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Spirited Away, a review by dfmorgan


Title: Spirited Away
Original Title: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
Year: 2001
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Rating: PG
Length: 124 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.00:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French:

Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English

Rumi Hiiragi
Mari Natsuki
Miyu Irino
Yumi Tamai
Bunta Sugawara

From one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animated cinema comes the most acclaimed film of 2002. Hayao Miyazaki's latest triumph, filled with astonishing animation and epic adventure, is a dazzling masterpiece for the ages. It's a "wonderfully welcoming work of art that's as funny and entertaining as it is brilliant, beautiful and deep" (Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal).

Spirited Away is a wondrous fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world.

This deluxe 2-disc set overflows with outstanding bonus features, including the Japanese television special about the making of the film, an inside view into the artistry of Miyazaki, and a storyboard-to-scene comparison. Spirited Away is a spectacular DVD the whole family will want to experience over and over again.

Scene Access
Feature Trailers
Bonus Trailers
Production Notes
Storyboard Comparisons
Closed Captioned
Introduction by John Lasseter

My Thoughts:

The one that won the Oscar.

Chihiro and her family are moving but her father takes a wrong turning and finishes up trying to reach the new house over a dirt track but instead this track leads to a tunnel. The family take time out to walk through the tunnel, as you do when moving house, and come out on the other side in a field with some abandoned buildings. The father surmises that this must be an abandoned theme park. They explore further and end up in what appears to be a deserted town but the parents can smell fresh food and upon finding the restaurant start to eat the food. Chihiro though doesn't want any and leaves her parents busy scoffing. During her excursion Chihiro meets a young man who warns her to escape with her parents but when she goes back to them they have been turned into pigs. Thus begins this mystical adventure from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.

All the usual trademarks from Miyazaki are here plus to a minor extent, compared to his earlier films, we also have the environmental and ecological themes.

Whilst I do like this film it is not one of my favourites but it is enjoyable so a 4

(From dfmorgan's Studio Ghibli Marathon on August 4th, 2010)

Member's Reviews

My Name Is Khan, a review by Tom

     My Name Is Khan (2010/India)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (United Kingdom)
Director:Karan Johar
Writing:Shibani Bathija (Screenwriter), Niranjan Iyengar (Screenwriter), Shibani Bathija (Story By), Shibani Bathija (Screenwriter)
Length:155 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Audio:Hindi: Dolby Digital 5.1, Audio Descriptive: Dolby Digital 5.1, Audio Descriptive: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:Dutch, English

Shah Rukh Khan as Rizvan Khan
Kajol as Mandira Khan
Katie Amanda Keane as Sarah Garrick
Kenton Duty as Reese Garrick
Benny Nieves as Detective Garcia

My Name Is Khan is the triumphant story of an unconventional hero and the obstacles he must overcome to regain the love of this life. Rizvan Khan, a Muslim man who has Aspergers Syndrome, moves to San Francisco and falls in love with the beautiful Mandira. They marry and have a happy life; until September 11, 2001, when attitudes towards Muslims undergo an alarming change. After a series of tragic events leaves her devastated, Mandira splits from Rizvan, leaving him alone once again. To win her back, Rizvan embarks on a touching and inspiring journey across America to clear his name and prove his love to the woman who captured his heart.

Filmfare Awards (2011)  Best Actor (Shah Rukh Khan)
Filmfare Awards (2011)  Best Actress (Kajol)
Filmfare Awards (2011)  Best Director (Karan Johar)
Filmfare Awards (2011)  Best Film
Filmfare Awards (2011)  Best Lyricist ("Noor-e-Khuda": Niranjan Iyangar)
Filmfare Awards (2011)  Best Lyricist ("Sajda": Niranjan Iyangar)
Filmfare Awards (2011)  Best Music Director (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy)
Filmfare Awards (2011)  Best Playback Singer - Female ("Noor-e-Khuda": Shreya Ghoshal)
Filmfare Awards (2011)  Best Playback Singer - Male ("Noor-e-Khuda": Adnan Sami, Shankar Mahadevan)
Filmfare Awards (2011)  Best Playback Singer - Male ("Sajda": Rahat Fateh Ali Khan)

  • Featurettes
  • Scene Access

My Thoughts:
This movie is about a guy, who has a mild case of Asperger's Syndrome, who is told by his wife in anger to go meet the president of the United States and tell him "My Name Is Khan, and I am not a terrorist". This movie is about the journey of him to accomplish it, during which we see in flashbacks his life growing up and later meeting is wife, and finally the tragedy which lead to his journey. This movie also deals with the prejudice that Muslims have to deal with since 9/11.
I have seen this movie a few weeks ago in the cinema. I really enjoyed it and luckily it has already been released on DVD in the UK. This is the first Shah Rukh Khan/Kajol collaboration since 2001, before Kajol went on a baby break. And this alone was a reason for me to seek it out. This screen pairing never let me down.
When I mentioned it in passing to friend that this movie is running in the theatre, the first reaction wasn't positive because of Bollywood. But the next day he told me, that he has read a review now and he wants to see it. I ended up seeing this movie with three friends. They did all enjoy it. They were surprised that a Bollywood movie takes on such controversial topic like racial discrimination in the wake of 9/11. That didn't fit with their image of a Bollywood movie.
The movie goes on some occations a little overboard, but overall I really enjoyed it. Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol were both great in it. They have real chemistry together, even if he plays a man with a mental disability. In this regard it is reminiscent of "Forrest Gump". We have gullible but lovable guy, who goes out across the US. Both inspire the nation when they are they catch the eye of the media. And both have a loving relationship with their dream girl.
When I was watching this movie in the theatre, it was running in the "international cut" done for a film festival. It was missing about thirty minutes of footage. A complete subplot was missing, which was only touched upon through television reports. Here on this DVD it is restored, and I have mixed feeling about this sublot. It somehow doesn't really fit, and it had a better effect on me when only seeing it in parts through television reports. But of course I am glad that I now got the chance to see the full movie.
BTW, the movie has no real dance numbers.


(From Tom's Random Reviews on June 30th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Pete's Pilots, a review by addicted2dvd


The Ferguson Syndrome
Paul is sent to investigate what he ultimately comes to believe is a real miracle - a young boy named Tommy Ferguson who has the power to heal. But Tommy's gift costs him dearly after he uses it to save Paul's life - a life which, it seems, will never be the same.

My Thoughts:
This is a great introduction to the series. It is very well done and you can't help but to care for the characters. I thought they young boy did a great job in this episode. One of the women in this episode looked familiar. And sure enough... I knew who she was. Tamara Taylor guest stars in this episode. She is now on the series Bones as Dr. Camille Saroyan. This episode really grabs you from the start when Paul must debunk a miracle where a nun that has been dead for over 100 years was dug up to be moved... only to discover she looks like she died the day before. Excellent episode!

My Rating:

NOTE: This review was taken from my Miracles Marathon thread.

(From Pete's Pilots on April 20th, 2010)