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Princess Mononoke [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] [1997]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (743 out of 748)

    Special Features


    • Original Japanese storyboards
    • Original Japanese trailers
    • Princess Mononoke in the U.S.A
    • Original Japanese TV spots
    • Featurette

    Synopsis


    Princess Mononoke
    This $20 million animated adventure/fantasy quickly became the highest grossing Japanese film in Japanese film history (making $150 million in Japan during its first seven months). Set in the 14th century, the ecology-themed epic was directed by Hayao Miyazaki whose previous films were acquired by Disney for U.S. distribution plus other territories. Princess Mononoke depicts a mystical battle between Animal Gods of the forest and humans during Japan's Muromachi Period. Young Ashitaka receives a fatal infection after a demonic wild boar attacks his northern village. Seeking a cure, he sets out to locate the deer-like god Shishigami. Along the way, he sees the rape of the Earth by a mining village. The constant plundering by the village has brought the wrath of the Wolf God, Moro, who attacks the village along with San, a human who was raised by the wolf god. She communicates with the nature spirits -- which is why she is called Princess Mononoke ("spirits of things"). Ashitaka wants these opposing forces to co-exist, and he hopes to bring peace between San and the ironworks owner, Lady Eboshi. However, he is thwarted as higher powers, intent on killing the Shishigama, intrude, and a battle erupts over the future of all nature. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


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      Yoji Matsuda - Ashitaka
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      Yuriko Ishida - San
    • Yuko Tanaka
      Yuko Tanaka - Lady Eboshi
    • Kaoru Kobayashi
      Kaoru Kobayashi - Jiko
    • Masahiko Nishimura
      Masahiko Nishimura - Koroku



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    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 748 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      GKIDS Honors Studio Ghibli

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      SIndyTim
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      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.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      In the Top 5 of all-time animes.

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      Morganical
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      Few animes can match masterpieces such as Akira and Ninja Scroll. Mononoke is neck and neck with Spirited Away for doing so. The film is like no other Miyazaki film out there with violence, a leading male protagonist and NO FLYING around! How is this even a Miyazaki flick if nobody's flying around wildly?... Well, it's still Miyazaki all the way through. The animation style is totally his, the varied environmental viewpoints are Miyazaki to a T, and of course there's the obligatory food pr0n and indomitable females. My only two gripes with Princess Mononoke are that it's a little on the blue side (not figurative, the color palette is bluer than most), and of course the notoriously bad voice acting and dubbing. I love Billy Bob Thorton, he does a great job on this outing, but everyone else is either muddled, or completely missed any emotional notes they were supposed to hit. Other than that, it's a great movie, and even better in glorious HD on Blu-ray! The animation is crystal with no noticeable artifacting, and the music fidelity is the best you can find on an anime in 5.1. Extras are ho-hum though. It seems that Disney is adding promotional stuff over extra content in their releases, as Nausicaa has this same lack of note worthy extras. The only extras I'd recommend from one of these Ghibli/Disney collaborations is from Spirited Away, which has exhaustive extra content. Buy this, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Nausicaa if you truly love Miyazaki's movies. They are all superb and truly the cream of the crop.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hands down my favorite animated movie. Ever!

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      BlakeB

      I had never heard of this movie until about 3 years ago when I woke up at 3 a.m. in front of the tv after a long school week. I saw an anime with English subtitles in front of me and decided to continue watching because I was fond of anime and it seemed interesting, little did I know that I was watching one of the single best films ever created. Within the first 10 minutes every thought of sleep left me and I was engrossed in it until the end at which point I went out the next day with quarters and dimes to buy it anywhere I could. Over the next 18 hours I actually watched it another 5 times because I could simply not get my fill. It is a movie focusing on Man's inability to realize his actions until he's almost too late, even going to such extremes so as to kill a god for the immortality of one, even if thousands must perish. This movie centers around the premise of balance and conservation, something we can all learn from. This is a movie every person should see once, if not more.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of Studio Ghibli's Best

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      IndyTim
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      Princess Mononoke was the first Studio Ghibli film I saw and I was pleasantly surprised by the film. I was not sure what to expect, and the film took me to places I did not expect. This is a highly-recommended film, but parents should be aware that there is some blood and violence in this film. It really isn't a film for small children and, in fact, many younger viewers won't understand or appreciate the film. The themes of the film deal with the environment, war, spiritualism and so much more. The character designs and animation are gorgeous, as you would expect from Studio Ghibli. The Blu-ray looks great, but it lacks the original Japanese audio. I kept the old Dimension DVD for this reason. The picture quality is better on Blu-ray, but it isn't a major leap, as the previous DVD was pretty good already. I definitely recommend this film to those who appreciate great cinema.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Masterpiece.

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      Ragnarawk
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      If you have even the slightest interest in anime, you must see this. If you don't have the slightest interest in anime, you should still see this. If you like movies in general, you must see this. A beautifully crafted story, compelling characters, a great voice over cast, beautiful visuals. This is a timeless movie for me. I think I saw this for the first time when I was around 12. I was enthralled then, and that love for this movie has not been lost over 14 years later. It doesn't treat you like a child with exposition, the thematic elements are appealing to all ages...and the story is just so good. At this price, it isn't even a question. Go buy it. What I payed: 17.99 It actually doesn't come with the option to download a digital copy which saddens me, but not to the point of it losing a star. It does still have the DVD/Bluray combo.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A fantastic, deep, multi-layered movie

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      thelonepig
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      I first saw Princess Mononoke in a movie theater in Seattle years ago. I was so impressed with the animation, script, story and presentation that I immediately purchased a ticket to see it again. I later went a third time that weekend. This film is gorgeously animated. Voice acting is performed admirably by a group of highly skilled actors. The story is accessible and takes you quickly through the run time. The musical score by Joe Hisaishi is among my favorites and fits the movie perfectly. The movie excels in its likeable cast of characters. There is no true villain here, just those with opposing goals. This adds several layers and stories to the movie that still have me noting new details at every viewing. Despite being animated, this one deserves its PG-13 rating. There is blood, gore, severed limbs, and mild bad language.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      My 2nd Favorite Studio Ghibli Film

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      Sempai
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      First off, Mononoke Hime (It's original Japanese title) is NOT for most children. This animated feature is geared to adults (as is my favorite Ghibli, but less serious, film: Porco Rosso) and includes violent scenes of combat, dismemberment and deaths by sword, arrow, as well as forest creatures/spirits. Yet I think you will be hard pressed to find a single "villain" in this story (except perhaps the unseen Shogun) as it portrays various perspectives of the characters for who are in conflict with one another. It is clear, however, that the overall messages are that man and nature need to work in harmony and greed can be one's undoing. I highly recommend this film for it's artistry, story and soundtrack (another Joe Hisaishi masterpiece of a score).

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Definetely one of Miyazaki's best!

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      insomniak1
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      Princess Mononoke, with it's incredible visuals, mature subject matter, voice talent (especially in English) and musical score is, in my opinion, probably the best from Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. It is about a Prince that has to find out about a curse that affects him and the land and how to eradicate it. In his travels, he learns about humanity and what drives it. There is a lot of mature subject matter, mostly dealing with death, greed and compassion. He is joined by a wild girl raised in the forest. This story is largely based on classical Japanese folklore. However, it is not essential to know anything about that. It's an incredible journey that I recommend everyone to experience at least once.

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