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Arrietty Deluxe Collector's Edition - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD)

Hiromasa Yonebayashi    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Producers: Soledad Gatti-Pascual, Frank Marshall, Toshio Suzuki
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006CN3U92
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,125 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Japanese animated feature from Studio Ghibli based on the 1952 children's novel 'The Borrowers' by Mary Norton. The Clock family, each only a few centimetres tall, live peacefully under the floorboards of a house in the Tokyo suburbs inhabited by the elderly Sadoko (voice of Phyllida Law). In order to survive, the Clocks borrow everything they need from their human host in such tiny amounts that they go virtually unnoticed. But their existence comes under threat when fearless 14-year-old Arrietty Clock (Saoirse Ronan) is spotted by Sadoko's sickly 12-year-old nephew Shô (Tom Holland).


Inspired by Mary Norton's 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.

"Arrietty is an enchanting and tender Ghibli treasur"
Little White Lies

"Jaw-droppingly beautiful, superbly paced, devastatingly charming"
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LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR'S DOUBLE PLAY (includes 5 postcards plus DVD and Blu-ray)


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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to be considered classic Ghibli. 10 Jan 2012
Having watched Arrietty at my local cinema and now having savoured the Blu-ray, I'm going to go out on a limb and proclaim that the wonderful Studio Ghibli stable has finally found a *potential* successor to Hayao Miyazaki. Arrietty is an absolutely wonderful film, and it is gobsmacking to think that this is a directorial debut for Hiromasa Yonebayashi - who has already been proclaimed the studio's "best young animator" by the 70 year old veteran (Miyazaki) himself.

I won't spoil the story for you other than to give you the film's basic premise: Arrietty is based on Mary Norton's classic book, The Borrowers, and it more or less sticks to the book's narrative. It tells the tale of 14 year old Arrietty, a 'Borrower', or 'little person', and her family. She lives with her mother and father under the floorboards of a house in Western Tokyo. As 'Borrowers', they sneak out at night to "borrow", or rather take food and other essentials from the house's human occupants, but only enough as to live on. One of the humans in the house, or "human beans" as the borrowers hilariously call them, is a boy named Sho, who is of a similar age to Arrietty and is staying at the house to convalesce prior to an operation. One day he spots Arrietty, which is the worst thing possible to happen to a Borrower, as being seen by human beans traditionally spells trouble for these little folk. However, Sho is not a typical brash screen kid, he's a kind hearted gentle soul and only wishes to befriend Arrietty. I will not delve further into the plot for fear of spoiling it for you, other than to say it is a simple tale and ask that you don't go looking for hidden metaphors or underlying subtext as you would with some other Ghibli films.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite film of 2011 16 Jan 2012
In a summer big explosions, aliens, space ships, mutants, boy wizards, pirates, super heroes, and battling apes, you gotta hand it every once in a while to the little guys. Studio Ghibli, the creative geniuses behind Oscar winning Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, have delivered another home-run. Scripted by animation god Hayao Miyazaki (In my opinion the most talented filmmaker working today) and directed by first-timer Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the film is based on the ever-popular children's book The Borrowers (though I have to admit I've never read the book or seen the 90's film).

The film follows Arrietty and her Borrower family as they try to live in secrecy under the floor boards of an old house, inhabited by a sickly boy named Sho, and it is their friendship that is at the heart of the film. Problem is Borrowers fear humans. As the film shows, the two come from totally different worlds and struggle to co-exist- in a pivotal scene Sho gives the family a new kitchen from a doll's house and what appears to be a kind gesture from Sho is a catastrophe for Arrietty akin to a natural disaster! However, over the course of the film, the two learn to live and understand each other and their worlds.

Perhaps the best scenes of the film, and the ones that show best Ghibli's animation skills, are from Arriety's point of view. Whether it's staring out into the vastness of the garden, to empty blackness of the crawl space, to riding on Sho's shoulder, Arrietty's world is that of danger and small beauty. The physics of it all work really well and you totally buy through the entire film that Arrietty is only 10cm tall.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Technical review 1 Mar 2012
By Marie B
I'm not going to review the film here, imdb can do that for you (it is good, in my opinion).
Here is what you are getting for your money in this particular package:

Blu-ray: Easy set-up; 2 audio tracks, English or japanese, in 5.1 DTS Master or 2.0 Dolby Digital. Bear in mind the music appears different for each language.
Subtitles are english only; they are big and white with a black outline and visible enough.

The video quality is nice and crisp, with some amount of blocking visible in high motion scenes and around some subtitles, although not very often. (I have a 40" Samsung Series 6)

Extras: Contains an extremely interesting interview of Hayao Miyazaki and also a rather interesting interview with the director. Also has a number of short (and much duller) interviews of the english cast; Along with some storyboards and the usual trailer stuff.

DVD: Audio: English and Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital.
English subtitles, white with black outline; serrated looking in places (looks like interlacing leftovers, even in the video sometimes, as in the menus; I only watched 5 minutes of it)
Some visible grain and blocks in high motion.

Extras: Storyboards with the angle button. and nothing else.

I recommend viewing the Blu-ray where at all possible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It falls a little short 19 May 2013
Ah, Arrietty. When I think of this film, the first thing that comes to mind is the colour green. Probably a strange thing to say, but I mean it as a compliment.

The story, based on the classic tale `The Borrowers' by Mary Norton, follows Arrietty, a 14 year old borrower, who lives with her parents under the floorboards of an old house in the country. When a young 12 year old boy, named Sho, arrives at the house to stay with his grandmother, he sets into motion a series of events that throw Arrietty's world into chaos.

Being a Ghibli venture, you can expect great things from the animation and art design. Every part of the world has been crafted with such care and detail - especially the tools/food/furniture of the borrowers. Though the thing that really sticks out about this film is the use of colour (as I mentioned above). Its heavy use of greens and earthy colours gives it a warm, fresh tone and really allows the viewer to immerse themselves in the borrower world.

The supporting characters are interesting and engaging - each having their own quirks and characteristics and the film never fails to keep the viewer involved, though there are problems with the plotting...

It all seems a little rushed, which is strange as the running time is the average you'd expect from a light movie, though it is noticeably shorter than the usual Ghibli gems. A decent amount of time is spent with the Borrower Arrietty and her family, but I felt VERY disconnected from the other lead - the human being Shō (Or Shawn in the American version). The two leads are meant to form a tight bond but there's not a lot of time spent developing their relationship which is a pity. You can see what they were trying to create here, but it falls a little short.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Bought as gift for son who asked for it so I guess it's what he wanted. What more can I say?!
Published 17 months ago by Suzzersibs
5.0 out of 5 stars The future of Studio Ghibli is promising
The Secret World of Arrietty is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, an animator at Studio Ghibli who worked on Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo under Hayao Miyazaki, it... Read more
Published 17 months ago by CosmicVagrant
5.0 out of 5 stars The U.K. Voice Acting is Terrific
The U.K. voice acting for this film is very well done. I usually prefer the original Japanese language with English subtitles. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kodi Kodai
5.0 out of 5 stars A really nice set
A lovely edition for this warm and fun family epic. Arrietty is another brilliant adaptation of the classic novel bringing Ghibli magic to the story. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for some one
I have not heard form my friend but I expect it is good as it is what she asked for.
Published 21 months ago by Josie
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie, poor dub!
I first saw this movie before the UK release with a fan subtitle. I loved it and couldn't wait for the UK release. However the UK dub had left me exceedingly disappointed.. Read more
Published 22 months ago by s j rushbrook
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous set, average movie!
I'd say the film is average but it was lovingly created and this shows. The animation is terrific and you could just pause and stare to the backgrounds for hours. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2012 by Leon DiZ
4.0 out of 5 stars Arrietty Deluxe Edition
Packaging is an improvement over standard plastic case, the cards a welcome extra. The movie is slow paced but evocative and entertaining, even though not a masterpiece as compared... Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2012 by gbv
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a Small World After All
`The Borrowers' is a classic British tale about tiny people that live in our homes `borrowing' things to survive. Read more
Published on 30 April 2012 by Sam Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing
Once again studio Ghibli with its extraordinary team and carefully picked producers succeeded in the outcome of the movie. Read more
Published on 24 April 2012 by SJ
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