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Shinkai: Collection (2005)

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • 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: #297,593 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking and beautiful January 2, 2006
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Future of Anime Starts Here July 20, 2007
By Suzanne
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime Fan Must Have! April 2, 2012
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Mixed Bag April 14, 2008
Fans of mature love stories rarely venture into the anime section of their local video store for their latest fix. Most anime is shallow, violent and immature. It cares more about big breasted women fighting ninja robot vampire aliens than about deep character development and involving dialogue. An exception to this norm are the works of Makoto Shinkai. His beautiful love stories are immaculately developed, although his first full length film, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, is at times very disappointing. As part of the Shinkai Collection, though, it has many merits. The Collection also includes Shinkai's first short She and Her Cat, the 20 minute short Voices of a Distant Star, and the Voices of a Distant Star soundtrack. I will review each of these four components separately and then rate the package as a whole.

She and Her Cat

This short is available in three versions, as a one, three, or five minute piece. The full film is five minutes, although I find the three minute version to be more rewarding. The simple story tells about the love a cat has for his owner, She. It manages to convey a series of situations and emotions through simple black and white stills (With some minor animation) and a voiceover provided by Shinkai himself. Those interested in studying Shinkai should take note of three distinct aspects of She and Her Cat that continue throughout the rest of his work. First, note that even in black and white Shinkai uses very realistic lighting usually not found in anime. His later works use this lighting in conjunction with highly saturated lighting for a very realistic and beautiful effect. Secondly, even at this young age, Shinkai's monologues are excellent. Finally, take a special note of the final line.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Shinkai Collection
`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'. Read more
Published on January 13, 2011 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars the very best
music, visual quality and over all viewing experience is to die for. keep up the good work Shinkai. we love you!
Published on March 9, 2009 by Nuvong S. Solima
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing one small thing.
The other reviews do a far better job than I would in detailing the three beatiful works by Shinkai. Read more
Published on December 26, 2008 by D. Left
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See Starter Set!
I think his first movie, ever, was an amazing solo work.
This set is cool because you can actually see his talent
improving w/each film. Read more
Published on November 16, 2008 by True Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Two great movies, books are a bonus!
Both of these movies are amazing, shinkai is sort of like an indie anime director, and the stories are not so much fantastic, but more of real life in the not so far future. Read more
Published on October 20, 2008 by Jordan Hudson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great movies, but definetly worth owning.
These are two seperate reviews for the two different movies found in this box set.

Voices of a Distant Star. 4/5. Up to Miyazaki's Standerd? No. Good on its Own? Read more
Published on December 20, 2007 by Jonathan "Jimmy Dean" Lane: libertarian
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
It came quickly and in good condition. Unfortunatly,it had to be returned. The person I bought it for already had one, but it wasn't taken off his Amazon list.
Published on February 20, 2007 by Mrs. Linda Demarco
5.0 out of 5 stars Kono anime ga itomemasuyo - This anime owns!
Makoto Shinkai's Hoshi no Koe - Voices From a Distant Star has instantly become my favorite anime, mostly because of its personal significance to my life, and how it mirrors the... Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by Joshua Tobler
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, and to answer a question...
All three versions of She and Her Cat are included on the Voices DVD along with the soundtrack.
Published on March 21, 2006 by Eric Henwood-Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars anyone know?
can anyone tell me if the 5 minute She and Her Cat is included in this collection? thank you!!!!
Published on January 14, 2006 by B. Knickerbocker
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