SRP $32.99 1.66:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL/DTS 5.1 WALT DISNEY
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SRP $39.99 1.66:1 DOLBY TrueHD 7.1 WALT DISNEY

One of the most innovative, family films(though not necessarily for the youngest kiddies)of all time, "TIM BURTON'S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS," has been released on dvd and Blu-ray as a special collector's edition.

The bizarre world of Jack Skellington as he and his friends plan their festivities around Halloween, is thrown into disarray when he stumbles upon "CHRISTMAS TOWN." The influence of famous Rankin/Bass productions as well as "MAD MONSTER PARTY" are obvious throughout this film, but Burton with Director Henry Selick have created what is arguably a "classic" that will stand the test of time.

Some of the songs are more memorable are others, but they're all decent, and even though this critic still thinks the running time is a few minutes too long, "THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS" is a great film, and deserves to be part of every film lover's dvd/blu-ray collection. 

WALT DISNEY has provided the correct 1.66:1 aspect ratio for both dvd and blu-ray. This time, however, the dvd is finally 16:9 enhanced. Colors are more vibrant than in either of the previous dvd presentations.  While colors were impressive before, they were never as vibrant as they are now in the new dvd presentation. Contrast is greatly improved too, offering deeper blacks, an important aspect to an intentionally dark atmosphere. The 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray makes for a strong reason to choose blu-ray over dvd. As good as the dvd looks, colors and depth are notably superior in every frame! The colors vary intentionally in different sequences, and the vibrancy of color levels is notably more impressive on blu-ray, especially with respect to the neon colors of Christmas Town.  The image offers great depth in most scenes, however, a few scenes appear soft, keeping in line with the theatrical(non-3d)version. Some grain presents in various scenes, but not to the level found on the still impressive new dvd. The improvement in contrast on the blu-ray is outstanding, especially in comparison to the dvd.

WALT DISNEY has provided a Dolby Digital/DTS mix for dvd and for some reason, while the DTS mix is outstanding, the Dolby Digital offers slightly better dynamic range for a change. Still, either option is fantastic!

The blu-ray offers a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix. Dynamic range is fantastic, and while ambient effects are abundant and always impressive, music is key to this film, and this is where the mix shines the most.  Layers of dialogue, effects and music are perfectly balanced. Unfortunately, bass is surprisingly low-key.

There are tons of extras offered on both formats, including two great short films from Burton and other goodies found on previous releases, as well as some exclusive features and a variety of HD offerings on the blu-ray format!