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Format: DVD
Sku: 217393449
UPC: 786936808988
UPC 14: 00786936808988
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Walt Disney Pictures Presents...
Now digitally restored and remastered with state-of-the-art technology, The Nightmare Before Christmas is deeper, darker and more brilliant 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!

"...Burton has created a rich, stunningly imaginative world...delicioulsly warped and quirky...  At-A-Glance Film Reviews
"A treat at any time of the year.  Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A one-of-a-kind delight, a labor of love that is enchanting from start to finish.  Frank Lovece, TV Guide
"This delectably ghoulish fairy tale...has a clever visual format that keeps it streamlined and sharp.  Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Editor's Note
Tim Burton's stop-motion animated feature finds Pumpkin King Jack Skellington thinking the grass is greener over in Santa Claus's holiday. He marshals all his goblins and ghouls to take over Christmas, but alas--poor Jack belongs to Halloween. An amazing visual and musical feast that should be seen at least twice to catch all the kinks and quirks in the nooks and crannies. Academy Award Nominations: Best Visual Effects.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/14/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 76 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1993
Video UPC UPC: 00786936808988
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio   1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Kathleen Gavin - Producer
Video Cast Info Danny Elfman - Composer
Video Cast Info Tim Burton - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Michael McDowell - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Denise Di Novi - Producer
Video Cast Info Caroline Thompson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info William Hickey - Voice
Video Cast Info Glenn Shadix - Voice
Video Cast Info Stan Webb - Editor
Video Cast Info Pete Kozachik - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Tim Burton - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Pee-Wee Herman - Voice
Video Cast Info Chris Sarandon - Voice
Video Cast Info Catherine O'Hara - Voice
Video Cast Info Danny Elfman - Voice
Video Cast Info Tim Burton - Producer
Video Cast Info Denise Di Novi - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Ken Page - Voice
Video Cast Info Henry Selick - Director
Plot Summary
Tired of being an object of fear for small children, Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, sets out to replace Santa Claus and oversee Christmas festivities for a year. A trio of ghastly ghouls is assigned to the task of kidnapping Saint Nick; meanwhile, Jack attends to the Yuletide activities, giving them a frightful new twist in the process.

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Delectably ghoulish....A major step forward for both stop-motion animation [and for Burton]..." 10/09/1993 p.13

Sight and Sound
"...A rich, inventive score by Danny Elfman..." 12/01/1994 p.53-4

Entertainment Weekly
"...Charming...A terrific package..." -- Rating: A 12/23/1994 p.81

Chicago Sun-Times
"...A feast for the eyes and the imagination..." 10/27/2000 p.40

Chicago Sun-Times
"...First, go for the story. Then go back just to look in the corners of the screen, and appreciate the little visual surprises and inspirations that are tucked into every nook and cranny..." 10/22/1993 p.34

5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] vivid background characters, underplayed by deeply felt relationships, priceless gags and thoroughly hummable tunes which inspire varied and imaginative musical sequences." 01/01/2008 p.198-199

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
The movies can create entirely new worlds for us, but that is one of their rarest gifts. More often, directors go for realism, for worlds we can recognize. One of the many pleasures of "Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas" is that there is not a single recognizable landscape within it. Everything looks strange and haunting. Even Santa Claus would be difficult to recognize without his red-and-white uniform..."The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a Tim Burton film in the sense that the story, its world and its look first took shape in Burton's mind, and he supervised their filming. But the director of the film, a veteran stop-action master named Henry Selick, is the person who has made it all work. And his achievement is enormous...Working with gifted artists and designers, he has made a world here that is as completely new as the worlds we saw for the first time in such films as "Metropolis," "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" or "Star Wars." What all of these films have in common is a visual richness, so abundant that they deserve more than one viewing. First, go for the story. Then go back just to look in the corners of the screen, and appreciate the little visual surprises and inspirations that are tucked into every nook and cranny...The songs by Danny Elfman are fun, too, a couple of them using lyrics so clever they could be updated from Gilbert & Sullivan. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Elfman,Danny
Product attributeLabel:   Buena Vista Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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