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Set in medieval Japan, Miyazaki's original story envisions a struggle between nature and man. The march of technology, embodied in the dark iron forges of the ambitious Tatara clan, threatens the natural forces explicit in the benevolent Great God of the Forest and the wide-eyed, spectral spirits he protects. When Ashitaka, a young warrior from a remote, and endangered, village clan, kills a ravenous, boar-like monster, he discovers the beast is in fact an infectious "demon god," transformed by human anger. Ashitaka's quest to solve the beast's fatal curse brings him into the midst of human political intrigues as well as the more crucial battle between man and nature.
Miyazaki's convoluted fable is clearly not the stuff of kiddie matinees, nor is the often graphic violence depicted during the battles that ensue. If some younger viewers (or less attentive older ones) will wish for a diagram to sort out the players, Miyazaki's atmospheric world and its lush visual design are reasons enough to watch. For the English-language version, Miramax assembled an impressive vocal cast including Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup (as Ashitaka), Claire Danes (as San), Minnie Driver (as Lady Eboshi), Billy Bob Thornton, and Jada Pinkett Smith. They bring added nuance to a very different kind of magic kingdom. Recommended for ages 12 and older. --Sam Sutherland
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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.
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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I'm madly in love with Princess Mononoke. The man vs nature is pretty evident on this one and the metaphors are just as deep as the mysteries of the forest. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Chasity Russell
One of Studio Ghibli's best. I have watched this over and over and it never gets old. Came on time during the Christmas week. No issues and it was perfect in the packaging.Published 1 day ago by Jose Chimichanga
One of my favorite animes of all time. Princess mononoke is a studio ghibli masterpiece.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love Myazaki movies, but this one was unexepectely graphic and too adult.Published 7 days ago by Amamommy17
Exactly what I expected, no visible damage and delivered on timePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
You either completely love Princess Mononoke or you 'like it although perhaps you're not an animé fan.' I completely love it. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Careful Shopper
got this for my sister in law and she loves it. I'm not a big anime fan but I like this one over othersPublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this last week. I'm a 22 year old male who enjoys animated movies. Had about 5 friends over and one friend had his girlfriend over. All of them loved it/were blown away! Read morePublished 13 days ago by seanlikespie
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|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
|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 25 posts
|2-DISC DISNEY RELEASE!?||
>>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
here you go pal.
Aug 22, 2014 by Deborah Slayton | See all 2 posts
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I have this issue as well, just purchased it recently
Dec 10, 2011 by Bill Brasky | See all 6 posts
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