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Spirited Away - Collector's Edition

by Michael  Cox
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Nov 13, 2019
Spirited Away - Collector's Edition

"Spirited Away" will certainly go down as one of the finest children's films ever made. It has all of the surreal magic of "Alice in Wonderland," all the mythic perfection of "The Wizard of Oz" and all of the terrifying and prurient childhood delights of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

This Japanese animated fantasy has accumulated awards from around the world and become the highest-grossing film in that country's history. It even won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film, the only time a hand-drawn, non-English-language film that has won that honor.

The story starts, as so many children's stories do, in that unstable place where a child is forced out of her comfort zone and into a new arena. The anxious 10-year-old Chihiro is terrified of just about everything, but she's particularly worried about moving to a new home in a new neighborhood. But she never makes it that far. On their way to their new place, Chihiro's parents decide to detour through a creepy abandoned amusement park, where they are seduced by a witch and turned into pigs.

Whisked into a mystical bathhouse for otherworldly creatures, Chihiro is compelled into servitude, so that she can break the spell on her parents and free her family. On her journey, she meets allies and enemies, but no one can be trusted and nothing is as it seems. Most exciting: she meets a somewhat attractive somewhat scary older boy, who may be her only hope or may be leading her down the garden path into something even more sinister.

Writer, director and master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki creates a painterly and profound Grimm fairytale, full of adorable spirits and haunting demons. An unquestionable thrill for children and adults alike, this masterpiece is a coming-of-age tale framed by the constrained terrors of childhood and the gluttonous abandon of the grownup world.

This lush Blu-ray collector's edition includes an audio CD soundtrack, feature-length storyboards, a look at the voice artistry and an exclusive 40-page book, which includes gorgeous color stills, a director's statement and critical appraisals from names like Kenneth Turan and Leonard Maltin.

"Spirited Away"
Blu-ray Collector's Edition $39.97

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