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Whisper Of The Heart [Blu-ray]

Ashley Tisdale , David Gallagher    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
Price: 15.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Actors: Ashley Tisdale, David Gallagher, James Sikking
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GJTNMQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,047 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Classic anime feature from Studio Ghibli. Shizuku is a young schoolgirl dreaming of becoming a writer. When she goes to her school library for inspiration, she finds that all the books she wants have already been checked out by a boy called Seiji. As Shizuku dreams about what this boy could be like, sharing the same literary tastes as her, she starts to bump into an obnoxious new boy at school. Could they both be the same person?


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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Whisper of the heart is one of the most sensitive, heartwarming and beautiful films ever made. Based on a shojo manga by Aoi Hiiragi, Written and produced by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Yoshifumi Kondo, whisper of the heart is a tale of self discovery and coming of age of a high school girl Shizuku who is not sure what she wants in life. A series of dramatic events bring her closer to a guy Seiji from her own school. Together they embark on a journey which will help them find their inner potentials, realize their dreams and also love for each other. Also featured in the movie is an old man who runs an antique shop stocked with amazing treasures, including a magnificient porcelain figurine "the baron" (also featured in "The cat returns). Both of these characters play an important role in the film. Though "The cat returns" is kind of follow up to "whisper" yet for some reason it was released on dvd before "whisper".

Rarely is a film as honest and realistic as whisper of the heart and that's what makes it amazingly special, charming and successful. Within its thin plot and realistic settings, whisper has its magic moments which are downright uplifting and strike a chord somewhere deep inside. The film itself is a breath of fresh air.

Whisper of the heart, though slow in pace, draws you in from the very beginning and refuses to let you go. Its a heartwarming tale which makes you feel nostalgic and helps you relive the adolescence. Except for the Shizuku's dreamy fantasy sequence, the film relies heavily on dialogues and simple and real situations. The locales and the backgrounds shown in the film are as beautiful and breathtaking as in any other ghibli film.
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101 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film 14 May 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The animated films from Studio Ghibli are easily the finest expressions of that art form around today. "Whisper of the Heart" is a simple, uncomplicated story of a 14 year old schoolgirl as she approaches adulthood. It is set in a contemporary Tokyo which is drawn so clearly it could almost have been photographed.

Shizuku is in her last year at junior high school and loves literature. She is clearly intelligent, but lacks direction and ambition. A chance encounter with a cat on a train leads her to a friendship with Seiji and a re-evaluation of the way her life is developing.

The story is not so much plot driven as character driven. There is no violence or aggression. There is no intergeneration conflict. In the school scenes there is a welcome absence of "competitive jock" and "prom queen" elements which seem to permeate American films.

Although this film is about a teenage girl, it is not a teenage film, but a real family film which can be enjoyed on many levels. Technically, this is "reality animation" which is as good as it gets. It is heartwarming, it has humour, it has insight.

This is a lovely film.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 5 April 2006
By Matthew
Format:DVD
Being a Ghibli film alone should be as much of a testimony as any as to the excellence of this film. Nevertheless, i'd like to rave....
Contrary to the usual direction of Ghibli fims, in which troubled souls find themselves flung into the depths of magical mirror universes, 'Whisper of the Heart' unfolds completely in the real world. The difference being that everything magical takes place clearly within the imagination of the main character - a young high school girl, desperately trying to feel unique.

The scenes set in the imagination are animated to feel like augmented images of the real world so that, as a viewer, you find yourself feeling ductile between landscape and mindscape. When the feature finishes you don't feel completely returned.

The film also shows a real attention to the inane details, which in any live action film would just be trivial. But to see these things animated, it really shows the levels of devotion people have given to it. Not only these, but the larger things as well, like the expressions of the characters, or the musical score - they're all an index to its masterfulness.
I'm honestly in love with this film - yes, solid, unconditional love *cough*. It is just wonderful. If you give it the two hours of attention it deserves, enchantment will betide thee.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if there's one you must see.... 23 July 2006
Format:DVD
.. make it this one.

I always find it so difficult to say which of the Ghibli films is my favourite; and each time i discover a new one, it seems to be my new favourite- as i'm sure many people who have commented already can probably empathise with.

However, being the slushy female i am, this is definitely my favourite, closely followed my laputa (as that's got such humour, and still such depth).

Whisper of the Heart is one for a true romantic. However, if you're ever feeling low and needing a pick-me-up; AVOID grave of the fireflies- it's wonderful, but an absolute tearjerker. i cried my eyes out! ha.

All of ghibli films are worth a see, but this is fantastic.

P.S- the characters in the cat returns are similar, but compared to this, that film is tripe.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!! 15 Oct 2006
Format:DVD
Shizuku is a teenager dealing with the usual problems of growing up; high school entrance exams, busy parents, a bossy older sister and of course, relationships. Whilst reading library books over the holidays, she notices the same name in all the books Seiji Amasawa and begins to wonder just what this mystery boy who shares her tastes would be like in real life. At the same time, Shizuku starts running into an annoying young man wherever she goes, this boy couldn't possibly be Seiji could he OooOOoOO?

Whisper of the Heart won't satisfy those looking for a fantasy epic packed with magic and action, but if you're a fan of the quieter slice of life genre, you'll find much to like here. The themes of finding love amidst the complex web of teen relationships and working out future goals may be nothing new, but they will no doubt strike a chord with the majority of viewers.

Central to all this is lead character Shizuku perhaps not as spunky or outgoing as the average Ghibli heroine, she is nonetheless a strong willed character who likes setting herself tricky goals, from reading twenty books over the holidays, to writing Japanese lyrics to `Take Me Home, Country Roads'. Through her attempts to achieve these goals, we see Shizuku grow as a person over the course of the film; not only becoming more aware of herself, but also taking the important step of beginning to empathise with others. Unfortunately, the limited runtime of the film does have a noticeable effect on the story Shizuku's relationship with Seiji in particular feels a little rushed in places, as he goes from peripheral annoyance to an important person in her life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I bought for boyfriend but glad i watched it
This was a gift for my fella and we watched it together and it was really enjoyable. def worth a watch
Published 1 month ago by Vanessa
5.0 out of 5 stars The mystery and power of being creative
Again an absolute gem in the collection of Studio Ghibli anime movies. Surprising and inspiring!
If you ever saw 'The Cat Returns' this is a creative sibling of the same... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karen Vranken
5.0 out of 5 stars Studio Ghibli fan
I am a huge fan of Studio Ghibli. The DVD was shipped and received in a timely fashion. I love the story, as I do with other Studio Ghibli films, and would recommend.
Published 2 months ago by Gemma Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic
Wonderful artwork, romantic story and with a cat who may be up to something.
I've loved magic cat helpers since reading Victoria Walker's The Winter of Enchantment as a child. Read more
Published 4 months ago by vanessa phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Whisper of the heart - another studio ghibli masterpiece
I loved whisper of the heart, just what I'd expect of another one of studio ghibli's beautiful films, almost completed the whole set with this DVD
Published 4 months ago by Glen
4.0 out of 5 stars this was a gift
This was a Christmas gift to my niece so I can't really rate it, but my niece said she enjoyed it thoroughly
Published 4 months ago by Celine
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad i got it
i got this for my girlfriends birthday and we loved it a good addition to our collection only a few more to collect
Published 5 months ago by elliot beedham
5.0 out of 5 stars Bent Slipcover ;(
The movie was by far ONE OF THE BEST!! Studio ghibli films, i loved the drama, the atmosphere, the slice of life elements and the snse of realism it gives off! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Afraz Khan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
A wonderfully crafted coming of age tale from Ghibli. It's very much a 'real world' film, not a fantasy (don't be fooled by the cover image), but no it's less magical for that!
Published 7 months ago by Barney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little film
I bought this DVD for my granddaughter for whom I am collecting the Japanese Series of animated films. I have enjoyed them as much as she has. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Netherfield4348
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