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Shinkai: Collection

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Multiple award winner makoto Shinkai has been called the "new Miyazaki," and these two animated films make a strong case! Shinkai produced Voices of a Distant Star entirely on his own using a Macintosh, yet it went on to win prizes at several international film festivals. His follow up wasa the feature length film The Place Promised in our Early Days, which went on to win even more awards and enjoyed a successful art house run throughout North America this fall.

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BKSJ5W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Makoto Shinkai has been hailed many in his native Japan as the next Miyazaki. Debuting in the late 1990's with a short film called "She and her cat" Makoto then blew everyone away with his self made 30 minute short "Voices of a distant Star".

"Voice if a distant star" or "Hoshi no Koe" as it is titled in Japan is a beautiful and gorgeous piece of 30 minute anime. The story tells the tale of two young lovers and the heartache they feel as space and time separates them. The film is absolutely stunning with its vivid colours. Melancholy lovers look up at blue skies while sunshine burst through. There are mecha battles and an amazing soundtrack to accompany the film.

Makoto returned last year with his first full length motion picure "The place promised in our early years". This ambitious film told the story of an alternate Japan, divided into a American controlled south and a communist north. A giant tower on the northern side fascinates two friends and it is a special girl in their life and a promise to discover what the tower is that pushed the two friends in their adulthood.

Both films are visually spectacular although I find the 30 minute "voices..." to be a more satisfying work.

This collection presents both works in a nice keepsake box and includes the soundtrack to "Voices of a distant star" by composer Tenmon. If you love beautiful, thought-provoking and somewhat introspective anime, this is a must buy.

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While I think these films deserve 4 stars, this package deserves 6. This is one of the best packages I've ever seen in anime. At the current price I feel this is a real bargain for all the content that is here. It may be expensive on a per-hour basis (the films are about 2 hours total), but the extras are worth every penny. Beyond the value, these films are definitely worth owning. What you get with this set is:

*Both Films
*Soundtrack for Voices of a Distant Star
*Two incredible booklets for each film, Commenting on every detail of the films (from story to production to music)
*A ton of extras including director's cuts, interviews, and Shinkai's first animated project in She and Her Cat

8 / 10

This is a short film: 24 minutes in length. But what it lacks in length it makes up for in quality. Produced entirely on Shinkai's home computer with himself and his wife doing the voices (though there is another cast in the "official" version, the original version is here as well), it is one of the most marvelous achievements you'll ever see. Shinkai blends a superb science fiction story with an even better moving love story. This film centers around a young couple, Mikako and Noboru who fall in love. Mikako is sent to fight in an interstellar war that leads her light years away from Noboru. Their only method of communication from this distance is cell phone e-mails. As she gets further away from Earth, messages take days, weeks, months, and finally years to reach Noboru on Earth.

Ultiminately, this is a film about love transcending time and space, which is told through some of the most amazing animation and visuals you've ever seen.
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if you're an anime fan than this is a must have for collection.
cinematogrophy and visuals still impress till this day.
story... short but complete. one of the few animes that I've seen since starting in '89 thaat made me feel bonded too, and enjoyed character growth.
if you've seen 5 centemeters per second than I recogmend this video.
other recgomendations: Mellinium actress, memories, paprika, Tekkon Kinkreet, flag, tokyo god-fathers...
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`The Shinkai Collection' is a small boxset featuring Shinkai's two early films, `Voices of a Distant Star' and `The Place Promised In Our Early Days'. It also has an excellent 44 page booklet that goes into great depth about both films development and production. It has some essays by the director and others involved in both projects and artwork from the films. The booklet alone is very impressive and makes this a wonderful package.

`Voices of A Distant Star' is a short animation produced entirely on the directors home computer. For this reason alone the animation and artwork seems especially rich and impressive. Light music flows almost constantly underneath the story and the English dubbing is pretty good. The story follows a female pilot who goes into space and who communicates via text messages which take longer and longer to reach her boyfriend as she goes deeper into space. Essentially it is a love story with a futuristic setting. It is very short, but well thought out and executed and is good if you fancy some anime but don't want a full length feature. The extras are pretty good as well.

`The Place Promised In Our Early Days' is another masterful animation from Makoto Shinkai. This follows three young adults as they live in the time just before a war and how one of them, Sayuri, is linked to a tall tower they can see in the distance and which is connected to the coming conflict. This film looks at a promise made and how it is finally carried out. It is hard to give more detail without spoiling the film. This film has some beautiful animation, especially the backgrounds and the attention to detail is very impressive. The play of sunlight on objects and as characters move through sunlight really stood out.
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