Howl's Moving Castle (Widescreen) (2005)

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PG (MPAA)

Rated  PG (MPAA) For frightening images and brief mild language

Overview

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.
Theatrical Release Date 2005
Format DVD
Number of Discs 2

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PG (MPAA)

Rated  PG (MPAA) For frightening images and brief mild language

  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
    N
  • Director Cut
    N
  • Number Of Discs
    2
  • Genre
    Childrens
  • Distributor
    Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • Area
    Japan
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
    119
  • Picture
    Color
  • Audio
  • Language
    Japanese
  • Dubbed
    English, French
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    DVD Features:

    Region 1
    Keep Case
    Widescreen - 1.85
    Audio:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    Dolby Digital Surround - French, Japanese
    Additional Release Material:
    Behind the Scenes: "Behind The Microphone"
    Featurette: "Hayao Miyazaki Visits Pixar Animation Studios"
    Interviews: Pete Docter - Pixar Animation Director
    Trailers:
    1. TV Spots
    2. Theatrical Trailer
    Text/Photo Galleries:
    Galleries: Storyboards
    Theatrical Release: November 20, 2004 (Japan)
    June 10, 2005 (U.S. Limited)
  • Release Date
    03/07/06
  • Theatrical Release
    2005
  • Rating
    PG (MPAA)
  • Rating Reason
    For frightening images and brief mild language
  • Format
    DVD
  • Unedited Version
    N

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Editorial Reviews

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Los Angeles Times 06-10-2005 "[Miyazaki has a] gift for wonder, an ease with fantasy that makes enchantment second nature..."
Uncut 10-01-2005 "[T]his is subtle, profound and ravishing; once again, Miyazaki brings an original sense of wonder to cinema."
Rolling Stone 03-23-2006 3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]his Oscar-nominated Japanese animation wanders into seriously trippy territory....Relentlessly imaginative..."
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