New on DVD: 'ParaNorman' (Plus Giveaway!), 'Lawless,' 'MiB 3'

New on DVD: 'ParaNorman' (Plus Giveaway!), 'Lawless,' 'MiB 3'

ParaNorman Tired of zany animated kiddie films with googly-eyed characters doing wacky things? Thank the creative folks at stop-motion animation studio Laika, then, for this refreshingly original and edgy (and technically outstanding) movie about a kid who sees dead people and gets bullied for it. As it turns out, Norman might be the only person able to save his town from a witch's curse. Use your wisest discretion when showing to the kids--it's got some macabre humor, scary characters and an intense climax that may bring up more questions about death than you want to deal with, and could frighten your littlest ones more than it delights them. Extras: Featurette on creating the characters and world, director commentary, seven segments showcasing Norman and his costars (DVD/BD).

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Giveaway! We have one Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for a lucky winner. Comment below and tell us your favorite stop-motion animated film and why. Winner will be chosen at random Tuesday Dec. 4, notified via email and have three (3) days to respond. U.S. residents 18 and over only please.

Lawless John Hillcoat (The Road) directs this graphic, bloody story about the three Bondurant brothers, Jack (Shia LaBeouf), Howard (Jason Clarke), and Forrest (Tom Hardy), who made their fortune selling moonshine in the Prohibition-era South against pressure from crooked law enforcement and encroaching gangsters. Extras: Director commentary, featurettes on the true story and where it took place, deleted scenes and Willie Nelson music video (DVD/BD).

The Apparition Twi-hards will recognize Ashley Greene as the star of this movie, playing one half of a young couple being haunted by a terrifying entity that follows them wherever they go. Can Harry Potter' baddie Tom Felton save them? Extras: "The Apparition: A Cinematic Specter" featurette (DVD/BD); the BD adds features on the paranormal, the town setting, and the experiment that conjured the ghost.

Step Up Revolution This series just keeps going and going, like an endless dance number. This time around, it's So You Think You Can Dance's Kathryn McCormick and MMA fighter Ryan Guzman debuting as dancers who must rally their townsfolk to fight a developer threatening to raze their homes and businesses. Extras: Deleted scenes, music videos from J. Lo and Timbaland, multiple featurettes with the cast and crew (DVD/BD).

Men in Black 3 (out Friday, Nov. 30) Many critics liked this third in the franchise better than the second, as Agent J (Will Smith) has to travel back in time with a younger version of his partner K (James Brolin) to save the older K (Tommy Lee Jones) as well as the planet. Extras: Gag reel, making-of featurette, Pitbull music video (DVD/BD); the BD adds "Spot the Alien" game, featurettes on the effects and the different time frames, and detailed looks at specific action sequences. A 3D combo pack adds featurettes on the 3D models and the 3D conversion process.

Sparkle (out Friday, Nov. 30) Known more for being Whitney Houston's last film than American Idol Jordin Sparks' first one, it tells the hackneyed story of a rising star dealing with an overbearing mama, a burgeoning romance with her manager, and the usual music industry tropes that threaten her and her two singing sisters. Extras: Director commentary and two featurettes, one of them a tribute to Houston (DVD/BD); the BD adds two more featurettes and a music video with Houston and Sparks.

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