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Howl's Moving Castle Blu-ray

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ハウルの動く城 / Hauru no ugoku shiro / Studio Ghibli / Blu-ray + DVD Disney / Buena Vista | 2004 | 120 min | Rated PG | May 21, 2013

Howl's Moving Castle (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 5.1
Japanese: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
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Packaging
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Video 5.0 of 55.0
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 2.5 of 52.5
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Howl's Moving Castle

 (2004)

Howl's Moving Castle Blu-ray delivers stunningly beautiful video and superb audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Sophie, a diligent teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl. This innocent encounter engages the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste, who transforms into a 90-year-old woman. Sophie's efforts to break the curse bring her to Howl's magical moving castle, where she befriends Markl, Howl's apprentice, and the hot-headed fire demon Calcifer. Her love and support have a major impact on Howl, who can be maddeningly self-indulgent and singularly noble: He defies royal orders to participate in a meaningless war and risks his life to bring peace to the kingdom.

For more about Howl's Moving Castle and the Howl's Moving Castle Blu-ray release, see Howl's Moving Castle Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Emily Mortimer, Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, Billy Crystal, Josh Hutcherson
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

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Howl's Moving Castle Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

If you thought Howl's Moving Castle was stunning, just wait till you lay your eyes on Disney's 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer; a bold, colorful infusion of masterclass artistry and technical prowess that looks as good as any Ghibli Blu-ray presentation thus far, and perhaps even better. Miyazaki's painterly palette is awash with vibrant hues, striking primaries, inky blacks and rich contrast, not by way of invasive meddling, but a pristine, first-rate remastering of its source. Significant macroblocking, banding and aliasing are held at bay. Anomalies are absent, detail is -- dare I say -- perfect, and grain, fickle and unobtrusive, is as wonderfully resolved as the film's line art and hand-painted brushstrokes. Try as I might, I didn't come up with the slightest criticism, or even the most innocuous nitpick. Howl's Moving Castle is as magnificent and beautiful as the animation upon which its built, and fans will be swept away by its potent, oh-so-proficient presentation.


Howl's Moving Castle Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Both the original Japanese and Disney-produced English-language dub receive a full DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, and the resulting lossless powerhouses are outstanding. Voices are clean and clear, without a buried line or drowned outcry to be found, and every effect, no matter how subtle or boisterous, is reproduced with the utmost clarity. The rear speakers aren't always firing on all cylinders -- such is the film's original sound design -- but the moment Howl's castle begins to move, an airship roars into view, a battle erupts or the adventure resumes, the soundfield becomes as enveloping as it is assertive. LFE output is aggressive and precise as well, and never leaves a thoom or boom to its own devices. Dynamics are exceptional, pans are smooth, directionality is playful, and longtime Miyazaki collaborator Joe Hisaishi's score has never sounded better. All in all, both tracks deliver a marvelous experience... so long as you're willing to ignore the English-language cast's at-times average voicework, that is.



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