Spirited Away [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2001]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1005 out of 1016)

Special Features


  • Introduction by John Lasseter
  • The art of Spirited Away-explore Hayao Miyazaki's extraordinary creative vision.
  • Behind the microphone-join the filmmakers and cast behind the English-dubbed version of the film for an inside look at its creation.
  • Original Japanese storyboards
  • Nippon Television special
  • Original Japanes trailers & TV spots
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Spirited Away
Master animation director Hayao Miyazaki follows up on his record-breaking 1997 opus Princess Mononoke with this surreal Alice in Wonderland-like tale about a lost little girl. The film opens with ten-year-old Chihiro riding along during a family outing as her father races through remote country roads. When they come upon a blocked tunnel, her parents decide to have a look around -- even though Chihiro finds the place very creepy. When they pass through the tunnel, they discover an abandoned amusement park. As Chihiro's bad vibes continue, her parents discover an empty eatery that smells of fresh food. After her mother and father help themselves to some tasty purloined morsels, they turn into giant pigs. Chihiro understandably freaks out and flees. She learns that this very weird place, where all sorts of bizarre gods and monsters reside, is a holiday resort for the supernatural after their exhausting tour of duty in the human world. Soon after befriending a boy named Haku, Chihiro learns the rules of the land: one, she must work , as laziness of any kind is not tolerated; and two, she must take on the new moniker of Sen. If she forgets her real name, Haku tells her, then she will never be permitted to leave. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Daveigh Chase
    Daveigh Chase - Chihiro [USA Version]
  • Image coming soon
    Rumi Hiiragi - Chihiro
  • Jason Marsden
    Jason Marsden - Haku [USA Version]
  • Image coming soon
    Miyu Irino - Haku
  • Mari Natsuki
    Mari Natsuki - Yubaba/Zeniba



Customer rating

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99%
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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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It didn't win an Oscar for nothing!

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    computerboy
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    This movie has been my favorite movie of all time, and now it is available on Blu-ray, and I had to get it. It looks absolutely stunning on a 65 inch 4K television – and all the emotions came back when I watched it again. The English dubbed is very good but I have watched it in Japanese, I enjoy that too. The story is about a young girl who along with her family, was moving to a new home. Somehow her parents were drawn into stopping at an abandoned amusement park. They started to eat the food at a restaurant (which had no one working), and were transformed into pigs. The girl had to do everything to return her parents into human form again. (This is how the movie gets fun.) There are parts that brought me to tears, and there are many moments that made me smile. It truly is a family-friendly movie although very young children may think that the ghost characters can be too scary. (Those who may feel that way are probably too young to watch something this long anyway.) It is a true gem from the studio – totally hand-drawn, with good music, good story, and good script - and it won an Oscar that year. I am so happy is available at a decent price on Blu-ray at Best Buy.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Spirited Away isn't a movie its a Journey

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    WOOHOO
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    This movie must be experienced by everyone at least once in their life. Its not just a kids movie, its a movie for all ages. Its like the Japanese version of The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. Not plot wise, because they are completely different. More along the lines that they are timeless and can be enjoyed by anyone. I first saw spirited away 12 years ago when it was on Cartoon Network. It used to air every year at some point and I would watch it. Eventually I got the DVD...and then the imported Blu Ray only for them to announce america was getting it 2 weeks later....which I also got. The story follows a little girl who is kind of spoiled and naive. She and her parents are moving and accidentally get stuck in the spirit world. She loses her parents and must rescue them. She meets new friends and old friends, she works jobs, goes through danger, and her character undergoes tremendous growth. Its a joy to see. The colors are bright and vivid, its great eye candy. Hayao Miyazaki has a phone with gods number on it. Studio Ghibil movies are very touching. Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, and The Wind Rises are other works by him and the studio. Also Grave of the Fireflies not by Miyazaki, but from Studio Ghibil it will make you cry as it shows the lives of orphans by war. Great studio and great movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Classic Anime

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    MrPibbs
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    I had seen Kikki's Delivery Service years ago with my kids, and was aware of this movie but had never seen it nor did I know the story. I'll keep my review spoiler free, but will say, like many Japanese anime, the story was both touching and emotional and pretty far out at the same time. I feel like there were many Japanese memes and cultural touch points that I recognized as being there but didn't fully understand, but I though the movie was engaging quite the same. Ultimately, I really enjoyed it. If you like classic Anime and haven't seen this, you should absolutely catch it. The movie paints a strange, magical world and you will hopefully be caught up in the directors vision like so many people have. Note: The style of this anime is "kids movie" on the outside, but I actually talked to one of my teen age sons who remembered seeing it at a much younger age, and I think it left a weird impression on him. Nothing in the film is 'adult' but there is definitely some strange stuff going on parts. Parents with young, especially impressionable children, might want to take a viewing first and make sure it's not too far out for their kids,

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I learned something new about Best Buy Reviews

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    AnonReed
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    So, apparently Best Buy allows you to only review a product once, as opposed to once per time you have purchased this product. This means you will only read this review a small fraction of the amount of times you really ought to. Spirit Away makes a great introduction to japanese animation, "anime", and quality writing. Aside from the numerous copies I have had to purchase because of ex-girlfriends, roommates, seminar attendees, and raffle winners taking my copies, I have also used copies of this DVD as collateral in poker games (twice). While it may seem strange and extravagant to purchase the same movie so many times without, you know, making a personal backup copy or something, the trouble is that you never *expect* that there will come a time when something happens to your copy of this movie. It either stays in the DVD player, or in the stack of DVDs you keep accessible at all times in case you need something that is endearing, family friendly, thought provoking, and universally acclaimed. At this point, I just consider purchasing copies of this movie part of my yearly utilities bill, and hope that my next IRS auditor will have seen the movie themselves so that this story will make sense to them.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Animation Classic for All Ages

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    The plot is deceptively simple--a little girl journeys to a spirit world--but the execution is incredibly imaginative, surreal, surprisingly touching and hauntingly beautiful. Many of the images in this film are truly stunning, ranging from the elaborate and action-packed to the transcendentally serene, and the characters are both odd and fascinating. Director/writer Hayao Miyazaki has created a masterpiece that is a genuine classic for all ages. In the first few minutes of "Spirited Away," you will think you know exactly where things are headed. Boy, will you ever be wrong. Many of the twists and turns in the plot and the characters Chihiro meets are truly bizarre. And even with a running time of more than two hours, the movie seems to end too soon--like a wonderfully strange, other-worldly dream from which you don't want to wake. Already the highest-grossing film ever in Japan (beating out "Titanic" there), the US version has been dubbed into English by voice actors including Daveigh Chase (Lilo of Disney's "Lilo & Stitch"), who does an excellent job. It also boasts a terrific, frequently moving score by Joe Hisaishi. Very highly recommended!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.

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    22114gl
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    Spirited Away is one of my favorite Studio Ghibli films. It's a beautiful film that reminded me a little of Alice in Wonderland. Spirited Away is full of wonderful and strange characters and Miyazaki wrote a great story. I bought the GKIDS release to replace the 2 disc DVD set that Disney released years ago. I liked that it has the english subtitles to the Japanese audio track instead of the "dubtitles" Disney included in their release. The artwork on the discs is also a lot nicer on the GKIDS release than on the Disney release. The only thing that would make it perfect would be if a digital copy was included. I like the thought of being able to stream Spirited Away when I want to watch it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A masterpiece

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    karlpall
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    Hayao Miyazaki has been called the Japanese Walt Disney, but that's not a fitting comparison. Miyazaki's films have more depth and maturity than the typical Disney fare, but still are family friendly. "Spirited Away" is a story about a young girl whose parents are bewitched and turned into pigs. She enters an alternate world and has to work in a surreal bathhouse that caters to spirits and mythical beings in hopes of finding a way to lift the curse on her family and return to the real world. Like many of Miyazaki's films, "Spirited Away" is a coming of age story in which our hero is forced to grow up and take on some responsibility. Also, she learns that things aren't always what they seem. Sometimes, good people do bad things. And, sometimes, bad people aren't that bad after all. This is such a beautiful movie. It might be the best thing Miyazaki has ever done ... and that's saying a lot.

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