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  • Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Olivia Colman, Mark Strong
  • Directors: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Writers: Mary Norton, Hayao Miyazaki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00505QAAO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,603 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Arrietty is the latest release from Studio Ghibli, based on the classic children’s book The Borrowers. Tiny 14 year old Arrietty lives under the floorboards of an old house with her father and mother. Their peaceful life is dramatically changed when the ever curious Arrietty accidentally allows herself to be seen by Sho, a poorly and lonesome 12 year old human boy. The fledgling friendship between the two lonely children causes Haru the housekeeper to become aware of the borrowers’ existence. The family of little borrowers are forced to choose between staying in their well-established home or leaving for the uncertainty of the great outdoors.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By FA on 29 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
I went to see Arrietty at the cinema with my 3 boys, aged 11, 8 and 6. This would not be a usual choice for them, as they're more into Star Wars and Harry Potter, and they were slightly reluctant. From the first frame, however, they - and I - were completely captivated. The animation is exquisitely drawn, the colours vibrant, the soundtrack and the music atmospheric, and the story is of adventure, love, betrayal, difference and growing up. The film sparked quite a few discussions among us.
We've now watched Spirited Away too(verdict "wierd but good"), and plan to work our way through the rest of the Studio Ghibli films. I will definitely buy Arrietty when it's released on DVD.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Paul G on 27 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
I saw the Japanese language version with subtitles - always the best way to go with Ghibli. The quality of the drawing and animation is absolutely stunning; I went to a 9pm showing (remember this supposedly a kids' film - in reality it works for everyone) and there were some scenes - e.g. the first sight of the interior of the dolls' house - where almost everyone in the cinema (all adults) was gasping something along the lines of "Oh, wow". The drawing is so wonderful. I never thought I'd say this, but I think it gives Spirited Away a good run for its money, certainly in terms of the production, if not the imagination of the script (I never read The Borrowers, so I don't know how closely this stays to the book). This really is a must see - and get the Bluray version to see all the incredible detail in those frames.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jess on 28 July 2012
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Everything I wanted and more from Studio Ghibli's adaption of The Borrowers. The ending left me wondering a little too much, but I think that just added to the enigma of the film. The artwork is just beautiful, and the soundtrack is far by the best I've heard from SG. I have only ever teared up at one other of Ghibli's films - Princess Mononoke - but this did the job too when Arriety said goodbye to Sho.

This is not slow-paced like some of Studio Ghibli's other films, you are constantly entertained. If you like the Borrowers or anime, this is a must-have for your collection.

Also, I want Studio Ghibli to know how pleased I am that they are still releasing these full-feature films in the traditional anime style. So many companies have abandoned what made them great in order to produce bigger, more expensive projects to keep up with the film industry and bring more money in. I am 18 and have loved Studio Ghibli for years, and I always will. Please don't change! I look forward to purchasing your next animation.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Twin Flames on 31 July 2011
Format: DVD
This film is excellent. The artwork creates so much character and it is visually beautiful. The story is close to the original and keeps you interested throughout. Overall a pleasing, interesting and stunning film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MikiJimi on 23 Jan. 2013
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This is the latest offering from Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation specialists. The story is loosely based on "The Borrowers". Sho, an ill and lonely human boy, arrives at his Grandmother's house in the country and he soon spots Arrietty, a girl belonging to a family of "little people" living secretly under the floorboards of the house. Although initially frightened, she soon realises that Sho is a kind and gentle boy and they become friends, but the diminutive family have to move out because the mischievous old housekeeper has also made the discovery and is determined to get rid of them(she calls a pest control team to the house!). Visually, this film is a real treat, full of the most amazing detail, like the beautiful,lush garden, bursting with nature. The use of vibrant colour,light and texture is remarkable. The soundscape is equally impressive, the clock ticking, the raindrops splashing, the thunder rumbling are ordinary things made extraordinary in this delightful movie and the music fits the mood perfectly. This magical fable is lovingly crafted and is well worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By greymouse on 9 Oct. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The Secret World of Arrietty is one of those rare films that only gets better with each additional viewing. Beyond the visual beauty and simple emotional honesty that engage you from the start, there's a world of seemingly endless detail that gradually emerges, giving the sense that you've entered into a deeply layered reality. The transitions from one shot to the next and from scene to scene are utterly masterful. Students of film making might study Arrietty to learn how all the elements of a film maker's vocabulary should be fit together for optimal effect.

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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiends54 on 1 Jan. 2013
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This Studio Ghibli creation was a very beautiful and sweet masterpiece as it focus around a little girl known as Arrietty as she tries to learn the ways of the borrowers but along the way she gets seen by a human named Sho. Sho wants to get to know this little girl but Arrietty knows she shoudln't be seen by humans but when her family is in danger of being discovered by more humans that mean to do them harm Arreity and Sho team up to save her family from these humans and along the way a friendship is born between Sho and Arrietty.

This film brought a tear to my eye as it is so sweet and beautiful and you can see the emotions and even feel them as you are watching.

I would recommend this film to anyone who is a hardcore anime fan or even beginning anime fan as it is a beautiful and sweet film and you will be captivated by its story,beautiful voice acting and scenery.
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