Secret World of Arrietty (Blu-ray + DVD)

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on 9/20/2014

The transitions from one shot to the next and from scene to scene are utterly masterful. Students of film making might study Arrietty to learn how all the elements of a film maker's vocabulary should be fit together for optimal effect. I could go on and on like this, but the main thing I want to get across is that this is an unusually good movie--a rare pleasure for both eye and ear. (That last part has to do not only with the exceptional voice acting and sound effects, but also with the voice and harp of Cécile Corbel.) You really don't want to miss this one, whether you're an adult or a child. For children, a movie like this is pure magic--something that will stay and be fondly remembered. Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki can be counted on for things like that. Long may they shine! Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

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Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 230567423
UPC 786936819946
UPC 14 00786936819946
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/17/2015
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Editors Note
Note A family of miniature people find their existence threatened due to a forbidden friendship in this Studio Ghibli adaptation of author Mary Norton's beloved children's book THE BORROWERS. Headstrong and full of energy, 14-year-old Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler) is just like any other adolescent girl -- except for the fact that she's only a few inches tall. Arrietty and her family are Borrowers: a race of tiny people who live among the regular-size humans undetected, and only emerge to scrounge miniscule amounts of essential living supplies from well-stocked cupboards and cabinets. Contact with the Borrowers' normal-size counterparts is strictly forbidden, but when Arrietty attempts to help her father stock up on necessities and meets 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), the pair develop an unlikely bond. Shawn has come to live with his great aunt, and should she find out about the Borrowers, it would be disastrous for Arrietty and her family. But perhaps by working together, Shawn and Arrietty can figure out a way for the Borrowers and humans to live together in harmony.
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The] story charms, a bucolic jaunt that barely breaks stride....Moving..." 07/07/2011
Sight and Sound "[A] charming, absorbing story, set in a vividly realised drawn world." 09/01/2011
New York Times "What the studio does, brilliantly, is preserve a hand-drawn look and feel in its work....Studio Ghibli and ARRIETTY have a way of taking you where you may not expect..." 02/17/2012
Los Angeles Times "'Wonder' is the watchword in THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY....this impeccable animated film puts its complete trust in the spirit of make-believe." 02/17/2012
Entertainment Weekly "The lyrical animation, with its meditative attention to nature, bears the unique stamp of Japan's Studio Ghibli..." -- Grade: B 02/24/2012
Box Office 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his beautifully rendered, almost old-fashioned version is a gem. It's a wonderfully funny and richly rewarding movie for the whole family..." 02/17/2012
Movieline "Wispy but sweet as spun sugar, THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY feels like a modest but exquisitely trimmed Japanese gift to fans of THE BORROWERS, British author Mary Norton?s classic children?s books." 02/15/2012
A.V. Club "[The film] is fundamentally about the joy of life, and the necessity of bright, cheerful determination against all odds....[The] message comes via gorgeously lush, detail-intensive animation and a spunky protagonist..." 05/23/2012
Cast & Crew
Megumi Kagawa - Animation
Cecile Corbel - Composer
Carol Burnett - Voice
Will Arnett - Voice
Amy Poehler - Voice
David Henrie - Voice
Moises Arias - Voice
Bridgit Mendler - Voice
Michael Semanick - Sound Re-Recording
Mary Norton - Source Writer
Akihiko Yamashita - Animation
Koji Kasamatsu - Sound
Keiko Niwa - Screenwriter
Hayao Miyazaki - Screenwriter
Atsushi Okui - Director
Gary Rydstrom - Director
Hiromasa Yonebayashi - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00786936819946
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 95 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Subtitled
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Video Format Blu-Ray

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