Howl's Moving Castle PG

The two lived there.
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  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: October 17, 2017
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Shout Factory

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh87%

Total Count: 181


User Ratings: 255,386
[S]tunningly beautiful and strangely moving....Miyazaki has a very good handle on it and lavishes his customary heart, humor, and inventiveness on every situation he depicts.
Jun 1, 2005
[Miyazaki has a] gift for wonder, an ease with fantasy that makes enchantment second nature...
Los Angeles Times
Jun 10, 2005
Admirers of his work, which is wildly imaginative, emotionally intense and surpassingly gentle, will find much to appreciate in this film because it demonstrates, once again, his visual ingenuity and his sensitivity as a storyteller.
New York Times
Jun 10, 2005
As HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE makes ravishingly clear, coming into one's own is the most heroic -- and magical -- experience of all.
Entertainment Weekly
Jun 17, 2005
3 stars out of 4 -- [T]his Oscar-nominated Japanese animation wanders into seriously trippy territory....Relentlessly imaginative...
Rolling Stone
Mar 23, 2006
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Whereas Spirited [Away] saw the world through the eyes of a child, Howl sees it through the eyes of an adult who longs to be young again. Full Review
The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Jun 5, 2019
If this treat from Studio Ghibli seems a bit slow, it's meant to be -- agitation and video-game rhythms are anathema to Mr. Miyazaki's aesthetic...
Wall Street Journal
Jan 9, 2014

Product Description:

Acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki adapts British writer Diana Wynne Jones's popular fantasy tale for this animated feature, adding his own unique and celebrated dreamlike spin. A young hat-maker named Sophie (voiced by Emily Mortimer) is turned into an old woman by the dreaded Witch of the Waste (Lauren Bacall) when she attracts the notice of Howl (Christian Bale), a young wizard whom the witch desires for herself. As the old woman, (voiced by Jean Simmons), Sophie finds refuge as a cleaning lady in Howl's magical castle, an impressively realized mishmash of anthropomorphic shafts and gears, where she meets, among other wonders, a cantankerous fire demon named Calcifer (Billy Crystal). Howl's courage inspires her to seek a cure for her curse, and vice versa, and the two work together to prevent a major war as the castle roams the countryside on its mechanical legs. There's lots of magic afoot as well, including travel through barriers of space and time, and shape-shifting, requiring full viewer attention to keep track of who, where, and when, but this how dreams really are and the film engages on that same subconscious level. As with Miyazaki's previous work (SPIRITED AWAY, KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE), the emphasis here is on creating a beautiful alternate reality, where anything can happen, and every frame is a breathtaking work of art. See it on the big screen if the chance presents itself; the elaborate intricacies and patiently realized alternate realities of Miyazaki's work makes him a true treasure.


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  • UPC: 826663181616
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