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Now a Treat in 3-D: ‘Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas’

NightMareBeforeChristmas3D.jpgAs of today, the general public can start purchasing Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas on Blu-ray and DVD – in 3-D. It’s a viewing experience the kids at this summer’s KIDS FIRST! boot camp were able to enjoy earlier – and with added appreciation, as the boot camp was held at Disney Studios and KF coupled the screening with an informative presentation on how the movie was made and how the effects were created. “This film … is pretty much great for anyone,” says KF film critic Jonah Menegaz. “I know many adults who love this movie and many kids who love it, too.”

Jonah and a couple of his fellow Boot Campers share their impressions:

Tiarra (age 9) enthuses, The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D is great! Don’t expect so many things to pop out at you, but the 3-D aspect of the film makes it better than the 2-D version. It makes the film seem so alive. I love it especially because it was created by Tim Burton and I think every film Tim Burton is involved in is GREAT! I think the age range for this is everyone over age 5. This is a great family film. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. I love it!!”

Kate (age 10) started off with a little more skepticism: “Before I saw the movie, I said to myself, ‘Don’t get your hopes up, it is just another presentation that is as good as any regular 2-D movie. Why bother?'” But that attitude got a quick readjustment: “But by the end of the movie, I didn’t want it to end. Everything seemed too real. The snowflakes were surrounding me and the Oogie Boogie man was going to kill me. I noticed things that I had never seen before, like the graveyard has texture and when Sally burns something, the embers stay lit. Then, I got a glimpse of just how long it took to make Nightmare Before Christmas when I read that Jack Skellington and Sally had over 200 faces each for talking and expressions. Wow! This pack is definitely worth getting. I give this additional feature 4 out of 5 stars.”

And the review from KF film critic Jonah Menegaz (age 13): The Nightmare Before Christmas. The name pretty much spells out the story. Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king, and all of his friends in Halloween Town like to scare people on Halloween. But Jack is getting tired of all the shrieks and then he finds Christmas Town.

This is an AMAZING MOVIE. The claymation, or stop-motion animation, is incredible. Everything moves smoothly and has a certain style to it that I just love. It is also great because the film was made in the ’70s which makes it even [more amazing] considering that the technology is so much better today than it was back then.

The movie is coming out on Blu-ray / 3-D. The 3-D home experience is good 3-D, except since the movie wasn’t made for 3-D (because 3-D wasn’t invented when they were making the movie) nothing really pops out at you. It just adds depth.

This film, I would say, is for ages 5 and up. It is pretty much great for anyone. I know many adults who love this movie and many kids who love it, too. Overall, I would give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because it is so amazing.”

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