Spirited Away [2 Discs] [DVD] [2001]

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.
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Special Features

  • "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
  • 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]
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    Rumi Hiiragi - Chihiro
  • Jason Marsden
    Jason Marsden - Haku [USA Version]
  • Mari Natsuki
    Mari Natsuki - Yubaba/Zeniba
  • Suzanne Pleshette
    Suzanne Pleshette - Yubaba/Zeniba [USA Version]

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