Ready to go on another freaky Henry Selick adventure? You better clear a spot on your shelf next to your Nightmare Before Christmas Ultimate Collector’s Edition because on July 21st Universal Studios will release Coraline on Blu-ray and DVD.

The stop-motion film is based on the Neil Gaiman novel. Dakota Fanning lends her voice to the lead character, Coraline Jones. She’s having a hard time adjusting to here new life in Pontiac, Michigan. Her parents are consumed by work and she misses her old home in Ashland, Oregon. While exploring her new home, Coraline discovers a miniature door. It isn’t until she’s awakened by the presence of a button-eyed mouse that she realizes that door actually leads to another world. She follows the mouse through the door and into “Other World.” Upon her arrival, she meets button-eyed versions of her parents. Other than the obvious ocular difference, these new parents are nothing like her parents back in Michigan. The Other World parents have all the time in the world to spend with Coraline and shower her with affection. At first Coraline adores this alternate reality, but eventually realizes it may be too good to be true.

Other than the fact that I was terribly disturbed by some elements of this film, in particular the exchange of eyes for buttons, Coraline was spectacular. The film was filled with the vivid colors and mesmerizing animation you’d expect from Selick. Unfortunately, the story wasn’t as dazzling as the visuals. Perhaps the lack of depth was meant to make it more kid-friendly. That’s great for the kids, but once the adults have taken in the wonders of the animation, they’re left bored. Coraline was overwhelmed by the complexity of making a film appealing to adults and children leaving it only partially appealing to both demographics.

Coraline may not be a masterpiece like Nightmare Before Christmas, but it is still worth buying. If you suspect you’ll only watch the movie a few times and are unenthusiastic about films that may come across as trivial, you might consider buying the single disc DVD for $29.98. Taking a step up will bring you to the 2-disc collector’s edition DVD, which will run you $34.98. This option is perfect for someone with an added interest in film production. You get some deleted scenes, a making of featurette, a featurette about the actors’ experience voicing the characters and a digital copy of the film. For those of you who have to have it all, it’ll cost you $39.98. It may be the most expensive version, but you will get your money’s worth. On top of all the bonus material from the 2-disc DVD set, you also get access to U-Control so you can learn more about the production process while watching the film. There’s also a featurette called “Creepy Coraline” and BD-Live access. The single disc DVD, the collector’s edition and the Blu-ray version all come with feature commentary with Selick and composer Bruno Coulais.

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