Princess Mononoke:   Collector’s Edition

             review by Bobby Blakey

Outside of Disney’s usual animated features they also distribute the animated films for the popular Japanese Studio Ghibli films. Now they are bringing three of these beautiful films from Academy Award Winning Director and co-founder of the studio Hayao Miyazaki to Blu-ray including his 1997 award winning film Princess Mononoke. Now GKIDS is bringing an all-new Collector’s Edition of the film to a whole new generation.

Princess Mononoke follows a confident young warrior, Ashitaka, is stricken by a deadly curse while protecting his village from a rampaging boar-god demon. To save his life, he must journey to the forests of the west. Once there, he's embroiled in a fierce campaign that humans were waging on the forest. The ambitious Lady Eboshi and her loyal clan use their guns against the gods of the forest and a brave young woman, Princess Mononoke, who was raised by a wolf-god. Ashit aka sees the good in both sides and tries to stem the flood of blood. This is met be animosity by both sides as they each see him as supporting the enemy.

This film is everything you could want in an anime feature with the brilliance of Miyazaki making it so much more. From the first sequence of this film you know you are in for something special. The animation and attention to detail is amazing and still holds up brilliantly today. The hi-def transfer just makes it all the better bringing the vibrant visual experience to life better than ever. This film isn’t necessarily and adult film, but does take a lot darker approach than some of the others in their collection and features a lot of action that does include some mild graphic violence. There are some elements here that might creep out the younger audience, but necessary to tell the story they have perfectly delivered. While some prefer the original Japanese audio track, the US version sports a great voice cast including Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, John DiMaggio, Claire Danes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gillian Anderson, and Keith David.

If you have never seen this or any of the other Studio Ghibli films from Hayao Miyazaki then this is the perfect chance for you to change the travesty in your life. If you have then you will no doubt want to add this beautiful film to your collection. In addition to the film, this Blu-ray also includes numerous special features including original Japanese storyboards, Japanese trailers, TV spots and more but that is only part of the coolness to this release. The limited-edition set comes housed in an elegant hard slipcase and includes a new 40-page book with stunning art and essays. Featured in a deluxe disc portfolio will be the Blu-ray™ of the film and the film’s soundtrack made available on CD for the first time in North America. 

For more information or to grab your copy head over to ghiblicollection.com

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