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Whisper of the Heart Blu-ray

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耳をすませば / Mimi o Sumaseba / Studio Ghibli / Blu-ray + DVD Disney / Buena Vista | 1995 | 111 min | Rated G | May 22, 2012

Whisper of the Heart (Blu-ray)
Large:


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

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
DVD copy

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region free

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 2.8 of 52.8
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Movie appeal

 
Family100%
Anime99%
Foreign40%
Romance27%
Music4%
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Whisper of the Heart

 (1995)

Whisper of the Heart Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Shizuku Tsukishima, a young girl in junior high, loves to read. Yet, every time she opens a library book, it seems the same name appears on the cards: "Seiji Amasawa". As Shizuku learns who this person is, she also begins to learn about herself and her goals in lifeŚa discovery that will change her life forever.

For more about Whisper of the Heart and the Whisper of the Heart Blu-ray release, see Whisper of the Heart Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Youko Honna, Kazuo Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi
Director: Yoshifumi Kond˘

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Whisper of the Heart Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Though one of Studio Ghibli's lesser known films, Disney afforded Whisper of the Heart the same faithful treatment and high-quality remastering granted to Nausicań of the Valley of the Wind and Castle in the Sky. Miyazaki has little patience for tinkering and tweaking, though, and the film hasn't undergone any drastic recoloring, scrubbing or other more invasive restorative techniques. The resulting 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer isn't as vibrant as modern animation fans may be used to, but it's no less beautiful. There's a disarming ease to its spring-afternoon palette and subdued pastel hues, and any attempt to fix what isn't broken would spoil much of what makes Whisper of the Heart such a delightful animated delicacy. Black levels are nevertheless rich and earthy, contrast is dialed in perfectly, and Shizuku's all-too-brief fantasy sequences are awash with rich colors and bold primaries. Detail is exceptional too, from the brushstrokes of the hand-painted backgrounds to the almost imperceptible fluctuations and imperfections in Ghibli's original animation cels to the clean, smooth line art of each character and animated element. Grain is present, consistent and most pleasant, and encoding anomalies -- artifacting, aliasing and the like -- are nowhere to be found. The slightest bit of banding appears on a few inconsequential occasions, but it barely registers. Ghibli's ninth film has never looked better.


Whisper of the Heart Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Blu-ray release of Whisper of the Heart offers two lossless audio options: a Japanese-language DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround mix and an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 dub. Both tracks deliver clear, neatly grounded dialogue, restrained but effective effects, and just enough LFE support and rear speaker activity to lend the experience a natural ease without undermining the film's original sound design. Passing cars and rustling shrubbery have the same subtle touch as the cool, Tokyo breeze. Scribbling pencils and the laughter of distant school children are natural and lifelike. Whirring bicycle wheels, sliding doors and creaking chairs are understated but convincing. Very few elements rely on directional flourishes or low-end heft, and Shizuku's dreams, fantasies and nightmares are the only scenes that really take advantage of each speaker or fill the soundfield with a sense of urgency. But don't let that set your expectations too low. Whisper of the Heart is a quiet, character-driven film with little to show in the way of grand adventure or stirring visions. Shizuku is an ordinary girl attending an ordinary school in an ordinary town and the film's seventeen-year-old sound design follows suit. It still proves itself worthy of high marks, though, and, front-heavy as it may be, wholeheartedly commits itself to Miyazaki and Kond˘'s down-to-Earth story.



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