Spirited Away

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Buena Vista Home Entertainment spared no expense or extra in the double-disc DVD creation of the animated, Oscar-winning Spirited Away. The remarkable aspect of these special features is how educational they are, providing much insight into this award-winning Japanese film. To begin, Spirited Away is presented in flawless 2.0:1 widescreen, enabling the richness of the animation to explode onscreen. The sound, presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 English and Japanese Surround, is flawless. A French Dolby Digital 2.0 ...
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Overview

Buena Vista Home Entertainment spared no expense or extra in the double-disc DVD creation of the animated, Oscar-winning Spirited Away. The remarkable aspect of these special features is how educational they are, providing much insight into this award-winning Japanese film. To begin, Spirited Away is presented in flawless 2.0:1 widescreen, enabling the richness of the animation to explode onscreen. The sound, presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 English and Japanese Surround, is flawless. A French Dolby Digital 2.0 track is also included. The featurette, "The Art of Spirited Away," is a must-see. It offers insight into the interpretation of the quite-symbolic film as well as stories about the trials and tribulations encountered during the translation process. Other extras include a feature on the dubbing process, a lengthy and star-packed Nippon Television documentary special on the film and how its key players worked to create the final product, a storyboard-to-scene comparison and 30 minutes of Japanese trailers for the movie.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "Spirited Away" introduction by John Lasseter; The art of "Spirited Away"; The Nippon television special - The Making of the Film; Select storyboard-to-screen comparison; Behind the microphone with Suzanne Pleshette and Jason Marsden; Original Japanese trailers; English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Original Japanese-language track; Widescreen (2.0:1) - enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions; French-language track
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Editorial Reviews

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In March 2003, writer-director-animator Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away became the first Japanese anime film to ever win let alone to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Rightfully so: The unique distillation of Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Japanese folklore offers a sense of magic that has been sorely lacking in much recent animation. A ten-year-old girl named Chihiro, while passing through a strange abandoned village on her way to her new home, finds her greedy parents transformed into pigs after being tempted by delicious food. In order for them to become human again, Chihiro must work in a surreal bathhouse for monsters, spirits, and other supernatural critters, under the supervision of a witch named Yubaba. Along the way, Chihiro learns the virtues of bravery, self-worth, and humility while making new friends -- including a boy named Haku, who wields hidden powers -- and overcoming obstacles, such as the mysterious, money-offering No Face. Endlessly imaginative and beautifully realized, Spirited Away is a dreamlike experience, bolstered by Joe Hayashi's moving score and Miyazaki's mix of traditional animation and subtle computer graphics. Suitable for the whole family but also containing enough substance for continued study, it is nothing less than a new animation classic. Volk Lindsay
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
This fantasy adventure combines the magic of Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz with a wildly imaginative critique of consumption in contemporary times. With Spirited Away, master animator Hayao Miyazaki unifies elements of his previous works: the youthful innocence of My Neighbor Totoro, the independence lessons of Kiki's Delivery Service, and the powerful grown-up forces of the spirit world from Princess Mononoke. Introducing a huge number of creatures, the spirit world Chihiro stumbles into is nothing short of amazing. Using sparse computer animation in his previous feature-length film, Miyazaki experiments with a lot of CGI software for this dizzying journey, which mostly takes place in fantastical spirit bathhouse. The effects are put to good use as characters hold powers that enable them to change form into beings like bats and dragons. Bizarre creatures overpopulate the film, with everything from tiny spider-like workers to giant radish spirits. Although sometimes resorting to gross-out humor, the tale is really the most traditional of fantasy adventure stories. The plucky Chihiro starts out as such an average spoiled 20th century youngster and develops into a self-confident hero. Not overly cute or smart, she is just a kid that has to learn to survive. Beyond this seemingly simplistic narrative are fully nuanced characters, rousing action, and a weird fantasy construction of capitalism that hits home at a very base level. Although not exactly a satire, greed figures into the narrative as a driving force that demands choices from the hero. The result is a memorable and captivating journey, marking a high point in the director's career as well as duly serving the underestimated population of people that Miyazaki frequently portrays: ten-year-old girls.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2003
  • UPC: 786936213843
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Japanese, Français
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,364

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daveigh Chase Voice Only
Rumi Hiiragi Voice Only
Miyu Irino Voice Only
Jason Marsden Voice Only
Mari Natsuki Voice Only
Suzanne Pleshette Voice Only
Susan Egan Voice Only
Yumi Tamai Voice Only
Yasuka Sawaguchi Voice Only
David Ogden Stiers Voice Only
Tatsuya Gasyuin Voice Only
Lauren Holly Voice Only
Michael Chiklis Voice Only
Ryunosuke Kamiki Voice Only
Takashi Naito Voice Only
John Ratzenberger Voice Only
Yo Oizumi Voice Only
Tara Strong Voice Only
Koba Hayashi Voice Only
Tsunehiko Kamijyo Voice Only
Takehiko Ono Voice Only
Bunta Sugawara Voice Only
Yumi Kimura Singer
Technical Credits
Hayao Miyazaki Director, Screenwriter
Hironori Aihara Executive Producer
Donald W. Ernst Producer
Cindy Davis Hewitt Screenwriter
Donald H. Hewitt Screenwriter
Joe Hisaishi Score Composer
Linda Hoaglund Translator
Koji Hoshino Executive Producer
Jim Hubbert Translator
Shuji Inoue Sound/Sound Designer
Michihiro Ito Special Effects
Lori Korngiebel Associate Producer
John Lasseter Executive Producer
Takeyoshi Matsushita Executive Producer
Masayuki Miyagi Asst. Director
Yutaka Narita Executive Producer
Takeshi Seyama Editor
Toshio Suzuki Producer
Atsushi Takahashi Asst. Director
Kazuhiro Takeshige Sound/Sound Designer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma Executive Producer
Banjiro Uemura Executive Producer
Seiichiro Ujie Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Opening Credits/The Middle of Nowhere
2. "It's Just a Dream"
3. Finding Work at the Bathhouse
4. Meeting Yubaba
5. Sen's New Life
6. "We Have an Intruder"
7. Working for Tips
8. A Strange Visit to the Nursery
9. The Golden Seal
10. A Monster Called 'No Face'
11. The Train to Swamp Bottom
12. "What Did You Do With My Baby!"
13. A Visit With Zeniba
14. Finding the Way Home
15. One Final Test
16. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Play
   Bonus Features
      Introduction by John Lasseter
      The Art of "Spirited Away"
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      Castle in the Sky
      Kiki's Delivery Service
      Finding Nemo
      Atlantis: Milo's Return
      Stitch! The Movie
      Bionicle: Mask of Light
      The Lion King Special Edition
      New From Disney Interactive
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         French
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: English
         Subtitles: None
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Behind the Microphone
   Select Storyboard-to-Scene Comparison
      English
      Japanese
   Nippon Television Special
   Original Japanese Trailers
   English Subtitles: On
   English Subtitles: Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Super-Awesome

    I love this movie. In general I like animes. I think it wasn't really comfusing, but kind of weird. But for me I didn't really have too many questions at the end. If you read through most of the reviews you might have read one that gave it a 2 star rating and said it was long and confusing. Don't listen to them. It was a very wonderful movie and you won't regrett watching it!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Most Incredible Movie EVER!

    Spirited Away is one of the best movies your whole family will ever watch together again and again. Little kids will enjoy the fantastical creatures, older kids will enjoy the whole movie and get good life lessons, and the adults will never have to worry about covering little eyes or ears--there's no reason to, and you'll be too busy having fun. This is a Disney release of a Studio Ghibli film by Hayao Miyazaki (buy everything he's ever made; you won't ever go wrong). It starts with a family (father, mother and 10-year-old daughter) moving to their new house. They go off the main road and get lost. (Guys never ask for directions.) Eventually they find what appears to be an abandoned theme park, and the three go exploring. (Dad's idea.) They find mounds and heaps of delicious food. The parents dig in and turn into (literal) pigs. The girl has to go to work to rescue them. She ends up working in a bathhouse for spirits and creatures. They're very fantastical but not scary. Sha makes friends with and helps many different spirits throughout the movie. Life lessons for kids of all ages here: She makes these friends by always being kind, courteous, respectful and nice to everyone, no matter how strange they look or act. One very beautiful scene is with an extremely dirty, smelly, sludgy being. She finds he's actually polluted and, with lost of help, pulls all the junk and trash out of him, transforming him into a river god. He's very happy and grateful. More life lessons: This works for real rivers too. (Miyazaki even says in one of the special features that this scene was inspired by his experience cleaning up an actual river.) This is one of the two best by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli; the other is Kiki's Delivery Service. Buy this movie; let your kids watch it with their friends; watch it with them and talk about it. Have lots of fun.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Enchanting Tale of Personal Transformation

    SPIRITED AWAY is a movie you can watch again and again -- because it's art work is first-rate, the story is refreshingly original, and the characters are engaging. The story takes place in modern-day Japan, when a ten-year-old girl explores a strange place with her parents and finds herself ''spirited away''. The spirits in this story are an exotic mix of frogs, humanoids, and river spirits. When her parents are transformed into pigs, our young heroine must rely on inner strength, hard work, and newfound friends to make the best of a very challenging situation. Parents and children alike will be enchanted by this film -- it's awesome! ----------------------------------------------------- Cynthia Sue Larson, author of KAREN KIMBALL & The Dream Weaver's Web

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    The Best Movie You Will Ever See

    There are not enough stars in the heavens to properly rate this movie. Spirited Away defines the concept of a magical adventure. It is sweeping, encompassing, charming and original; it is utterly transportive and enchanting. This is a film that should be in everyone's collection - it is a masterpiece. Even if you don't like anime, give this a try. It transcends what animation commonly is and reminds us what a truly classic film is all about.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Spirited Away is......

    ........one of my favorite anime film. Miyazaki-san did an excellent job on it. This si fit for children and adults alike. It has a really good plot and great charactors to go along with it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    GREAT MOVIE <3

    When I saw this movie for the frist time I fell in love with it the names are cool and the story base is cool.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Must See!

    You porobably have heard of this movie but never saw it because you didnt know if it was good. Well it is. I would recommened this movie to anyone! Hayao Miyazaki is an amzing story teller and all of his movies are worth seeing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE OF MY FAVORITES!!! =] =]

    This Movie is Probably Miyazaki's best!!! This and Princess mononoke!! the scenery is beautifully drawn, the charcters are very creative, and its a great film for the whole family!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This movie puts all the animated films I've seen advertised recently to shame. It doesn't rely on lame gag humor to be entertaining...the story and the beautiful animation are what make this memorable. Spirited Away is the tale of a young girl, Chihiro, whose family is moving to a new house away from the city. On the way, they stop at an abandoned carnival and Chihiro finds herself separated from her parents and trapped as a worker in a bath house for spirits and demons. With the help of some new friends, Chihiro must try to save her parents and return to her normal life. Spirited Away is a great coming of age story. It leaves and impression on the viewer about the importance of keeping your own identity, the dangers of selfishness, and the power of friendship. This movie can be appreciated by children and adults alike.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT MOVIE!

    I love this movie! It is one I never get tired of watching. Hayao Miyazaki is incredible and I've enjoyed all of his work that I've seen so far. The worlds that he creates are beautiful, mysterious, and completely original. "Spirited Away" really takes the viewer to a whole new place, and can capture the imagination.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

    I love this movie and I wish I could own it as  Nook Video, alon

    I love this movie and I wish I could own it as  Nook Video, along with all the other amazing Studio Ghibili films. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Awesome 

    Awesome 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Love this movie!!

    Love this movie!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Spoiler Alert! Compared to some of the other movies by Miyazaki

    Spoiler Alert!
    Compared to some of the other movies by Miyazaki I have to admit that this one is a little more scary in some aspects. Having said that I by no means dislike the movie. It does tend to be a little confusion at times and I agree that it got a little weird but you still get a happy ending. Since this is a review i will say what it was that made me take a step back at first. During the movie a demon named No Face enters the bathhouse and tries to make friends with the human girl there by giving her gifts. She refuses them while other employees in the bathhouse take them out of greed. Then, because I believe No Face is unable to speak, No Face tricks a worker into approaching him and then he eats the worker. After that he is able to speak to the others but then he begins to lose his mind.
    I also was slightly turned off when No Face is chasing the girl out of the bathhouse and due to some medacine she gave him to help him get his mind back he begin to throw up and there was a lot of images of that.
    All together I still would call this a good movie but I would not show it to children under a certian age myself. I will leave that up to the parents though to decide.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    ¿Spirited Away¿ involves the journey that a young girl named Chi

    “Spirited Away” involves the journey that a young girl named Chihiro embarks on after finding her parents transformed into pigs. She also travels through an even more unusual spirit world and dealing with the witch who was responsible for what happened to her parents. “Spirited Away” reminds me of “Howl’s Moving Castle” (which is also a good film).“Spirited Away” is a great anime movie with supernatural/spiritual themes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    This is a wonderful tale! Miyazaki is a master storyteller and a

    This is a wonderful tale! Miyazaki is a master storyteller and a film craftsman of the highest degree.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

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    This is the best Anime and Animation movie/TV show i have EVER s

    This is the best Anime and Animation movie/TV show i have EVER seen and i am probably THE most anime freak in the world. But this one stands out. I mean the animation, acting, effects, set, story line, everything about this movie is AMAZING. you don't have to like anime just have to like action, adventure, fantasy and everything in-between!

    If you say you didn't even like it... there's something maturely wrong with you!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2011

    Breath Taking

    I have watched this movie, "Howl's Moving Castle." and many other movies made by Hayao Miyazaki. I am a big animation fan and i am always moved by this film and films made by Hayao Miyazaki.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    best movie ever hands down

    I fell in love with this movie the moment i pressed play. I could watch this movie over and over again. The story line , the characters, and the whole thing is unforgettable. From the first minute to the last second you will be enthralled and be wanting to watch this until your eyes explode.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorites

    Wonderful movie that I love to watch over and over. I find the English Dub voices a little strange as I have only ever watched it in Japanese.

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