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Howl's Moving Castle, a review by dfmorgan

    Howl's Moving Castle (2004/Japan)

Studio Canal (United Kingdom)
Director:Hayao Miyazaki
Writing:Diana Wynne Jones (Original Material By)
Length:119 min.
Video:Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio:English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, Japanese: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1

Chieko Baisho as Sophie
Takya Kimura as Howl
Akihiro Miwa as Witch of the Waste
Tatsuya Gashuin as Calcifer
Ryunosuke Kamiki as Markl

  • Scene Access
  • Feature Trailers
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Interviews
  • Storyboard Comparisons

My Thoughts:

My original review of the R1 DVD is here.

Even more wonderful and gorgeous now in high definition. The whole film popped for me with colour depth and brilliance and with the sound seeming to have an extra dimension even though it was only down mixed DTS from my PS3.

Rating: Still a 5 from me

I must look into upgrading my audio setup sooner rather than later

edited for a typo

(From Ghibli Blu's on July 8th, 2012)

Member's Reviews

The Funhouse, a review by addicted2dvd

Title: The Funhouse: Widescreen
Year: 1981
Director: Tobe Hooper
Rating: R
Length: 95 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: English

Elizabeth Berridge
Shawn Carson
Jeanne Austin
Jack McDermott
Cooper Huckabee
Largo Woodruff

It seemed to be a carnival funhouse just like any other: mysterious, eerie, scary, but all in good fun. Yet it wasn't just any funhouse. In this one there was murder. And the horror became real.

The story concerns four teenagers who visit a local carnival for a night of innocent amusement. They soon discover, however, that there is nothing innocent or amusing there at all. Instead, they find absolute terror when the four are trapped inside the maze of the funhouse. One by one, each victim is taken by a monster who tauntingly stalks them.


My Thoughts:
I just got this movie the other day in the Cult Horror Classics: 4 Movie Marathon DVD set. This is the first time I ever seen this movie. Which in of itself is a surprise... because as a teen I lived on the '80s horror. I enjoyed this one. I have seen better... but it did a pretty good job of entertaining. I enjoyed the story... but I wish they would have did a little better job on designing the deformed look of the killer. I am not quite sure why they chose an evil looking clown for the cover image. There really wasn't much of any clown scenes. So my daughter (who is very afraid of clowns) has no reason to worry about this one.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5

(From The Movies From Within My Lifetime on March 29th, 2011)

Member's TV Reviews

Smallville Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

Everything seems to be working fine now... maybe the site was down for a bit. Can you see it ok now?

DJ Doena...
I agree with what you said.. but never really bothered me all that much for some reason.

Season 2: Disc 1:

Is it the powerful wind that lifts Clark during a dramatic airborne rescue of Lana? Or does Clark tap into an unknown super power? A snoopy reporter meets a sudden end... and a certain secret dies with him.

My Thoughts:
This was a really good continuation of last season's cliffhanger. I thought it was pretty cool that Lex is the one that saved Clark's father... of course at this point there is still some good in Lex.

Clark's emerging power of heat vision may be too hot to handle - it's triggered by thoughts of sex! He'll need to cool his jets to thwart an alluring new biology teacher who has an overwhelming power over men.

My Thoughts:
Another of my favorite episodes... Clark gets his Heat Vision. The teacher/Freak of the Week was played by the beautiful Krista Allen. Surprisingly When I looked in my Profiler I actually have very little with her in it.

Clark reveals his secret to his best friend after Pete discovers the spaceship. But knowing the truth makes Pete more than a participant in Clark's adventures: it also puts him in harm's way.

My Thoughts:
This is actually another of my favorite episodes. When he tells his best friend Pete Ross the truth about himself.... At the time of this show aired I thought it was a cool thing... that he needs someone he can trust and talk to about everything... and I think Pete Ross was perfect for this. Of course as was stated... as the years went one... more and more people found out... some of which either died or they used the old forget everything on. But I think at this point it really felt right for him to tell Pete.

Lana is attracted to a leather-wearing biker dude who attends Smallville High. The guy's name: Clark Kent! He's undergone a dangerous transformation, and Pete and Jonathan are scrambling to discover why.

My Thoughts:
OK... I wouldn't say this is a favorite of mine... but is absolutely one I really enjoyed.Seeing the effects of Red Kryptonite on him. .. and I think Tom Welling did an awesome job with it. I actually know a couple female friends that watches the show... and prefers Clark with the Red Kryptonite.

(From Smallville Marathon on August 1st, 2007)