Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta) (Studio Ghibli Collection) (Blu-ray) (1992)

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Released 20-Nov-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Main Menu Audio & Animation
Theatrical Trailer
Multiple Angles-Alternative Angle Storyboards
Interviews-Crew-Toshio Suzuki (Studio Ghibli Producer) + Voice Cast
Trailer-Studio Ghibli Trailers (3)
Reversible Cover
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1992
Running Time 93:18
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Hayao Miyazaki
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring ShŻichirŰ Moriyama
Tokiko Kato
Sanshi Katsura
Greg Ellis
Tsunehiko KamijŰ
Akemi Okamura
Akio ‘tsuka
Hiroko Seki
Carey Elwes
Michael Keaton
Case Amaray-Opaque-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music JŰ Hisaishi
Tokiko Kato


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0
Japanese Linear PCM 48/16 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

††† Many years ago now in 2005, one of Hayao Miyazaki's wonderful animated films, Porco Rosso was released on DVD. You can find our review of that release here. Finally, this marvellous film has been released on Blu-ray and it is†a huge step up from the DVD release which is an NTSC-PAL conversion resulting in some significant video artefacts.

† † This is a wonderful film, with adventure, humour, romance and lots of marvellous flying machines. I thoroughly agree with Rob's asssessment of the film in his review and for fans of Studio Ghibli this is a must own title. In my vew, however, it is even better than the four stars Rob gave it as a film and for me at least is right up the top with My Neighbour Totoro & Ponyo in the Ghibli canon. One thing which really leaps out on this Blu-ray version is the beautiful score by Joe Hisashi, Miyazaki's regular collaborator.

† † Just buy it already!

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Transfer Quality

Video

††††The video quality is excellent.

††† The feature is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio which†is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080p HD encoded using the AVC codec.

†† †The detail and clarity is excellent throughout showing off the spectacular animation.

††† The colour is also excellent revealing the beauty of the ocean, sunsets and seascapes.

††† There were no noticeable artefacts.

††† There are subtitles available in English which translate the Japanese language version.

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Audio

††††The audio quality is also excellent.

††††This disc contains an English soundtrack in LPCM 48/16 2.0 and a Japanese soundtrack with the same technical configuration. Not having a surround soundtrack is consistent with a film of this vintage.

††††Dialogue is clear and easy to understand throughout. The English dub is very good, however, my pick is the original Japanese version.

† † The music by Joe Hisashi sounds fantastic on this Blu-ray following the highs and lows, action and adventure of the film.

† † The surround speakers were not used.

† † The subwoofer provided support to the music.

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Extras

††† A decent selection of extras. All the ones from the DVD version are here and one new one.

Menu

††† The menu includes music.

Theatrical Trailers (7:34)

††† A series of very similar trailers forPorco Rossoare played back-to-back with English subtitles. All are presented in 1.85:1, but without 16x9 enhancement.

Multiple Angles-Alternative Angle Storyboards

††† The entire film can be viewed in storyboard formas a picture-in-picture extra. A lot of the sketches are simple and some are roughly coloured, but they give an interesting insight into the early stages of this production.

Interview-Toshio Suzuki (Studio Ghibli Producer) (3:20)

††† Toshio offers his thoughts on the director and what makes this film different toMiyazaki's earlier efforts. This interview was made for Nippon Television and is presented in 1.33:1 full frame.

Behind the Microphone (7:03)

††† US voice cast interviews and the recording process including Michael Keaton, Cary Elwes & David Ogden Stiers. This extra does not appear on the DVD version.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

† † There is no Region A US release at this time and the Region 2 version is exactly the same.

Summary

††† A fantastic animated film from Japanese master, Hayao Miyazaki.

††† The video quality is excellent.

††† The audio quality is excellent.

††† The extras are decent but not spectacular.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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