BN.com Gift Guide

Howl's Moving Castle

( 152 )

Overview

Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animation director who wowed audiences worldwide with his award-winning film Spirited Away, brings another visually spectacular tale of imagination to the screen. Sophie is an 18-year-old girl who toils in the hat shop opened years ago by her late father. Often harassed by local boys, one day Sophie is unexpectedly befriended by Howl, a strange but flamboyant wizard whose large home can travel under its own power. However, the Witch of the Waste is displeased with Sophie and Howl's ...
See more details below
Blu-ray (Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Subtitled / Dubbed / 2 PACK)
$35.99
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Blu-ray)
  • All (7) from $20.97   
  • New (4) from $26.50   
  • Used (3) from $20.97   

Overview

Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animation director who wowed audiences worldwide with his award-winning film Spirited Away, brings another visually spectacular tale of imagination to the screen. Sophie is an 18-year-old girl who toils in the hat shop opened years ago by her late father. Often harassed by local boys, one day Sophie is unexpectedly befriended by Howl, a strange but flamboyant wizard whose large home can travel under its own power. However, the Witch of the Waste is displeased with Sophie and Howl's budding friendship, and turns the pretty young woman into an ugly and aged hag. Sophie takes shelter in Howl's castle, and attempts to find a way to reverse the witch's spell with the help of Calcifer, a subdued but powerful demon who exists in the form of fire, and Markl, who protects the four-way door which can instantly take visitors to other lands and dimensions. Howl's Moving Castle was released in North America by Walt Disney Pictures, who distributed the film both in its original Japanese and in a dubbed English version; the English-speaking voice cast includes Christian Bale, Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, and Billy Crystal.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Disc 1 - Blu-Ray Feature Film + Bonus; Original Japanese Storyboards; Original Japanese TV Spots and Trailers; Behind The Microphone; Interview with Pixar Animation Studios Director Pete Docter; Hello Mr. Lasseter: Hayao Miyazaki visits Pixar Animation Studios; ; Disc 2 - DVD Feature Film + Bonus; Original Japanese TV Spots and Trailers; Behind The Microphone; Interview With Pixar Animation Studios Director Pete Docter; Hello Mr. Lasseter: Hayao Miyazaki Visits Pixar Animation Studios
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Hayao Miyazaki, the Orson Welles of anime, demonstrates his mastery of this storytelling form yet again with a vivid, exciting yarn that blends adventure, romance, fantasy, and science fiction. It gets underway when 18-year-old Sophie Hatter, cursed by the Witch of the Waste, is transformed into an old hag. Ashamed of her appearance, Sophie flees into the nearby countryside, where a moving castle owned by a handsome young wizard drifts across the hills. She befriends the fire demon Calcifer, who promises to lift the curse if she helps liberate him from the influence of Howl, the wizard. Dreamlike almost to the point of surrealism, Howl's Moving Castle doesn't have a particularly intricate plot, nor does it offer much by way of character development. But it's beautifully designed and deceptively simple in terms of emotional resonance. Miyazaki manipulates the elements of anime better than just about anyone else; he presents supernatural surroundings and phenomena with unusual sensitivity, and in this film he creates a fairy-tale environment that enhances the story and moves the viewer in subtle ways.
All Movie Guide
Hayao Miyazaki's reputation as the creator of the most enchanting and inspiring animated films of the past 20 years is only strengthened with the fresh and complex fairy tale Howl's Moving Castle. Those looking for the beauty and magic of a Disney yarn but thirsting for more underlying meaning could convert based on this movie alone, while hardcore Miyazaki fans should find that this installment falls perfectly in line with the filmmaker's prolific and much-loved filmography. While the narrative is charming and accessible, much like Kiki's Delivery Service, it also remains true to an epic and purposeful subtext in a style that calls to mind Princess Mononoke. Both a coming-of-age tale and an essay on the human price of war, each character in Howl's Moving Castle -- especially Sofi, Miyazaki's trademark strong female protagonist -- is confronted with questions about self-image. Like many of us, Sofi struggles to discern whether her true self is defined through her own actions or through her relationships with others. The way Miyazaki employs this theme is particularly clever in that, rather than seeking to answer the question, he focuses his energy on illustrating how universal the issue is, as nearly every peripheral character in the story also wrestles with the same impasse in a different way. For instance, title character Howl, who is a charming and aloof conjurer, grapples with a curse that changes his physical form, warping his perception of what he is in the most literal terms. Even the villainess in this fairy tale eventually proves that the most wicked of deeds seldom reflect the actual wickedness of people. By the end of Howl's Moving Castle, Miyazaki has spun a delightful fable into an expressive examination of identity, and what it means for all of us as the struggle to grow up continues through old age. It's a theme that speaks to young and old alike, proving once again that there is still room for meaning in the world of charming, animated fantasy.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2013
  • UPC: 786936833409
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1AB
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Subtitled / Dubbed / 2 PACK
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 7,562

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chieko Baisho Voice Only
Emily Mortimer Voice Only
Christian Bale Voice Only
Takuya Kimura Voice Only
Lauren Bacall Voice Only
Akihiro Miwa Voice Only
Billy Crystal Voice Only
Tatsuya Gasyuin Voice Only
Josh Hutcherson Voice Only
Ryunosuke Kamiki Voice Only
Jean Simmons Voice Only
Mitsunori Isaki Voice Only
Yo Oizumi Voice Only
Akio Ôtsuka Voice Only
Daijiro Harada Voice Only
Haruko Kato Voice Only
Technical Credits
Hayao Miyazaki Director, Screenwriter
Joe Hisaishi Score Composer
Shuji Inoue Sound/Sound Designer
Yumi Kimura Songwriter
Atsushi Okui Cinematographer
Takeshi Seyama Editor
Toshio Suzuki Producer
Yoji Takeshige Art Director
Shuntaro Tanigawa Songwriter
Noburo Yoshida Art Director
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Howl's Moving Castle
1. Beginning Credits [:00]
2. A Moving Castle [:00]
3. Being Followed [:00]
4. An Old Curse [:00]
5. Staying At The Castle [:11]
6. Howl's Summons [:15]
7. Cooking Breakfast [:15]
8. Yerterday's Filth [1:05]
9. Night Flight [1:05]
10. Drama Queen [2:59]
11. Reporting To The Palace [7:58]
12. A Long Climb [5:15]
13. Looking For Suliman [5:15]
14. Instatn Escape [4:25]
15. Loving The Beast [5:53]
16. Is It Time To Move? [6:56]
17. The New Home [5:13]
18. Hiding The Love [3:38]
19. Bombing Raid [6:22]
20. Collapse [3:05]
21. Finding Howl [6:18]
22. Aftermath [6:02]
23. Young Prince [4:30]
24. End Credits [4:40]
25. Chapter 25 [5:10]
26. Chapter 26 [5:41]
27. Chapter 27 [7:05]
28. Chapter 28 [3:57]
29. Chapter 29 [6:11]
30. Chapter 30 [4:06]
31. Chapter 31 [1:50]
32. Chapter 32 [:42]
33. Chapter 33 [4:20]
34. Chapter 34 [4:20]
35. Chapter 35 [:02]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- Howl's Moving Castle
   Play
   Bonus Features
      Behind The Microphone
      Interview With Pete Docter
      Hello Mr. Lasseter: Hayao Miyazaki Visits Pixar
      T.V. Spots And Trailers
         English Subtitles: On
         English Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions
            English For The Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles
            English Subtitles: On
         None
      Register Your DVD
      Return To Film
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Studio Ghibli Films
      The Little Mermaid
      Cars
      Chicken Little
      The Chronicles Of Narnia
      Airbuddies
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 152 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(135)

4 Star

(15)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 152 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Love this movie

    I had to watch it online first before I bought it, but now I'm glad I have my own copy. Miyazaki films are some of my favorite ever since I saw Kiki's Delivery Service when I was little. The story isn't just great, but the characters and artwork is always beautiful as is the music. It's not a movie to get bored of.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 18, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Favorite Movie of ALL time!!! Miyasaki story is better than tha

    Favorite Movie of ALL time!!! Miyasaki story is better than than the
    book and is a collaboration of every movie he has ever made. The
    animation is superb and the music by Joe Hisaishi gives the movie it's
    heart and soul. Set against the backdrop of war, in a time where women
    were commodities, Sophie finds her place in the world and changes the
    lives of all she encounters all her journey. Sometimes finding true
    happiness is leaving the family you were born into and making one of
    your own. Witches, wizards, castles, and demons, this movie is perfect
    for the family. The story line is complex for adults but witty and funny
    for the younger ones. Enjoy the show!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Love It!

    I really loved Howl's Moving Castle. It's one of my favorite movies from Director Hayao Miyazaki. Its very fun and light hearted with some depth.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2011

    Beautiful!

    This is an amazing movie, I watched it over seven times and never got sick of it. This movie will put you in tears I love it. It's for all ages, I am a proud owner of this movie and book. Amazing. You won't regret getting this movie!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best!

    This movie was absolutely his best work! I really liked this one, it was so satisfying when I walked out of the theatre. I will definitely get this DVD!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Miyazki's works are beautiful

    These movies captivate my dad (who usually doesn't shut up when you're trying to watch something but he was oh so quiet during 'Spirited Away') and I. The animation itself is beautiful and you become so immersed in the world that you forget where you are. I haven't seen this one yet but I can't wait to see it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Studio Ghibli Triumph

    This was an excellent movie--as usual for Miyazaki-sensei. Also, as a fan of the book, I enjoyed how the movie was much different without sacrificing the awesomeness in any way. Artistic, amusing, thoroughly enjoyable fantasy. Another definite plus: the English voice acting is actually good. Justify watching it over and over again by reminding everyone you know that it was nominated for an Oscar.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Miyazaki has done it again!

    Hayao Miyazaki is a GOD of anime. His characters are so real and belivable, and this movie is no exception! It's amazing, the storyline is great, and there's wonderful animation (all to be expected of Miyazaki-sama). Howl's Moving Castle is a Miyazaki masterpiece you don't want to miss!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is A Movie Everyone Should See.

    Because of its anti-war message, I believe that everyone should see it. Think of it: if everyone saw it, we might come to a quicker decision about Iraq (meaning no offense to the government). Just my thought. Anyway, this movie is so good! I loved every single thing about it. When I saw it in theatres, it was everything I hoped it to be, and more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant book, brilliant film

    This movie was touching, gorgeously animated, and incredibly entertaining. The American voicework is amazing and Miyazaki created a fascinating storyline out of an equally wonderful (but very different) book. This is a must see

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    Amazing. The animation is outstanding, clearly Miyazaki's best work. The story is charming, and the characters captivating. There was nothing I didn't like about it. I can't wait till it comes out on March 7.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 1, 2014

    I was 14 when I first saw this movie on Cartoon Network. They we

    I was 14 when I first saw this movie on Cartoon Network. They were having a special week long run of Miyazaki films and I was lucky enough to catch this show from beginning to end. I loved it the first itme i saw it. Now I have this movie on DVD and I still enjoy it.It is a fairy tale like story with gentle romance in it.

    I only have one complaint and it is not with the movie itself. If you read the book this movie is based off of do not try and compare them together. I personally found little connection between them and I enjoyed the movie much more then the book but that is only my personal though. All in all, very good movie with a great story line. Animation is also excellent.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    I hate that Studio Ghibli's films are called Disney movies when

    I hate that Studio Ghibli's films are called Disney movies when they are not made by Disney . Disney is the publisher for the NA and not for all of Studio Ghibli's films. I'm so happy that Disney can't cut and change their films because of what happened with the first NA release of Naussica of the Valley of the Wind then the second release of it they sent a katana to the publisher with a message saying no cuts but both first and second NA release not done by Disney. Now I'm done with the with why Studio Ghibli made a contract about no one can cut their films and on to the review. Howl's Moving Castle is another amazing film by Studio Ghibli that is based off of a book. I would recommend this film to anyone but I don't think all of Studio Ghibli's films are suitable for young children because some are quite violent and more for teens like like Princess Mononoke because in that film that all parts in it with someone's arms gets and another time someone's head gets shot off with a bow and arrow but that isis a diffrent film. Sorry that I kinda went off topic and talked about stuff that isn't really related to Howl's Moving Castle. This is a amazing film so just buy it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 22, 2012

    A Beautiful and Compelling Movie from Hayao Miyazaki. This beau

    A Beautiful and Compelling Movie from Hayao Miyazaki. This beautifully created movie is the best. We feel in love with this movie and so will you. The best anime movie of all time.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Must-See for any Family

    Oh how this movie differs from it's book counterpart, however in an excellent way! The plot is rich in that any person of any age will find themselves wanting to finish it. The characters are great as well as the dialogue (though at times, it seems like the english dub was pushing it a little with the translation). I would reccommend watching it both in English and Japanese, the Japanese lines up with the book more. Billy Crystal did Calcifer's personality justice. Anime fans will love it (if they haven't seen it) but the great thing about Miyazaki films is you don't have to be an anime fan to enjoy the great story telling, it lives up to any Disney movie!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorites.

    I found the English dub version to have a slightly cheesy script and the voices didn't seem to match the characters. I could only stand a few minutes of the English version. However I have loved the original ( Japanese) version since I first saw it years ago. I love the characters, plot, theme, and animation. I have watched it countless times and plan on watching it countless more.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful and so fun to watch

    Once again Hayao Miyazaki has given us a beautiful film. I like the way he blends so many elements (adventure, science fiction, romance, humor, fantasy, moral lesson) into his films and this one is no different. If you are an anime fan, I highly recommend this film, as well as any of his other works. (Although, if you truly are an anime fan, then I do not even have to recommend this to you because you already know.) The story draws you in and the animation is stunningly beautiful. He is the best at what he does, in my opinion.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stunning Movie

    This movie is an incredible adaptation of a fantastic story. I will admit that when I watched it the first time, I began with low expectations. The quick and witty dialog coupled with the moving score captured my attention and I deeply enjoyed the show. I simply cannot get over how inspiring the score is for this movie! If you enjoy a fun movie and good music, be prepared to LOVE this movie.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Beautiful Anti-War Fantasy Movie!

    This is a very beautiful fantasy movie. It's well done and has both an excellent story and a good message (anti-war). Sophie is a young girl in a country at war. She gets accosted by some soldiers and meets a wizard (Howl). She then gets put under a spell by a jealous old witch who truns Sophie into a 90-year-old woman. (But a very spry and healthy 90!) Sophie seeks a cure for the spell and becomes a cleaning lady for Howl. She moves into his castle (which really does move on legs!). Eventually she is cured of the spell, falls in love with Howl and helps the fire demon Calcifer.
    Hayao Miyazaki puts a very strong anti-war message in this movie. He depicts war as death, destruction, waste (of lives, materials and money) and corruption (soldiers becoming mashers and potential rapists, Howl becoming physically a monster, other wizards becoming true monsters, and the government continuing a war for no good reason). No one escapes the war unscathed. Everybody suffers. And in the end, nothing is gained or decided.
    Best recommended for older children and adults. Young kids will like the scenes at the castle and the magics, but may be put off or even frightened by the scenes of destruction and bombing. The anti-war message makes a good starting point for discussion with older kids and teens about what war is really like and what it really does to everyone involved.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A true delight

    It is nice to enjoy a wonderful plot, beautiful animation and not worrying about the language. The messages are thought worthy.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 152 Customer Reviews