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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2009
I saw this movie in theaters with the real 3D technology, which was outstanding. The 3D Blu-Ray transfer does not do the film justice.

The preview prompt says that it take 3-5 minutes for your eyes to adjust, but after putting on the green/red 3d glasses and watching over half the movie, I could never get accurate color from the glasses. My eyes either saw a green or red tint throughout the movie. At times, the color accuracy looked fine but my eyes could never fully adjust to the glasses. The viewing experience was highly uncomfortable and it felt like I was about to have an epileptic seizure while taking a really awkward eye exam throughout the movie. Even after turning off all ambient lighting in the viewing room and adjusting my TV to darker movie settings(which the disc recommends), nothing worked. I would much rather watch the 2D version with accurate color rendition. If they're going to market the 3D version, at least get it right. The 2D version looks good, but considering this was the 1st movie to be completely shot in 3D, I was hoping for a good 3D version. I'm really disappointed with the purchase.
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on January 26, 2013
Coraline is an excellent movie that is best viewed in 3D. We looked carefully to find a version that was NOT analgyph, that did not come with special glasses. As of January 2013, this item did not show it included such glasses so we thought we had the right one. WRONG. It comes with the inexpensive glasses. So...it may work OK with standard TV, but it is not optimized for the new 3D TV/DVD/Active glass combo. Other complaint: the movie disc is two sided - one for 3d & one for 2d viewing. BUT, it is not labelled, so you have to insert it in the player to figure out which side it's playing on - big annoyance and time-waster.
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on May 7, 2015
This is a movie for someone over 15 not a good PG. It's a little creepy seeing that the fake mom wants to sew eyes in a child's head.. I really can't recommend this movie for children.After my kids saw the sewing of the eyes part they got very emotional and started asking questions. I had to turn it off.
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on April 30, 2015
Love this movie! Just wish it didn't load every couple minutes through the film. Other than that I love amazon.
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on December 18, 2014
They lost something important when they turned Gaiman's book into this-the heart of the story.
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on July 28, 2015
Would have given 5 stars had it played.
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on January 5, 2015
Just ok
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
I'll put this 1st for those who don't read past the 1st line. This DVD release has no extras on it other than narration by the director/music composer. Would like to have had some behind the scenes stuff.

I know I'm late to see this, wasn't a big movie goer until recently. I loved Paranorman and heard good reviews of Coraline which was done by the same studio. Unfortunately I had watched some trailers (which I rarely do) so nothing in the movie was really a surprise. I can't say too much about why I don't like it that much, without giving out spoilers. I guess movies are a bit like relationships. You are either drawn to them or not and explaining why is often fruitless.

Without giving away the story line, I felt they missed on charactor development. It was too cartoonish for me to really get drawn into the emotional drama. That is where I felt the difference in stop animation was between Coraline and Paranorman. In Paranorman, the charators were close enough to actual people that I could better relate to them. The best example of this in Coraline was Mr. B. A totally disproportionate character who had a line with 'um pa' in it that reminded me of 'um pa lume pa um pa te do' from 'Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory'. Yes this ages me. Mr. B even had bluish/purple skin like the um pas.

I was surprised when I read a reviewer's line somewhere that claimed this was one of the most imaginative films anywhere. The idea of souls being trapped when their bodies have no eyes comes from Native American Culture. I didn't feel anything in this movie was new. It felt very 'Walt Disney-ish to me.

UPDATE 1/13/13

Watched the movie a 3rd time and like it even less.
Coraline is basically a brat, that always wants more and in this movie always get what see wants. Even at the end, her parents give her want she wanted. The other main thing going on, is the main male character, Coraline's friend is emasculated, which continues the trend in society. Coraline calls him names, (calls him "why were you born")beats on him and his body language shows he has low self esteem. I actually like movies with morals, but in this one, the brat gets her way and gets rewarded for being a brat. The entire world revolves around Coraline snd I think it is symptomatic of current society, in the way parents spoil their kids, yet it just makes the kids want more. Then being unhappy when they have everything you think anyone might need. Our tech society just creates addiction because social interaction is totally lacking. Not all that is in the movie, but this movie is disturbing, in a way that it never intended to be. The movie has no deep social interaction whatsoever, and no one even notices it missing.

Great movie for someone who is morally bankrupt. I guess that explains its popularity in our society.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2014
There seemed to be a spate of macabre kids movies that all came out around the same time. Coraline was one of them if I'm not mistaken. Coraline is creative, well-executed and basically ticks those boxes for a macabre-doll creepiness. My 2-stars is really to add a little more balance to the way-over-the-top 4-5 star reviews Amazon has recently been serving up. Normally, I'd say it's a 3. This is pretty clearly a kid's movie so I'm rating it as such. To summarize, it's a bit too dark for young viewers in spots. Yes, I get that kids are soft these days yada yada. But my kids, 8yo and 5yo wanted this movie OFF towards the end.

Speaking of the star-ratings. On Amazon Prime Video, I now assume a negative 1-1.5 star bias. So for example, if a movie is supposed to be a 4.5. It's likely a 3.5 or even a 3.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2015
The digital copy was already used so we were unable to use it like what we bought it for
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