Howl's Moving Castle

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This is one of my favorite romantic movies ever! I never thought a japanime could be so good. It has adventure, an unexpected storyline and for the guys who need blood and action in order to watch a "chick flick," here's a movie! I think I've written a review for this when I bought it for myself, but this time I bought this as a birthday present for a friend because he borrowed mine and hasn't returned it yet! He watched the movie three times in the same day!!! So it MUST be good for fantasy lovers! I watched it many times in the same week. I also recommend Spirited Away, Whisper of the Heart, The Cat Returns, Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro. I hope Miyazaki comes out with more soon - I just love his movies!

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One of Miyazaki's best! A movie for fantasy lover

on 3/19/2007

This is one of my favorite romantic movies ever! I never thought a japanime could be so good. It has adventure, an unexpected storyline and for the guys who need blood and action in order to watch a "chick flick," here's a movie! I think I've written a review for this when I bought it for myself, but this time I bought this as a birthday present for a friend because he borrowed mine and hasn't returned it yet! He watched the movie three times in the same day!!! So it MUST be good for fantasy lovers! I watched it many times in the same week. I also recommend Spirited Away, Whisper of the Heart, The Cat Returns, Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro. I hope Miyazaki comes out with more soon - I just love his movies! Read More

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Purchased for our 17yr. old daughter who is an anime' afficienado. She was completely thrilled while we got the best price anywhere on a 2 disc version rather than the simple one disc movie she expected. A wonderful gift. Highly recommended. Read More

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Product Overview

In Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated masterpiece, journey beyond imagination and enter a fantasy world filled with adventure, humor and heart. Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl's magnificent flying castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell. Featuring the voice talents of Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, and Billy Crystal, Miyazaki's artistry comes to life on DVD with inventive characters, unique storytelling and richly detailed animation.

Specifications

Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 202109051
UPC 786936296662
UPC 14 00786936296662
Format DVD
Release Date 5/17/2015
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Animated Worlds
Anime
Fantasy
Fantasy Worlds
Magic
Theatrical Release
War
Witches
Editors Note
Note Acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki adapts British writer Diana Wynne Jones's popular fantasy tale for this animated feature, adding his own unique and celebrated dreamlike spin. A young hat-maker named Sophie (voiced by Emily Mortimer) is turned into an old woman by the dreaded Witch of the Waste (Lauren Bacall) when she attracts the notice of Howl (Christian Bale), a young wizard whom the witch desires for herself. As the old woman, (voiced by Jean Simmons), Sophie finds refuge as a cleaning lady in Howl's magical castle, an impressively realized mishmash of anthropomorphic shafts and gears, where she meets, among other wonders, a cantankerous fire demon named Calcifer (Billy Crystal). Howl's courage inspires her to seek a cure for her curse, and vice versa, and the two work together to prevent a major war as the castle roams the countryside on its mechanical legs. There's lots of magic afoot as well, including travel through barriers of space and time, and shape-shifting, requiring full viewer attention to keep track of who, where, and when, but this how dreams really are and the film engages on that same subconscious level. As with Miyazaki's previous work (SPIRITED AWAY, KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE), the emphasis here is on creating a beautiful alternate reality, where anything can happen, and every frame is a breathtaking work of art. See it on the big screen if the chance presents itself; the elaborate intricacies and patiently realized alternate realities of Miyazaki's work makes him a true treasure.
Reviews
Premiere "[S]tunningly beautiful and strangely moving....Miyazaki has a very good handle on it and lavishes his customary heart, humor, and inventiveness on every situation he depicts." 06/01/2005 p.52-54
New York Times "Admirers of his work, which is wildly imaginative, emotionally intense and surpassingly gentle, will find much to appreciate in this film because it demonstrates, once again, his visual ingenuity and his sensitivity as a storyteller." 06/10/2005 p.E13
USA Today "Clever and often enchanting....This movie often soars, blending a childlike sense of wonder with sophisticated emotions and motives." 06/10/2005 p.4E
Los Angeles Times "[Miyazaki has a] gift for wonder, an ease with fantasy that makes enchantment second nature..." 06/10/2005 p.E4
Entertainment Weekly "As HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE makes ravishingly clear, coming into one's own is the most heroic -- and magical -- experience of all." 06/17/2005 p.57-58
Uncut "[T]his is subtle, profound and ravishing; once again, Miyazaki brings an original sense of wonder to cinema." 10/01/2005 p.140,4 stars out of 5 -- "Tremendously imaginative and charming." 05/01/2006 p.150
Sight and Sound "The riches of nature are present, correct and ravishing....HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE serves as an index of Miyazaki motifs..." 10/01/2005 p.66
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]his Oscar-nominated Japanese animation wanders into seriously trippy territory....Relentlessly imaginative..." 03/23/2006 p.76
Directors
Hayao Miyazaki
Actors
Christian Bale
Emily Mortimer
Cast & Crew
Atsushi Okui - Cinematographer
Billy Crystal - Actor
Christian Bale - Actor
Cindy Davis Hewitt - Screenplay
Diana Wynne Jones - Based On Novel By
Donald H. Hewitt - Screenplay
Hayao Miyazaki - Executive Producer
Hayao Miyazaki - Screenplay
Hayao Miyazaki - Director
Jean Simmons - Actor
Joe Hisaishi - Original Music By
John Lasseter - Executive Producer
Lauren Bacall - Actor
Takeshi Seyama - Editor
Youmi Kimura - Original Music By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 4139903
UPC 00786936296662
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 119 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, Japanese
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Almost the first sight we see in "Howl's Moving Castle" is the castle itself, which looks as if it were hammered together in shop class by wizards inspired by the lumbering, elephantine war machines in "The Empire Strikes Back." The castle is an amazing visual invention, a vast collection of turrets and annexes, protuberances and afterthoughts, which makes its way across the landscape like a turtle in search of a rumble. I settled back in my seat, confident that Japan's Hayao Miyazaki had once again created his particular kind of animated magic, and that the movie would deserve comparison with "Spirited Away," "Princess Mononoke," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Kiki's Delivery Service" and the other treasures of the most creative animator in the history of the art form. But it was not to be. While the movie contains delights and inventions without pause and has undeniable charm, while it is always wonderful to watch, while it has the Miyazaki visual wonderment, it's a disappointment, compared to his recent work.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound, Interview, TV Spots, Trailers, Storyboards
Product Attributes
Actor Bale,Christian
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Video Format DVD
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Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times ...breathtaking fantasy world...

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