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Howl's Moving Castle (Special Edition)

Studio Ghibli Collection (2 Disc Set)

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"Awesome!!!!!"
5 stars"
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An amazing movie filled with magic and action. Howls Moving Castle is a movie I feel in love with, I have yet to decide who is my favourite character in the movie or which colour hair Howl suits more. But certainly an excellent movie, as we follow Sophie and her adventure to find a way to remove the curse that was placed upon her. She is introduced to the world of magic, witches and wizards as she makes new friends, and finds all is not what she was lead to believe.

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"YAYYYYYYYYYY ~"
5 stars"
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My favourite movie ever! Worth buying/watching if you love Miyazaki movies you will love his movie rendition of Dianne Wynne Jones book.

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"Great Film"
5 stars"
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Miyazaki has delivered his usual brilliance with “Howl's Moving Castle”. As with all of Miyazaki's films, it is visually spectacular to watch. The story is ,of course, also a great one. It is captivating from start to finish. Right from the beginning you are drawn in to an exciting world of witches, wizards, fire demons and secret spells. It is such an exciting story that even adults would enjoy watching it. It will bring out your inner child and rekindle your imagination. This movie will not disappoint.

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"Outstanding!!!"
4 stars"
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Anime either works for me or it doesn't. This take on Howl's Moving Castle works so well. It has great animation and voice acting (all too often the downfall of an otherwise good animation) and the story flows along so smoothly…It probably won't appeal to all audiences – I think you have to have a certain bent towards anime to start with – but it works as well for children as it does for adults, albeit maybe at different levels.

"Teenagers favourite"
5 stars"
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Brought as a Xmas present for teenage daughter.

"Favourite movie"
5 stars"
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This was a wonderful collector's item. I will forever cherish this, and at such a great price…

Description

Howl's Moving Castle (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro) is a 2004 Japanese animated family fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli.

Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. After this chance meeting she is turned into a 90-year old woman by the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl's magical moving castle where she becomes acquainted with Markl, Howl's apprentice, and a hot-headed fire demon named Calcifer.

As the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, and his relationship with Sophie deepens, our young grey heroine finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world.

From the Studio Ghibli Collection.

Special Features:

  • Alternative angle storyboards
  • HD to PAL native transfer
  • Interview with author, Diana Wynne Jones
  • Interview with Pixar's Peter Doctor (MONSTERS INC.)
  • Hello Lasseter (Pixar) featurette
  • Explanation of CG featurette
  • Japanese trailers and TV spots
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Awards

  • Won Mainichi Film Concours Readers' Choice Award for Best Film (2006)
  • Won Tokyo Anime Awards for: Animation of the Year, Best Director (2005)
  • Nominated for Oscar, Best Animated Feature Film of the Year (2006)
  • Nominated for Annie Awards for Best Animated Feature, Best Directing, Best Writing (2006)
  • Nominated Hong Kong Film Award, Best Film (2006)

Howl's Moving Castle Reviews

“…Howl's castle is full of doors, each one opening onto a new world. Miyazaki won an Oscar for 2001's Spirited Away. He should clear space for more gold. There's a word for the kind of comic, dramatic, romantic, transporting visions Miyazaki achieves in Howl's: bliss.” Rolling Stone

“Taking as his starting point the 1986 fantasy by Diana Wynne Jones, Hayao Miyazaki has crafted a surrealistic fairytale that represents anime at its very finest – lightning paced, visually stunning, feverishly creative and overrun by a logic all its own, where each scene glides fluidly into the next, yet it is nigh on impossible to see how anything besides pure magic could get the whole thing to fit together…If animation were a medium limited only by the power of imagination, then Howl's Moving Castle would seem to have no limits at all. It is an instant classic that will be viewed with admiration, awe and not a little puzzlement for decades to come.” EyeforFilm.co.uk

“Though not without a few nagging faults, Howl's Moving Castle is another confident, entertaining Studio Ghibli film that continues to carry a torch for hand-drawn animation. Showcasing a number of memorable characters, detailed designs and interesting locales, portions of this visual tour de force will stick in your brain for days at a time…this one's Recommen­ded.” DVD Talk

Release date NZ
October 11th, 2006
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Special Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Director
Language
Japanese, English
Length (Minutes)
114
Studio
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Country of Production
  • Japan
Genre
  • Animation
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9322225049413
All-time sales rank
Top 1000
Product ID
1521359

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