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Spirited Away [DVD]

Daveigh Chase , Suzanne Pleshette , Hayao Miyazaki    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Susan Egan, David Ogden Stiers
  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Writers: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Producers: Donald W. Ernst, John Lasseter, Koji Hoshino, Lori Korngiebel, Toshio Suzuki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Optimum
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087JI1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,265 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Master animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this fantasy adventure about Chihiro, a ten-year-old girl who is leaving behind everything she knows to move with her parents to a new home. Along the way, they stumble across a tunnel that leads to a spooky, deserted open-air restaurant where Chihiro's parents sit down and begin to eat. But she is uncomfortable with their new surroundings and wanders off to explore further. She meets a boy, Haku, who explains to her that the world they have entered is a holiday resort for spirits who have left behind their exhausting earthly duties. After discovering that her greedy parents have been turned into pigs, she learns the number one rule of the new world she is now part of: laziness is not tolerated, and only working hard can enable her to break the spell on her parents. With its fantastical critique of an adult world of capitalism and wasteful consumption, entwined with the simple tale of a girl finding herself and learning to get by on her own, the film has been dubbed a modern-day 'Alice in Wonderland', and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's absolutely worth to see. 17 Sep 2004
I am Japanese, so I should describe a review in terms of Japanese point of view. Miyazaki is pretty popular in Japan, not only do children see his movies, but also adults. In this movie, he is showing the Japanese ancient, but almost forgotton sense of value.
In a movie there are many gods visiting a bath house in order to rest. Japanese ancient religion contains so-called 8 million gods, which means everything has spirit. The meaning of this is we would respect everything. If you believe that a god lives in your coffee cup, you feel it valuable and would try to use it as long as possible. Moreover if you respect each river, mountain, and other nature stuff, it leads to environmental protection, which is Miyazaki's big concern.
If you like it, I recommend to see other movies produced by Miyazaki. My favorite is Nausica, and Laputa is also fantastic.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film 28 Feb 2006
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Make no mistake, Spirited Away is a great film – in any genre. Hayao Miyazaki is held in the highest esteem by film-makers. This is his masterpiece.
Do not imagine that because it is animated it is a “cartoon”. Do not imagine that because it is animated that it is simplistic escapism. Do not imagine that because its protagonist, Chihiro, is a 10 year old child that it is a film for children.
From its opening sequence – a car journey through an accurate suburban Japan – Spirited Away is engrossing and involving. Visually, it is stunning. Although there is some computer-generated footage, for the most part it is hand–drawn animation at its best. It is two hours in length, but this time rushes by.
Most of the action takes place in an R&R bathhouse for gods which is run by a ruthless businesswoman. It has a wealth of characters, many bizarre, many drawn from Shinto and Japanese tradition, who are not allowed to fall into stereotypic roles. Characters are not two-dimensionally good or bad, the plot allows them to change and develop. Sometimes, the action is furious, at others it is calm and reflective. The train journey which Chihiro makes is hauntingly beautiful.
The musical accompaniment, by Joe Hisaishi, is not used just to underline the action but to complement and enrich the emotional experience.
As with much of Miyazaki’s work, our treatment of our environment is an important theme, but this film is really about personal growth, self-belief, courage and love. It is not a film for children, it is for everyone.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirited Away DVD by Hayao Miyazaki 10 Aug 2004
Wow!!!!! What an adventure! What a story! What a fantasy! I wish I could watch this animation when I was young like Chihiro! But even now being 28 years old, I am impressed.... So, what's special in this movie? Why everybody likes it?
1) Well, first of all, there is a very unusual story. It's just not what you expect from fairytales or what you are accustomed to expect from fairytales. The story is intriguing and is absolutely unpredictable. Each next scene will make your eyes and mouth wide. That's why you'll be glued to the screen the whole 2-hour time while the movie goes. So, I am not going to tell you what's the story is about, as I want you to be excited in the same way I was when I watched it for the first time...
2) Humour. There are plenty of moments there, which will make you laugh. The humour is very intelligent and that's why it's very pleasant and enjoyable. In the course of the movie you'll see various characters. Most of them will make you smile without saying a word!
3) Main characters. I don't know whether you've seen already "Tokyo Godfathers". If yes, then you know how quality drawn characters can be. The 10-years old Chihiro is so real here. Well, actually, my favourite character there is not Chihiro, but wonderful granny Yubaba!!! Oh, she is so cool and witty! Quite a special character I must say, but so lovely! She is so smart and funny that I wish she could be my grand mother!!!
4) Music. You know, with such an original score, you don't really need to watch anything. Just listen to this masterpiece of the famous Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi!!!! Splendid! You will not hear a single electronic sound, but what you'll hear are beautiful orchestral, piano and violin themes. This movie got rich and quality soundtrack.
Conclusion: this movie is a masterpiece. I am very happy I watched it and I am glad I got this DVD.
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a brilliant animated feature... 14 Dec 2006
Occasionally, just occasionally, a film becomes a culture in its own right, and everything it is related to falls away around it to leave it standing on its own. Spirited Away is such a film. It has taken over box office records in Japan, and not done too badly in the western hemisphere, widely being cited as one of, or even the, best animated film ever produced.

But Miyazaki's epic is not just a brilliant animated film. It is a brilliant film. All too often, animated features are great because of the animation, that is the technical dazzle and sheer fantasy nature that the animated medium allows for. And that's great. Spirited Away, however, goes further. The themes it touches on - greed, emotional attachment and the imperfection complex that blights every human being; as well as presenting the importance of traditional values - can be found nestled in the scripts of the deepest live action films.

We quickly become immunised to the sheer weirdness of the world presented to us in this film, and that helps us identify with the characters that we might otherwise struggle with.

The plot is summarised well above, but to give a brief outline (which falls massively short of doing the film's complexity justice); I don't want to ruin the sheer surprise of the exotic, and downright bizarre nature of the spirit world; suffice to say it'll leave you dumbstruck and inspired by the attention to detail that has gone into it. Essentially, the film follows Chihiro, a ten year old girl, who, along with her parents, is transported magically into a world of spirits and sorcery. When her parents are turned into pigs by a cruel spell, she must battle her way through the politics and intrigue of the society she has been stranded in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
At the beginning I wasn't sure. A cartoon film about ghosts? But I loved it. The story is very good, entertaining and full of humour and imagination. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ana
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic, somewhat unsettling and beautiful. The movie that made my...
I think any loved child should have the pleasure of watching this film. There's nothing I could say that's bad about it and in comparison to today's kids movies, it stands out like... Read more
Published 13 days ago by reader jade
4.0 out of 5 stars Spirited Away [DVD]
the dvd lagged alot at times and the case was a bit dented but was good over all, thank you
Published 25 days ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
i would recommend my daughter thought it was brilliant
but its what you are into watching,
great film she says just watch it yourself
Published 27 days ago by Carol L Westbury
5.0 out of 5 stars addition to collection
I ordered this for my son who lives this genre of movies and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice addition to his collection.
Published 29 days ago by K. L. Pegler
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Magical
I cannot really recommend this highly enough. It is absolutely beautiful and magical, with a little subtle humour thrown in.
Published 29 days ago by Andy Graham, Truro
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing
Like most japanese films, I think it's really unusal the entire way through but whenever the end comes it's oddly mesmerizing and stays with you long after the film has ended. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wee Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars So thoughtful yet exciting!
In our household of 4 boys - all different ages and personalities, they all expect different things from films. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mindslack
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondeful film - one all children should see.
This is a lovely film, rightly on the BFI's list of films that Children should see by the age of 14.
Published 2 months ago by T. N. F. LYNCH
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
I bought this for my daughter as she saw it in her World Guinness Book of Records and wanted to watch it. Read more
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