Howl's Moving Castle [Steelbook] (Blu-ray + DVD)
The two lived there.
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 59 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 12, 2020
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Shout Factory
- Blu-ray/DVD Features:
- Encoding: Region A
- Note: Exclusive Booklet
- Feature-length Storyboards
- Behind the Microphone
- Interview with Diana Wynne Jones
- Miyazaki's Visit to Pixar
- The Birth Story of the Film Soundtrack
- Explanation of CG
- Original Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spots
- English SDH subtitles
- 1080p High Definition
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Japanese
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Japanese
- DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Japanese
- Subtitles - English, French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Screenwriting by||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Composition by||Joe Hisaishi|
|Produced by||Toshio Suzuki|
|Director of Photography:||Atsushi Okui|
|Voice:||Emily Mortimer, Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Billy Crystal, Blythe Danner, Josh Hutcherson & Lauren Bacall|
The story is almost the least of it, more important is what is beyond the story: genuine emotion, beauty, a meditation on age and love. Full Review
The Tyee (British Columbia)
Rating: 4/5 -- A floatingly delightful fairytale with its heart set on repealing the law of gravity. Full Review
The riches of nature are present, correct and ravishing....HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE serves as an index of Miyazaki motifs...
Sight and Sound
[T]he visuals are breathtaking, especially when Miyazaki takes to the air...
Clever and often enchanting....This movie often soars, blending a childlike sense of wonder with sophisticated emotions and motives.
[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.
As HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE makes ravishingly clear, coming into one's own is the most heroic -- and magical -- experience of all.
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.
Adventure | Fantasy | War | Magic | Theatrical Release | Anime | Witches | Fantasy Worlds | Animated Worlds
- Theatrical Release: November 20, 2004 (Japan)
June 10, 2005 (U.S. Limited)