Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

4.8 162
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Cast: Hayao Miyazaki, Yoji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yuko Tanaka

     
 

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Princess Mononoke arrives on DVD in a widescreen anamorphic format (1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio enhanced for 16 x 9 television) and these audio tracks: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), and French (Dolby Digital 2.0), with English subtitles. The DVD is dual-layered with an astonishingly clear and crisp picture that really brings outSee more details below

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Princess Mononoke arrives on DVD in a widescreen anamorphic format (1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio enhanced for 16 x 9 television) and these audio tracks: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), and French (Dolby Digital 2.0), with English subtitles. The DVD is dual-layered with an astonishingly clear and crisp picture that really brings out the animated magic of the film. Sound quality is consistently good with particularly clear and bass-resonant music, particularly during the action scenes. Special features are limited to theatrical trailers and a "making of" featurette. A glossy insert in the cover of the plastic DVD case lists the chapter index.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Arguably the magnum opus of artist/director Hayao Miyazaki, Princess Mononoke embodies all the qualities associated with the distinctive style of Japanese animation. Like much of Japanese anime, Princess Mononoke takes place in a dreamlike setting where mysticism and reality collide -- violently. Seeking a cure for the curse that afflicts him, young Ashitaka travels to a magical wilderness and is caught up in the struggle between the spirits of the forest and human miners equipped with powerful weapons. Yet even the perils of war can't keep Ashitaka from falling in love with the beautiful princess San, for whom destiny has grand plans. The English-language version of the film utilizes the vocal talents of actors Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Billy Bob Thornton, and Minnie Driver. Epic in scope, dynamic in execution, Princess Mononoke is an animated treasure that won't be easily forgotten.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The epic film effort of director Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli, Princess Mononoke preserves the director's spirit of humanism while succeeding as a daring action-adventure. Though it contains more violence than his earlier works, it expands on his frequent ecological themes without falling into the black-and-white polarity of good guys versus the bad guys. Humans, animals, and gods have reached a point where they cannot live in harmony, and each faction -- be it lepers, wild boars, or forest spirits -- is warranted some dignity. Based on drawings of ancient forests, the scenery is breathtaking, being the first of Miyazaki's films to utilize computer-generated animation, although the bulk is still, thankfully, drawn by hand. Once the highest grossing film in Japan (before being surpassed by Titanic and later Miyazaki's own Spirited Away), Princess Mononoke was dubbed into English and distributed by Miramax. Fortunately, the raging forest battle does not get a sentimentalized treatment from the U.S. company. Rather than stock Disney-anthropomorphized animals, the forest creatures are represented with a variety of sincerity, compassion, and ferocity. The plight of the animals and forest gods rarely resorts to a simple moral explanation, and the central romance is not written off with a happily ever after. What Princess Mononoke does have is a beautifully rendered mythical forest inhabited by inventive creatures, while evoking as much rousing adventure as a sense of wonder.
New York Times
This exotically beautiful action film features gods and demons locked in a struggle for the future of the unspoiled forest.... Frequent battle scenes, graphic enough to make a sharp distinction between Princess Mononoke and animation made for children...are often breathtakingly rendered, but it is the film's stirring use of nature, myth and history that make it so special. Janet Maslin

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/19/2000
UPC:
0717951007414
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:14:00
Sales rank:
7,571

Special Features

Featurette; Theatrical trailer; French-language track; 5.1 Surround ; Widescreen [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. chapter selection
1. Opening Credits [:13]
2. Prince Ashitaka's Fate [:54]
3. The Arm Of A Demon [:54]
4. A New Friend [:14]
5. The Wolf Gods Attack [:08]
6. First Sight Of Princess Mononoke [:08]
7. The Tree Spirits [6:12]
8. A Magical Place [:46]
9. Returning Home To Iron Town [4:09]
10. The Story Of The Demon Boar [1:44]
11. The Inner Workings Of Iron Town [1:34]
12. San Invades Iron Town [3:01]
13. The Ape Tribe [2:24]
14. The Great Spirit [2:01]
15. The Boars Want A Battle [:31]
16. Fighting For Iron [1:51]
17. A Warning From The Wolf God [3:12]
18. A Trap Is Set [3:00]
19. Iron Town Is Under Attack [1:05]
20. Many Lives Lost [3:29]
21. Becoming A Demon [3:25]
22. A God, A Demon, And A Spirit [4:27]
23. The Great Spirit's Head [7:41]
24. Rejuvenating The Forest [2:11]
25. End Credits [3:48]

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