Howl's Moving Castle PG

The two lived there.
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Blu-ray Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region A
  • Released: October 17, 2017
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • Blu-ray/DVD Features:
    • 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
    • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
    • Audio:
      • 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

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Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 255,386
4 stars out of 5 -- Tremendously imaginative and charming.
Uncut
May 1, 2006
3 stars out of 4 -- [T]his Oscar-nominated Japanese animation wanders into seriously trippy territory....Relentlessly imaginative...
Rolling Stone
Mar 23, 2006
A strange delight awash in visual splendor, understated humor and clever body-and-soul transmogrifications among its bonny band of weirdos. Full Review
Associated Press
Nov 19, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- A floatingly delightful fairytale with its heart set on repealing the law of gravity. Full Review
Guardian
Dec 8, 2014
[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.
Premiere
Jun 1, 2005
What a moveable feast of delights.
Wall Street Journal
Nov 19, 2013
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Whereas Spirited [Away] saw the world through the eyes of a child, Howl sees it through the eyes of an adult who longs to be young again. Full Review
The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Jun 5, 2019

Product Description:

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.

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  • Theatrical Release: November 20, 2004 (Japan)
    June 10, 2005 (U.S. Limited)

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  • Sales Rank: 89,069
  • UPC: 826663181623
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