I'm in no way a fan, but I know plenty of you guys and gals here are so I thought I'd throw this out there for you.
Coming April 15th, "Miyazaki's Spirited Away
From one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animated cinema comes the most acclaimed film of 2002. Hayao Miyazaki's latest triumph, filled with astonishing animation and epic adventure, is a dazzling masterpiece for the ages. It's a "wonderfully welcoming work of art that's as funny and entertaining as it is brilliant, beautiful, and deep" (Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal). SPIRITED AWAY is a wondrous fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. An unforgettable story brimming with creativity, SPIRITED AWAY will take you on a journey beyond your imagination. "To enter the world of Hayao Miyazaki is to experience a kind of lighthearted enchantment that is unique to the world of animation" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). It's a fantastic tale the whole family will want to experience over and over again."
And the extras:
SPIRITED AWAY Introduction -- Academy AwardŽ-Winning Director And Miyazaki Admirer John Lasseter (Special Achievement Award, 1995) Introduces The Film.
Behind The Microphone -- Go Behind The Scenes Of The English-Language Version With The Voice Cast, Including Suzanne Pleshette and Jason Mardsen.
The Art Of SPIRITED AWAY -- See Why Hayao Miyazaki Is Renowned By Filmmakers The World Over As One Of The Premiere Animators In Motion Picture History, And How His Masterpiece Was Translated For English-Speaking Audiences.
The Nippon Television Special -- View This Japanese Television Special To Get An Insider's Peek Into Studio Ghibli During The Creation Of SPIRITED AWAY (in Japanese With English Subtitles).
Select Storyboard-To-Scene Comparison -- Using The Angle Button On Your Remote Control, Witness Miyazaki's Creative Process As You Switch Between Selections Of His Original Storyboards And The Final Animated Scenes, Complete With Japanese And English Language Tracks.
Technical Specifications: Color 2.0:1 Aspect Ratio Closed Captioned Region 1 English (Dolby 5.1 Digital), French (Dolby 2.0 Surround), Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound English subtitles
We ordered a multi-region copy of it from ebay, because it din't come anywhere near us, theatre-wise. It's movie only, but that's fine. It was pretty cheap, so now I'm definitely looking forward to the special edition release.
Also coming in April: special editions of Kiki's Delivery Service and Porco Rosso.
Originally posted by HrdCoreJoeI'm in no way a fan
If you haven't seen it watch it. Just once. It's that Alice in Wonderland feeling, just awe and dread and hope rolled into one ball. Maybe the best anime movie ever.
I would second that. I'm not a fan of anime films, but that film was really good. I saw it with my wife and another friend. Neither of them are fans of anime films, but they both loved it as well. If nothing else, it's more than worthy as a rental and you should definitely watch it if you have the chance. I thought it was one of the better, more creative films of the year. I'm no critic, but I would have had it on a top film of the year list.
I really liked Spirited Away (it was in my top five for the year), but not as much as Mononoke.
Maybe because Spirited was "for" young teenage Japanese girls, while Mononoke was about more "grand" topics like nature vs. civiilization and stuff like that.
"No one's ever done a movie about flowers before. So there are no guidelines." "What about "Flowers for Algernon"?" "Well, that's not about flowers. And it's not a movie." "Ok, I'm sorry, I never saw it." -- Adaptation
I thought it was pretty good. Great use of Johnny Cash and Richard Cheese songs. Gore was good. The ending, I thought, was a strong point. Zombie movies are supposed to end badly, especially Romero zombie movies.