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Secret of Nimh [Blu-ray] [Import]

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In his book, Robert C. O'Brien called his brave widow mouse "Mrs. Frisby," but Disney escapee animator Don Bluth must have thought kids would laugh the wrong way at that. They renamed her "Mrs. Brisby" for NIMH. That acronym stands for the National Institute of Mental Health, and the rats that live near Mrs. Brisby came from NIMH--they have strange ways. But they're the only ones who can save her house and her children, so Brisby seeks them out with the help of a humorous crow (Dom DeLuise). The magic gets laid on a little thick but this is Don Bluth's most successful attempt to achieve a complete, sincere, animated film. It's often forgotten, but it's a true surprise and a rare treat in the vast wasteland of insubstantial children's fare. --Keith Simanton

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Clover
This was one of my favourite films as a child. My grandmother had it on video, and I watched it at every opportunity. Surprisingly, it still holds up as an adult too. Next to today's animation standards, it's a simply made film, but the painted animations are increadibly beautiful, and the characters are endearing. The overall tone is pleasantly and eerily suspenseful, but lightened throughout by humour. (But I recall my five-year-old cousin finding it too scary, so parents may want to judge for themselves). There are moments of subtle humour I didn't notice as a child ... the farmer on the phone, telling NIMH scientists "I don't know about any strange behaviour", in reference to the rats, while an organized gang of rats sneaks past his window sill, carrying away an entire set of christmas lights from their house.

A warning to readers of the book: As much as I feel a warm sense of nostalgia watching this film, I must admit that my love for this film lessened a fair bit after discovering the book at thirteen. It's just as well that the film abandoned the (admitedly dull) name of the book (Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh) - this film really should not be called a remake of the book at all. The film employs the characters and a rough approximation of the story, but rewrites the story beyond recognition from there. This is not just a case of needing to shorten a complex story: the film is blatenly untrue to many of the basic themes of the book.

The book is an allegorical critique of science, and of attempts to build rational, moral, self-sufficient societies. In some ways, the book is almost Lord of the Flies in reverse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
There are two movies I remember as a child that gave me a sense of intense wonder and awe. One was the Last Unicorn, and the other was the Secret of Nimh. Both movies displayed an unprecedented level of maturity when tackling their respective storylines. The Secret of Nimh is much like the Last Unicorn in the sense that the plot is intelligent, and at times necessarily dark. It's a haunting movie by many standards, but strikes a better balance between comedy, excitement, and foreboding than the Last Unicorn does.

A rather simple premise opens the door to a much larger world when one watches the Secret of Nimh. The plight of Mrs. Brisbee and her children is just something one would expect to see on any farmland, especially during plow season. But when Mrs. Brisbee seeks out help from the woefully dangerous Rats of Nimh, she discovers an entire world she never knew existed.

There are many intelligent plot twists that come together nicely in this movie. A family in peril, government-funded animal experimentation and even a bit of unexplained mysticism all work together to draw the viewer in. Anyone expecting an animated film designed purely to maintain a hold over the short attention spans of toddlers will be in for a surprise. The film is absolutely gorgeous to watch, more so for its lush imagination than its actual artistic quality. Every ounce of this film drips with uniqueness, and I challenge anyone to find a movie that has the same feel as the Secret of Nimh. It is a bit less serious and melancholy than the Last Unicorn, but it still manages to eschew frivolous silliness in favor of some real depth and emotion within its characters.

Highly recommended for all ages!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watching it right now... May 9 2004
By Six
I'm 23 years old now, and my girlfriend wanted me to rent this...I was like "uh, the secret of nimh??? ok sweetie whatever you say..." I haven't seen this movie probably in 15 years and i will say...I'm going to buy it now. What a cool movie, It's just entertaining...and even kind of scary... It's totally cool to remember things from your childhood, and I had to have seen this flick 100 times when i was a kid, and I'm barely remembering it now...buy it, and remember your childhood...it's good for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE SECRET OF NIMH [1982] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] Oct. 22 2014
By Andrew C. Miller TOP 500 REVIEWER
THE SECRET OF NIMH [1982] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] The Secret of NIMH will “delight kids everywhere!”

Get ready to meet some runaway rodents with an earth-shattering secret! Suspenseful and heart-warming, this beautifully animated odyssey stars Mrs. Brisby, a mild-mannered mother mouse with a plan to move heaven and earth (or at least her house and home) to save her family from Farmer Fitzgibbons’ plough!

Along the way she gets some help from a lovelorn crow, a busybody neighbour mouse and a fearsome great owl. Unfortunately, Mrs. Brisby will need an engineering miracle to hoist her home, and for that she must face a mysterious rat, fend off a ferocious cat and claim a magic amulet! But when Mrs. Brisby discovers the astounding secret of NIMH...it could change her life forever!

This timeless tale of love, courage and determination will transport the whole family into an enchanting world – where the bravest hearts live in the meekest of mice.

Voice Cast: Elizabeth Hartman, Derek Jacobi, Hermione Baddeley, John Carradine, Dom DeLuise, Arthur Malet, Peter Strauss, Paul Shenar, Aldo Ray, Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Ian Fried, Jodi Hicks, Edie McClurg, Tom Hatten, Lucille Bliss, Joshua Lawerence and Charles Champlin, Dick Kleiner [The Council rats]

Director: Don Bluth

Producers: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy

Screenplay: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy and Will Finn

Adapted from: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

Composer: Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography: Bill Butler (uncredited)

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, Spanish: 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The quality of the DVD is good and the service delivery was excellent.
Published 2 months ago by Henri Pierre Therien
4.0 out of 5 stars Family story
This is a good family story with just enough suspense and scary scenes to be interesting to young children while not making too frightening to watch.
Published 12 months ago by J. E. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars "Les âmes courageuses sont rare..."
Une histoire captivante, lisse, une animation propre, et une combinaison musicale exceptionnelle se mêle pour faire de ce film une expérience enrichissante sensorielle. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Markyoloup
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray presents "Nimh" in the best light possible
The Secret of Nimh is an animated classic which was crafted by Don Bluth and his team of skilled laborers. Based on the popular children's book "Mrs. Read more
Published on July 7 2012 by Derek Draven
5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood great!!
Awesome movie/cartoon. I originally had it for a number of years on VHS, but alas, our VCR kicked the bucket so I had to get it on DVD because my children were wanting to watch... Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2010 by mocha
5.0 out of 5 stars filled with wonder
As a kid in the 1980's, this was a favorite film of mine. I remember thinking how cool and imaginative this was compared to the sludge of rerun 80's tv cartoons (did anyone else... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by SystemStructure
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the same as the book, but just as good anyway!
While this movie is a bit more fantasy-like than the book, I think it's just as good. The first time I saw this was several years ago when Nickelodeon used to play movies on... Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by Maya
5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood classic
This had been my favorite cartoon movie since I was six years old. I knew every line Mrs. Brisby spoke. Read more
Published on May 16 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than the book
this based on the book Mis Frisby and the rats of Nimh. But ssome things have been alterd. This is very intense movie with lot of scary parts. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by J. P. Suhr
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