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Tim Burton's
The Nightmare Before Christmas

review by Zach B.

 

Rated PG

With the voices of Chris Sarandon, Danny Elfman Cahterine O'Hara, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens

Directed By Henry Selick

 

Retail Price: 29.99

Features: Video Trailer, Disney Reccomendations

Specs: 1.66:1 Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French Surround Track, English Captions, Chapter Search

 

One of my favorite movies of all time, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was the first DVD I ever picked up when I got my new player. I saw this film all the way back on opening day when I was living in Los Angeles, I waited on such a long line for tickets at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood. But it was worth it. This movie blew me away. No, it was not the Oscar-nominated visuals (though they did and still enchant me), but rather the strong story about stealing other people's joys, the music, the voice acting and the whole atmosphere in general.

 

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" finds Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween town. Year after year, he's tired of everything scary and Halloween in general. One day, he takes a far walk into a magical forest, where doors with symbols of holidays are on trees. Jack doesn't seen anything too interesting - except the tree with the shiny ornaments and decorations. He opens the door and is transported into a magical place - Christmastown. Jack soon becomes obsessed with Christmas and plans to bring Christmas to Halloweentown, and all over. However, Jack's plans to kidnap Santa Claws go awry, and so do a lot of things, creating an enjoyable and warm movie. The voice acting is superior by an ensemble cast, and so is the musical score and songs written by Danny Elfman. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is one of the best movies I have ever seen, and each time I watch it I always find something new. This is a movie which everyone can enjoy and should be in everyone's library (but wait, see final paragraph).

 

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" is presented in non anamorphic widescreen with an aspect ratio of 1.66:1. Detail is incredible, you can even see the strings on some of the flying objects! Colors and blacks are solid, however, there is some grain and artifacts which are noticeable at times, and some unsaturated colors.

 

An incredible 5.1 Dolby Digital track, this movie is for the most part musical oriented and benefits very much from this mix. Danny Elfman's music sounds so spectacular you may find yourself lost in it. Dialogue is pretty clear, and there are some fantastic sound effects and noises to be heard. This is a very good and creative mix, which the movie really deserves. A french surround mix is also included.

A trailer for the VIDEO release is included, not the theatrical trailer as stated on the box. I find this trailer to be annoying, and what I always find annoying is their "reccomendations" where they go out and show the box art for other Disney films. I find it quite a shame Disney didn't put anything on this disc ( but they are fixing things, see below).

 

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a delightful movie suited for anyone with heart. Unless you must own this movie now, please wait until October 2000 when Disney will release a special edition for the same price and discontinute this one. For those who purchase this version, you should be quite content with the presentation of the movie.

(5/5, NOT included in final score)

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(3/5, NOT an average)

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