare comes Halloween but to Jack, this is getting routine and stale. He like the rest of us mere mortals is restless until he stumbles upon Santa Claus (which he cutely misunderstood as Sandy Claws), his merry elves and Christmas.

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" combines the spirit of Christmas and infused it in a macabre manner with Halloween. The dark, moody sets are trademarks of Burton even though the underrated Henry Slick did the directing duties (As much as he wanted, Burton was confined to the directing chair of "Batman Returns" during Nightmare production). The excellent or should I say the soul of this movie were the outrageous song routines which were written and composed by Danny Elfman, he even provided the singing voice of Jack.

The highly intricate details of the characters and the technology, patience require to move the inanimate objects are simply awe-inspiring. In particular, the cinematography rises to the occasion in a scene with Jack lamenting in sorrow in a graveyard. The swirling camera moves in and around the character with such ease, perfectly capturing the agony of the character. And you are talking about a stop-motion picture.

With the release of this special 2-Disc edition, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" proves it can survive the passing of time. You might want to pop this title onto your Christmas wish list and this re-release also mark a chance to win over new fans liked me.

Although I still find the characters creepy.


Disc One contains the movie with an all-new audio commentary by Tim Burton, Director Henry Selick and Music Designer Danny Elfman. Since they are all busy people, the track is recorded separately and lumps together. Although they manages to competently serve out informative nuggets, wouldn’t it be better if audience could listen to them sing, talk and laugh merrily together after 15 years the movie is released?

The Making of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is separated into six chapters that touches from music, storyboards, art direction to puppets etc. One very interesting to note that it takes more than 400 heads just to animate the Jack Skellington puppet.

Tim Burton's Original Poem, narrated by Christopher Lee is also included. Featuring Burton's original sketch art (he’s an ex-disney animator after all) and narrated by the legendary Christopher Lee, this makes a cool children storybook a la cd-rom style.

For those Disneyland fans, What's This? Jack's Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour is a feature that you shouldn’t miss, it takes us behind the scenes on how the Disney Imagineers infused the Haunted Mansion ride with The Nightmare Before Christmas during the holiday season.

Some sneak peeks including the upcoming straight-to-video Tinkerbell, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, blu-ray promo reel round up Disc One.

Two of Tim Burton’s older shots, Frankenweenie and Vincent are featured in Disc Two. Frankenweenie is 30 minutes long and shot in black & white. Without revealing the surprises, it’s full of Burton’s macabre humour and plotting and tells the story of a young boy who lost his dog and miraculously brought him back to life. Vincent is another funny simultaneously weird 6 minutes short.

The World of Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas is spilt to three segments: Halloween Town, Christmas Town and The Real World. It covers concept art and even initial animation footages done to impress the studio with commentary by Selick.

Deleted Scenes consists of three scenes done in storyboard and the other four with animation almost done but are cut due to time constraint. If you are a fan of the original sketch art, a Storyboard-To-Film Comparison is also included.

The original teaser, theatrical trailer and posters round up the extras in Disc Two.


The visual of this 2-Disc collection is faultless. Most of the scenes in The Nightmare Before Christmas is dark, moody and almost black in some instances but this transfer is rich and never fails to portray the details onscreen.

Presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, the energetic Danny Elfman’s songs flows through the speakers with much clarity and the occasional ambient effects did a fair job at the rear speakers.



Review by Linus Tee


. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Movie Review)

. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Soundtrack Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East



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