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The Secret of Kells [Blu-ray]

Tomm Moore , Nora Twomey    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
  • Producers: Tomm Moore, Didier Brunner, Viviane Vanfleteren, Paul Young
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,597 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


The Secret of Kells is a magical animated classic that tells the story of Brendan, a young monk whose life is changed forever when he is initiated into the secrets of the Book of Kells and embarks on an extraordinary adventure, meeting fearsome monsters, Vikings, and a serpent god along the way. From the producers of Kirikou and Belleville Rendez-Vous and nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature, is a unique and stunning adventure for the whole family.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful animated film 16 Dec 2010
I took my kids (age 13 and 7) to the cinema by chance one afternoon and this was the only thing on. Since granny is Irish, we thought we'd go in and I'm so glad we did. It is one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. My 13 year old girl was entertained, my 7 year old boy was enthralled, I was captured by the beauty of the animation.

It was very slightly scary in a few places (for a 7 year old) but it has a good, solid, old-style story with wonder, forbidden friendships, duty, fear, growing. Even those who don't follow the younger ones into an enchanted world (I confess I did), can appreciate the animation. I could not get over the way the celtic designs were woven into the scenery, the trees, the mists. And the songs and Irish poetry made it a true feast for the eyes and ears and one I won't forget in a hurry.

In fact, Granny is getting it for Christmas because we told her so much about it!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes and music to the ears... 11 Nov 2010
This remarkably underrated and overlooked film is by far the best animation I have seen in a while. The story is based upon how the equally wonderful Book of Kells came to be, through the adventures of a young boy, Brendan, and his friend, a fairy called Aisling.

The story isn't what grabs you, it is the beautiful and painstakingly detailed hand drawn animation that keeps you hooked right up until the somewhat abrupt climax. Also worth a mention is the fabulous soundtrack which left me thinking I may well invest in the audio cd.

Truly this is a masterpiece and well worth five stars. It is a film both young and old will enjoy, which will be enhanced further by a decent soundsystem and widescreen tv - definitely an audio-visio experience!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
It's heart-warming to know that the British Isles can produce - in Tomm Moore - an animator with a vision that is undoubtedly set to rival the great Miyazaki. Amazingly, this stunning independent film was made for a mere £5 million - the catering bill for a modest Hollywood film - and was completely hand-drawn. Which doesn't mean it's crude or sketchy. It's as polished as a Ghibli or Pixar film. Every scene looks fabulous, and the film has audio and music to match. Yet surprisingly, even when it first opened in Ireland, the box-office was low and the film struggled with its American cinema distribution. Why? A few jaded early reviews probably didn't help - I vaguely remember reading gripes about the 'weak' plot, and other niggles, that put me off the film. How wrong they were, as the Oscar nomination proved. The story is fine, and the characters are well-delineated and engaging. The dialogue is crisp, well delivered, and the story moves along briskly. As for the DVD - the standard typography and choice of image for the DVD cover is not ideal - it wouldn't look out of place in the young kids' bargain bin. But I guess that it's the old Miyazake trick - lull the kids into a false sense of familiarity via the DVD cover and the starting few minutes, and then let the imagination rip later. While the film's visual panache will undoubtedly appeal to (and possibly frighten) 6-8 year olds, it's probably older intelligent children in the 9-12 range who will enjoy it the most - and possibly all the more after a look at the real Book of Kells in the online facsimile, and a read of the famous short poem "Pangur Ban". The DVD extras include two short 'making of' featurettes, and an apparently (I never listen to them) rather dry audio commentary. Overall, a gem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange, harsh and mystical 17 Jun 2013
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A wierd and mystical story, and quite bloody. I don't see it as a complete children's movie, which it really isn't, considering it was origianally meant for a more adult audience and then reworked to be more mainstream and appeal to a younger audience. I guess what's going on will need a bit of explaining for those children not versed in the story of Ireland, with the burning and slaughter of monasteries by the vikings, as well as the fading of the old powers as Christianity takes hold, at the same time as ancient evil awakes and threatens the fey as well as the humans...The story is a little odd and confusing to me. It is quite interesting artistically, and the simplified celtic style makes it quite uniqe animation wise. Some of the scenes, especilally those involving the mystical creature Aisling, are quite beautiful and skillfully rendered, and her song is quietly magical. All toghether Im confused as to weather I like it as a piece or not, or just fragments of it, but Im fascinated all the same. :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aisling and Brendan 19 Dec 2012
By Maria
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I ordered this film for my grandchildren. What a wonderful artful, animated film beautifully put together with lovely celtic symbolism. A richly told half real/half fairytale story. I love that the celtic myth and truth is sensitively mixed together to form a basis for the existence of the Book of Kells. Although it is mystical it is in no way occultic which makes a refreshing change. I would thoroughly recommend this film for children and adults, who love all things celtic and Irish. Well done to the producers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Magic 15 May 2014
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A wonderful, magical story rich in Celtic folk law and with a beautiful sound track. Really, ignore the few one and two star reviews. The reasons these people give for such low scores is laughable (it's not 'Christian' enough? It's not Monsters, Inc? Come on, people; give your brains a chance!)

I have honestly fallen in love with this story and so has my wife. A truly beautiful film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 24 days ago by Jason Bidmead
5.0 out of 5 stars Tomm Moore's brilliant 'The Secret of Kells'
What a fantastic animation. It's not often you can say..'Well I've seen something completely origonal, etched with picture book beauty from start to finish'. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martin VT Wing
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great graphics
Published 1 month ago by sally anne tully
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
This is simply gorgeous, a Celtic version that will delight any fan of Miyazaki. Very little ones may find the animated Viking pillagers a tad frightening though.
Published 1 month ago by Lorenzo Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ok for kids
Published 1 month ago by jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic
I found the simplicity of the imagery absolutely magical.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Newsome
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Michael W
5.0 out of 5 stars ... for a gift - I believe my daughter was delighted with it
This was for a gift - I believe my daughter was delighted with it.
Published 3 months ago by Phoebecat
4.0 out of 5 stars What More Can I Say? Thanks!
I loved this movie (and so did my children btw!). It sparked in my children a real interest in a very vital and important part of our country's past. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Kinsella
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
Beautifully drawn and thought out. The backgrounds are just brilliant. Really beautiful film for adults and kids. One of my favourites!
Published 5 months ago by E J Holyoake
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