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Grave of the Fireflies Blu-ray

United States
火垂るの墓 / Hotaru no Haka / Studio Ghibli Sentai Filmworks | 1988 | 89 min | Unrated | Nov 20, 2012

Grave of the Fireflies (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Japanese: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Note: Two English tracks, origi...

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English

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 2.5 of 52.5
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Grave of the Fireflies

 (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

On the final days of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his four-year-old sister Setsuko are orphaned after their mother is killed during an air-raid by American forces in Kobe, Japan. After having a falling-out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no surviving relatives and their emergency funds and rations depleted, Seita and Setsuko must struggle to survive their hardships as well as those of their country, which is on the losing end of the war.

For more about Grave of the Fireflies and the Grave of the Fireflies Blu-ray release, see Grave of the Fireflies Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Shelley Calene-Black, Crispin Freeman, Emily Neves, Luci Christian, David Matranga
Director: Isao Takahata

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Grave of the Fireflies Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Grave of the Fireflies is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Sentai Filmworks with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.85:1. Since this wasn't an "official" Studio Ghibli release, my sense is it may not have been curated as effectively as some actual Ghibli creations, something perhaps hinted at by the state of the original English audio (see the audio section below for more details). While this is often an extremely pleasing high definition presentation, the elements here do seem to be just slightly faded at times, without the deep saturation that tends to define a lot of other Ghibli animated product. That said, the image here is excellently sharp and well defined, with crystal clear line detail and a generally very naturally filmic appearance. You'll note that this film frequently features "static" backgrounds, even when those should be swarming with things like fire and billowing smoke, and that aspect lends a certain painterly look to the film which is rendered very well on this release.


Grave of the Fireflies Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Grave of the Fireflies features three audio options, all delivered via DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mixes. There's a newly recorded English track, the original Japanese track, as well as the original 1988 English audio track. A note on the audio options states that the masters for the original English audio track have been lost (hence my mention above of the perhaps shoddy curating this film experienced), and that a dupe track with damage was utilized for this Blu-ray. The biggest problem with the original English track is one of amplitude. Nothing really ever pops sonically, and it's quite hard to hear some occasional lines of dialogue (it seems like this would have been an easy thing to fix with any number of pro audio tools). There are other occasional issues with this track, like pops and cracks. The two other tracks sound excellent, though there's quite a difference in the voice work in the new English track compared to the original. Fidelity on both the new English track as well as the Japanese track is excellent, and the English track especially makes some rather good use of wide stereo separation. This track and the Japanese track also exhibit very good dynamic range.



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