Wolf Chil­dren

[Fu­ni­ma­tion, $29.98]

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Di­rec­tor Mamoru Hosoda ( Sum­mer Wars) has crafted another ac­claimed hit with his lat­est film, which took home top hon­ors across the globe—in­clud­ing 2013’s Ja­pan Academy Prize for An­i­ma­tion of the Year. Pro­duced by Mad­house and Hosoda’s Stu­dio Chizu, the film cen­ters on Hana, a bright stu­dent with a sunny fu­ture whose life takes a turn when she falls in love with a wolf-man and gives him two hy­brid chil­dren. When the wolf-man dies, Hana’s fear of dis­cov­ery leads her to take her un­usual kids off into the coun­try to build a new life, away from the bus­tle and pry­ing eyes of the city.

The two-disc DVD set and three-disc Blu­ray combo ($34.98) in­clude spe­cial fea­tures like U.S. com­men­tary, stage greet­ings from a va­ri­ety of pre­miere events, a Di­rec­tor’s Ver­sion PR video, trail­ers and teasers. This film—which pleased Ja­panese au­di­ences so well it be­came the fifth high­est gross­ing film in the coun­try for 2012 and spawned nu­mer­ous sto­ry­books, manga, art and pro­duc­tion books—is an ex­cel­lent choice to please the fans of sen­ti­men­tal, mag­i­cal, beau­ti­fully crafted 2D an­i­ma­tion on your hol­i­day list. [Re­lease date: Novem­ber 26]

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