Spirited Away

Spirited Away

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki, Daveigh Chase, Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino

Cast: Hayao Miyazaki, Daveigh Chase, Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino

     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
UPC:
0786936213843
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
2,234

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daveigh Chase Chihiro [USA Version]
Rumi Hiiragi Chihiro
Miyu Irino Haku
Jason Marsden Haku [USA Version]
Mari Natsuki Yubaba/Zeniba
Suzanne Pleshette Yubaba/Zeniba [USA Version]
Susan Egan Lin [USA Version]
Yumi Tamai Lin
Yasuka Sawaguchi Chihiro's mother, Yugo
David Ogden Stiers Boiler Room Man [USA Version]
Tatsuya Gasyuin Frog man
Lauren Holly Chihiro's mother [USA Version]
Michael Chiklis Chihiro's father [USA Version]
Ryunosuke Kamiki Boh
Takashi Naito Chihiro's father, Akio
John Ratzenberger The Bathhouse Manager [USA Version]
Yo Oizumi Foreman of the frog men
Tara Strong Baby Boh
Koba Hayashi River God
Tsunehiko Kamijyo School principal
Takehiko Ono Employee
Bunta Sugawara Kamaji
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

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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Spirited Away 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 191 reviews.
Robert-Long More than 1 year ago
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.
lukesky_DC More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Ephesus More than 1 year ago
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.
CynthiaSueLarson More than 1 year ago
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
aznlily95 More than 1 year ago
........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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved this movie since I first saw it. It is a bit depressing, or maybe nostalgic is a better word (I don't know why, it's just the atmosphere of it) but nonetheless I love it to death. I live in America in a small city so to come across DVDs like Spirited Away is a bit rare, so I took my first chance to buy it when I found it at Barnes and Noble. It will forever be one of my favorite movies.
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I love this movie, it made up a part of my childhood. Though before when I was a child, I didn't understand a thing when I watch it.  Every time I watch it as an adult now gives me nostalgic feeling. The movie also gives me this dreamy feeling where it feels like I'm not in the real world anymore. It is absolutely amazing. Not really a fan of hard copies but willing to spend just for this one movie.
DragonJadefire More than 1 year ago
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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Awesome 
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Love this movie!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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marriedutopianstriver More than 1 year ago
“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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This is a wonderful tale! Miyazaki is a master storyteller and a film craftsman of the highest degree.
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HorseAnimeFreak More than 1 year ago
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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