SPIRITED AWAY – Blu-ray Review
Hayao Miyazaki‘s most famous feature, Spirited Away, is returning to our screens for another round of fun, scares, and nostalgia. And for the first time, in the clear and beautiful Blu-ray format.
In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro (Rumi Hiiragi) and her parents (Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi) stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku (Miyu Irino), who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.
Spirited Away is a classic. It’s Hayao Miyazaki’s number one film in the US, grossing more money than any other Studio Ghibli film to be released in America. It first premiered in the US in 2001, blowing audiences away with its beautiful animation and compelling story. It’s apart of thousands of childhood memories and it’s been released many times throughout these past years, but it’s finally coming to us via Blu-ray, featuring the Spirited Away experience like you’ve never witnessed before.
Spirited Away coming to Blu-ray is what Studio Ghibli fans have been waiting for! Comparing it to the original, especially the VHS copy, is outstanding. The colors pop more, the sound is louder, and the animation’s beauty still remains intact. I’m surprised it has taken this long, but we finally have a restored version of one of the publics most beloved Studio Ghibli films! It’s also crammed with loads of bonus features, so make sure to take a night off from your busy life and return to this classic.
Blu-ray bonus features:
Introduction By John Lasseter
The Art Of Spirited Away
Behind The Microphone
Original Japanese Storyboards
Nippon Television Special (in Japanese)
Original Japanese Trailers & TV Spots