August 20, 2018
Walt Disney Studios will celebrate the 25th anniversary of two of its popular Halloween-themed titles with new Blu-ray and digital (including Movies Anywhere) releases of Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas Sept. 2.
Produced by Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop-motion animated musical-fantasy that follows Pumpkin King Jack Skellington’s misguided mission to make Yuletide his own.
The release includes a new sing-along mode version, which includes pop-up lyrics to 11 songs, as well as the original film.
Bonus features (may vary by retailer) on Blu-ray and digital include song selection; six making-of featurettes; deleted storyboards; deleted animated sequences; Burton’s early short film “Frankenweenie”; a tour of Jack’s Haunted Mansion, transformed by Disney Imagineers for Disneyland; Burton’s original poem that inspired the movie narrated by Christopher Lee and set over illustrations based on Burton’s art; storyboard-to-film comparison; the theatrical trailer; and the teaser trailer.
Bonus features exclusive to the Blu-ray include Burton’s early film Vincent, narrated by Vincent Price, and a view of the promotional posters from the movie’s release.
Hocus Pocus stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three 17th century witches who are accidentally brought to the 20th century.
The Blu-ray includes the original theatrical film and the “We Love Hocus Pocus: Trivia and Treats Edition,” featuring pop-up factoids, trivia, deleted scenes, concept art, filmmaker commentary and behind-the-scenes secrets. The Blu-ray also includes the original 1993 production featurette.