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A weekly update of video releases. Dates in paratheses indicate a previous review in the Monitor.

* THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS - (PG, Touchstone Home Video). Based on characters and a story created by Tim Burton (``Beetlejuice,'' ``Edward Scissorhands''), this skillfully animated tale stars a skeleton named Jack as the Pumpkin King in the town of Halloween. After he inadvertently discovers Christmas Town, Jack brings examples of its charms back to his ghoulish townmates and decides that they should produce Christmas - much to Santa's surprise. Although the movie is full of catchy songs, its subtleties will be appreciated more by adults and older children than by younger viewers, who may not be ready for some of its situations and Halloween imagery. (Oct. 15, 1993)

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