This Special Edition includes audio commentary with director Henry Selick and director of photography Pete Kozachik, a 25-minute making-of featurette, storyboard-to-film comparisons, three deleted scenes in storyboards and four deleted animation sequences
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop-motion animation classic which spent years germinating in the creative mind of Tim Burton. Jack Skellington (Elfman & Sarandon), the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, is bored with the same old tricks and treats and yearns for something more than things that go bump in the night. After another stale Halloween celebration, while on a walk with his ghostly canine Zero, Jack stumbles upon the glorious magic of Christmas Town
I was very disappointed when I found out that this title was not going to be anamorphically enhanced. However, there are few differences between the LaserDiscs reviewed in Issues 12 and 26 and the non-anamorphic and windowboxed 1.66:1 DVD. Viewed alone, the picture is nicely presented, with images that are sharp and detailed, exhibiting good depth. Colors are rich with full saturation, and viewed in a completely blackened room to enjoy the darkness of Halloween Town, as well as the vibrancy of Christmas Town, the picture is as delightful as a bag full of candy, though it is not reference quality. (Suzanne Hodges)
Before WSR, there was a 4:3 picture tube. After WSR, there is a nice 65 inch widescreen rear projection TV. However, it's only a beginning, because WSR started a dream. The reality looks crisper and clearer now, even the sound is more precise and enveloping. Widescreen Review: P5/S5, one's critic’s composite: 5. Thank you, WSR. Keep up the excellent work!