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#1 of 2 Timothy E

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Posted July 20 2009 - 12:53 PM

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CORALINE 3-D 2-Disc Collector's Edition

Studio: Universal
Year: 2009
Rated: PG
Film Length: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish


Release Date: July 21, 2009

The Movie
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her indifferent parents, and away from all of her friends in the world, to an apartment in

the wilderness of Oregon. Coraline is lonely and she reluctantly strikes up a friendship

with Wybie (Robert Bailey, Jr.), an annoying young boy whose grandmother is the

landlord to her parents.

Although Coraline is initially bored and lonely, she discovers a cast of colorful

characters who reside in her neighborhood. Ms. Forcible and Ms. Spink (Jennifer

Saunders and Dawn French, respectively) are former stage performers who still love to

entertain. Mr. Bobinsky (Ian McShane) is a retired circus acrobat who trains mice to

perform tricks. The voices for Coraline’s self-absorbed parents are provided by Teri

Hatcher and John Hodgman.

Coraline discovers a portal to another world during her explorations of her family’s

apartment. Coraline’s other world is more appealing to her than the real world she left

behind and she must eventually choose which world she wishes to inhabit.

Henry Selick (director of The Nightmare Before Christmas) wrote the screenplay and

directed Coraline. This film is an adaptation of the award-winning book by acclaimed

fantasy author Neil Gaiman (Stardust, Mirrormask). Like The Nightmare Before

Christmas, Coraline is animated by the stop-motion animation method. Afficianados of

this method of animation will appreciate that this is the first film in which an animated

morphing sequence has ever been accomplished in stop-motion animation. Although

there have been other stop-motion animation movies that have been transferred to 3-D,

Coraline is the first film to be shot originally in stereoscopic 3-D.

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Both 2-D and 3-D versions of Coraline are included on either side of Disc 1 in an

anamorphic transfer of the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Video quality is excellent in

both versions with no apparent compression artifacts. Colors are muted rather than

vibrant to reflect the tone of this fantasy/horror story. Although there are some

sequences that are deliberately dark, taking place at night and/or indoors, the black

crush that is often prevalent on DVD transfers is thankfully absent here, and shadow

detail is excellent.

This edition has the movie in both 2-D and 3-D versions, and comes with 4 pairs of 3-D

glasses. The 3-D format is in the traditional anaglyphic process with the green lens

over your left eye and the purple lens over your right eye. The anaglyph process on this

DVD is serviceable although images that jump out at you are few and far between.

Although colors are muted when viewed in 3-D, the entire palette is muted deliberately.

This is apparent when comparing the 2-D version to the 3-D version, which reveals that

the clarity of images is not compromised in the 3-D version.

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The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio makes full use of all speakers to surround the viewer with

music and sound effects. Dialogue is primarily (and appropriately) from front and

center. The music and effects are balanced well with the dialogue so that the dialogue

tracks are never drowned out by music and sound effects. The audio is solid but not


Special Features
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This 2-Disc Collector’s Edition includes the full-length movie on Disc 1 with optional

director’s commentary and the remaining special features, including a digital copy, on

Disc 2. The director’s commentary by Selick is surprisingly interesting and informative.

Since Selick is the director as well as the screenwriter who adapted Gaiman’s book,

he has an excellent understanding of the characters motivations as they relate to the

plot. Selick’s commentary is definitely better than average and recommended to

hardcore fans of this film.

The remaining special features, on Disc 2, are as follows:

Deleted Scenes (8:50): These deleted and extended scenes include introductions by

director Selick.

The Making of Coraline (35:56): This making-of featurette is broken down into the

following 11 parts: The Evolution of the Story, Inspiring Design: Character Design and

Art Direction, Directing the Voice Sessions, Making Puppets, Coraline’s Closet,

Setting the Stage: How Does Coraline’s Garden Grow, It’s Alive, I’ve Seen Fire And I’ve

Seen Fog, The Eyes Have It, and Wrapping Up Coraline. These 11 parts can be viewed

separately or there is a "Play All" function on the menu.

Voicing The Characters (10:46): This is a behind the scenes featurette with Selick and

the voice cast.

The digital copy is also located on Disc 2.

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Coraline is a better than average animated film that does not overstay its welcome like

some recent animated features.  The 3-D effects are serviceable without being

exceptional and enhance the entertainment value of this film. The 3-D effects on this

DVD are average for the anaglyph process.  The story evokes the best fantasy

elements of the books by Lewis Carroll and C.S. Lewis.  As such, it succeeds in

entertaining an adult audience without being inaccessible to children.  The film may be

too intense for very young children but is appropriate for most children and adults.

Edited by Timothy E - 7/21/2009 at 05:06 am GMT

#2 of 2 Henry Gale

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Posted July 21 2009 - 11:47 AM

" The two-disc collector's edition DVD of Coraline includes both 2-D and 3-D Versions of the movie, director's commentary, deleted scenes, and featurettes on the making and voicing of the film. Buy Coraline on DVD and Blu-ray."

This quote is from the ad copy for "Coraline". [I remember fondly the days when I could have put the title in BOLD of ITALICS, with confidence and ease]

It is not clear to me whether or not the BR version offers the (compromised) 3D, or just the 2 disc standard DVD.

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