Spirited Away Blu Ray
- Package Dimensions : 17.02 x 13.72 x 1.52 cm; 113 Grams
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- ASIN : B08312DZ1N
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Chihiro's family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress, Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world. Overflowing with imaginative creatures and thrilling storytelling, Spirited Away became a worldwide smash hit, and is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of all time.
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At first I was skeptical buying a Bluray of an animated motion picture because I wasn't sure if you could "tell" it was high-definition, but I think I failed to realize this is a studio Ghibli film, so everything has an amazing level of detail the likes of which has never, and will never be surpassed by any other animation studio.
The Bluray comes with extra content, including a "making of" special, "meet Hayao Miyazaki", "behind the Microphone" and some other special featurettes. All of this content is standard definition on the Bluray disc, but this is just something we'll have to live with like all Disney BTS Features.
In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro (Rumi Hiiragi) and her parents (Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi) stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku (Miyu Irino), who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.
Also to note, there is a Japanese soundtrack version with English subtitles. This is often how to watch and hear the film in the best, true to the script way. Often the Japanese is far more eloquent than the American audio version. You can see this by turning on both the subtitles and the US Audio track and reading the difference in language from the subtitles to what you hear.
The film itself is excellent. Culturally ghosts and spirits are everywhere and in everything in Japan so to see a girl walk among spirits is not alarming and wasn’t intended to be frightening for a Western audience so bare that in mind when allowing kids to watch it - I think it’s good to discuss what they watch and I found this an interesting talking point with my kid.
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I wouldn't recommend this film for young children but I certainly would for older ones, and for discriminating adults.
What happened to that list? After watching Spirited Away I was quite annoyed with my Japanese friend that she did not say anything about this film. My apologies to her, only last year I found that list and Spirited Away was on the list, number one, along with other superb Studio Ghibli films. :)