CATEGORIES Animation, Documentary, New Releases, DVD Reviews, New on DVD, Home Entertainment, Features, DVDs, Movie News, New Releases, CinematicalThe Nightmare Before Christmas
Last week, I alerted you to a few sneak previews for the new Collector's Edition of The Nightmare Before Christmas, and now you can see the discs in all their glory for yourselves!
The stop-motion classic stars Chris Sarandon as the voice of Jack Skellington -- the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown. He gets bored with the town's work of scaring humans on Halloween, and when he accidentally falls into Christmas and sees all the good tidings, he comes back with a plan to nab Santa and have Christmas Halloween-style. This, of course, leads to a whole big mess of kidnapping and stolen paramours.
Being a real Collector's Edition (and not a crappy re-release preying on our collector mindsets), there's a ton of special features to enjoy. There's a commentary, a tour of the Haunted Mansion done up for a holiday tour, a featurette on the seasonal transformation, Tim Burton's original poem narrated by Christopher Lee, and a making-of featurette -- just on the first disc! The second mainly includes the goodies from the previous release. There's Frankenweenie, Vincent, deleted scenes,art galleries and animation tests, a storyboard/film comparison, and a selection of posters and trailers. The blu-ray disc only offers an extra 30-second intro, but the ultimate contains a digital copy on a third disc, plus funky keepsake packaging and collectible extras.
Check out Patrick's Review | Buy the Collector's Edition DVD, the Ultimate Set, or the Blu-Ray disc
In a different eerie vein is the David Lynch documentary, Lynch.
Filmed during the production of Inland Empire, the film dives into how the famous director involves himself in production, but not so much into Lynchian rationale. Since Lynch is a hands-on filmmaker, the documentary goes beyond peeks at brainstorming and creation, and reveals how linked he is with the nuances of his work -- such as showing Laura Dern how to die on Hollywood Boulevard. But this is also Lynch, so no account of his work would be complete without his dedication to the beauty of decay and other personal projects.
You can get more information on the project at the film's website.
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Other New DVD Releases (August 26)
The Little Mermaid -- Ariel's Beginning
What Happens in Vegas
Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
Postal -- Unrated
My Sassy Girl
aka Tommy Chong
[ Note from Weinberg: I ran out first thing this morning to get the new Brotherhood of the Wolf Director's Cut. Because I love that crazy movie. ]