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Princess Mononoke (Bluray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
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Also known as Princess Mononoke, San is a human who was raised by wolves and fearlessly leads the fight to protect the forest.
A warrior inflicted with a deadly curse, Ashitaka stumbles into a war between the forest and mankind.
The ruthless leader of Irontown, she seeks to clear the forest for the sake of her industrial ambitions.
Mysterious tree spirits that inhabit the forest.
The mythic guardian whose blood is said to be able cure anything.
A protective wolf-god and San’s adoptive mother.
From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes an epic masterpiece that has dazzled audiences worldwide with its breathtaking imagination, exhilarating battles, and deep humanity.
Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi and the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home, and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. Featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Billy Bob Thornton.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.25 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 43186-316281
- Director : Hayao Miyazaki
- Media Format : Animated, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 14 minutes
- Release date : October 17, 2017
- Actors : Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, Minnie Driver, Billy Bob Thornton, Gillian Anderson
- Dubbed: : French, Japanese
- Subtitles: : French, English
- Studio : GKIDS presents a Studio Ghibli film
- ASIN : B073ZWK3FK
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,045 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Summary: "Princess Mononoke" focuses on Ashitaka, a young warrior who is exiled from his village because of a deadly curse. In search for a cure, Ashitaka sets out on a journey, hoping to find any answers he can. During his travels, however, he stumbles upon a long standing fued between Lady Eboshi of Iron Town and Princess Mononoke of The Forest. Two different ideologies clashing for control. One fights for her people, while the other fights for the forest and it's inhabitants. Yet, both seeking to kill one another. Not wanting blood to be shed, Ashitaka takes it upon himself to search for a path in where both leaders can coexist. All the while still battling the curse within himself.
• The collector's edition is a dream!
• Includes a 40 page art book with behind the scenes/extras and special features for fans.
• As someone who prefers watching anime in Japanese rather than the dub. I can gladly say that the dub version is up to standards. You will not be disappointed, the dub is great!
• The picture quality of the Blu-ray looks phenomenal! Even though "Princess Mononoke" came out almost 20 years ago, it's still a marvel to gaze upon. Makes you miss the classic cel animation art style.
• The slipcase is bigger than most Blu-rays. Meaning that it will not align properly to the rest of your collection. This will annoy those who enjoy a more uniform appearance.
• The film can be a bit violent for children. There isn't nudity or any vulgar language but there is blood. So if you wish to show your kids maybe wait until they're a little older. Eight maybe nine years of age, but it's really up to you.
A Side Note:
• The soundtrack doesn't play on the PlayStation 4. So if that's your main media source then you're out of luck. This isn't a problem with the collector's edition but more so the PlayStation 4. Just something I felt needed to be said.
Bottom line "Princess Mononoke" is a gorgeous, depth filled, spectacle. The characters are interesting and driven which makes for an exciting story. A must watch for both anime fans and the average movie audience. Hands down one of the best anime films created by Hayao Miyazaki. I highly recommend owning this film. (A personal favorite :D)
The Blu-ray looks and sounds good. Good but not great. Not bad. G Kids did a decent job. But they replaced the Japanese credits with English. I hate it when they do that. Why do they have to do that? Oftentimes these days, the original credits are left intact and the English credits are presented afterwards. It's a much more respectful presentation and G Kids should have done it with all of their Ghibli releases. It's a nitpick but it really takes the wind out of the sails at the end of the film for me.
Overall, it's an OK release and it serves it's purpose in my collection. If a release more faithful to the original is released stateside, I'll probably get it to replace this copy.
Princess Mononoke tells the story of a man who ventures from a distant land to two warring nations in search of a cure for his demonic ailment. He admonished by the village elder before going forth with this message "You must see with eyes unclouded by hate. See the good in that which is evil, and the evil in that which is good. Pledge yourself to neither side, but vow instead to preserve the balance that exists between the two." The idea here is that a third party is going to offer an impartial perspective on a conflict between two others. What we discover from this perspective is a lot of grey. One of the conflicting parties is run by a matriarchy who runs a society that on the surface appears to be inclusive and progressive. Women are highly regarded for their ability to contribute to the stability and efficiency of the village while the men help in hunting and gathering resources. Even the disabled and social outcasts have a place of respect in this society as weapon makers. The issue lies in their disrespect and exploitation of nature and those who dwell in the forest. Miyazaki's deft ability as a storyteller though doesn't pigeonhole this movie in the long line of environmental preservation films. He puts forth the other sides valid points of how using nature has created jobs, societal progress, security and stability for the workers and their families. It is the great quandry that we still struggle with today. We need nature but we need progress. How do we balance our needs with the preservation of nature?
The brilliance here is Miyazaki doesn't force a viewpoint down the viewers throat. He understands that this is a complicated subject and that both sides have valid points for their ideas. Therefore the question is passed off to the viewer on how to establish harmony between the two sides without simply pushing for one over the other. The singular feature of Miyazaki's storytelling is that it respects the intelligence of the audience and doesn't take the position of preaching for any agenda. Ideas are seamlessly crafted into the narrative in such a way that it doesn't seem ham fisted or painfully obvious. Mixing social issues with a story without coming off as preachy or transparent is no easy task for even the greatest of filmmakers, but Miyazaki is an expert in a league of his own. You cant go wrong with Mononoke or any of his wonderful films. Pick it up.
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A classic film that represents Japanese Film (Miyazaki doesn't like the word anime or TV Anime...so don't use those words!)
Includes a little booklet that has statements from the audio producer (2013) and Miyazaki (1995)