Tale of Princess Kaguya, The (Blu-ray) (2013)
|Year Of Production||2013|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
Japanese DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
I have reviewed quite a few films from Studio Ghibli, however I can certainly say that my favourites are those under the guiding hand, in one form or other, of Hayao Miyazaki. Other directors' work from the studio has never interested me as much, despite enjoying some of the films. This film seemingly will be the swan song of the other founder of the studio Isao Takahata, the man behind films like My Neighbours the Yamadas, Grave of the Fireflies & Pom Poko. I find his work interesting but generally speaking not as engaging as Miyazaki's films. This film was a similar experience for me. Whilst I realise that this film was Oscar nominated for Best Animated Feature, for me it was beautiful and wonderfully animated in a hard drawn and artistic style but lacked entertainment value and emotional engagement. The storytelling was ponderous at times and despite the beautiful animation, I found it difficult to get through.
The story is based on a very old Japanese folktale, called 'The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter'. The story involves an old bamboo cutter, who is cutting bamboo in the forest one day when he find a tiny girl inside a bamboo pole. He raises her with his wife referring to her as princess. One day he find gold in another bamboo pole which enables him to move her to the capital and raise her as a princess. This attracts the attention of noble suitors who ask for her hand in marriage. Will any of the suitors be acceptable to her? And what will her ultimate fate be?
As I mentioned above from an animation perspective this is a very artistic film, with beautiful ink pen based animation. There is a stunning sequence where she runs away that really shows off the artistic merits of the film. Fans of the art of animation will love this film due to this. Unfortunately, the story can be quite hard to watch, it goes on too long (over 2 hours) and never really engages its audience fully, at least the four people who watched the film with me. To my mind, it is more of an academic experience rather than an entertaining one.
Recommended for fans of the art of animation, however, broader Ghibli or animation audiences will probably be disappointed.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu is pretty, featuring sound and motion.
A very formal and quite dry press conference featuring the producer, director and cast and crew answering questions from the press.
Various trailers for the film.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region A version includes a separate DVD with a feature length documentary about the making of the film. Region A wins.
The video quality is exceptional.
The audio quality is exceptional.The extras are minor.
|DVD||Panasonic DMR-PWT500, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|