- Actors: Yuko Tanaka, Yoji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Minnie Driver
- Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
- Format: Blu-ray
- Language: English
- Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Madman Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 21 May 2014
- Run Time: 134 minutes
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- ASIN: B01A9QZ5CM
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Princess Mononoke (Blu-ray)
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- Release Year: 1997
- Runtime: 134 mins
- Genre: Anime Sci-Fi & Fantasy
The Fate Of The World Rests On The Courage Of One Warrior.
A beautifully realized tale of civilization versus nature, Princess Mononoke is a true epic by Japan's master animator Hayao Miyazaki.
While protecting his village from a rampaging boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a deadly curse. To find the cure that will save his life, he journeys deep into sacred depths of the Great Forest Spirit's realm where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolves. It's not long before Ashitaka is caught in the middle of a battle between iron-ore prospecting humans and the forest dwellers. He must summon the spirit-powers and all his courage to stop man and nature from destroying each other.
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Princes Mononoke could have been another man versus nature and the world out of balance movie we have seen too many times. Instead we have man and nature in conflict but with a near absence of obviously evil industrialists and purely motivated united forest spirits. Gods can become demons, and seen as evil by humans and nature. The tribes within the world of nature are not natural allies and can have their own selfish motives. The human who is supposed to embody evil, Lady Eboshi (Voice acted by Minnie Driver) is a fierce warrior and hard nosed business woman but she is also good to her people and makes a point of finding better lives for people who would be cast offs and shunned in the larger world.
On the subject of voice overs, Disney deserves credit having assembled a cast that included Billy Bob Thornton, Gillian Anderson, Claire Danes and Billy Crudup. Made too clear to us in the included specials is the extra effort made by the voice actors and Disney to insure that the American dialogue fits with the animated Japanese speaking characters.
As for the work of the director and his studio. What struck me most about Princes Mononoke was the balance between artistic detail and the flow of the story. Hayao Muyazaki has a tendency for story lines that can drag. I prefer to say they speed of motion can be stately. The Wind Rises remains among my favorite HM movies, but like The Wife says it is slow. Even the action movieLupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (Collector's Edition) can drag, usually when the Studio is highlighting it's artwork. In Princess there was no lag in the story line. Scene action and plot development move logically forward even in the moments when the viewer is invited to enjoy the scenery.
But what artwork it is! Studio Ghibli is always at its best drawing the sky and aerial views. Ghibli is also the master of fields and forests. Sometimes at the cost of foregrounds, manmade and human details. In Princess all of the elements view together in harmony. It may be that some level of detail has been lost, but if so, only to produce a more balanced picture. Studio Ghibli movies can be fine visual art at the expense of movement, I never felt that watching Princess Mononoke.
Summary: "Princess Mononoke" focuses on Ashitaka, a young warrior who is exiled from his village because of a deadly curse. In search for a cure, Ashitaka sets out on a journey, hoping to find any answers he can. During his travels, however, he stumbles upon a long standing fued between Lady Eboshi of Iron Town and Princess Mononoke of The Forest. Two different ideologies clashing for control. One fights for her people, while the other fights for the forest and it's inhabitants. Yet, both seeking to kill one another. Not wanting blood to be shed, Ashitaka takes it upon himself to search for a path in where both leaders can coexist. All the while still battling the curse within himself.
• The collector's edition is a dream!
• Includes a 40 page art book with behind the scenes/extras and special features for fans.
• As someone who prefers watching anime in Japanese rather than the dub. I can gladly say that the dub version is up to standards. You will not be disappointed, the dub is great!
• The picture quality of the Blu-ray looks phenomenal! Even though "Princess Mononoke" came out almost 20 years ago, it's still a marvel to gaze upon. Makes you miss the classic cel animation art style.
• The slipcase is bigger than most Blu-rays. Meaning that it will not align properly to the rest of your collection. This will annoy those who enjoy a more uniform appearance.
• The film can be a bit violent for children. There isn't nudity or any vulgar language but there is blood. So if you wish to show your kids maybe wait until they're a little older. Eight maybe nine years of age, but it's really up to you.
A Side Note:
• The soundtrack doesn't play on the PlayStation 4. So if that's your main media source then you're out of luck. This isn't a problem with the collector's edition but more so the PlayStation 4. Just something I felt needed to be said.
Bottom line "Princess Mononoke" is a gorgeous, depth filled, spectacle. The characters are interesting and driven which makes for an exciting story. A must watch for both anime fans and the average movie audience. Hands down one of the best anime films created by Hayao Miyazaki. I highly recommend owning this film. (A personal favorite :D)