Spirited Away (Region A Blu-ray)

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Barcode
826663181586
Department
Movies & TV
Released
17 Oct 2017
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Kids & Family
Region
Region A
Studio
Cinedigm
Age Restriction
PG
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Spirited Away
Release Year
2002
Running Time
125 min
Language
Japanese
Alternate Title
Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
Categories
Science-Fiction/Fantasy / Adventure / Animals / Animation / Anime / Disney Film / Essential Cinema / Japan / Supernatural / Theatrical Release / Witches
Synopsis
Directed by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, SPIRITED AWAY is the tale of Chihiro (voiced by Daveigh Chase), a young girl who is taken down an unusual road by her parents while moving to a new home in an unfamiliar town. The curiosity of Chihiro's mother (Lauren Holly) and father (Michael Chiklis) leads the reluctant child into what appears to be an abandoned amusement park. Soon her parents are greedily feasting on various delights from an enticing food stand and are literally turned into pigs. The frightened and bewildered girl then encounters a young man named Haku (Jason Marsden), who explains what she must do to navigate this strange and magical realm. Finding employment in a bathhouse for spirits and other odd characters--including kimono-wearing frogs, lumbering tentacled monsters, and a mysterious apparition named No Face--Chihiro attempts to figure out how she can free her parents from the clutches of the resort's owner, a powerful witch named Yubaba (Suzanne Pleshette). In the process, she makes some very eccentric friends--and has to deal with some notoriously stinky customers.

A surreal adventure reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, SPIRITED AWAY continues Miyazaki's streak of groundbreaking animated films that also includes PRINCESS MONONOKE and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO. Succeeding MONONOKE as the most successful film in Japanese cinema history, this charming movie follows its own bizarre yet engaging logic as it reveals a cast of fascinating characters and jaw-dropping settings through stunningly beautiful hand-crafted animation. A movie experience like no other, SPIRITED AWAY is sure to enchant audiences of all ages, leaving viewers grinning with a giddy sense of wonderment.
Notes
Theatrical release: September 20, 2002
Release Notes
Blu-ray/DVD Features:
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Cast & Crew
Director
Hayao Miyazaki
Voice
Daveigh Chase / Michael Chiklis / Susan Egan / Lauren Holly / Jason Marsden / Suzanne Pleshette / John Ratzenberger / David Ogden Stiers
Screenwriter
Hayao Miyazaki
Composer
Joe Hisaishi
Executive Producer
John Lasseter
Movie Critics
Box Office
"...The film unfolds like an enchanted hybrid of Alice in Wonderland and Oliver Twist....The illustrations are richly textured..."
Kevin Courrier (1 Nov 2002, p.151)
Chicago Sun-Times
"...This is the best animated film of recent years....Delightful and enchanting..."
Roger Ebert (6 Apr 2003, p.5)
Entertainment Weekly
"...A triumph of psychological depth and artistic brilliance..."
Lisa Schwarzbaum (27 Sep 2002, p.57)
Los Angeles Times
"...This visual wonder is the product of a fierce and fearless imagination whose creations are unlike any you've seen before..."
Kenneth Turan (20 Sep 2002, p.C1)
New York Times
"...The beauty of the animation, a skillful blend of hand-painted foreground and well-placed computer background, works to generate the storytelling..."
Elvis Mitchell (20 Sep 2002, p.E11)
Sight and Sound
"...Remarkable....It has some splendid gags....The film's opening demonstrates the cross-cultural universality of fairy tales..."
Andrew Osmond (1 Sep 2003, p.34-64)
USA Today
"...Elements of Eastern religions and Japanese legends add to the otherworldly, magical quality of the film..."
Claudia Puig (20 Sep 2002, p.7E)
Variety
"...Miyazaki's comic touches and often astounding flights of fantasy -- enhanced by Joe Hisaishi's thankfully intact score -- still win the day..."
Derek Elley (23 Sep 2002, p.25)
Wall Street Journal
"[A] masterpiece of modern animation....10-year-old Chihiro finds herself alone in an alternate universe that, for all its exotic trappings, could be a hinterland of Wonderland or Oz."
(29 May 2009, )

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature Film
Winner: 2003