The Secret World of Arrietty (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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First of all, no, Miyazaki didn't actually direct this time around. He only penned and planned the story along with other production guidance. So I'm okay with saying this arguably isn't Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, or Howl's Moving Castle, but this is that studio Ghibli magic you love. I feel it closely kindred to Kiki's Delivery Service or My Neighbor Totoro. I personally fail to see how any Studio Ghibli fan could walk away from this film unhappy. For that matter I fail to see how any child at heart could walk away from this film without a smile on their face. Films like this evoke a feeling of childhood and a sense of wonder.
The animation is gorgeous and possibly even more stimulating since we see virtually no hand drawn animation on the silver screen in North America (though so far this year I've been blessed with the Beauty and the Beast re-release and a Fullmetal Alchemist film at my small town theater). As far as Arrietty is concerned the background designers paid great attention to detail while the characters have that streamlined Miyazaki look but move with fluidity and such realism. It's very captivating to see the familiar concept of creatures living between floorboards in such a new inventive way. Seeing what they borrow from the humans and how they use it is part of the charm of the film.Read more ›
Mr. Miyazaki does not disappoint, retelling the original children's story "Borrowers" by Mary Norton and placing it in the present, with the main characters being Shawn, a sickly boy who is sent to live with his great aunt and her maid Hara, where he discovers a secret family of tiny people that includes husband and wife Pod and Homily and Arrietty, their 13-year-old daughter who is just learning to "borrow," something her kind does to survive. As the story unravels, Arrietty's adventures are highlighted by wonderful scenes of the world from a point of view of a 4-inch tall person.
The ending of this movie does not disappoint, and I am definitely planning to see this movie several more times with my nephews, and to buy the DVD when it comes out to add to my Miyazaki collection. I would definitely recommend this movie, especially to a family with young children!
I could go on and on like this, but the main thing I want to get across is that this is an unusually good movie--a rare pleasure for both eye and ear. (That last part has to do not only with the exceptional voice acting and sound effects, but also with the voice and harp of Cécile Corbel.) You really don't want to miss this one, whether you're an adult or a child. For children, a movie like this is pure magic--something that will stay and be fondly remembered. Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki can be counted on for things like that. Long may they shine!
"The Secret of Arriety" is a wonderful film, up there with classics such as "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Spirited Away." Based on the timeless children's story, "The Borrowers", it follows Arriety and her family, who are all Borrowers living inside the house of a disgruntled old woman. A Borrower is a sort of pocket human, a tiny person who goes around and takes things from humans that they wouldn't miss. Examples include a cube of sugar, or a single snack cracker. To the Borrowers, these things are massive hauls that will last them weeks. But their existence is threatened once the old woman who lives the house, Haru, discovers their presence and begins the first of many attempts to entrap them. It's only with the aid of kindly Sho, the woman's sick nephew who lives in the house, do they stand a chance at surviving.
It's instantly clear that, compared to much larger struggles seen in other Ghibli films, this conflict is relatively small-scale.Read more ›
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I love Hayao Miyazaki Collections . His movies are great to watch and his art in the movie is amazing. Definitely will buy some more of his movies.Published 2 days ago by Rochele Rabot
The story is The Borrowers by the script is written by the great Miyasaki. Studio Ghibli creates a complete world full of adventure and friendship.Published 5 days ago by barbara r
Miyazaki takes the imagination to places that Disney can't. Superb artistry.Published 5 days ago by Diana M. Skill
My daughter was thrilled to receive this as a Christmas gift!Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm collecting Studio Ghibli's movies on Blu Ray and this good movie happens to be $13, I had to get it. Wonderful story for both young and old alike.Published 26 days ago by linrick
I felt like this movie wasn't as good as other Studio Ghibli movies, BUT I do recommend watching it. Great movie about friendship and family.Published 1 month ago by Shanna
My 12 yr old (now 13) daughter and I really enjoyed this movie. It's hard to find movies that are appropriate for this age group, and am glad to report that this movie is not too... Read morePublished 1 month ago by DM & AH
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These will be 22.99 over at best buy next week
May 16, 2012 by Erick Pleitez | See all 5 posts
|No Spanish subtitles?||
I fully agree with you. It would seem to me that there is a greater demand for Spanish subtitles both in the US and worldwide than for French.
Jul 7, 2012 by Rollo Tomasi | See all 3 posts
Does not look like it.
Apr 19, 2012 by Derek Marohn | See all 6 posts
I think the Digital Copies are included, usually they will be on a separate disk in the set (in the case of Disney Blu-Ray releases) or as a redeemable voucher.
Jun 21, 2012 by Christian Dacanay | See all 3 posts
|English songs in the Japanese audio track?!||
If I remember, Disney didn't touch these songs. only one new song was added- "Summertime", if I'm right, this was in the ending credits?
May 26, 2012 by Christian Dacanay | See all 3 posts
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