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 "Nightmare Before Christmas 3D" (3D Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Adrian Wittenberg

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Synopsis

Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King leads the ghastly citizens of Halloween town and creates the most frightful annual Halloween celebration imaginable.  Jack has become bored with the routine though and is seeking some greener pastures.  He happens upon a portal to Christmas town which is a remarkably different place from Halloween town and decides that the Christmas cheer found within is what is missing from not only his life but also the citizens of Halloween town.  In a plot to kidnap Santa Claus and bring Christmas to Halloween Town, Jack puts Santa in jeopardy and comes close to destroying Christmas for everyone.

Specifications

  • Disney
  • 2011, 3D Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 16 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD
  • Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey
  • Directed By Henry Selick
Rating
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  • Violence: Animated
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Most people get turned on to this film either because of Danny Elfman and his unique and wonderful style of music or because of the film's dark mood and Tim Burton's characteristic visual style.  This most recent release of the film is done in 3D and while the effects are very much on the subtle side they are effective at giving the characters just the right amount of depth to make them and their world a little bit more believable.  It would be a gross exaggeration to say that anything in this film comes alive in your living room and the most 3d effects you will find are a bit of separation between items in the foreground and background.  This film is one of those films that you will either love or hate and if you are more of an artistic type of person you will probably tend to love it more than hate it. 

Technical

The video quality on this film is good but not spectacular.  I found most of the colors to be slightly subdued and neutral.  Most scenes are dark throughout the whole film with deep rich blacks and various shades of grays.  The contrast in most scenes was good but it could stand to be a bit stronger to give the film slightly more definition.  3D effects are subtle and there are a few occurrences of ghosting such as with the scene that pans around the angel in the graveyard of Halloween Town.  This film's audio presentation is all about Danny Elfman's music and the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track is enough to justify purchasing of this release for any fans of the film.  Dialogue is very clear and the singing sounds excellent.  There is a wide variety of sound effects that accompany the film but the musical score definitely takes center stage.

Extras

There is a good collection of special features with this release although none of them include any 3D effects.  Fans will appreciate the background that the features provide.  Special features include Audio Commentary by Tim Burton, Henry Selick, and Danny Elfman, Tim Burton's original Poem narrated by Christopher Lee, Behind the scenes and the Making of The Nightmare Before Christmas, The worlds of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Deleted Scenes, Frankenweenie, Vincent, Posters and Trailers, and "What's This?" Jack's Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour.

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