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The Secret World of Arrietty (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2012)

Bridgit Mendler , David Henrie , Hiromasa Yonebayashi  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bridgit Mendler, David Henrie, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias
  • Directors: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,323 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Secret World of Arrietty (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)" on IMDb

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Discover The Secret World Of Arrietty where your imagination comes to life! The studio that brought you Ponyo and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away (2002, best animated feature) once again delivers a heartwarming tale of friendship and courage.In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. But when tenacious and tiny Arrietty is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, their secret and forbidden friendship blossoms into an extraordinary adventure.Featuring the voices of the Disney Channel's Bridgit Mendler, David Henrie, and comedic all-stars Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, and Carol Burnett, and based on the award-winning novel The Borrowers.

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105 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wondrous Film Going Experience... February 16, 2012
This film is a must see for anyone who loves hand drawn animation. This is an experience filmgoers just don't get at the theater anymore and I praise studio Ghibli (and in tandem Disney as far as North America is concerned) for continuing this tradition. I also implore anyone who feels interested in seeing this film at any level go do so and support the studio, I would like to see them around for years to come and I don't think many will be disappointed with the experience.

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.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By Joe
I was lucky to have won tickets to this movie's preview and took my family to see it in NYC this past weekend - what a treat! To be specific, we are a family of three with a teenager in high school, and everybody just loved this beautiful new animated movie that's perfect for all groups. As with all the movies Ghibli Studio produces, this is a rich visual masterpiece that you will really get lost in, with very life-like vegetation and insect life serving as a background for a seemingly simple, but very heartfelt story.

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!
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Size Doesn't Matter March 6, 2012
Studio Ghibli needs no introduction. They took us to the heavens in "Castle in the Sky", sent us into a realm of demons with "Spirited Away", and plunged us into a desperate struggle for protecting the forest in "Princess Mononoke." Arguably, no other anime studio knows how to nail complete immersion into a world, except for places such as Kyoto Animation and Madhouse. When it comes to making us believe every second of a story, Ghibli knows how to hit the sweet spot. With it's only misfire, the absolutely dreadful "Tales of Earthsea", etched into North American audience's memories more recently than 2009's excellent "Ponyo", there was some speculation at whether or not this would be the venerable studio's chance at redemption. Simply put: it is.

"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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, lush film not just for kids! August 28, 2012
I have to admit, we skipped Arrietty when it came to a local theater because I hadn't seen much promotion for it, and based on the poster, it seemed like it might be a movie that was supposed to be for video but released in a smaller scale (or something). I was SO completely wrong.

I really, really regret not taking my family to see this in the theater. This is a lush, beautiful film- the entire time I watched it, I was breathless from it's beauty and just the sheer simple pleasure of watching it.

The story is simple- Arrietty is a "borrower"- she and her mom and dad live in the floorboards of a country house, and in order to sustain their life, they "borrow" things from the humans who live above them. They only take what they need and what won't be missed, and do so in complete secret because once they are seen by human eyes, they are in extreme danger and must immediately find a new place to live. And since a few feet to a human is miles for a "borrower", it's of the utmost importance that their existence and activities NOT be discovered.

As you can guess, Arrietty is discovered, by young Shawn. Shawn is the nephew of the human woman who owns the country house, and is there to prepare and rest up for dangerous heart surgery. He's unusually kind and sensitive, and his gentle nature convinces a reluctant Arrietty to trust him.

Of course, nothing is simple- Shawn isn't the only one who knows about Arrietty and her family.

Regardless, this is a QUIET film. It's just beautifully compelling. The animation is SO beautiful and impressionistic. I felt a deep sense of peace and awe as we watched, but the plot was still exciting enough that I was stuck in my seat, watching every bit of action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STUDIO GHIBLI <3
This has got to be one of the best Studio Ghibli movies so far. Apart from Spirit Away and My Neighbor Totoro, this one is one of my favorites! Read more
Published 6 days ago by Madi Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrietty
Being a life-long fan of The Borrowers,what a delightful suprise to come across the further adventures of Arrietty and her family.The animation was spectacular,as was the colors. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Carolyn Francisco
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie
This was such a fun movie. It was interesting to watch as a family, and then I enjoyed watching it again by myself later on. Read more
Published 10 days ago by A. W. FITCH
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese Anime
Animated Japanese take on a children's book called The Borrowers.
I love this form of film and the whole film is magical
Published 10 days ago by Annette Radocaj
5.0 out of 5 stars Studio Ghibli Fan
I have enjoyed the films produced by Studio Ghibli since "Kiki's Delivery Service" and I was not disappointed with this adaptation of "The Borrowers". Read more
Published 10 days ago by A.W.
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Okay
Not as good as some of the other movies from Studio Ghibli but entertaining. My son enjoyed it but it doesn't even compare to some of their earlier movies.
Published 15 days ago by Heather Whitehill
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets
This retelling of the borrowers story is well worth watching. I would put it up against any other version I have watched.
Published 18 days ago by Jacqueline L. Langey
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful movie
Another great movie by Hayao Miyazaki. Love all of his movies he had made. Recommend this to anyone who love his movies
Published 20 days ago by Tasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming for young kiddos
This is utterly charming for young children ... has 'suspense' (but not scary) and laughter, while completely holding their interest. Then they want to see it again! Read more
Published 21 days ago by sara teich
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute story
My son, age 8, & I love this movie. We saw it in the theater together and bought it on DVD so we could watch again & again.
Published 1 month ago by Shelly C.
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Quite pricey??
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
Digital Copy?
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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