DVD Releases For August 25, 2008
Academy Award nominated writer and producer Tim Burton's (CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, CORPSE BRIDE) THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: COLLECTOR'S EDITION returns in a deeper, darker and more brilliant digitally-restored masterpiece -- as Tim Burton originally envisioned -- in a first time Collector's Edition DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def Disc Box Set.
NIGHTMARE fans will be able to see of all new bonus features made solely for this special release. Highlights include a Tim Burton poem narrated by Christopher Lee (the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY), a private backstage tour of how Disneyland tricks-out their HAUNTED MANSION ride for Christmas, and an all-new introduction to the movie by Tim Burton which is exclusive to the Blu-ray.
Disney is adding a special "DisneyFile" Digital Copy of the movie -- enabling DVD and Blu-ray owners to receive a digital version of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS in their choice of iTunes or Windows Media formats. DisneyFile Digital Copy is a fast and easy way to enjoy your favorite Disney movies, anytime, anywhere on a Mac, PC and/or compatible portable device.
TIM BURTON'S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: COLLECTOR'S EDITION is an inspired fable that cleverly mixes Halloween and Christmas for an eerily unexpected holiday celebration. The film combines stop-motion animation with three-dimensional sets and graphics to create an original movie experience. With a Grammy-nominated soundtrack by Oscar-nominee Danny Elfman (CORPSE BRIDE, THE SIMPSONS), TIM BURTON'S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: COLLECTOR'S EDITION is a modern holiday classic.
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
Director of NIGHTMARE and upcoming animated feature CORALINE Henry Selick told AWN, "It's nice [watching the Blu-ray]. It's the latest medium and looks pretty good for modern TVs to show it off. They did a post 3-D process that I originally thought was a horrible idea, but they pulled it off beautifully. It's a limited thing, which is great -- they didn't try to make it gimmicky...It's timeless, very rich with a strong heart and something you can go back to again and again [which we're striving for with CORALINE]. But it'll never look better than the master print struck directly off the negative 15 years ago when it first came out."
DVD Bonus Features Include:
--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 actor Christopher Lee. (New)
--Film 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. (New)
--"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
--Tim Burton's Short Film VINCENT
Blu-ray Bonus Features Include:
--Includes all DVD bonus features, plus a Blu-ray-only introduction by Tim Burton
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