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The Secret World of Arrietty [Blu-ray + DVD]


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  • Actors: Bridgit Mendler, David Henrie, Amy Pohler, Will Arnett, Moises Areas
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli (Presented by Walt Disney Home Entertainment)
  • Release Date: May 22 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LAIGXM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #917 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Thomas Anderson TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 26 2012
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The Secret World of Arrietty is once again one of those perfect little family films that Studio Ghibli and it's co-founder Hayao Miyazaki do so well.

Unlike all the previous Ghibli films, this one is actually based on a western novel by Mary Norton called "The Borrowers." You may have heard of it. And while this movie is based in Japan, it remains quite true to all the charm and spirt of the original story. Which is the every day lives of a secret folk called the Borrowers who are only five inches tall. It's a very charming little story.

Now it's not the best movie that Ghibli has produced. But it's certainly up there. Unlike the breathtaking underwater scenes of Ponyo, the magnificent animation of Spirited Away or the thrilling broom rides of Kiki's Delivery Service; this movie is darker and quieter. Not surprising considering that most of it takes place at night while creeping around and in the walls of an old house. But it does have it's moments.

The English dub is up to the usual high Disney standards and on the bluray is a full DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio. The japanese track is also a full DTS-HD 5.1 and there is a French 5.1 Dolby Digital (no HD) track as well. The audio is great but don't expect a lot of action as this is not that type of film. The 1080p video is also fine and much appreciated to show the fine detail as they creep around in the cranies of the old house.

Arrietty like Ponyo, Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service is a great little family movie if you want something that doesn't show violence (the most violence in Arrietty is the cat trying to eat her and even he comes around in the end).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 20 2014
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For the benefit of those who have never read any of my reviews, I consider Studio Ghibli's films to be the most beautiful and moving stories that the genre has to offer.

The studio was founded by Directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as well as Producer Toshio Suzuki, but is entering a transitional phase with that trio now in their 60s and 70s. So how does this debut effort from Yonebayashi hold up?

After two viewings, I would say extremely well.

Fans of Miyazaki need not despair. He had a hand in the screenplay, adapted from Mary Norton's book, and his imprint is all over this film. Like all Studio Ghibli efforts, Arrietty has so much heart that it's almost impossible to avoid being emotionally moved by the story. The animation style is exactly what you would expect too, with a two-dimensional look and a faded color palette. The music comes from Cecile Corbel, Simon Caby and Dale Sison, but it often feels like a Joe Hisaishi score. Studio Ghibli's future is in good hands.

Arrietty Clock is 14 years old and four inches tall. She's a Borrower and lives with her mother and father. Borrowers acquire items that humans don't really need and then use them as food or to make tools. She collects leaves, sugar lumps and pins and puts them to good use. Humans are considered dangerous so the Clock family tries to remain out of sight, living in the foundations of the humans' house.

Arrietty and her father adapt a variety of items and turn them into useful gadgets. Thread, earrings and sticky tape enable them to climb and move around large objects. Dangers are everywhere if you are four inches tall. Think of how a cat or bird might view someone of that size. Despite the danger, Arrietty seems at one with nature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Webster on Dec 4 2012
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Everything from Studio Ghibli is a treasure. This one has so many delightful details in it that you'll watch it several times!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on Dec 3 2012
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Studio Ghibli has done it again, and at a time where Miyazaki was worried that he might have to close the studio if no one could be found that could create movies that measure up to the high standards they are known for. Debut director Hiromasa Yonebayashi has created a fantastic film that will delight fans of the studio, or anime fans in general! I cannot more strongly recommend this film for your collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fred marcon on March 2 2014
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my five year old granddaughter loved it and watches it all the time .good message except for borrrowers . would buy sequel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P J Bowmar on May 30 2013
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We really enjoy this film, it's very sweet and fun. It's not quite as magical as other Studio Ghibli films, but still very good.

My 5 year old was mildly scared a couple of times but not seriously and enjoyed it.
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