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Arrietty [DVD]

Saoirse Ronan , Olivia Colman , Hiromasa Yonebayashi    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00505QAAO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,232 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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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By FA
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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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful 27 Aug 2011
By Paul G
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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just beautiful 28 July 2012
By Jess
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Gorgeous Artwork, Stunning Sound! 23 Jan 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for the kiddies... 25 Aug 2011
Format:DVD
This is a magical and wonderful film, a joy on the eyes for the beautiful colours in the drawings and a treat for the ears with a beautiful sparkling clear soundtrack.

My only problem with it (I saw the Japanese version in the cinema)is that it seems to have been side-lined purely into a kiddies movie. This will deter many I fear from seeing it. It really is a film for all and indeed maybe especially for adults, to re-discover the child in each of us. An enchanting film, I loved every frame.Treat yourself to something special.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By MyKeyReviews TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Length: 4:15 Mins
***REVIEW IS BASED PURELY ON THE FILM, NOT FEATURES***

I do want to state that I am reviewing this product purely on the film itself as I only have the Japanese version, I do know however that the English version which is due for release WILL have English audio :)

Unlike most Studio Ghibli films which are directed by Hayao Miyazaki, this one was in fact done by Hiromasa Yonebayashi who is apparently the youngest person to ever so far direct a film for Studio Ghibli, do not let this in any way put you off as it has every feel a Ghibli film would have.

The film is based on a very tiny girl named "Arrietty" who is a borrower, she lives with her mum and dad under a house which they borrow from so they can survive, things soon change when Arrietty gets into human contact with a boy named Sho, as one of the main rules of a borrower is not too be seen by a human being the parents get rather worried for their well-being, I can't really go into much more detail without ruining the story so I'll just leave it as that.

Everyone who watches this film will greatly appreciate the work that has been put into the animation & stoyline and will be enjoyed by anyone (child, teen or adult).

I also love the soundtrack which is very fitting to the film, which is done by Cécile Corbel.

This film deserves top marks and no less and will recommend this film to all!

*** EDIT: 30th July 2011 ***
Just came back from watching the English version from the cinema, I still really enjoyed it.

Voices for Arrietty and her family were pretty much spot on, however the voice acting for Sho (the boy) could of been done by someone better, it didn't bother me too much, but it was lacking that little something, other than that the film is still top-notch!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this as much as my kids
Enjoyed this as much as my kids! Beautiful animation, as ever, from Ghibli, and an authentic retelling of the story within the anime genre.
Published 3 days ago by TallClaire
3.0 out of 5 stars Style over content
Animation is top notch but the film as a whole falls flat. The story just doesn't engage you like most other Ghibli's and it's all a bit matter of fact. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Rachel Curnow
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by David Wykes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great classic
Published 1 month ago by peachesncream
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect
Published 1 month ago by Lee Fairbrother
5.0 out of 5 stars nice twist on the old story
Lovely easy to watch movie, the kids loved it
Published 1 month ago by T. Wadsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A delightful story with an excellent storyline, graphics and soundtrack. Enjoyed by all ages.
Published 2 months ago by Ogbeni
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Very happy with the product and service. Brilliant work as ever from this studio.
Published 2 months ago by stonemason
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic studio Ghibli film my daughter and wife love it
Published 3 months ago by Mr. craiders
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovly story ^^
I always liked the stories of borrowers and this 1 is no different. It's a cute little story, animated beautifully :) I love the characters and is very interesting to watch, will... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kirsty Hawkett
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