Closing off the first disk is “The Art Of Spirited Away”. This is a reasonably interesting feature showing the storyboarding of the movie and the translation process that took place for the very good English language dub. It is a shame though that this feature and the endless previews, (only a couple of which are relevant to this release such as Miyazaki's “Castle In The Sky”), could not have been shunted onto disk 2 to maximise the available space and so increase picture quality of the main movie.
The second disk in this release carries the bulk of the extras. On offer here are “Behind The Microphone” which reveals the work that went into casting the and the work that took place to produce the English dubbed version. By far the best extra on this disk is “The Nippon Television Special” which is wonderfully in depth. Featuring Miyazaki himself, the feature follows the production of the film from discussions on the creation of the story; extensive auditions for the original vocal talent right through to production. If nothing else when you see the work put in to cast the original version you may think about selecting the Japanese language version the next time you watch the movie.
“Storyboard-to-scene comparison” allows you to use the dvd angle button to switch between the original storyboards and the final version as seen in the movie. Interestingly you can run the scenes using either the original Japanese soundtrack or the English dub.
Closing off the extras are a number of original Japanese trailers all of which are very good quality with no dirt or print damage, (as you would expect for a movie of this age with a digital origin).
A fantastic yarn. Buy it either because you already love the genre or Miyazaki's work or even as an introduction to Anime. Its beautiful, involving and generally a great movie. Just don't forget to give the Japanese soundtrack at least one run.
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