Whisper of the Heart Blu-ray Review

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Reviewed by Mark Botwright, 4th January 2012.
Whisper of the Heart is a great example of how to make the ordinary entrancing. Without resorting to large scale fantasy sequences it is a Ghibli film that places the emphasis on human emotions tethered in the here-and-now, resulting in a story of adolescent self-realisation that pushes past the boundaries of a children’s film.

The Region B locked disc will cause some debate, with its grain reduction and lightened frame, but it’s very much a case of beauty being in the eye of the beholder, and I’d wager we could still see this looking better, somewhere between this and the Japanese Disney release in terms of grain structure/DNR and colour. The audio performs well, with a few differences noted between the tracks, both being very capable, particularly when it comes to recreating the excellent score. The extras are pretty fan-oriented with little in the way of passing interest material, but that’s nit picking.

Whisper of the Heart is a real “what if” regarding Kondo, but as a film set apart from the narrative of the director’s life, it can sit alongside the best the studio has to offer.

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