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Princess Mononoke [Blu-ray]

Billy Crudup , Claire Danes , Hayao Miyazaki  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,236 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Billy Bob Thornton, Gillian Anderson, Jada Pinkett-Smith
  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Writers: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Producers: Toshio Suzuki
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,236 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001V9LPYE
  • Learn more about "Princess Mononoke [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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326 of 356 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding gem -- both the movie and DVD. December 19, 2000
Wow. I first saw Princess Mononoke during its limited theatrical release (twice). Many people have issues with the dub, but this is by far the best dubbed anime ever to be released -- I, like most anime fans, normally insist on subtitles, but Neil Gaiman and the cast succeeded in putting real emotion into these characters. The casting of Billy Bob Thornton and Claire Danes might rub some ears the wrong way, but in my opinion the emotional impact is still there regardless of the odd accents. In any case, the Japanese track is included, and it's phenomenal. As for its content, most arguments about its violence and length can be dismissed by viewing it as a film, rather than as a cartoon. It's not Disney. The plot is a complex and delicate exercise in shades of gray. Don't expect Akira or Macross either -- it's really not of the same genre.
The video and audio quality is the sort that you would use to show off your new home theater system. In fact, I found the Japanese soundtrack to be richer and better dynamically balanced than the English track (!). Disney/Miramax really took advantage of the format by including BOTH the Japanese and English opening titles and credits -- they are automatically selected depending on your choice of language via an angle switch. Transparent and ingenious. There are two sets of subtitles -- one for the English track, and the other is the literal translation of the Japanese (since some liberties were taken in creating the English script).
Disney was originally going to release "Mononoke Hime" without the original language track, which created an outrage among anime fans (who, myself included, signed a massive internet petition which eventually turned the tide). I applaud this decision, as well as the splendid attention to detail. It has made this incredible movie an even better value.
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88 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not like any movie. A must see! December 21, 2000
By Callie
Format:VHS Tape
This is not like any Japanese animated movie or any other animated film. It is not a lost adventure like Pokemon, neither is it a classic cutesy by Disney or Dreamworks. This is a film that quickly caught my eyes and ears because of its rare beauty and incredibly poignant feelings(I love anything that is poignant and this film is no exception). I was quickly captured by the story of a young warrior cursed by a demon god. The demon itself was cursed by anger and hatred it held towards the destructive humans. The animal gods and the humans fought many wars against each other, but their hatred only brought destruction to themselves. There also was the forest spirit who brought both life and death, and could give life to some, but death to others. The whole story I found to be gripping and thrilling. The curse, that evil hating curse that could eat people and animals alive. The conflict between man and beast that did not have to happen. The wolf girl, San, also known as Princess Mononoke, who was neither wolf or human. And the mysterious forest god of life and death, pain and relief. One thing that distinguishes this move from others is that no one is a good guy or a bad guy. Just about every person has good and evil in them, but hate and anger can infest and destroy anyone. I have never known of a more captivating movie. The animation was beautiful and not over done, but very simple and artistic. The gore and violence is hard to stomache, but it brings more poignant feelings to the viewer. The music is also very beautiful and ethereal(some might say it sounds very "Enya-like"). There is absolutely no reason why you should not see this movie. If you think, "oh, it's just an ordinary Japanese movie", or "Oh, it's not as great as it sounds", you're wrong! This is one of the greatest films I have ever seen. If you do not see this movie,you are missing out on a lot.
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113 of 129 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This Miyazaki movie is for keeps! This is one of the few anime films from the many I have seen, that I will give a full 5 stars. You must give yourself a chance to see this movie at least once. I will definitely buy this DVD when it comes out. Plot is set in ancient mythological Japan where humans clash with humans and damages the environment. Great story, beautiful animation, very strong character development. Lots of action. You will see that a lot of work went into this film. Too bad, I can't recommend this for kids for all ages, maybe around 15 yrs up, but you parents will be the final judge. No nudity, but there are quite a few blood and violent scenes (such as beheading). Don't get me wrong, the story does not really focus on the violence. Watch it and you will know what I mean.
I sure hope the other Miyazaki Anime will be released on DVD soon! (Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa, etc...)
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE February 7, 2000
You just HAVE to vote for this DVD to be produced. If you haven't seen this movie yet in the theatres yet, you must, because it is the most beautiful, thought provoking movie ever made. It is so amazning, that words can't even describe it. PLEASE, PLEASE, vote for this video and see for yourself. You will be amazed. If you have seen the movie at the theatre and want it to come to the US, make sure and submit your e-mail address(es). Even submit your friend's email! (with their permission.) If you REALLY want this DVD to be made, write a review here to get other people to submit their emails! ^_~
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I got a wonderful copy of the movie, plays well, English dub.
Published 10 hours ago by Ethan Cornett
5.0 out of 5 stars I love all of Miyazaki 's work
I love all of Miyazaki 's work. The stories touch my heart and the animation is so colorful and realistic.
Published 1 day ago by Faith Harmony
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie made me cry a few times because it was so good.
Published 4 days ago by Katelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this moive
Perfect for any age excellence story
Published 4 days ago by dakotahighmiller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
His work is mind boggling
Published 7 days ago by dianewright
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for young and old alike
Recommended for young and old alike.great themes of good vs. evil, conservation and living with nature, bettering yourself and giving your energies to a higher purpose.
Published 8 days ago by Phyllis L Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love this movie! Came faster than expected
Published 9 days ago by Teaming with Teal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of his best
Published 9 days ago by L. Maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking.
One of the best movies in history. Watched this since i was a kid. Amazing, touching story, memorable characters, and beautiful animation that will take your breath away. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Phyllis Diller
5.0 out of 5 stars I remember seeing this on HBO years ago as a ...
I remember seeing this on HBO years ago as a kid. Over the years from the old anime I used to watch has turned out to be Studio gibili and I am proud to have this in my collection.
Published 11 days ago by Chris Price
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When in HD?
i hope you guys understand that they were capturing film in the old days (and nowadays too) (You would need at LEAST a 30 megapixel camera to attempt to match the quality on 35mm film)

So to say that they didn't film in HD in the past is incorrect. HD is just a marketing term to get people to... Read More
Aug 27, 2010 by Collins Chang |  See all 24 posts
Anime is Dead!
Some series I really enjoyed are Cowboy bebop, ghost in the shell and Samurai champloo. Not sure what kind of anime you like but these were pretty good for me.
Sep 4, 2009 by semore butts |  See all 17 posts
>>I can't wait to view it in its original Japanese vocal track.

You don't have to wait, the current release has the complete, original Japanese-language audio track: Main menu >> Setup >> Spoken Languages >> Japanese.
Mar 27, 2008 by koko the talking gorilla |  See all 11 posts
Blu-ray Release???

here you go pal.
Aug 22, 2014 by Deborah Slayton |  See all 2 posts
Video Quality Problem
I have this issue as well, just purchased it recently
Dec 10, 2011 by Bill Brasky |  See all 6 posts
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