Coraline (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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July 21 2009
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A dark and creepy film about family relationships directed by Henry Selick of Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach fame, Coraline is based on the haunting book Coraline by Neil Gaiman. The first stop-motion feature shot in stereoscopic 3-D, Coraline features big-headed, stick-bodied animated characters with huge eyes and demonic grins set against menacing backgrounds and an undercurrent of spooky music. Coraline is a teenager who has just moved to an old house in the middle of nowhere with her writer parents and she is bored, bored, bored. Her only companions are an annoyingly talkative boy Wybie (short for Why Born), some eccentric neighbors from the theater and circus, and a strange, button-eyed doll with a marked resemblance to Coraline which Wybie found in an old trunk of his grandmother's. When Coraline finds an old door hidden behind an armoire and papered over with wallpaper, she convinces her mother to unlock it, only to find a wall of bricks. When Coraline revisits the door later that night, the bricks magically disappear and she discovers a strange pathway to another world where everything is just what she wishes for. In stark contrast to the real world where Coraline's parents just don't have time for her, her "Other Mother" and "Other Father" in this alternate world are the perfect loving, attentive parents who anticipate her every need and desire. Initially comforted and quite happy in this new world, suspicion that things may not be quite as they seem grows inside Coraline and her disquiet is furthered by the mute "Other Wybie" and a strange-talking cat that seems to move between both worlds. Eventually, Coraline discovers some dark secrets about her "other parents" and the seemingly perfect "other world," but it may be too late for her to escape back to the real world. Teri Hatcher is especially effective in her dual (voice) role as Mom and "Other Mom" and Dakota Fanning also gives a great performance as Coraline. Coraline is a disturbing, intriguing film that both captivates and frightens. (Ages 11 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
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The stereoscopic 3D is a nice addition and I prefer it over the Anaglyph 3D, which is how I originally saw it in 3D.
Great movie for the entire family to enjoy.
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Although we are retired, we are great Animé and Cartoon fans. We loved ‘Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride’ (2005) (my Review of 14 Dec 2019), which was made under contract by the Oregon-based ‘stop-motion’ animation studios, LAIKA. LAIKA is owned by Phil Knight, one of the founders of Nike. His son, animator Travis Knight is the CEO, and since 2014, it has concentrated exclusively on feature films. Since the Knights took over the studios, all 5 of LAIKA’s feature films, plus ‘Corpse Bride’, have been nominated for the Best Animated Film OSCAR, and 4 for BAFTAs (of which one, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ directed by Travis Knight, won).
Enjoying ‘Corpse Bride’ so much, led me to investigate the studio’s other films, and thus, to ‘Coraline’. This 2009 film was produced by LAIKA as their first in-house full length feature film. The director and screenwriter, Henry Selick, who had joined the company in 2003, had a considerable reputation as the director of Tim Burton’s celebrated ‘ The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (1993) and ‘James and the Giant Peach’ (1996). 'Coraline' was based on an acclaimed 2002 novella by successful British writer, Neil Gaiman. The film exceeded all Laika’s hopes: it was resoundingly successful at the Box Office, received wide critical praise, a nomination for the Animation OSCAR, and won the Golden Globe.
Described as an ‘animated fantasy’, ‘Coraline’ is a dark contemporary fairy tale, with sinister, almost horror-like, undertones. Pitched as a children’s film, with a PG rating, there are several scenes that younger children might find quite terrifying. This is not a pretty-pretty film, à la Disney; the stop-motion figures are very Gothic, with asymmetry, ugly ~ even grotesque ~ features, odd mannerisms. And there is a lot of creeping around at night, in a big old house.
That said, the house, the surrounding countryside and the amazing magical garden are imaginatively and beautifully depicted, and several of the characters are really funny. The two retired Burlesque actresses who live in another apartment in the house (voiced with aplomb by Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders) are a hoot, in particular when we meet them performing an aquatic stage show. Robert Bailey Jr as Coraline’s geekie friend Wyborne "Wybie" Lovat, is excellent and very engaging, as is Dakota Fanning, who voices Coraline. Teri Hatcher is delicious as Coraline’s mother(s).
At 100 minutes, this is a meaty and confident first offering by LAIKA. It entertains, it delights the eye and provides thrills, laughs, menace and ‘ooh and aah’ moments in liberal quantities. We loved every minute ~ 5 Stars.
From the visionary director of ‘THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS,’ and based on Neil Gaiman's best-selling book, comes this spectacular stop-motion animation adventure! Coraline Jones [Dakota Fanning] is bored until she finds a secret door and discovers an alternative, better, version of her life on the other side. When this seemingly perfect world turns dangerous, and her other parents, including her Other Mother [Teri Hatcher] try to trap her forever. Coraline must use her resourcefulness, determination and bravery to escape this perilous world and her family.
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: Academy Awards®: Nominated: Best Animated Feature for Henry Selick. American Film Institute Awards: Won: Best 10 Movies. Annie Awards: Won: Best Music in an Animated Feature Production for Bruno Coulais. Won: Best Character Design in a Feature Production for Shane Prigmore and Shannon Tindle Won: Best Production Design in a Feature Production for Christopher Appelhans; Tadahiro Uesugi. Nominated: Best Directing in a Feature Production for Henry Selick. Nominated: Best Voice Acting in a Feature Production for Dawn French. Nominated: Best Character Animation in a Feature Production for Travis Knight. Nominated: Best Storyboarding in a Feature Production for Chris Butler. Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards: Nominated: Best Animated Feature. BAFTA® Awards: BAFTA Awards: Best Animated Film. BAFTA® Children Awards: BAFTA Awards: Best Animated Film. Golden Globe® Awards: Nominated: Best Animated Feature Film. Honoured with Special Achievement Award for Martin Meunier and Brian McLean for their Rapid Prototyping advances.
Voice Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David [Cat], John Hodgman, Robert Bailey, Jr., Ian McShane, Aankha Neal, George Selick, Hannah Kaiser, Harry Selick, Marina Budovsky, Emerson Tenney, Jerome Ranft, Christopher Murrie, Jeremy Ryder, Carolyn Crawford and Yona Prost
Director: Henry Selick
Producers: Alex Heineman, Bill Mechanic, Claire Jennings, Harry Linden, Henry Selick, Mary Sandell and Michael Zoumas
Screenplay: Henry Selick and Neil Gaiman (book)
Composer: Bruno Coulais
Cinematography: Pete Kozachik
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and French: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Latin American Spanish and Canadian French
Running Time: 101 minutes
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Universal Pictures
Andrew's Blu-ray Review: In the tradition of the Brothers Grimm and the stop-motion animation style of my childhood, 'CORALINE 3D' is a much more serious film than the trailers would have us believe. There's no way around this other than to write that the film is a children's tale not really meant for children. Teetering between fantasy and horror, the nightmare-inducing puppetry is only half of the scare factor. The other half, and arguably its best feature, is a story that is actually creepy and frightening - something that's sadly missing from modern horror in general. Henry Selick, the director of 'The Nightmare before Christmas' brings life to Neil Gaiman's award-winning novella, with a stunning visual mastery that somehow makes all the grotesque imagery rather attractive and captivating.
Feeling bored and neglected, Coraline [Dakota Fanning] decides to explore her new apartment while her parents [Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman] continue in their time-consuming work. Walking the grounds, she meets the odd Wybie [Robert Bailey, Jr.], the two eccentric downstairs neighbours [Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French], and the Russian gymnast who lives upstairs [Ian McShane]. Back inside the house, she discovers a mysterious secret door that leads to a parallel universe much like her own. Only there, everyone at the Pink Palace Apartments lives to endlessly provide and entertain her. But soon, the black buttons, which serve as their eyes in this world, give way to more sinister intentions. With the help of a talking black cat [Keith David], Coraline must defeat the grasps of this "other world" and get back home.
There are no surprises or twists in the plot and it's all very familiar ground, in fact, but 'CORALINE 3D' is nonetheless a loving tribute to the art of filmmaking itself. We're not watching the story as much as musing and gawking at the beautiful artistry that went into blending the charming and delightful with the creepy and frightful. There is such a great amount of attention placed on the details that it becomes almost trance-like, and it all works to enhance the narrative. We don't need anyone to explain that Coraline's parents are busy. They just are. We learn more about the downstairs women by looking at pictures and their collection of taxidermy Scottish Terriers. And watching the world of her Other Mother change appearance is scarier than requiring an explanation for her existence.
Again, this may be more than what younger viewers can handle, despite giving the impression of being a children's movie. All the same, the film does arrive with the unsurprising and inevitable moral conclusion typical of the genre. And this is not so much a hindrance as it is expected five minutes into the movie. No matter, 'CORALINE 3D' knows how to play its cards right and lives up to that cautionary proverb we grew up hearing from parents and now repeat to our own children: "Be careful what you wish for." With an animation style that's both adventurous and strange, Henry Selick's newest work of art is very much a modern-day fairy tale and one which will only grow in appreciation with time. It's fanciful, imaginative, and contemplative. But it's also weird, eccentric and even freakish. A really terrific mix for a fun 3D animation film.
Not since 'A Nightmare Before Christmas' has an animated film been so visually captivating. But rather than repeating the success of its predecessor, Henry Selick's 'CORALINE 3D’  gives audiences a darker undertone, where wish-fulfilment suddenly turn into true a nightmare. It's a beautifully immersive experience about a young girl learning to be clever, resourceful, and mature about her outlook on life. Only, parents, be sure that the little tykes can handle some of the film's more disturbing aspects.
Blu-ray Video Quality – Almost two years since 'CORALINE 2D' first appeared in high definition, Pictures UK now brings the highly-imaginative stop-motion film to the 3D realm. The results are terrific though not quite the knockout experience I expected and not without some minor issues along the way. On the other hand, the majority of the 1080p encoded image runtime is strong and a great treat for the eyes. Presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, the picture arrives with pitch-perfect contrast levels, providing wonderful clarity and visibility of things in the distance as well as in close-ups. The finest details are stunningly consistent and distinctly sharp. Textures in various objects are remarkable and incredibly lifelike, which seem to jump out of the screen in many scenes. From individual threads in articles of clothing to separate strands of hair atop each character, everything is crystal clear and superbly detailed. Colours possess an extraordinary pop and energy in spite of the darkened lenses of the shutter glasses. Whether we're in the drab and drained real world or the vibrantly exciting universe of Other Mother's house, the diverse palette on display is vividly saturated and accurate. Blacks are inky and profound with excellent delineation in the darkest shadows. The reason for going over to the 3D version is that the image has now added with a few awesome gimmick shots thrown in for good measure. Some of the best moments are when Coraline enters the little door and crawls through the colourful tube into Other Mother's world. Also, the last half-hour of the movie as that world is slowly dissolving away is when the Blu-ray really shines in terms of three-dimensional depth. So all in all the 'CORALINE 3D' is still a fantastic presentation sure to make many fans and 3D enthusiasts happy with the picture quality.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack arrives with resounding clarity, precision, and depth, the sound mix is impressive as it reaches the higher pitches without a loss in detail and an active surround presence that is at a near constant. The front soundstage is expansive and evenly balanced with crystalline dialogue reproduction and wonderful transparency. Atmospheric effects and non-directional cues are sharp and fluid, enveloping the listener convincingly. Interior scenes exhibit terrific spaciousness and acoustics, generating an amazing environment that's eerily authentic. The original score by Bruno Coulais and They Might Be Giants is warm and inviting, using the entire system to draw the audience into this fantastical world. Low bass is richly polish and responsive, adding a palpable realism to each scene and musical number. Accompanying the great 3D picture quality of 'Coraline 3D' is that the track is simply amazing, offering audiences a terrific and immersive aural experience that matches perfectly the fantastical elements of the film.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Audio Commentary: Commentary with Director Henry Selick and Composer Bruno Coulais: Director Henry Selick and composer Bruno Coulais discuss various aspects of the film's production, from adapting Neil Gaiman's novella, cast choices, LAIKA's extraordinary animation work, and of course, the musical score. The commentary is fairly standard, offering information you can find elsewhere in the package, but the affability of the two men keeps it from being utterly boring and maintains interest.
Deleted Scenes  [9:00] With brief introductions from Henry Selick, this collection arrives with finished animation and voiceovers, which was a nice surprise. Only two scenes were actually removed from the final product, while the rest are mostly extended sequences that really don't affect the narrative either way. Still, they're interesting to watch for anyone curious.
Special Feature: The Making of Coraline  [36:00] There are no surprises in this informative documentary that examines different areas of the film's pre-production and its end result. Henry Selick hosts the majority of the runtime with behind-the-scenes footage showing the cast in recording sessions and the creative team working on the animation. Viewers have a choice of either watching the feature in its entirety or selecting specific areas as individual short segments. Other contributors are Neil Gaiman, Maddy Gaiman, Tom Proost, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Saunders, Teri Hatcher, Dawn French, John Hodgman, Georgina Hayns, Jeremy Spake, Suzanne Moulton, Deborah Cook, Lee Bo Henry and Matt Sanders.
Special Feature: Voicing the Characters  [11:00] A self-explanatory documentary that has Henry Selick and the cast members talking about their experiences working on the film, the various characters, and developing unique voices for each. Other contributors are Keith David, Dakota Fanning, Dawn French, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Ian McShane and Jennifer Saunders.
Special Feature: Creepy Coraline [1080p] [6:00] Author Neil Gaiman and director Henry Selick host this rather short look at the film's unique and grim visual elements. Honestly, this is an okay documentary, but it's very brief and easy to sit through.
D-Box Motion Code: This feature is for folks who can afford D-Box Integrated Motion Systems.
Finally, taking audiences into a world where wishes become nightmares, 'CORALINE 3D' is the newest animated film from visionary director Henry Selick. Adapted from the novella by imaginative author Neil Gaiman, the film is a splendid and astounding visual delight with a narrative that's genuinely - and appreciably - terrifying, one that may not work well with younger viewers. The 3D Blu-ray edition arrives with great awesome picture quality, despite a few minor drawbacks in the presentation. The high-resolution audio remains the same awesome experience as before for an animated feature, and the supplemental package mirrors its predecessor. Only those willing to make the jump into the 3D realm will want to add this to their collection, while owners of the previous 2D version will be sort of satisfied with their original purchase, but I feel you are losing a hell of a lot in not going for the 3D awesome experience, which are absolutely stunning and this 3D Blu-ray is such an honour to add to my Blu-ray Collection, as every time I view this 3D Blu-ray, I see other stuff I missed before. Very Highly Recommended!
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This film is different compared to many other animated children's films. It's quite dark in places but also very humorous. The story line is well thought out and the characters are oddly appealing which makes the film funny, even in places it's not supposed to be.
The differences between this proper 3D version and the anaglypth edition are astounding, no more ghosting, colours are all solid and look fab, brightness and contrast are good despite the dimming effect of the glasses, everything now looks really detailed, in an early scene you could see fine intricate detail within the fabric that one of the puppet characters was wearing, there was very good 3D depth and the occasional use of 3D popout, all in all this is a really enjoyable film, nicely voiced by the cast that includes Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher and its directed by the guy who made The Nightmare Before Christmas, good atmospheric music score too, maybe a little too scary for very young children, depends really, i'd recommend parents watch it first and decide for themselves or watch it with the children, i'm a grown up forty something child and really enjoyed the movie, this is a huge upgrade over the old paper glasses version of the film and at this low price ( currently just over £4 ) i recommend it.
I know Amazon sometimes lumps these reviews in with the wrong version of the film so let me just add that this review is for the blu ray 3D version that can be viewed using active shutter glasses only.
Coraline is a teenage girl whose parents have just moved to an old house in a remote area. Both of them are totally preoccupied with their work, which leaves her plenty of time to roam around the house and the area outside looking for something to do. In the process she meets a variety of eccentric individuals who are now her neighbours. And finds a passage into another world. A world not unliks the one she knows. But everyone and everything there seems to be much nicer and much more fun.
If you can overlook the fact that they have buttons for eyes.
But when Coraline discovers that her mother in this new world has plans for her, the old phrase about being careful what you want because you just might get it becomes very true indeed.
As mentioned it tries to be a traditional scary story, and in that respect it succeeds superbly. Because there very frightening monsters for coraline to face and a real sense of jeopardy as she does so. All told by a master storyteller who succeeds in creating a character you can root for and situations that will keep you gripped. And in addition this is a work from a talented director who succeeds at bringing it to the screen, making it work as a movie, and giving you a visual treat to go with it.
There's also a very talented voice cast who all bring their characters to life.
Quality storytelling and superb animation make this a treat for those of all ages who love a good story. Although parents be aware that this is a pg rather than u certificate as there are scary moments that whilst some children may love others, especially the very young, may find a bit too much.
The dvd has language tracks in english hungarian and dutch
And subtitles in english arabic danish dutch hungarian icelandic norwegian and swedish
There's a commentary from the director and the composer of the film's musical score.
Eight minutes worth of deleted scenes. All are good but dont serve the story that much and were cut for pacing reasons. You can only watch these all at once rather than one at a time and as each has an introduction from the director it does get a bit repetitive.
There's a thirty six minute long making of the movie documentary. This can be watched all at once or in smaller sections of roughly six to eight minutes each. Covering all aspects from voice acting to puppet making and puppet costumes and how stop motion animation works this is very interesting viewing and well worth a look.
The second disc in this two disc edition has a 3D version of the movie and the box contains several pairs of 3D glasses to go with it. I'd refer you to the other reviews here that talk about the quality of the 3D because they know far more about the subject than me and my eyesight isn't great so I'm probably not the best person to evaluate it.
But all in all a great bit of film making and a dvd well worth getting. The only extra thing in the two disc version is the 3D copy though so if you can live without that you'd be okay with the single disc edition.
Unfortunately, 3D televsions using polarised light are not yet available. 3D DVDs from Spy Kids 3D onwards have had to rely on a more primitive red/green colour filters, and this is nothing like as effective as the cinema version. The good news is that 3D televisions are being developed, and at least one UK broadcaster is planning to launch a 3D channel. When that happens, we can look forward to the 3D experience we already get in cinemas.
This package has both the 3D and 2D versions of the film, so if you find the 3D experience strains your eyes, you can always switch to the 2D version. It's worth a try, though, for that "added dimension".
It's a very quirky and creepy film - even I found the whole sewing of buttons into the eyes a bit cringeworthy. But I think that's why the film succeeds as it harks back to real old fashioned fairy stories where some truly horrible things were meant to happen to the characters. In our cotton wool society it was refreshing to see what's essentially a children's film with a bit of an edge to it.
The cast of characters are also pretty wacky and range from the hugely breasted April Spink and her sister to the lanky limbed circus performer Alexander Bobinski through to the odd but harmless Wybie (Wybie short for 'why born' a name given by his grandmother!).
The plot revolves around the discovery of a strange parallel world peopled by analogues of Coraline's recent acquaintances who all have buttons instead of eyes. It's a simple but remarkably effective way of generating a subtle kind of menace and unease. These button eyed people seem to give Coraline the attentions she craves as her real parents are both far too busy with their careers to spend any real time with her. Coraline visits this parallel world every night and becomes more and more enamoured with it until she realises what's expected of her if she actually wants to stay permanently. As the characters reveal their true intentions Coraline realises that actually the real world may be a better place after all and she sets about escaping and helping some of other poor unfortunates who've been previously trapped with the help of the cat which, whilst in the parallel universe, can talk.
The bluray offers both the 2d and 3d versions and comes with a 4 pairs of 3d specs. The 3d effect is pretty good by and large. Being the red and green glasses true colour representation suffers but until I can afford thousands for a new 3-d TV I'd be happy to stick with this! The picture quality is also excellent as you'd imagine from a modern film so no complaints there.
All in all a worthy addition to your bluray collection - especially at this price. It's a film that will appeal to kids and adults.
Showing my age, I remember the first 3D films shown at for example the Science Museum and also the 3D picture books that used red and green lenses. The effect worked equally well and impressively with the DVD set up (we used a large screen). The downside to watching in 3D is that the colour range is not as good when viewed through the glasses than the 2D version and there is a bit of eye-strain over time. We watched about a third of the film oo-ing and gasping at some of the 3D effects but then reverted back to the 2D show for the better viewing comfort. The storyline was more important than the effects.
Do buy this DVD in the 3D version as it is worth seeing the impact on the film and be ready to enjoy a good modern tale with a strong and satisfying story, whether in 3D or 2D.
The voice actors are spot on and the animation visually engaging and impressive.
I love the style of this film as it adds something to the quirkiness of it. It's nice to find a film which both of my children aged 3 years and 5 years love which isn't sickly sweet like most childrens films.
Great clear picture on the DVD. This is now a firm favourite in our house!
Coraline Jones has moved house into the pink palice. When she is given a mysterious little her she discovers a door. It leads to another sworld, where everything is better. The parents are fun, the treats are nice but there is one problem. They have button eyes... Coraline doesn't care until she is nearly forced to have her eyes taken out and replaced with buttons.
This new Henry Selick masterpeice is so good that you'll be mad not to see it!