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- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
- MSRP: 32.99
- Running time: 134
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Princess Mononoke
By Marcus Phillip Degen
February 16, 2002
Release Date: December 19, 2000
I just recently had the privilege of seeing a great anime movie called Princess Mononoke. It is a wonderfully animated movie with an incredible story line. I see it as like a prequel to the movie Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind (which is not in American public release; I got it as an import.)
The audio is very good. The English dub was perfectly in sync with the original animation. The operatic music went very well with the settings.
All the animation was a treat for the eye. The colors are very bright and vibrant. They really catch the eye. As well, the colors look so real. As said in the Trailorette, "You eventually just forget that you're watching an animated movie because it looks so real."
The packaging is not incredible, but it is enough to catch the eye. The cover shows the main character (Ashitaka) blocking a sword with his own. Both the swords are a metallic silver that make many colors in the light.
The menus are adequate. They are sometimes a bit confusing, but are generally basic.
The extras are few, but exquisite. They include an original theatrical trailer and a little insight on the making of the movie; it is referred to as a featurette. As well, it includes Japanese, Japanese w/ English subtitle, English, English w/ direct Japanese subtitle, and (now this is a rare, but very helpful feature) English w/ direct English dub subtitle.
The story line is huge and always twisting. There is no way I could fit the description in one review. You need to go out and but it yourself, but don't worry, it will be well worth the money you pay.
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