Tim Burton‘s beautiful The Nightmare Before Christmas is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and that means we’re getting a new Blu-ray/DVD and digital release of the feature with new bonus content!
Glorious stop-motion and claymation figures paired with Danny Elfman-crafted hauntingly beautiful songs have made this film a classic, enchanting fans for the past quarter century. [This reviewer remembers seeing it in a theater as a kid, not knowing what to think, but falling in love with it.]
The Nightmare Before Christmas 25th Anniversary Edition release will include several “all-new” bonus features and several of the behind-the-scenes featurettes.
- BLU-RAY & DIGITAL:
Song Selection – Shriek along with these ghoulish tunes from the movie, or just lend an ear if you find singing to be particularly ghastly:
“This Is Halloween”
“Town Meeting Song”
“Kidnap the Sandy Claws”
“Oogie Boogie’s Song”
- CLASSIC BONUS FEATURES:
(The Making of)
The Beginning – Tim Burton and the filmmakers detail the early stages of the beloved film.
Music – Discover how composer and lyricist Danny Elfman expressed Tim Burton’s unique vision through the timeless songs heard in the film.
Storyboards – In the storyboard phase, visual representations are first drawn for each scene and then put together in sequential order.
Art Direction – From camera angles to miniature sets, just about every detail of the film was meticulously plotted by the filmmakers.
Puppets – All of the characters’ puppet models are constructed in a process that takes them from their metal base to the final painted mold.
Animation – An incredible mix of artistry and patience is required to produce the stop-motion magic of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- Deleted Storyboards:
- Behomoth Singing – In this unused storyboard sequence, we learn there may have been more to Behemoth than the overalls let on.
Oogie Boogie with Dancing Bugs – Unused because of its difficulty to animate—take a look at this storyboard sequence where Oogie Boogie cuts a rug with some bugs.
Alternate Identity of Oogie Boogie – Although never used in the final film, Oogie Boogie was almost a mere alter ego for someone very close to Jack and Sally.
- Deleted Animated Sequences:
Vampire Hockey Players – Tim Burton almost had quite the grotesque cameo, but he was replaced by a pumpkin in the final film.
Lock, Shock and Barrel – Lock, Shock and Barrel settle in for a front-row seat while Oogie Boogie terrorizes Santa and Sally.
Oogie Boogie Shadow Dance – The Boogie Man was never one to shy away from the spotlight, as is evident in this deleted dance sequence.
Tim Burton’s Early Film: “Frankenweenie” (Uncut Version) – Before Tim Burton gave us all nightmares, he created this electrifying short film that replaces Frankenstein’s monster with a dog.
“What’s This?” Jack’s Haunted Mansion Tour – Take a ride through Jack’s Haunted Mansion Holiday and see how Disney Imagineers transformed an iconic Disneyland attraction.
Tim Burton’s Original Poem Narrated by Christopher Lee – Hear Hollywood legend Christopher Lee narrate the poem that inspired the movie. Set over illustrations based on Tim Burton’s art.
Storyboard-to-Film Comparison – See the final version of Jack’s Christmas pitch to the people of Halloween Town next to the original storyboards.
Theatrical Trailer – In this theatrical trailer, enter a place where every day is Halloween—till Jack Skellington shares his unique view of Christmas!
Teaser Trailer – This trailer highlights Disney’s long history with technology in filmmaking and heralds a new collaboration with Tim Burton.
- BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES:
- Tim Burton’s Early Film: Vincent – Vincent Price himself narrates this stop-motion tale of little Vincent Malloy and his fascination with the macabre.
- And- posters!
The Nightmare Before Christmas anniversary edition will release on September 2nd, 2018.
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