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.~Mark Deming
I have been waiting for this steelbook released in US long time back. The only version you can get is triple price on Marketplace. No thanks to BestBuy made my dream come true. The steelbook alone is so pretty, included booklet from Studio Gibil. I am happy customer
Howl was the very first Miyazaki Directed Studio Ghibli film I ever watched, and Honestly can say, I have no clue why I waited so long. The film is based around our main character Sophie Who has been cursed by a witch and in her travles to find a way to break it comes across highly powerful and equally Eclectic wizard named howl. Although this movie was obviously made for a younger audience it doesn’t leave us in the older audience out of the equation.
The curse that Sophie has put on her by the witch Affects our appearance making her look like an old woman, hence reflecting on the outside how she feels about herself on the inside. This message is definitely one that can be understood by all ages. There can be moments in time where we feel a lot older than we are and sometimes that can hinder the way we perceive ourselves. There can be moments in time where we feel a lot older than we are and sometimes that can hinder the way we perceive ourselves. And although we have our own way of thinking and perceiving ourselves sometimes it takes the observation of some one else to make you realize you’re worth.
Overall this movie was amazing. The artwork was amazing the animation was amazing the music was amazing and to boot Howl himself was voiced by none other than Christian Bale (Batman in the Dark Knight trilogy). So do yourself a favor whether you buy it or stream it watch this movie it will not disappoint.
Many of you may be wondering the same thing I was when these releases hit stores. Are these Blu-rays an upgrade over the Disney releases? They are, in my opinion. However, are they worth purchasing again? Probably not. But, for hardcore fans, maybe. Here's why.
First, picture quality. GKIDS has completed new 4K scans for these Blu-rays. In my opinion, it shows. The image is a bit cleaner. The details and colors do differ in some respects from the Disney releases. In comparing some scenes from Nausicaa, Castle in the Sky, and Princess Mononoke, I prefer the GKIDS releases. Is it a huge difference? No. But it is there. The reds are more intense and look red, not orange. And in Nausicaaa, the colors differ in scenes from the Disney Blu-rays. Actual color grading differences. Plus, the GIDS releases have more shadow details.
The packaging and presentation on these releases tops Disney's with ease. The slipcovers are beautiful, with many of the releases using the same artwork as previous releases, with some exceptions, like Princess Mononoke. I also prefer the Nausicaa art here over Disney's. Each release is in a quality keepcase (not eco case) with art inside the back cover, so that when you open the case, you see a beautiful image from the film. The discs have art on them as well. I prefer the design on the GKIDS discs over Disney's, although, the Disney DVDs sometimes had very nice art as well. Lastly, the GKIDS releases also come with a small booklet that has some art and words from the creators behind the films.
The menus on the GKIDS releases fall short of the Disney releases. They are not animated. There is no music. But, they are clean and simple. It would have been nice to have at least had music playing in the background like the Disney releases. Some releases include new extras. Many, if not all, extras from the Disney releases are ported over, but some may not be HD, as is the case on Nausicaa. As you can see from the descriptions, the Disney dubs are ported over to these releases as well. Plus, you get Japanese audio tracks, although, I have not confirmed if these are the original Japanese audio tracks, as I know that was a problem on some previous releases.
Overall, I prefer the GKIDS Blu-rays, but if you have the Disney releases, you probably should save your money. However, if you're like me and you love the films and want the best presentation possible (video and packaging) and you find them on good sale, like they were on release at Best Buy, then it may be worth it to you.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Howl's Moving Castle is a moving story.
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
Three things to talk about...
1) I've never read the books, so I can't make comparisons between the manga (books) and the anime (movie).
2) The Steelbook itself... The case is very well put together, it is a clam-shell type case that has a beautiful matte red finish, which makes it easy to clean and keep free of fingerprints and dust.
3) The movie itself... This is another wonderful movie from Miyazaki through Studio Ghibli. It has a truly moving plot with great character development throughout the movie. Miyazaki movies are known for character development, and this movie truly showcases how the two main characters grow, develop, and change through the movie.
I would highly recommend this movie to those who love anime, as well as for those who have never experienced anime, and for those who like strong, well-developed characters in their movies.
If you are a fan of the style and you have not seen this movie you owe it to yourself to do so. I recommend the purchase of this DVD/Blueray because the movie is so good you will want to own it. This studio has put out some of the best Anime to date.
I already knew that the movie was amazing, and after seeing the design of the steelbook I knew I had to have it. However, it was a lot harder to find than I thought, and the staff at the Best Buy in Nashville I went to went above and beyond to track down the last copy for me
what can i say other than, it's studio ghibli. just buy it, and all of the other movies theyve made. theyre all great
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
The movie itself has been my favorite film for the longest time but the fact that the scene on the steel book is the scene that made me fall in love with the movie is just the best thing they could have done.