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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 125
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.0:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Spirited Away

Spirited Away

By Shawn Adeli     May 04, 2003
Release Date: April 15, 2003



The Review!
As one of the few who hadn't seen Spirited Away in theaters, I wasn't sure what I should expect. Well, I did plan on not liking it at all, since I hated Princess Mononoke when everyone else loved it. Well, I bought it.

Audio--
I watched the entire movie first in japanese, then in english (when I was making my parents watch it). All of them are clear to me, but I have no high-end equipment.

Video--
People contantly are rejoicing that the red tint is gone. That wasn't quite true for me. When watching it on my computer, I saw a red tint, but not nearly as bad as the R2. But when watching it on one TV, it was better. When watching it for the third time, on a different TV and DVD player, it was all gone. Hmm.

It was vey nice throughout, but didn't look entirly sharp. It looked just a little bit soft here and there. I do appreciate the black bars on the side, so when a TV crops the picture the full thing would still be there.

Menu--
It looks really good when you first see it, with the words Spirited Away shimmering at the top, with the selections underneath it too. But really, it's just text over video. It could have been done nicer, but it isn't that bad.

Next to all of the other submenus start with the same sequence of Chihiro on Haku flying towards (what's in the movie) a fan, which instead is replaced with the menu that was coming.

Packaging--
I didn't like this cover as much. I wish they could've used something a little more eyecatching then such a dark cover (like the russion S.A. covers)

It was overall pretty good, though the bad really could use some screenshots, and definantly more pictures.

The cover shows Chihiro (or "Sen") in her work clothes looking at you. They wisely replaced the image of the pigpen behind her (from other countries' releases) with something that didn't make the movie look odd. I still think it needs brighter color though.

Extras--
When you find that there is a second disc of extras, you think 'wow, they went all out with this' when in reality, the second disc has only 4 selections. I really only wanted to see the trailers for Spirited Away, but there are SO MANY of them, most of which are redundant. I was hoping for one which combined lots of the action scenes togather, rather then really really long ones which explained the story.

I was dissapointed at having none of the english trailers, but what can I do?

I didn't really like any of the extras, but they were there. There was also a few on Disc 1 (the feature)

Content--
Once again, I expected not to like it, but I instead loved it! It just was told so well that I was surprised.

All the characters had their own traits, and you can really see character development. I myself LOVED those black sootballs that worked in the boiler room. They were so cute!

The whole story all played out really well, and I watched it 3 times! Not just my favorite scenes, but the whole movie. I never do that! It was excellant, everyone must see it!!




Review Equipment
Apex 1100W region free player, and Pioneer A05 DVD burner/played with WinDVD

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