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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: C
- Extras Rating: B+
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Buena Vista Home Entertainment Japan
- MSRP: �4700
- Running time: 104
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: My Neighbors the Yamadas
My Neighbors the Yamadas
My Neighbors the Yamadas
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© Buena Vista Home Entertainment Japan
The Yamada's is Studio Ghibli's first 100% all digital production. Computer effects are used to give the film a watercolor-like feel to all the animation, and is very simplistic in style. The film is based on a 4 panel comic strip called Tonari no Yamada-kun. My Neighbors the Yamada's resolves around the lives on the Yamada family: Takashi (father), Matsuko (mother), Shige (Matsuko's mother), Noboru (son), Nonoko (daughter), and Pochi (dog).
The films is structured as a series of shorts, each involving a specific event, like Nonoko being left in a department store, Shige dealing with her friends growing sick, Takashi trying to bond with his son, and 20 plus other shorts. Sometimes after a short, a haiku is read which points to the theme of the short. My Neighbors the Yamada's is very much tied into the culture of Japan, and I don't think it will appeal to many people who really don't prefer to understand the culture in depth. The magical events that occur in other Ghibli films aren't really present here, and the film is a very different step from films Ghibli has been doing recently.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film, as the Yamada family interactions always got a chuckle out of me. The husband coming home from his job to find only a banana for dinner. The mother not having enough time to clean before a visitor comes over so she makes everything more messy and claiming it to be Spring Cleaning time. The fighting over on what to watch on TV by blocking the TV remote signal. In a way it covers a lot of stereotypical familial relationships, but I liked seeing it in a Japanese setting that was comical.
I could not find a hint of artifacts or rainbows in the video anywhere. The video is extremely clear. The DD5.1 soundtrack served well enough in keep voices on the front stage with music and sound out of the front and rears. The sub was used only in one scene. Subtitles are white with black borders, and are very clear.
A standard white keepcase houses the Yamada's. An insert listing all 89 chapter stops is included inside.
The Ghibli Collection trailer is almost worth the entire DVD. To see clips of Nausicaa, Laputa, Totoro, and Kiki's was well worth it. The Yamada's manga is around 20 page long containing a bunch of the 4 panel comic strip.
The menus are very simplistic, but they get the job done. Submenus exit for sound, subtitles, and the storyboards. Nothing animated, and no music background. Response time is excellent though.
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