Spir­ited Away

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Re­lease Date:

2001 | PG | Dual- for­mat Blu- ray & DVD Di­rec­tor: Hayao Miyazaki Cast: Daveigh Chase, Ja­son Mars­den, Suzanne Pleshette, Michael Chik­lis, Lau­ren Holly

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Sav­ing the

best for last, Spir­ited Away is the fi­nal Miyazaki movie to re­ceive a Blu- ray makeover. Long over­due it may be, but if any Ghi­bli film was worth the wait it’s their 2001 master­piece – one of the all- time great an­i­ma­tions.

In the midst of mov­ing, stub­born scaredy cat Chi­hiro and her par­ents hap­pen across an aban­doned theme park. After ma and pa are turned into pigs Chi­hiro finds her­self trapped in a strange spirit world, where she’s made to work in a tow­er­ing bath­house for shapeshift­ing witch Yubaba ( and given the name Sen), all the while search­ing for a way home.

Beau­ti­fully writ­ten, an­i­mated and acted, this is a breath­tak­ingly imag­i­na­tive and ut­terly be­guil­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s epic in scope, but deeply per­sonal in na­ture. At its heart are the re­la­tion­ships Chi­hiro forms and her trans­for­ma­tive jour­ney of self- dis­cov­ery. It’s got depth that few live- ac­tion films, let alone an­i­mated ones, can boast.

Un­com­pro­mis­ingly weird and won­der­ful, Spir­ited Away is movie- mak­ing magic. But you prob­a­bly don’t need us to tell you that. If you haven’t seen it al­ready, what are you wait­ing for?

Ex­tras: Aside from a lovely HD trans­fer there’s noth­ing new to this Blu- ray if you own the DVD, just sto­ry­boards, a 48- minute Mak­ing Of, an in­tro by John Las­seter, a be­hind- the- mic fea­turette and a two- minute con­ver­sa­tion with Miyazaki. Jor­dan Far­ley Spir­ited Away is also part of an 11- film Hayao Miyazaki Col­lec­tion box set, which adds a 90- minute bonus disc.

“You mean this isn’t Al­ton Tow­ers?”

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