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The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D Blu-ray

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Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Disney / Buena Vista | 1993 | 76 min | Rated PG | Aug 30, 2011

The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 MVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1, 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 2.0

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Audio 4.9 of 54.9
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The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D Blu-ray delivers stunning video and reference-quality audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

When the king of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, gets bored of his job preparing for Halloween every year, he discovers Christmas Town and is inspired to take control of Christmas season for a change. Unfortunately his ghoulish subjects have difficulty getting the festive holiday quite right. Meanwhile, Sally, a pretty maid who takes care of her creator, Dr. Finklestein, is trying to escape from her confines. She worries for Jack and foresees his plans will end in ruin.

For more about The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D and the The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D Blu-ray release, see the The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Director: Henry Selick
Writers: Michael McDowell, Caroline Thompson, Tim Burton
Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon (I), William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Catherine O'Hara, Paul Reubens

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The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D isn't a jaw-dropping, hair-rising showstopper like Coraline 3D, nor does its 3D presentation pop as dramatically, immerse as readily or impress as easily. But its technically sound 1080p/MVC-encoded video transfer isn't to blame; the limitations of its post-conversion 3D and the inherent irregularities present in the stop-motion animation are. Depth varies on a scene-by-scene basis and director Henry Selick and producer Tim Burton's puppets don't leap off the screen as often as you might expect. Overall dimensionality is quite good -- the curve of a Skellington skull, the bulge of a rotund St. Nick, the creases in a burlap baddie, the crooks and crevices of a grizzled tree, the headstones of a graveyard -- but the foregrounds and backgrounds are so (intentionally) dreary and dismal that a few too many shots appear flat and listless in 3D. (Darker films don't exactly have a great 3D track record.) Some monstrosities practically step out of the screen while others cling tightly to it; some elements tumble convincingly into the background while others are merely chained to it; some scenes open up the image, particularly those that aren't bathed in shadow, while others slam the window shut. Suffice it to say, Disney's 2006 post-conversion is inconsistent, although whether the inconsistencies trace back to Selick and Burton's production or the quality of the conversion itself isn't entirely clear.

What is clear is that The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D still delivers a visual punch. After all, the film remains a hand-crafted beauty and Disney's encode is as polished and proficient as it should be. Colors (when they slither into view) are either strikingly sickly or seasonally satisfying, black levels are dastardly and ominous, contrast is dead on, and detail reveals every fine texture, tiny stitch, frayed patch of fabric, pinched clay and gnarled bark or brush Burton and Selick's stop-motion animators bring to life. (Or undeath.) Moreover, the presentation isn't dragged down by any sinister artifacting, aliasing, crush or creepy crawlies of their ilk. A touch of ghosting (i.e. crosstalk) haunts a handful of shots -- most notably when Jack's spindly fingers curl or uncurl while moving away from the camera, and when fence posts and thinner structures pass through the backgrounds during pans -- and some exceedingly minor banding crops up on occasion, but both are easy to overlook, even at their worst. In the bittersweet end, the 3D experience isn't as effective as its 2D predecessor (which is also included in this 3-disc release), but that shouldn't prevent Nightmare devotees from discarding their 2D-only disc and nabbing this Combo edition before Halloween comes knocking this year.

Note: the 3D MVC-encoded video transfer is presented at 1.78:1 while the 2D AVC-encoded transfer is presented at 1.66:1. The screenshots accompanying this review are taken from the 2D version.

The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

Twas The Nightmare Before Christmas and all through the house, I awoke everyone, most especially my spouse. Ahem... sorry. Got carried away there. Disney's chimney-splitting Dolby TrueHD 7.1 surround track may be the same lossless mix audiophiles have enjoyed for three years now, but that shouldn't give anyone pause. Rowdy, rambunctious and oh-so-refined, it remains one of the go-to audio experiences in the studio's catalog and stands shoulder to shoulder with more recent Mouse House monsters. Each and every voice is clear, weighty and impeccably prioritized, be it Jack's gentlemanly musings, his beastly friends' gravelly growls or the Mayor's manic speeches. Lines aren't forced to compete with one another or buried in any ensuing scuffles; they're neatly centered and nicely grounded, without exception. Effects aren't swept under the rug or given full reign of the soundscape; they're paraded from channel to channel, showcased one after the other, for all to hear. Rear speaker activity is as lively as Selick and Burton's dead things permit, and directionality is disarmingly engaging and playfully frightening. Clattering skulls, scraping sleighs, rickety toys, crunching snow, bouncing bogeymen and singing monstrosities make the rounds, each element polished and precise. Likewise, LFE output tromps and stomps across the floor, granting Nightmare's stop-motion puppets heft and presence, its arcane outbursts power and resonance, and its supernatural delights startling substance.

But it's Danny Elfman's music that steals this lossless Christmas. From the film's malevolent songs to its baleful ballads to the orchestral flourishes of Elfman's mischievous score, Nightmare's music is an absorbing, immersive delight. It doesn't just swell, it soars; it doesn't just dance across the soundfield, it washes over the listener with spine-tingling fidelity, hearty low-end support and agile dynamics. It's a whirling, swirling dreamscape and it doesn't shuffle or stumble for a second. Regardless of how you react to the film's 3D presentation, Disney's TrueHD 7.1 audio will lure you into its lair, rattle your bones and leave you screaming. With joy, of course.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Blu-ray 3D - June 3, 2011

Disney has detailed the release of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D Blu-ray. In keeping with previous Disney 3D titles, the set will include Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital versions of the film. The release date has been set for August 30th.

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