CORALINE

 

Fans of author Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere) are in for a treat with the release of the stop-motion animated feature based on his best-selling book, Coraline. A young girl (Dakota Fanning) walks into an alternate version of her life via a secret door in her new home. She must escape back into her world before the duplicate, yet somehow creepy versions of her family try to keep her there forever.

 

The special collector’s DVD is a two-disc set with special features that include both 2-D and 3-D versions of the film as well as commentary from producer/director Henry Selick and composer Bruno Coulais.

 

 

WATCHMEN

 

In an alternate 1985 America, superheroes (who are now retired) are part of everyday society in the movie Watchmen. But after an ex-superhero is murdered the investigation into the killing leads to the discovery of an evil plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. That, of course, forces the costumed do-gooders out of retirement to retain the balance of power.

 

Special features boast of The Phenomenon, The Comic that Changed Comics, the original graphic novel’s groundbreaking impact, all 11 Watchmen video journals and My Chemical Romance Desolation Row music video.

 

THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD

 

The Great Buck Howard stars John Malkovich as a washed-up mentalist itching for a comeback. He hires a personal assistant (Colin Hanks) and publicist (Emily Blunt) in his effort to reestablish his career. Look for a fun turn by Tom Hanks, Colin Hanks real-life father.

 

Special features are plentiful: Commentary with Sean McGinly (writer/director) and Colin Hanks (actor), Deleted scenes, Extended scenes, Outtakes, Behind the scenes, HDNet: A Look at the Great Buck Howard and The Amazing Kreskin.

Coraline - courtesy of Focus Features

Coraline - courtesy of Focus Features

Watchmen - courtesy of Warner Bros.

Watchmen - courtesy of Warner Bros.

The Great Buck Howard - courtesy Magnolia Pictures

The Great Buck Howard - courtesy Magnolia Pictures