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DVD Review: The Nightmare Before Christmas Collector’s Edition

Jack Skellington is back and he’s ready, once again, to spread his scary brand of Christmas cheer to all the little boys and girls.

It’s been a long eight years since the last DVD release of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. This time around Disney is giving everyone a two-disc collector’s edition that doesn’t disappoint.

The Movie

Nightmare has thrilled audiences ever since it was released in theaters. It has garnered a huge cult following, and has since become sort of a status symbol for emo kids everywhere. But, there’s a reason why it has become so popular, dare I say “classic.” The word “classic” is thrown around a lot in referring to movies these days. But here it is well deserved.

Nightmare follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, as he tries to find out who he really is. Jack is sick and tired of scaring people, and wants something new to entertain him. When walking through the forest, full of angst about his current situation of having to think Halloween 24/7, he finds a few magical doors. These doors lead to other holiday lands like Easter, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, and Christmas. Jack is transfixed by the Christmas door, shaped like a beautifully adorned Christmas tree, and he enters.

He soon finds out that there’s more to the world than just Halloween. Jack sets in place a plan to take over Christmas, and do it his way. First order of business, kidnap Santa Claus.

Since quite a few people have already seen the movie, I’ll leave the synopsis there, and talk about why this DVD set was made for the fans. This isn’t one of those sets that companies put out with a little extra footage here and there just to pick up a quick buck. This is a fully comprehensive set that will immerse you in the world that Tim Burton made.

The Quality

The movie is presented in 1.66:1 widescreen ratio, and is digitally remastered. It looks stunning to say the least. The remastering is fantastic, and there isn’t any signs of it playing havoc with the original version.

It is presented in a very capable 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, so you can enjoy all those amazing songs.

The Packaging

To a DVD collector packaging is almost as important as the movie itself, especially if the price of the film is above that of a normal DVD.

When this set came in the mail I was very surprised. There’s a lot you can’t tell from the box art that’s all over the Internet. The set is encased in a clear plastic sleeve, which is nice, because it protects the original box and keeps that pesky Disney Movie Rewards star off the real case.

The DVDs are packed inside of a case that comes with a 3-D picture of Jack’s head on the front. The case opens like a book and is twice the width of a regular snap case. Inside you’ll find the film disc and the special features disc locked into semi-overlapping hubs. On the opposite side you’ll find the CD for the digital copy.

As soon as I was finished watching the film, I had to carefully rearrange my DVDs in order to place this package with its front facing outward for everyone to see. This case is truly presentation material for those of you that have just as much fun presenting your collection as watching it.

The Special Features

Here’s where this set goes extremely above and beyond the call of duty. Since this set contains so many special features, I’m going to talk in depth about the ones that are really special. Even though there is a disc specifically labeled for bonus features, there are plenty of great one contained on the feature presentation disc.

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